ASSOCIATIONS

THE SILENT MOVIES 

The Silent Movies is a duo founded in 2020 by artists Borut Savski (Slovenia, 1960) and Francisco Tomsich (Uruguay, 1981) devoted to develop a very specific dialogue between moving images and electronic music composition. Their aim is exemplified in the creation of an on-developing software to produce immersive installations/concerts in which the videos’ raw data is analyzed in real time to produce a potentially infinite and never identical series of stochastic algorithmic compositions whose dynamics are perceivable related to the flow of moving images and at the same time affects them, thus constantly modifying the whole dynamic system. The first prototype of the sound ecosystem model was tested at the exhibition Elegija (Cirkulacija2, Ljubljana, July 2020), produced by Cirkulacija2.

BOJA 

KUD/AAC BOJA is a collective platform for creation, translation and dissemination of contemporary poetics in the fields of visual arts, literature and film based in Izola, Slovenia.

MALINC

Malinc is a Medvode-based publishing house specialized in children’s and young people’s literature. The range of Francisco Tomsich’s collaborations with Malinc goes from illustration and design to the artistic research project Bivališča Branislave Sušnik | Moradas de Branislava Susnik [Branislava Susnik’s dwellings].

TRANSLACIJA | TRASLACIÓN

A Ljubljana-based platform for production, exhibition and research on performance art created by artists Tatiana Kocmur and Francisco Tomsich.

ROG

Located at Ljubljanica’s riverside (Ljubljana, Slovenia) Rog is primarily a series of buildings used for tanning until 1945, when the complex was expropiated and nationalized. Between 1951-53 and 1994 it was known as the factory of Rog bicycles. It was occupied by a group of urbanists, artists and activists in 2006. Until 2020, it functioned as the workspace of an open informal association (Avtonomna Tovarna Rog) of a large amount of people engaged in social work and the arts. Francisco Tomsich works in Rog since the end of 2014.

META CITY SYMPTOMS

MATERIALNI POGOJI PRODUKCIJE, also known as Meta City Symptoms, was a series of ephemeral and concrete art events and statements conceived for public, neglected, obscure, displaced or forgotten spaces composed and propagated by an international association of artists based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The procedures and rites were replicated in different locations following the moon’s cycles. Meta City Symptoms was founded in Ljubljana by artists Simon Svetlik, Žiga Pilih and Francisco Tomsich.

MACMO

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Montevideo (Contemporary Art Museum of Montevideo) is an artistic practice and an experimental nomadic institution founded (2013) and directed by the duet of artists Eugenia González and Agustina Rodríguez. Francisco Tomsich integrates the editor’s board of the associated magazine MUSEO and has participated in various projects, including the exhibition, publication and research program Ice Floe. The institutional issue. Crossroads between Eastern Europe and the River Plate region (2017).

WITH RUTH FERRARI

The association between Francisco Tomsich and the dancer, coreographer and dance teacher Ruth Ferrari started in 2009 in the framework of TDUEPURC (see below). Their collaborative research on movement and representation has taken different forms, from a remake of Ulrike Grossarth’s piece Exercises (DO IT, Contemporary Art Space, Montevideo, 2011) to Los hombres sin paz  [The Men Without Peace], a research project initiated in 2012 which comprises the production (2014), of an homonymous dance piece for seven male dancers, re-staged in 2016.

TDUEPURC

Traspuesto de un Estudio para un Retrato Común (Transposed Study for a Common Portrait) is an international informal association of artists and the title of an on-going trans-disciplinary project developed since 2008 through a series of expeditions aimed to produce extended portraits of certain places following a re-enacted protocol of procedures and methods. The group has generated 13 collective exhibitions in Uruguay and Brazil and has produced six expeditions and books: La Coronilla, Conchillas (2009), Riozinho (2009), De Corrales a Tranqueras (2010), FUNSA (2011) and Tambores (2012). TDUEPURC participated in 7th MERCOSUR Biennial (2009) and 1st Montevideo Biennial (2012).

The Laboratorio color y contexto [Colour and Context Lab] was founded in 2009 by Noelia Varela and Francisco Tomsich in the framework of TDUEPURC’s expeditions with the objective of producing painting and drawing materials and tools using only natural raw materials from the studied place, therefore relating material conditions of production with themes and subjects. The LCC is related to Tomsich’s own interests in the fields of alchemy and history of colour permeating numerous series of paintings and drawings.

WITH VLADIMIR GUICHEFF

The collaboration between Vladimir Guicheff & Francisco Tomsich around vocal music composition started in 2003 with Concierto jánico, a performance for two voices and two guitars first performed at the opening of Tomsich’s first solo show, Jania. From 2004 onwards, they have collaborated in numerous projects, including the associative writing of the chamber opera El Cantante (The singer, upon texts from the Argentine poet and playwright Gabriel Yeannoteguy, 2004 – 2006), the performance El juramento de Fausto (Faust’s oath, 2010) and Laurel (2012), a duet for soprano and violin. The piece for solo guitar Ícaro [Icarus] was composed by Guicheff in the framework of Tomsich’s exhibition Mudanza/Icaria (2007) and performed for the first time at the opening (Ministry of Education and Culture, Montevideo, August 2007). Las Madres (The Mothers, 2008-2012) was an interdisciplinary performative project commissioned by the Montevideo-based female choir Kárpátia. The working process encompassed different strategies of collective and site-specific creation, and the main outcome was The Mothers, An Introduction and Fifteen Songs for Female Chamber Choir, an one-hour lenght vocal score composed by Guicheff upon a series of songs written by Tomsich for the ocassion. In 2018, they worked together in Landaus, following a similar procedure. A series of texts in verse written in German by Tomsich was the starting point of a composition and a sum of operations for the stage to be collectively produced in Cologne, Germany. Landaus was first performed by the ensemble Kollektiv 3:6 Koeln on 27th November 2018.

SONETOS A DOS 

Sonetos a dos is a book of sonnets written collectively (2005 – 2008) through SMS and e-mails by Horacio Cavallo and Francisco Tomsich. It was awarded with the Fondo Concursable literary prize 2008 from the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay and published in 2009 by Trilce. Some of these poems have been set to music by Tomsich and Cavallo themselves and performed in presentations and readings.

PACIENTES

A Montevideo-based association of artists and musicians devoted to improvisation and site-specific composition. It was founded in 2009 in the frame of TDUEPURC #1 La coronilla by Marcelo Rilla, Vladimir Guicheff, Guillermo Stoll, Jorge Portillo and Francisco Tomsich. The ensemble was later joined by Juan Martín López and Fabrizzio Rossi. Pacientes has produced public presentations, concerts and sessions in contexts as diverse as bars and museums, abandoned buildings and art exhibitions. The CD Pacientes en Pehuajó was published in 2008 when the members of the group met to perform the music for the film Pehuajó (Catalina Marín, 2009). The album La trompa di fallo (historia de la guerra) was released in 2014 by the independent label Feel de Agua (Montevideo, Uruguay).

.TXT

.TXT is a monthly digital magazine devoted to recent literary production from the Southern Cone and beyond. It was founded in 2004 by a Montevideo-based group of artists and writers (Martín Barea Mattos, Horacio Cavallo, Diego de Ávila, Mariana Figueroa, Virginia Lucas and Francisco Tomsich). The Rio do Janeiro (Brazil) cell started to operate in 2012. .TXT was published and propagated in 2004 – 2005 (First Epoch), 2011 – 2012 (Second Epoch) and 2017 – 2018 (Third Epoch).