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An expedition of artists settles in and explores for two weeks a populated zone determined by consensus. While there, the members of the group carry out activities geared towards producing cognizance about the place, prioritizing drawing as a privileged tool of a hermeneutics between nature and culture, focusing on portrait in its broadest sense and working in an atelier open to the community. There will be no bias against investigations addressed to social, ecological, educational or scientific issues, as long as they respect the aesthetic premises of the project. The members of the group operate together and each participant develops a personal study on some aspects of the surrounding context (flora, landscape, fauna, architecture, oral history, soundscape, etc), parodying the figures, roles and devices of the tradition of naturalist expeditions. An open call will be issued via bilboards, announcements on the radio and direct contact with individuals in order to collect models to portray. These models and the members of the expedition will get in touch through text messages, phone calls and/or personal meetings. A significant number of live portrait sessions will be held, even though other formats and methods are developed. Under no circumstances will the original of the portraits be given or sold to their subjects. It is considered crucial to gather all the original material (works, sketches, documents, etc) produced during the expedition. This material is the corpus. Sub-expeditions will be directed to the following places within the studied area during the period of the expedition: cemetery, places that the inhabitants of the community deem as natural wonders or remarkable lanscapes, parks and squares, popular festivities, shows and concerts. Specific research geared towards producing typologies (of physical traits, of behavior, of local graphic design, of wildlife and local arquitecture, etc) will be privileged. At least one local artist will be sought out in order to engage him or her in dialogue. The conversations between the participating artists and the subjects of the portraits will be documented, as well as any other conversation with locals. A significant portion of this information will be transcribed. Photographs taken by the members of the expedition as a models for drawings and paintings are no admissible; working on the basis of live model during the period of the expedition is a non-negotiable premise. Materials from the place studied should be used to produce tools, colors, devices. The production of objet trouvés will be prohibited. As an experimental project, TDUEPURC focus on observation and description, and pretends to be realist and intuitive. None of the works created in the context of the expedition should be signed. The authorship is collective. As a method and retour of artistic production, TDUEPURC is a multiaxial study of a place. For the participating artists, that place to study is, initially, an utopia: there is not a such a place until one has reached it and map becomes landscape, demographical information becomes persons and documents become traces. Hence, the trip becomes a symbolic passage and everything done in the framework of the project is part of a collective performance and a tangled and paradoxical reading of the journey of discovery. The aim of the expedition is to hold a show in situ, to make another show in another city and publish a selection of the produced works and documents in a book (of 13,5 × 19,2 cms) entitled  with the name of the studied place. This book is distributed among the institutions that held the project and the protrayed persons.

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Por dos semanas, un grupo expedicionario de artistas se instala y recorre una zona poblada acotada por consenso. Allí, los integrantes del colectivo llevan a cabo actividades orientadas a producir sobre tal lugar conocimiento sensible, priorizando el dibujo (entendido como una herramienta privilegiada de una hermenéutica de las relaciones entre naturaleza y cultura), trabajando en un taller abierto a la comunidad y documentando minuciosamente cada paso del proceso. Mediante diversas estrategias de convocatoria pública se invita a la comunidad a posar para los artistas en sesiones de retrato. En ellas, los/las modelos son invitados a estarse quietos, mirando un punto fijo, durante un período de tiempo definido a priori no menor a 10 minutos durante el cual los artistas producen retratos utilizando diversas técnicas, métodos y lenguajes. Dichas sesiones son fuentes de historias, testimonios e información sobre el lugar estudiado. Amén de ello, los artistas producirán dibujos, pinturas, fotografías, videos, textos, esculturas, grabaciones y partituras que se ocupen de aspectos puntuales del lugar estudiado. Se valorarán las investigaciones dirigidas a producir tipologías del paisaje, la flora, la fauna, el diseño gráfico, la arquitectura, la historia, el habla, etc, del lugar. Se ha de buscar el encuentro y el diálogo con artistas locales. Se ha de pretender producir insumos para el taller con materias propias del lugar estudiado. Se han de realizar subexpediciones específicas a zonas y eventos significativos que se presenten en el espacio-tiempo de la estadía. Se han de buscar representaciones de José Gervasio Artigas. Se evitará utilizar fotografías como modelos de dibujos y pinturas realizadas durante la expedición. Se ha de prohibir producir objets trouvés. Los originales de las piezas producidas no han de ser cedidos ni vendidos bajo ninguna circunstancia. El corpus producido por TDUEPURC en cada expedición ha de integrar un archivo común. Una selección significativa del corpus producido durante la expedición comparecerá en una muestra pública realizada hacia el final de la misma titulada “Retratos de …” Una vez terminada la expedición, se edita y publica un libro de 13,5 x 19 cms de aprox. 200 páginas cuyo título es el nombre del lugar estudiado. Dicho volumen irá acompañado de al menos un CD/DVD. Ejemplares del libro se repartirán entre los retratados por TDUEPURC y en las bibliotecas del lugar estudiado. Ninguna de las piezas producidas en el marco de la expedición está firmada; la autoría del libro, la muestra y todo documento, publicación o imagen producida en el marco de la expedición es de autoría colectiva.

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