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Laurence Rassel

Currently Director of Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona, since her arrival in 2008 she opened the institutional archive to a network of cultural agents in the frame of the Arts combinatòries platform. This platform gathers groups and learning centres in charge of research and intervention projects related to contemporary cultural and artistic practices. Arts combinatòries encompasses a virtual space and a “real” meeting space, and is connected to similar European projects. Rassel keeps promoting new readings of Antoni Tàpies works, by establishing dialogues between his works and, among other processes, contemporary performing arts and music (see for instance the exhibition Interval. Sound actions, curated with Lluís Nacenta) in collaboration with institutions, artists and cultural producers from Barcelona, Spain and abroad. This in-depth approach to the work of Antoni Tàpies explores as well less consensual aspects such as the flesh and pornography in his later works (Exhibition Antoni Tàpies. Head arms legs body, curated with Miquel Tàpies). She also dared to juxtapose Tàpies with works by Beuys, Pasolini, Richter, Kippenberg during the exhibition curated by Valentín Roma, Against Tàpies, and she invited Jean-Luc Nancy and Michel Butor to reflect on these artistic proposals. At the same time, Rassel develops a contemporary art program with exhibitions by Eva Hesse, Anna Maria Maiolino, Kerry James Marshall, and she explores the limits of the exhibition format with choreographer Xavier Le Roy, the works by Allan Kaprow (Allan Kaprow. Other ways curated by Soledad Gutiérrez) and collective exhibitions such as In the First Circle directed by the artist Imogen Stidworthy or Alma Matrix curated by Catherine de Zegher.

Trained in the visual arts, Laurence Rassel has been a member of Constant, a not-for-profit association based in Brussels, since 1997 to 2008. Constant explores theory, critical use of the new technologies, artistic behaviour and political questions on the Internet, as well as organising workshops, conferences and exhibitions in public spaces. The group’s main concerns are: software and freeware, gender issues, copyleft (copyright) and seeking ways of sharing new understanding of the media.

As a member of Constant, Laurence Rassel has organised a large number of events, launching both short- and long-term projects. These include: Jonctions, an international multimedia festival (9 editions) and Digitales (4 editions: http://www.constantvzw.com/cyberf or http://www.digitales-online.org); an artistic and social project developed at a women’s training centre, now converted into women’s workshops and free software (http://samedi.collectifs.net); and Stitch & Split. Selves and Territories in Science Fiction, an international project concerned with issues of race, gender and frontiers in science fiction.

Laurence Rassel has worked with the following institutions, amongst others: Fundació Antoni Tàpies and Centro de Arte Santa Mònica in Barcelona; the Palais des Beaux-Arts, KunstenFESTIVALdesArts, Fondation pour l’Architecture and Transmedia Sint-Lukas, amongst others, in Brussels; the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen in Antwerp; Arteleku in San Sebastian; the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía in Seville; Studio XX in Montreal; City of Women in Ljubljana; the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam; and the Universitat Politècnica de Belles Arts in Valencia.

The information regarding participants is taken from a file which has not been updated since the completion date of each project.