Bar Candela Immigrant Narratives in Transition: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of a Relational Art-Project
In our presentation we will discuss an art-project: ”Bar Candela” by Kristin Bergaust and Alexis Parra as it appears in three video works documenting different aspects of this ongoing art-project, see www.productframes.org, click Bar Candela button.
Bar Candela has been arranged in various existing bars as a platform of artistic and cultural communication related to the Cuban immigrant situation in Europe and elsewhere. A Cuban bar is an important social venue, a meeting place that seems to escape the otherwise strict monitoring of daily life experienced by many Cubans. Both satellite television and Internet connections are illegal, the jokes and stories of the bar is part of the informal exchange of information and rumor.
In this spirit the Bar Candela project documents, recreates and investigates Cuban street music and popular culture through video, sound, internet conferencing and live performances in the context of a bar. Each event has a new theme and title.
The artists will present the project verbally and visually, followed by an epistemological and sociological analysis. We will focus upon how art from a relational and performative position can communicate identities and places in different national and urban contexts.
Keywords: Relational Art, Immigration, Communication, Cuba, Epistemology, Sociology
Professor, Art and Design, Oslo University College
Associate Professor, Faculty of Art
Prof. Oddrun Sæter
Professor and Research Director, The Research Programme Communication, Education and Culture, Oslo University College