• Performance


By Fernando Rubio


  • Spanish
  • 15 minutes
  • General Audience

The voices of different actors spread to the farthest corners of the city in this performance by Argentine artist Fernando Rubio.

A small speaker is placed in different parts of the city so that the voices of the guest actors who bring these texts to life echo throughout the space. These actions are recorded in order to form part of an audiovisual archive uploaded to digital platforms, so that they’re not only heard by passers-by and people who live near.

The audience is given a map of the route and an overview of the topics for the chosen spaces and context. The aim is to multiply what is unheard and has no chance of being seen, establishing the city as a place for collective thinking.

Cast and crew

Director: Fernando Rubio | Producer and assistant director: Cecilia Kuska | Actors:: María Paz Grandjean, Julia Avendaño, Santiago Rodríguez, Nicolás Rojas, Carlos Briones, Tamara Ferreira | Playwrights: Carla Zúñiga, Monica Drouilly Hurtado, Nicolás Lange, Bosco Cayo, Pablo Paredes.

©Sofía Trucco

Fernando Rubio


A non-neutral innovator

A director, playwright, visual artist and teacher, he’s one of the most original of those involved in the revival of Argentine theater and is well-known internationally. He’s been carrying out projects since 1988, based on redeveloping spaces, on the crossover between disciplines and on contemporary thought regrading art and its esthetic, social and political relationships. He’s put on his plays at international theater festivals, cinemas, museums, art centers, theaters and in public in America, Asia and Europe. Among his vast repertoire, the theater plays Todo cerca, Pompeya atrás and Los últimos años de Petra stand out, as well as the interventions and performances Un niño ha muerto, Donde comienza el día and Todo lo que está a mi lado, a performance that won awards at the Valladolid TAC Festival and the LIFT Festival in England and was published by Fiba in 2017. In 2019, he presented his latest plays Cuando hablamos de amor and Cuando el dolor termine, as well as the performance and installation Caixa Preta. In 2020, he launched the virtual platform Obras sin fronteras.

“Living in Brazil, this playwright has, for some time, been researching how to redevelop the stage, as well as the close relationship with the audience and the possibility of creating incidents in the theater. His aim is to for both actors and spectators to discover new paths and horizons”.

El País, Spain

—It’s an intervention by a prolific Argentine author who, in the words of writer and playwright Eduardo Pavlovsky, “is an ideologically, esthetically, politically and culturally involved artist. That’s where his enormous contribution as an innovator and experimenter comes from. He’s not neutral. He’s not distracted. In his work, you can make out a constant critique of the world he lives in and this discomfort is what powers his creative experimentalism”.

Performance: An avant-garde art form in which the play’s medium is the artist’s body and the play itself is made up of the actions this carries out, normally combined with multiple other elements such as the visual arts, music, dance and theater. It’s one of the art forms that transformed art in the middle of the twentieth century.

El Jardín Sahel: Different disciplines come together at this center for residencies run by Rubio. It holds workshops by figures from the international world of performance and it’s also a place for reflection and exchange for artists in the region. The Chilean group Niño Proletario held one of its residencies here in 2016.

—Watch a video of the installation Todo lo que está a mi lado during its time in Holland.

—Fernando Rubio: "I want to be an artist who’s uncomfortable and who makes the audience uncomfortable”. An interview with the artist is available on RT in Spanish.

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