Talk with Jorge Satorre and Catalina Lozano mediated by Luciana Martins and Carmen Fracchia

Thursday, 23 September 2010, 6pm, Room 101, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck, London WC1E 7JL

Modelling Standard is the first collaborative project of artists Jorge Satorre and Erick Beltrán with drawings by Jorge Aviña, curated by Catalina Lozano. It takes as a point of departure the radical historiographic turn introduced by Carlo Ginzburg in the 1970s, who focused on localised, popular and disregarded micro-histories rather than universal, over-arching versions. The title Modelling Standard references the scientific concept of the Standard Model used in physics to explain the almost invisible interactions occurring between subatomic particles.

Erick Beltrán and Jorge Satorre use both micro-historical methods and the metaphor borrowed from physics to create connections between small, insignificant hints and traces. These are taken from their heterogeneous references to build seemingly unlikely connections between literary references, personal experiences, historical data, trivia and scientific facts through the construction of a diagram. The result is a series of caricatures and texts through which the artists will construct a detective plot where Sigmund Freud, Carlo Ginzburg, Giovanni Morelli, Aby Warburg, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Joe Orton are the protagonists.

This project is a collaboration amongst Gasworks, FormContent and CILAVS. It has been supported by Sociedad Estatal para la Nación Cultural en el Exterior (Seacex), AECID (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo) and LCACE (London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange).

Exhibition at FormContent (London): 9 Sept – 3 Oct 2010

An online exhibition will be available at from Dec 2010.