Exhibition El Cuerpo de Nuestro Tiempo / The Body of Our Time

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Space 2B
September 12th - October 12th 2019
* Opening 12th September 2019
Calle Benigno Soto 14
28002, Madrid, España


"New languages, environments, cultures, ways of socializing... I have taken my body and my head to new routines over the years, in an almost schizophrenic search for, or escape from, an identity that I cannot identify. Born and raised in Madrid, I have lived in New York, Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Shanghai, Brussels... and now in Zurich. I can't discern if I belong here or there, if I'm returning or leaving, every time I come to Madrid, or each time I return to Zurich."

In El Cuerpo de Nuestro Tiempo the artist Alicia Velázquez (Madrid, 1969) proposes to temporarily inhabit the space in which series of ritualistic works establish a dialogue with and through time. Quotidian, intimate and also unknown presences, mirrors of a foreign identity that poses questions while searching for her own.

“Nuevos idiomas, entornos, culturas, maneras de socializar… He llevado mi cuerpo y mi cabeza a nuevas rutinas a lo largo de los años, en una - casi esquizofrénica - búsqueda, o escapada, de una identidad que no consigo identificar. Nacida y crecida en Madrid, he vivido en Nueva York, Ámsterdam, Barcelona, Londres, Shanghai, Bruselas… y ahora en Zúrich. No llego a discernir si pertenezco aquí o allá, si estoy de vuelta o yéndome, cada vez que vengo a Madrid, o cada vez que regreso a Zúrich.”

En El Cuerpo de Nuestro Tiempo la artista Alicia Velázquez (Madrid, 1969) propone habitar temporalmente el espacio en el que series de trabajos ritualísticos establecen un diálogo con y a través del tiempo. Presencias cotidianas, íntimas y también desconocidas, espejos de una identidad ajena que lanza preguntas mientras se busca a sí misma. 

Liquid Moments in NuBel by Zacapa, Arco Madrid 2019

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Sips of hope, of desire, of imprecision, of imagination, of looseness, of invention, of history, of context. 

Liquid Moments, a large selection of paintings made with watercolor + drinkable fluids - coffee, rum, tea, milk…) will be on display in the space NuBel by Zacapa in ARCO Madrid, opening Wednesday 27.02 till Sunday 3.03 (public entry days 1,2,3).

Gastronomy space NuBel by Zacapa is a design by Paula Rosales, estudio more&co, located in Pavilion 9 of the art fair. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Rosebud Performance

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Kurhaus Bergün, 10.02.2019

Rosebud is a new coat hanger designed with old sledge parts by Swiss-based company schnidlersalmerón. With the occasion of its presentation, I will be enacting Rosebud, an act of transferring a large set of clothes from body to body.
Performance #Rosebud for @schindler.salmeron departs from Erwin Wurm’s work Fabio Getting Dressed (Fabio wearing his entire wardrobe), 1992

Open Studio

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Celebrating the end of this year and 6 months of daily coffee-watercolor paintings, The Coffee Machine, with a seleciton of 60 favorite paintings. They can make great Christmas or personal gifts!

Sunday 2.12.18 / 2-6pm / Krähbülstrasse 58 Zurich

L'Immortelle du Monde in Kunstmuseum Bern

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Photo credits: Kunstmuseum Bern

Photo credits: Kunstmuseum Bern

Second round of L’immortelle du Monde by Robert Filliou.

With Guillaume André, Michel Collet, Baptiste Gaillard, André Eric Létourneau, Stanislas Pili, Klara Schilliger, Emile van Helleputte, Alicia Velázquez, Valentine Verhaegue, Michaela Wendt, Miao Shuye Zhao.

Part of La République Géniale. Curated by: A. Binder, V. Maly, S. Merten, S. Renz, P. Sansano, R. Ziegler.

Production Kunstmuseum Bern and Dampfzentrale Bern.

Opening exhibition SOLID at Knoerle Baettig in Winterthur CH

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Performance 407 during opening. Photo: Caroline Palla

Performance 407 during opening. Photo: Caroline Palla

The works 407 (performance) and The Coffee Machine are part of the group exhibition SOLID, at Knoerle Baettig contemporary art gallery.

Curated by Annita Baettig and Merly Knoerle.
With artists: Muriel Baumgartner, Dominik Heim, Olga Titus, Alicia Velázquez

26 October –  24 November 2018


ADAPT-R Exhibition opens in Ambika P3, London

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While Making It Together has made it to London, and is wrapped now and hosted by Table.
While Making It Together keeps absorbing donated objects - through performative encounters - in all places it goes.
While Making It Together in London, part of the exhibition Adapt-r.
Ambika P3, University of Westminster, London
35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (Baker Street Station)
27 November to 18 December 2016; Daily, 10am – 6pm
Admission: Free
T: +44 (0)20 7911 5876

3rd PhD-in-progress presentation, London

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Light coming from two sides, a warm, high-ceilinged and open room. 
An ocean of chairs in front of me.
And another one, this one wrapped in hot pink thread, right next. Hosting 9 donated personal objects - While Making It Together. 
As I was one of the first-morning presenters, a reduced and generous audience.
A fantastic panel: Katharine Herron (Westminster), Vivian Mitsogianni (RMIT) João Barbosa Sequeira (Lisbon), Claus Peder Pedersen (Aarhus), Arnaud Hendrickx (KU Leuven) and Dimitri Vangrunderbeek (KU Leuven LUCA), chaired by Johan Verbeke (KU Leuven).

