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Centro de Arte y Comunicación (CAYC)
ART AND COMMUNICATION)
Collection Dates: 1970 -- 1980
1.75 linear ft.
This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: February 2004
Acquisition Note: CAYC related materials were donated to the University of Iowa by Ken Friedman .
Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
This collection is open for research.
Photographs: Boxes 2 and 3,
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Abbreviations: For an explanation of the abbreviation and dating conventions used in the finding aid, please see Abbreviations.History
Committed to the production and dissemination of "systems art," the Buenos Aires-based Centro de Arte y Comunicación was initially established as a multidisciplinary workshop in August of 1968. The University of Iowa's CAYC Collection of large scale works (about 23 x 34 inches) was originally exhibited beginning in 1972 by Jorge Glusberg, Director of the Center for Art and Communication in Buenos Aires. According to Glusberg, the exhibition was designed to address the contributors' shared conviction that "the conflicts caused by unfair social relations that prevail in most latin american [sic] countries show up in the artistic arena as well as in other aspects of the culture." Although originally published by CAYC in an edition of ten and circulated as a traveling exhibition, the ATCA version appears to be the only extant copy of the international activist collaboration. The 1972 exhibition appears to have shown about 72 works; over time, the number of works grew and the Iowa set includes 145 works. All are printed on paper using a diazo process similar to blueprint, although these works appear as dark gray on yellow-gray paper.
Conceptual artists whose works are represented in the collection include Marcel Alocco, Angelo de Aquino, Siah Armajani, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Alvaro Barrios, Juan Bercetche, Jacques Bedel, Luis Benedit, Juan Bercetche, Shelia Berkley, Antonio Berni, Cesar Bolanos, Lowry Burgess, Elda Cerrato, Jaime Davidovich, Guillemo Deisler, Agnes Denes, Juan Downey, Gregorio Dujovny, Ken Friedman, Jochen Gerz, Carlos Ginzberg, Haroldo Gonzalez, Victor Grippe, Guerrilla Art Action Group, Rafael Hastings, Dick Higgins, Fernando Huici, Peter Kennedy, Richard Kostelanetz, Uzi Kotler, Bernardo Krasniansky, Auro Lecci, Antonio Jose Caro Lopera, Lea Lublin, Francisco Mariotti, Oscar Matera, Julian Mereutza, Carlos Mills, Jorge Gonzalez Mir, Victor Mira, Abraham Moles, Ion Muresanu, Mauricio Nanucci, Moises Nusimovich, Mariano Hernandez Ossorno, Mari Orensanz, Mila Parr, Luis Pazos, Alberto Pellegrino, Alfred Portillos, Alejandro Puente, Gumersindo Quevedo, Juan Carlos Romera, Ricardo Roux, Javier Ruiz, Bernardo Salcedo, Maximo Soto, Julio Teich, Clorindo Testa, Enrique Torroja, Horst Tress, Nicolas Garcia Uriburu, Jiri Valoch, Constantin Xenakis, and Horacio Zabala.
The Iowa set was a component of The University of Iowa's Global Focus: Human Rights celebration and has been exhibited elsewhere is part or whole. A digital version of the exhibit is now available online. This virtual exhibition was funded, in part, by two concurrent grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Prepared by D. Crites, J. Roethler, September 2004.
Scope and Contents
CAYC related materials consist of one copy of each of the poster-size works included in the 1972 circulating and later exhibitions (these are located in map cases in the Special Collections) plus a linear foot of catalogues, documentation, books and pamphlets dating from 1970 to1980 and inventoried here. Boxes 2 and 3 contain black and white photographic prints which were scanned to produce the online images; many of the original works are difficult for a camera to "read" and the prints have were created to increase the brightness and contrast between the foreground ("art") and the background paper..
This is an Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Art collection.
