On Friday, April 13th, a new chapter in the life story of castillo/corrales begins: the inauguration of MACHU PICCHU, the gallery’s bar.

Or let’s say, simply, the inauguration of a bar—a 1:1 scale prototype of a small neighborhood bar—as the gallery makes room completely to MACHU PICCHU, and as the project is more communal, cooperative, integrated, commerce-based, and amateur than anything ever tried out at castillo/corrales before.

MACHU PICCHU is “choreographed” by Egija Inzule, David Douard, Hélène Minoux and Julien Laugier. As April goes on, MACHU PICCHU will be operated by a number of persons who extend far beyond the group that runs castillo/corrales on a daily basis, and who will tend the bar on their own rules and beliefs. Expect to be welcomed by a new owner on every night at METRO PICTURES!

MACHU PICCHU is for a month a site for numerous concerts, readings, parties, for heavy-drinking and lightheartedness, ESL and ESP, for making out and building new friendships, arguing about neo-illichism and triennialization, postulating theories as much as gossiping. But of course, what will exactly happen at MACHU PICCHU, how it will be used and experienced, should logically be described and considered only afterward.


While most of the activities of MACHU PICCHU are spontaneously organized and acted out, some events have been already programmed, including:

13.04. at 9 p.m.: The first night sees Alex Cecchetti read from his new book “A SOCIETY THAT BREATHES ONE YEAR” published by Book Works, London. The Paris-based, art ragazzo also presents drawings, and proposes some refreshments of his own.

21.04. 8-11 p.m.: “BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS 1991-2005” a three hour video installation by Nina Könnemann presenting her collection of “Blackpool Illuminations” VHS cassette tapes, mixing live with her own videos, commissioned work, and material filmed in Blackpool and elsewhere.

27.04. from 6 p.m.: “Portrait of the artist as a young bartender”
Clément Rodzielski owns the bar.

28.04. at 2 p.m.: “Al Hansen climbs the Machu Picchu”
Fluxus sound curated by Julien Laugier.

29.04. from 6 to 11 p.m.: PUBLICATION STUDIO PARTY: Publication Studio Portland takes over with PS authors and musicians Kristan KennedyLisa SchonbergTara Jane O’NeilTom GreenwoodVanessa Renwick, and PS host Patrick Phillip. Readings, books for sale; live music; beer; transcontinental chatter; pleasure—

03.05. at 8 p.m.: “I CAN’T TURN YOU LOOSE” Peter Wächtler comes from Brussels and reads short stories about Frank Blue Wolf, Fatty, Joker and CARLOS.

05.05. at 7 p.m.: “FAREWELL TO NAZCA” Party. Come drink with our guest hosts Lili Reynaud-Dewar and Yann Desfougères.


And then some will say — “I got carried away, he had such beautiful hands, I never suspected. He’s a basket case. My God, what a painful experience it is, merely to exist in this day and age. He was such a good-looking man; why on earth did he go mad?”