Atlético was a Mexican artistic collective active between 1998 and 2003 in Mexico City.
In his projects, they experimented with languages of art, communication and consumer strategies, ironising about the formal production of art. They played a game with the identities of the members that created a private environment that allowed them to hide in the community and generate a concept of common, cryptic and multi-layered work.
The epicenter of the pieces was generated from the party as a catalyst moment of the creative process, playing with the mechanisms of ephemeral art and registration. Several of his projects, such as Sarajevo Nights, were generated from the archive compiled during party nights and later conceptualized and named as projects. One of the central elements that united the activity was the friendship of the members and the fraternal relationship that they generated in a very short time.
The breadth of the mechanisms and technical solutions they used played with mass dissemination strategies and extended the possibility of the piece of art to the multiple and the consumer product.
Pieces and exhibitions
The first pieces they made were a series of postcards sent by email with photos of the members and funny or ironic phrases about their private characters, then they continued this practice with stickers that they distributed suddenly.
The group produced in a very short time a series of pieces and exhibitions that united the formal proposal of the project. Later they were invited to participate in projects, exhibitions and collaborations in museums and galleries in Mexico and other countries, among them: Spain, Portugal, Holland, Uruguay among others. They also had a series of collaborations in editorial media. A side project of the collective was the Atlético Sound Sistem, a repertoire of music that entertained parties and events, making eclectic sets of pop 80's, electro and funk.
The group had a very productive stage in the early 2000s and then retreated to small collaborations and sporadic interventions.
They recently donated the file of their pieces and records to the Arkheia Documentation Center, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (UNAM)
His members was: Balam Bartolomé, Dulce Chacón (ilustradora) Bernardo Hernández, Antar Kuri, Heráclito López, Juan Carlos Matus, Nicolás Pradilla, Adriana Riquer Diego Teo, and Rogelio Vázquez.
All graduates of the National School of Plastic Arts, now Faculty of Arts and Design.
- Centro de Arte EGO, una colaboración con Carmen Cantón, Centro Cultural de España, Cd. de México. (2003)
- Carissimo Preciado, Unodosiete espacio cultural, Cd. de México. (2000)
- La Atmósfera Deseada, casa particular, Cd. de México. (1999)
- Cacahuates de a montón, Talleres del Atlético, Xochimilco - México (1998)
- BRG2002: 2º Festival Internacional de arte multimedia y música electrónica, Braga - Portugal (2002)
- 10 Bienal de Fotografía, Centro de la Imagen, Cd. de México (2002)
- Party (dentro de la Segunda jornada de nivelación del Oxígeno), X Teresa Arte Actual, Cd. de México (2001)
- Las molestias son temporales, las mejoras permanentes, Museo de arte Carrillo Gil, Cd. de México (2001)
- Fame, Centro Municipal de exposiciones Subte, Montevideo – Uruguay (2001)
- Pinchar (en colaboración con MC Kickass-o), X Teresa Arte Actual, Cd. de México (2001)
- Wij Zijn God, Niggendijker Gallery, Groningen – Holanda (2001)
- Territorio Bambi, Fundación Engelman Ost, Montevideo – Uruguay (2001)
- 01-800-TV-MEX, Museo de arte Carrillo Gil, Cd. de México. (2000)
- Patetique, (edición de 5 cds interactivos), FIAC 2000, stand Galería BF-15, París – Francia (2000)
- El Arte envilece, el ocio es concepto, ENAP, Cd. de México (2000)
- Smorgasbord, Centro Cultural Citlaltepetl, Cd. de México (2000)
- Buen Arte, Mal Arte, ENAP, Cd. de México (1999)
At-Syber (Mexico), B-Guided (Spain), Vochomanía (Mexico), Raro (Spain). His work has been reviewed in the following publications: Celeste (Mexico), Poroceso (Mexico) Punto H and Neo 2 (Spain).
They have participated in several conferences about collectives in Mexico City.