Modelling Standard

9 Sep 2010 – 3 Oct 2010


London, United Kingdom


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  • Busses: 30, 38, 56, 67, 76, 149, 236, 242, 243 and 277
  • Train: Dalston Kingsland

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Modelling Standard - Erick Beltrán and Jorge Satorre. Curated by Catalina Lozano


In collaboration with Gasworks residency program and curated by Catalina Lozano, FormContent presents a collaborative project by Erick Beltrán and Jorge Satorre. Modelling Standard takes as a point of departure the radical historiographic turn introduced by Carlo Ginzburg in the 1970s who focused on localised, popular and disregarded micro-histories rather than universal, over-arching versions. The title Modelling Standard references the scientific concept of the Standard Model used in physics to explain the almost invisible interactions occurring between subatomic particles. Erick Beltrán and Jorge Satorre use both micro-historical methods and the metaphor borrowed from physics to create connections between small, insignificant hints and traces. These are taken from their heterogeneous references to build seemingly unlikely connections between literary references, personal experiences, historical data, trivia and scientific facts through the construction of a diagram. The result is a series of caricatures and texts through which the artists will construct a detective plot where Sigmund Freud, Carlo Ginzburg, Giovanni Morelli, Aby Warburg, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Joe Orton are the protagonists. During the opening evening the artists will perform the construction of this narrative while setting up the display of the work; during the lecture-performance the white walls of FormContent will be transformed into active surfaces where the hints and links between them will become apparent. The result of action will be shown alongside the rest of the work until 3 October 2010 during normal opening hours. Modelling Standard is the first collaborative project of artists Jorge Satorre and Erick Beltrán with drawings by Jorge Avià ±a. The project is a collaboration between Gasworks, FormContent and the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) at Birkbeck College.

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