Arte y Cibernetica. San Francisco, London, Buenos Aires. April 1971
Art Systems in Latin America. Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1974
Bill Vazan. CAYC. Buenos Aires, Argentina (?). 1975
CAYC: Recontre Internationale Ouverte de Video. February 1975, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris
CAYC: Imágenes. September -- November, 1971, VII Bienal de París
Fotovision: Del Sinathropus Pekinensis Al Hombre Nuevo de China. CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentina, n.d.
CAYC: De la Figuracion al Arte de Sistemas. El Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio A. Caraffa, Plaza Espana, Cordoba. August 1970
From Figuration to Sistems Art in Argentina. Center of Art and Communication in Camden Arts Centre, London. February 1971
Japan Video Art Festival. CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 1978
Hungria 74. CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November/December 1974
Nine Days with Dennis Oppenheim. CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1971
Poetry Investigations. CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 1972
Parables by Ken Friedman. CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 1974
CAYC in Iceland. SUM Gallery, Reykjavik. May 1974
CAYC:20 Artistas Argentinos. Galeria Continental, Lima, Lima, May, 1977.
Latin American Realities/ International Solutions : a Virtual Exhibition. Affiliated with the University of Iowa.
Art and Computers in Latin America. Buenos Aires: Ediciones CAYC, 1973. [In conjunction with the International Conference on Computers in the Humanities, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, July 1973]
Glusberg, Jorge. Dermisache. Buenos Aires: CAYC. December 1973
---- Cool Museums and Hot Museums. Buenos Aires: Ediciones CAYC, 1980
What is the Center of Art and Communication in Buenos Aires? n.d . [Booklet about CAYC, covers up to approximately 1977]. 2 packets of announcements of shows and projects
Photocopies of CAYC works
Photocopies of CAYC works
Black and white photographic prints (8x10 inches) of the original poster-size works created to inscrease brightness and contrast.
Black and white photographic prints (8x10 inches) of the original poster-size works created to inscrease brightness and contrast.The prints are foldered in the same sequence in which the original works are stored and as the online images are organized (alphabetically by surname of artist). Prints for artists with surnames A through O are in Box 2; surnames P through Z in Box 3.
Original art work in 3rd Floor Map Cases with photographic prints in Box 2:
Works from show: Hacia un Perfil del Arte Latinamerico
1-2: marcel alocco the deterioration of america ; unequal partition
3-5: siah armajani quicksilver 2 ; quicksilver bridge 1 ; quicksilver bridge 3
6-7: juan navarro baldeweg cityscape of boston ; transferring ecologic systems
8: alvaro barrios colombia
9-18: jacques bedel estudio para la restauración de un papel de dibujo ;
Study for the restoration of a piece of drawing paper ;
hyphotesis of an earthquake in the city of paris ;
hipótesis para la desaparición del pico ojos del salado (6100m) provincia de catamarca república argentina ;
hypothesis for the disappearance of the peak ojos de salado (6100m) province of catamarca argentina ;
hypothesis for de bombing of st. peters cathedral ;
hypothesis for the development of a stain of dampness ;
hyphothotesis for the destruction of villa aldobrandini ;
[hipótesis para la destrucción de la casa de don federico gonzalez debido a una explosión] ;
[hypothesis for the destruction of the house of mr. federico gonzalez due to an explosion]
19-21: luis benedit habitat for cockroaches ; habitat for white mice ; habitat for fishes
22-25: juan bercetche cause and effect ; mesh 10x10 (two copies) ; [we project to cut 10 heads]
26-27: sheila berkley come and play - street environment ; [untitled]
28: antonio berni [I love my Argentina & You]
29-30: cesar bolaños perspective ; projection
31-32: lowry burgess journey to the stars ; pits in the stars
33-34: elda cerrato arrival to america ; geo-historiography
35: jaime davidovich adhesive tape project: 1.) north america 2.) hedge around the latin american continent
36: angelo de aquino self portrait no 2
