Water my plant: open studio


Agustín and Denise are artists-in-residence at WPZimmer within the framework of Mestizo Arts Festival’s international exchange program.

Their project deals with the relation between architecture, institutional dynamics and artistic creation in both Buenos Aires and Belgium, and the possibilities of collaboration between these two distant territories. The process involves creating and exchanging miniature models of cultural buildings on a 1-to-1 basis, to start a participatory process with the cultural managers and artists working in/around them, with the aim to build sustainable and creative long-distant relationships.
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On October 28th, Agustín and Denise will make an open studio at WPZimmer to present the mixed media works produced so far as a result of their field research in Belgium.
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AGUSTÍN JAIS (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1985).
Artist, curator, cultural manager, designer and professor. His main platform is Club Cultural Matienzo, a self-managed, umbrella organization that runs a venue for the arts, culture and community life. One of its founders, Agustin is currently member of both Coordination and Content boards, head of the communications team, co-director of Matienschön -its contemporary art space- and artistic director of the new media festival LET IT VJ. His artistic practice is linked to this experience, and usually takes form as context-based projects developed collectively in space and time. He is interested in institutional dynamics, collaborative networking and community building, and the relational anxieties present in collaborative organizations. He presented installations, multimedia works, murals, video, photos, performances, relational pieces and live visuals at Centro Cultural Juan de Salazar (Asunción, Paraguay), Centro Cultural Parque España (Rosario, Argentina), and CETC – Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón, Espacio Telefónica, Centro Cultural San Martín and Club Cultural Matienzo in Buenos Aires. In 2015 he made “Soulseek/2016”, his first collaboration with Denise Lara Margules.
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DENISE LARA MARGULES (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1989).
Filmmaker and chef. She studied at Universidad del Cine, attended filmmaking programs at Universidad Di Tella (by Martín Rejtman and Andrés Di Tella) and participated in screenwriting courses with Juan Campanella, Aída Bortink and Fernando Castets. She is part of the Audiovisual Arts department at Club Cultural Matienzo. Her short films were presented at BAFICI (14), MALBA, Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali (FICCALI) and Family Fiction Film Project, Portugal. Her early interest in cooking comes from watching her female relatives cook. She studied at IAG, with Gato Dumas and with Pamela Villar, and created her undertaking “My little cakes”. Since 2014, she studies embroidery with Guillermina Baiguera.