San José, Costa Rica

TEOR/éTica in front of the entrance door(c) all pictures in this article TEOR/éTica

Lola Malavasi Lachner, from TEOR/éTica joins us for the onAIRISM - interaction and connectivity workshop in June and the conference in November 2022.

Located in San José, Costa Rica,TEOR/éTica is a private, non-profit, independent project, dedicated to the research and diffusion of contemporary artistic practices. Both its name and its reason for being imply theory, ethics and aesthetics.

Throughout more than two decades of work, TEOR/éTica has consolidated itself as one of the most dynamic and purposeful cultural projects in the region, recognized internationally for promoting the development of the arts and fostering new ways of thinking and thinking itself critically. This project operates as a platform for research and dissemination of contemporary artistic practices, with an emphasis on Central America and the Caribbean. Since its foundation, a wide group of agents has participated in the construction of TEOR/éTica, permeating it with their particular interests and practices, thus generating a dynamic organization, interested in looking at and questioning the place from where it operates.

TEOR/éTica aims to open spaces to question, debate, and generate thought pertinent to this region. This is done through exhibitions, publications, workshops, grants, and study groups, amongst others, focusing on experimental and politically committed practices.

Exterior view of the TEOR/éTica

The space was founded thanks to the initiative of Costa Rican artist, curator and researcher Virginia Pérez-Ratton (1950-2010), and the complicity and support of several colleagues, artists, academics and cultural agents, amongst which are Tamara Díaz Bringas, Priscilla Monge, Víctor Hugo Acuña, Manuel Picado, Ruth Sibaja, Pedro Leiva, Luis Fernando Quirós, Sagrario Pérez Soto, Carlos Capelán, Cecilia Paredes, Glenn Janpol y Elías Soley. The Founding Assembly was originally constituted by artist and curator Rolando Castellón (Nicaragua/Costa Rica), curator Paulo Herkenhoff (Brazil), artist Claude Tournon (Francia/Costa Rica) and architect Bruno Stagno (Costa Rica).

According to the Constitutive Act, the ARS Teoretica Foundation has “as its main objective to administer and support the project known as TEOR/éTica, aimed at promoting, fostering and developing research, study and dissemination of artistic practices of the Central American and Caribbean region, with an emphasis on the visual arts, without excluding other areas of the world, as well as to stimulate the active participation of artists and intellectuals in the articulation of thought pertinent the region.”

Interior view of a exhibition in TEOR/éTica with artworks on the walls and on white blocks in the middle of the room

TEOR/éTica wishes to function as a catalyst and support for the artistic production of Costa Rica, Central America and the Caribbean. In addition, taking advantage of its international connections, it aims to activate itself as a platform from where to propitiate formative and critical thinking activities regarding local and global contemporary discourses and realities, understood through art. TEOR/éTica is committed to generate spaces for art to critically accompany the development of our contemporary societies, to contribute in a real way to the construction of a critical public sphere, and to recover the ability to put certain social consensus in crisis.

More information on their lines of action here.

View through a door in a library