Black Tulip: Unblackbox

Arts Santa Mònica

Through a process of unblackboxing the labyrinthic workings of the Santa Mònica art centre (following on a suggestion by Bruno Latour), Black Tulip takes on the task of spilling forth the intestinal operations of the institution, the full set of conditions and factors determined by the infrastructure so frequently hidden from the public. The mechanism proposed by Black Tulip sets out to modulate the entire Zande Net exhibition cycle. It is grounded on an architecture that inherits components of the exhibiting past of the centre, while anticipating those uses to be required by participating artists, mediators and publics over the course of the upcoming year.

The infrastructure Black Tulip proposes here seeks then to make the very space of Arts Santa Mònica reflective, understanding it as a site of possibility from which to facilitate and determine connections between artistic processes and social relationships.

Black Tulip is a shared mask that is worn to sidestep the trap of identity and give priority to work of a collaborative nature. By renouncing the hierarchical value of first and last names, Black Tulip works as an aggregate where no one part stands out over any other.