37-39: guillermo deisler idea and thought as works of art ; interruption pedestrian crossing ; smoke bomb riots
40: agnes denes trial before the holy tribunal: paolo veronese
41-42: juan downey make chile rich ; the grape boycott
43: gregorio dujovny [stop]
44-47 ken friedman homage to j.l. borges ; issues ; marching music ; reminders
48: jochen gerz 3 contributions
49-50: carlos ginzburg cubic earth ; the mountain's eye
51: jorge glusberg presentation of this show
52-54: haroldo gonzález flag ; net contents ; pin-ball
55-56: victor grippo diagram for analogy 2 ; diagram of the work presented at the art system show museum of modern art - buenos aires
57-58: guerrilla art action group aesthetic and revolution ; communique. june 24, 1971
59-61: rafael hastings various profiles of latin american art 1 ; various profiles of latin american art 2 ; various profiles of the latin american art 3
62-63: dick higgins ode to london ; structure
64: fernando huici only survival possibility
65-66: peter kennedy - mike parr inhibodress trans-art [Spanish] ; inhibodress trans-art
67: michael kenny [untitled]
68: richard kostelanetz no
69-71: uzi kotler height lines, paraiso bay, argentine antartic ; signalizer ; study of visual incentives on highways
72: bernardo krasniansky to have at home
73-75: auro lecci fundamental coordinates for a third world 1 ; fundamental coordinates for a third world 2 ; fundamental coordinates for a third world 3
76-77: antonio josécaro lopera project for book 1 ; project for book 2
78-80: lea lublin project for art systems ; project for art systems ; project for art systems
81: francisco mariotti the tower of truth
82: oscar maxera [untitled]
83-84: julián mereutza an eleate paradox ; man as a clock
85-86: carlos mills friendship breakeage ; the unforgetable
87-88: jorge gonzalez mir process of relation ; proposal a-r-71
89-90: victor mira connection of ideas ; projection of a death impulse
91: abraham moles le musèe comme labyrinth
92-93: ion muresanu brick sculpture, university dining room - montevideo ; project for the construction of an iron concrete sculpture in the coltejer center - medellin
94: mauricio nanucci [untitled]
95: moises nusimovich fragment of space of a landscape of the argentine mesopotamia
96-98: mari orensanz all roads lead to ; be careful with the ascension ; each one plays his own game
99: mariano hernandez ossorno the abandoned parks
Original art work in 3rd Floor Map Cases with photographic prints in Box 3:
Original art work in 3rd Floor Map Cases with photographic prints in Box 3:
100-103: luis pazos dialectic of the national reality ; the damned hunter ; the wall of mourning ; [project of monument to the dissapeared political prisoner]
104-107: alberto pellegrino text for a chain letter ; [untitled] ; [crisis] ; [untitled]
108-109: alfredo portillos sketch for a street poster ; work presented at art sistems buenos aires
110: alfredo portillos (and all the men) foundation cornerstone
111: alejandro puente system and object
112: gumersindo quevedo [chemérica]
113-116: juan carlos romero destruction and exaltation of the human body 1 ; destruction and exaltation of the human body 2 ; destruction and exaltation of the human body 3 ; process of a ventilator
117: ricardo roux [untitled]
118: javier ruiz two ideas
119-121: bernardo salcedo inn 1 ; inn 2 ; portrait of a photo
122-124: maximo soto project for a monument ; project for a monument to popular demands ; project for a monument to popular violence
125-127: julio teich flourishing of nothing ; series of antidesigns ; theory of garbage
128-130: clorindo testa measurement of a scream 1 ; measurement of a scream 2 ; measurement of a scream 3
131-133: enrique torroja structural initial development ; structuration for a body ; structuration for dolmen
134-135: horst tress lift ; two objects
136: nicolás garcia uriburu only one latin america
137-139: jirí valoch do it yourself (associations) ; four associations ; political concept
140-141: constantin xenakis drawing matrix hydraulic and pneumatic ; drawing matrix, organigram symbols
142-145: horacio zabala [the deformations are proportional to the tensions] ; project for a prision architecture ; pro
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