Tecoh, a 17th-century hacienda in the Yucatan jungle transformed by Jorge Pardo, is the departure point for this symposium examining the complexities of place, locality, culture and ecology in the commissioning and production of site-specific works

Transforming Place: Site and Locality in Contemporary Art - part 1

Welcome by Nora Razian & Alex Coles

Jorge Pardo in conversation with Claudia Madrazo & Michael Govan

The discussion focuses on Pardo’s past and recent work, including the seminal 4166 Sea View Lane 1998 and significant influences on Jorge’s work such as Donald Judd’s Marfa, Texas. Speakers highlight the context and development of Tecoh as an open artwork and the impact of this on curatorial practice. 

Transforming Place: Site and Locality in Contemporary Art - part 2

Pamela Lee: The Global Hacienda

This paper uses Tecoh as an example to consider what the historic form of the hacienda might tell us about site-specifity and the global art world.

Transforming Place: Site and Locality in Contemporary Art - part 3

Alex Coles and Jorge Pardo: Studio in the Yucatan

Pardo initially moved part of his studio to nearby Merida to work on Tecoh – recently relocating his entire studio there.

The conversation will focus on how local conditions impacted upon the studio’s working method during the design and fabrication of the hacienda.

Transforming Place: Site and Locality in Contemporary Art - part 4

Transforming Place: Site and Locality in Contemporary Art - part 5

Introduction to the session by Nora Razian

Miguel Angel Corzo: Conversations that Matter

This presentation focuses on the expanded dimensions of Tecoh, particularly how its physical components create a discursive ‘space-time’, engaging the audience in a creative exchange about spaces that reflect the experience of living in an evolving cultural landscape.

Transforming Place: Site and Locality in Contemporary Art – Part 6

David Adjaye and Huib Haye van der Werf in conversation

This discussion looks at pedagogy in relation to place and architecture, focusing on the impact of Tecoh and other site specific works on pedagogical practice, as well as opening up a dialogue on the relationship between architecture and art.

Transforming Place: Site and Locality in Contemporary Art - part 7

Through the lens of contemporary art, design and architecture, speakers address site specificity, place making, commissioning and the institutional models needed to explore these issues.

Opening up the idea of the expanded ‘sculptural house’, the symposium will highlight the experimental production process at the heart of Teco, which draws out questions around the potential of architecture to transform not only physical space but also to enable a different way of being in a place.

The tension between cultural preservation and revitalization, and relationships between the artist’s studio practice and the local production networks will also be discussed, drawing on the folding of site and studio during the six year production period for Tecoh.