Democracy and U.S. Foreign Policy in Carlos Motta's The Good Life
In time for the 2008 United States Presidential election, Art in General presents The Good Life (www.la-buena-vida.info), an online archive and search engine of video interviews about the public perception of democracy, governance, leadership and U.S foreign policy throughout Latin America.
Recorded by artist Carlos Motta on the streets of 12 cities in Latin America, The Good Life is an examination of processes of democratization as they relate to the regional history of U.S. interventionist policies. The Good Life presents a wide spectrum of responses and opinions, which vary according to local situations and specific forms of government in each country.
This timely online archive provides a way for the public to watch and search through the interviews in a variety of ways, such as by the question asked, the city, or the respondents' gender, age group, occupation, and/or particular themes as expressed by the interviewees.
The Good Life's interviews were recorded in Bogotá, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Caracas, Venezuela; Guatemala City, Guatemala; La Paz, Bolivia; Managua, Nicaragua; Mexico City, Mexico; Panamá City, Panama; Santiago, Chile; San Salvador, El Salvador; São Paolo, Brazil; and Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Democracy and Bureaucracy
Artists Carla Herrera-Prats and Carlos Motta discuss ideas about democracy and access, archives and standardization, with Tim Rollins, artist and co-founder of Group Material, Nato Thompson, curator of the Creative Time exhibition Democracy in America: The National Campaign, and Art in General curator Eva Díaz.
A fully illustrated publication titled Carlos Motta: The Good Life accompanies the launch of this online project. It includes an introductory text by Carlos Motta, essays by Stamatina Gregory and Art in General's curator Eva Díaz, as well a series of texts commissioned from artists and theoreticians Tatiana Flóres, María Mercedes Gómez, Ashley Hunt, Naeem Mohaiemen, Oliver Ressler, and Juan Gabriel Tokatlián, which respond to the question "What is democracy to you?" Carlos Motta: The Good Life is available for purchase at Art in General and online through Amazon.com
About the Artist
Carlos Motta is a Colombian-born, New York based artist whose work has been individually presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and included in group exhibitions such as at The Greenroom, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Convergence Center, Democracy in America, Creative Time at Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY; and Ours: Democracy in the Time of Branding organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons, NY. Carlos Motta was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008.