I chose to, inspired by Hans Ulrich Obrist, interview WMIT. And, while I wished to learn from her: meaning, tacit knowledge, intentions and connections to the rest of my practice, I ended up being the interviewed one.
This methodology was well received and got encouraged to be explored further, as method for practice-based research. 


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November 2016

While Making It Together to be featured in 3 upcoming events:

Photo by Tarek J. Waked for AVA (Alicia Velázquez Atelier)

Photo by Tarek J. Waked for AVA (Alicia Velázquez Atelier)


While Making It Together will be part of the large group exhibition Adapt-r

"This ground-breaking and challenging exhibition is the conclusion of a four-year international research initiative, funded by a major EU grant, and aims to provide rare insights through an extraordinary range of 35 creative practitioners from around the globe." (excerpt from AmbikaP3 announcement, full content here)

Ambika P3, University of Westminster
27 November to 18 December 2016, Daily, 10am – 6pm • Admission: Free
Exhibition Opening Wednesday 23 November 2016 18:30 - 20:30


After an intimate series of making moments with each of my Brussels colleagues at a time, the current sculpture travels to London, where I invite every person part of Adapt-r program to participate in a social performative (and silent) act of wrapping. Together we will wrap the current, chair-sized sculpture, to its temporary home during AmbikaP3 exhibition: a table.

University of Westminster,  35 Marylebone Road. NW1 5LS
Sunday 27 November, 4.15pm
Right after the plenary session of Practice Research Symposium


I will be giving my third PhD in-progress presentation in the upcoming Practice Research Symposium. This time my focus will be While Making It Together, one work to be the lens from which to look through my practice.  

University of Westminster,  35 Marylebone Road. NW1 5LS
Saturday 26 November, 9.30am

Still cutting, ring by ring, moment by moment

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Photo by Alicia Olmos for AVA (Alicia Velázquez Atelier)

Photo by Alicia Olmos for AVA (Alicia Velázquez Atelier)

"Please, don't cut all of your hair". A tiny old lady came in just to give me her beauty advice. One Hair One Purpose. Keeps going. Week 3.

Another public daily setting - the window of a centric hairdressing salon. Transformation to a place where transformation, daily and lightly, is constantly happening.
It was the most naturally fitting performance experience of all. 

OHOP at K-Styling hair salon.
Special thanks to stylist Anabel Blanco.

OHOP continues at UNO Partner Zürich

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While obsessively thoughtful of time, present in every work I produce, I keep miscalculating it. Or, maybe, Time is the one miscalculating me, or my hair, for this particular matter.

3 days and 15 hours after the performance One Hair One Purpose at Corner College, with much of that hair still up on its place, and during the very performance, I had to make a quick decision: cut it all off right here and now? Or continue the performance and the cutting further?

And, while cutting, twisting, ringing and tying up, while lights, cameras and pairs of eyes were expectant on me, the decision came: the slow act of transformation must go on. 

And if this act of transformation comes to a daily environment? 

One Hair One Purpose, Week 2, at UNO Partner Architecture & Development.
With special thanks to partner Sebastian Schaeffer.

One Hair One Purpose live from Corner College

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Thursday 29

With final PUBLIC EVENT between 20-21h

PERFORMANCE is taking place today, Thursday 29th, in

Corner College, 16-21h. Open to the public.

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Wednesday 28, from 12-17h (CET)


Tuesday 27, from 12-17h (CET)

All photos, and assistance during this piece, taken and performed by Alicia Olmos

One Hair One Purpose in Corner College, curated by Dimitrina Sevova. Corner College Collective are Dimitrina Sevova & Alan Roth.

OHOP concept by Alicia Velázquez + creative collaboration of Tarek J. Waked

Supernormal in Zürcher Hochschule der Kunst - ZHdK

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Bathroom installation by one of the groups

Bathroom installation by one of the groups

What is normal?

How can we intervene in our daily rituals, and what do we get when we do it?

These are the questions from Supernormal - matter strategies for the daily intangible - part of a 5-day interdisciplinary workshop (Z-Module) organized by Monica Gaspar Mallol in Zurich's School of Arts and Design.

We invited a group of 14 students from interaction, product design, art practice and theory and music to observe the reality of their daily rituals in the school environment, and perform an action.

As a result, we had a horse climbing up and down Toni Areal's main entrance's stairs playing with its design and proportion, blockages in the main indoor stair (cascade) which revealed (unspoken) codes of conduct, a set of written questions about the act of going to the toilet around the public areas in the building, and a sound performance inviting to care and touch for the bathroom doors. 

Intimacy with materials at ARM

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Can "material sex" inform architectural design process?

One of the thrown set of questions during the presentation of my practice (which is the subject of my current PhD research) during my exhibition/presentation at ARM - Architecture Research Moments - event in KU Leuven School of Architecture in Brussels.

Honored to have had a great panel of professionals from LUCA School of Arts, ZHAW in Zurich, KU Leuven Architecture - Sint Lucas  and more.

Practice Research Symposium (PRS) in Barcelona

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For my first PhD biannual presentation I invited to enter my intimate space, to share a historical view on my practice since my early architecture times.

With a double projection, textile bodies on table and scattered in the room, plus a large background timeline map full of postcard-sized images (which decided to fall two days prior to the event) I unfolded for the first time my practice dedicated to reaching down to emotions, with extended emphasis on the last two years of intimacy with materials. 

My PhD is a practice-based research, which I follow as Adapt-r fellow (Art Design Architecture Practice Training Research) with university of KU Leuven Architecture. Adapt-r is a partnership project between seven European universities plus RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).