Game pieces

In his book “Philosophical Investigations” Wittgenstein puts forward a series of experiments or language games intended for the reader to reach his/her own conclusions regarding language and philosophy. By deliberately disregarding his own conclusions, the author discloses the book’s meaning; words cannot be defined by the objects or events they reference nor by mental representations, instead, the meaning of words is constructed through their use in daily conversations. Thus, in Wittgenstein’s language games, words can be manipulated to both affirm and question.

Bernardo Ortiz and Erick Beltrán use examples from “Philosophical Investigations” as their main source for “Game Piece”, an artistic action scheduled to take place at Casas Riegner gallery on Wednesday, September 18th at 6 pm. In addition, a new heliographic piece made by the artists will be unveiled. The piece will be on view until Oct. 6th.

Bernardo Ortiz was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1972. He studied Art at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá and then pursued a Master’s Degree in Philosophy at Universidad del Valle in Cali. He has participated in major international exhibitions including: Ephemeroptarae, TBA21, Vienna, Austria, 2013; Game Piece, Volt Gallery/Bergen University, Bergen, Norway, 2013; XXX São Paulo Biennial, Brazil, 2012; XI Lyon Biennial, France, 2011; MDE07, Medellín, Colombia, 2007; among others. Ortiz was co-curator of the 7th Mercosur Biennial (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and the 41 Salón Nacional de Artistas (Cali, Colombia). He also worked as a professor at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, at Universidad del Valle and at Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes in Cali.

Erick Beltrán was born in Mexico City in 1974. Recent exhibitions include: Ephemeroptarae, TBA21, Vienna, Austria, 2013; Game Piece, Volt Gallery/Bergen University, Bergen Norway, 2013; Disobedience Archive (The Republic), Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy, 2013; The Order of things, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA, 2013; Taipei Biennial, Taiwan, 2013; La Part Abyssale, Centre d’Art Comtemporain Synagogue du Delme, Metz, France, 2012; Fisuras, episodios críticos (1957-2011), MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, 2012; and The World Explained, Troppen Museum, Amsterdam, Holland, 2011.