Art Factory Hostel Blog

Word of the week: Pesuti

A pesuti is heavy, hardcore, tough man.

Someone who is a pesuti may carry a gun and wont have problem to use it whenever he feels like. Some of our fine police agents are pesutis as well, since they respect no law or codes and shoot to kill anything that moves.

Basically, pesutis are people who are on the criminal side and make their living from robbing and killing. Famous Argentine actor  Rodolfo Ranni used to play a very bad tempered character, a mafia boss, and that character would be the cliché image of a pesuti.

You can check him out on  YouTube, but don’t laugh: A real pesuti fellow shall never tolerate that bad acting…

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This week: Woody Allen & The Acoustics of Vinyl

This Wednesday Art Factory Hostel presents another installment of its weekly film cycle: Woody Allen’s  Whatever Works. As always, admission is free and the film will show around 9 pm, Argentine time. So you know what that means. If you’re not a hostel guest, please mention the blog at reception.

On Thursday, Acusticos de Vinilo continues with a dj spinning real vinyl from a record collection that looks like mine used to: PIL, XTC, Pixies, The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, etc. He usually plays one whole side before switching artists. Made me feel like a college student again.



In between sets, acoustic artists Buffalo Billy’s Trio will entertain. Admission is AR $10 but free for hostel guests.

Click here to visit Acusticos de Vinilo’s blog.

Most Art Factory events take place in the rooftop bar.

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Kill you Barbie

Whenever my friends Lucia and Ceci get together for a performance piece at Art Factory Hostel, I expect food to fly.

Two years ago, during a hot New Year’s Eve on the terrace, they hurled spaghetti & tomato sauce at one another. Last time, hard-boiled eggs.

Last night watching their new performance, MATATUBARBIE, I was disappointed in the lack of food fights, but not in the overall thrust, intelligence and humor.

Especially the latter. My biggest laugh: The shrieks in unison of  BREEEENNNNDAAA! when her photo appeared on the screen.

While telling a friend of mine about the show and encouraging him to go, his eyes rolled into the back of his head at the mention of performance art. I understand that reaction but the gals take the piss out of the idea of performance art as much as they indulge in it.

This time around, audio/visual input played an important role, as you can see in the photos below. Eva Carrizo and director Cristian Scotton joined Ceci and Lucia in the mischief. They had a lot of fun and I did, too.

The troupe will reprise on Sunday night at Art Factory Hostel. The cost is AR $20 which includes a free glass of wine. Art Factory’s guests get in free.



            

By the way, the performance’s final images may well be the funniest. But only if you know Ozzy slang .

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Word of the week: Cachengue

From Manu: Cachengue means rumble, action, chaos… It can be either a fight, a dance hall, or a party. It always involves lots of people having fun or maybe fighting, which is for them in the “cachengue”, a funny thing.

Expression: “se armo cachengue” means it became a total chaos.

Cachengue is also used to describe what happens in a  cumbia or  reggaeton dance hall when people dance out of control.

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Mural artist Grothesque paints Art Factory

I’ve been away from Art Factory for awhile and so when I visited last Tuesday I was anxious to see any new art. I was expecting something good but I wasn’t expecting something quite so big!



This colorful crest can be seen for a long ways down Piedras. Cool. Someday, hopefully, that whole white space will be covered with the painting and graffiti of Argentine artists. That is, if we can find a tall enough ladder.




I think Grothesque’s stuff would make great tattoos, with a little more shading.

Click here for Grothesque’s web site.

Grothesque also painted the outside walls of one of Art Factory’s newer rooftop bungalows:

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The three virgins

Last week  Wussmann Gallery in  San Telmo opened a new installation. Wussmann is just a hop, skip and a jump from Art Factory Hostel and my favorite gallery here in the neighborhood. It’s housed in a beautifully restored 19th century building and offers a perfect space for big installations and happenings. Last week’s event was no exception.




                  
   
All photos © Rick Powell 2010 Some rights reserved. Released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike license.

Wussmann Gallery is located at  Venezuela 570. Admission is free. Make sure you visit the trastienda and the artists’ books room upstairs. Talk to Paula and tell her Rick from Art Factory sent ya.

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San Telmo Manga Graffiti

I used to do a San Telmo Art Walk, a tour around Buenos Aires’ oldest barrio surveying the street art and the burgeoning gallery scene. Art Factory itself fills up with more and more graffiti monthly and is the city’s largest gallery of street art. It’s hostel, too, of course. Check out some photos on this gallery page.

But, I’ve never see this particular piece. I’ve messaged the guy whose flickr photo this is and will report back. I would definitely have to make time for showing off this one.

Pretty cool.

 by Charles Roffey

And this one, too.

 by Charles Roffey

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Word of the week: Bacán

From Manu: Bacán is a person who loves the high life.  “Un bacán” can be either a wealthy guy or a poor guy attached to a rich person, living out of his/her money. but “bacán” is usually an adjective that relates to a person having a very good time, spending lots of money or living a very funky life.

According to  this Web site, in Chile the word bacán derives from the word bacanal, which has the meaning you might expect.

In Buenos Aires, the word was originally used in early 20th century tango songs to describe a man capable of supporting a lover. Hard to come by, I guess. Posh is perhaps the nearest English equivalent adjective. The etymology is Italian rather than Spanish.

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