Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla

The first introduction to this pairs work is an orchestra coming out of hole in a large concrete installation. For Allora and Calzadilla, their work is a chance for them to learn and research about something and to create a response. This is where the previously mentioned installation and performance appeared from; the pair looked at music in war, and felt that the music was an important distinction between each war and each battle fought. They then created and curated this piece in order to make the music a war.
Allora and Calzadilla are interested not only in the research, but also the materials of the pieces. This included chalk, whereupon they created giant pieces of chalk and placed these outside a political building where it was allowed for a certain amount of time to express your views and opinions to gain change. Where they placed these chalks, they crumbled, but they were also used to write everything from declarations of love to political writing. The sculpture was eventually taken away, as though they took free speech away.
The pair find that they fight a lot, however the also find good ground and work from these points. This juxtaposition they find useful in their relationship. Juxtaposition is also a common theme throughout their work. One piece that showed this was on a island of the coast of Puerto Rico which was opened up to the public for the first time in many years after the army were finished with it. They ended up filming a man riding through the island on a motorbike with a trumpet as the exhaust of the motorbike. The composition was accidental as it was created by the dips and bumps in the road, and was exclaimed as a scream of joy.  ‘Discussion Table‘ is one of their most portable pieces – a table was inverted and a motor attached in order to ride it around like a boat to places where the fate is not certain. In both of these pieces, humour is used in two very different ways, but the mundane is bought together.
Both Allora and Calzadilla come from the sciences and their practice sorts absortedly through nonsense. They find that it is important to have work that contradicts itself and to use an ideological glue to put it all together.

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