Project Description

#WhatsupArgentina Mi Casa Tu Casa
call for contributions, till December 2018

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Buenos Aires (MAR) Museum in Mar del Plata is pleased to invited you to contribute to the creative process aimed at the creation of next ephemeral architecture by Argentinean artist Daniel González.
MAR Museo is supporting the artistic research of Argentinean artist Daniel González about community-based installations. The artist has come to a deep investigation about audience engagement throughout more than 12 years in developing public works. In his upcoming public project “#whatsupArgentina Mi Casa Tu Casa” the artist takes the audience engagement focus to another level by involving Museum’s visitors and social followers in the creative process from scratch, through the use of the messaging app WhatsApp.
Freedom in the creative process and the pro-active participation of the audience are the core focus of the whole artwork by González, which will be developed in two different ways: a virtual dissemination and a call for objects.
While in the virtual reality of the internet, the Museum and the artist are asking for an imaginative contribution about “How your dream house looks like” which might consist of a text, an image, a vocal message or a video sent to the messaging app Whatsapp, things get different at the Museum’s hall. The institution is collecting common objects which will become physically the first “community” dream house ever built. All people contributing, either virtually or physically, will become co-author of the artwork together with artist Daniel González.
The call for contribution by MAR Museum is open till December 2018. The ephemeral architecture “#WhatsupArgentina Mi Casa Tu Casa” by Daniel González will be on show in MAR Museo throughout the whole 2019.

Call for Whatsapp messages
Please answer to the following question “How your dream house looks like?” with a text, a voice message, an image or a video to +54 223 423 4654

Call for common objects
Where: directly at the Museum
MAR Museo
Av. Félix U. Camet y López de Gomara
Mar del Plata, Argentina 7600
General info: +54 0223 471-7695
Opening days: Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat, Sun and holidays 12pm to 8pm, Wednesday closed
How to get there: by bus 221, 581, 553, 555
Museum Website

What we collect: chairs, lamps, lampshades, tablecloths, centrepieces, armchairs, cushions, ornaments, pitchers, blankets, souvenirs, sofas, pillows, carpets & rugs, ceramics objects, mugs, paintings, wardrobes, shelves, plants, vases, glasses, pots, mirrors, tables, dishes, chandeliers, pencils, sheets, stools, beach balls, balloons, parasols, towels, bird cages, shoes, clothes, etc.
Please consider that objects will not be returned.

About the artist Daniel González

Daniel González (Buenos Aires, 1963) is a world-renown plastic artist, who first took his artistic steps in the city of Mar del Plata. Here he lived years of great intensity that allowed him to carry forward his first expression linked to art: Pisquit Sunwear, a line of wearable sculptures produced in unique pieces realized during the dictatorship in Argentina, when each form of artistic expression was forbidden.
This is how Mar del Plata was transformed into a place that awakened its creation and allowed him to express his passion, surrounded by friends and a natural environment that actively collaborated to make that happen. According to the artist, “there I ingested all the information and knowledge to the same extent as I developed my creativity through methods of associations where everything was mixed without categories”.

Currently he lives between New York and Verona (Italy). In 2018 González presents his first major retrospective focused on his ephemeral architectures in MAR Museo in Mar del Plata (Argentina) and he delivers a huge site-specific installation in Mondello (Palermo), “Mi Casa Tu Casa”, in Manifesta 12 collateral events. In addition to that he is among the shortlisted projects for a site-specific work to be placed in Humboldt Forum inside Berlin Castle and exhibits in the group show at the Federal Ministry of Infrastructures (BBR) in Berlin. In 2017 the artist receives the international grant from Pollock Krasner Foundation (new York City) and creates a site-specific ephemeral architecture for Milan-Lambrate design district.

Among the others, his works were exhibited in Zabludowicz Collection (London), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (DE), in El Museo del Barrio (New York, 2011 Latino-America Biennial show), in Viafarini (Milan) and Marsèlleria (Milan), in Neuer Kunstverein (Aachen, DE), in Prague Biennial, Manifesta 7 South Tyrol and in the following art galleries: Studio La Città (Verona), Diana Lowenstein (Miami, USA), Boccanera Gallery (Trient, IT) and Spencer Brownstone (New York City). He produced site-specific works for MACO Mexico, Mexico City, Witte de With Festival in Rotterdam, Juliet’s House Museum (Verona), Santo Spirito in Sassia (Rome) and The Chocolate Factory Foundation (Tessin, CH).

His works are in several private collections in Italy and abroad, among the others Zabludowicz Collection (London), Fondation pour l’art contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon (France), Luciano Benetton (Venice, Italy) and Patrizia Pepe (Prato, Italy).