ART OF THE WEEK
15 - 21 July 2013
Rumba Rave Banquero (Bank Rumba Rave) by flo6x8 is on display at the Behavioural Art and Social Body Images exhibition at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville, Spain. 17 May - 6 October / 1 December 2013.
|flo6x8, Rumba Rave Banquero (Bank Rumba Rave), 2010|
Still of video. Courtesy of the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo. © flo6x8
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The exhibition label reads:
Rumba Rave Banquero (Bank Rumba Rave) is representative of the flo6x8 collective’s line of action. This group was formed in Seville in 2007 with the intention of denouncing the power structures responsible for the current financial crisis.
In April 2010 they occupied the Seville headquarters of Banco Santander, and they did it dancing flamenco, a form of expression they claim to identify with closely and which has the added benefit of being something that “comes precisely from the body”. “The target of this action was the Santander, a transnational banking corporation and the largest bank in Spain. We deployed an entire flo6x8 contingent in pure flamenco-cyber-rotgut style that culminated in a flashmob: some lyrics, a melody set to a flamenco rumba beat, some vocals, some arrangements, a gypsy tango choreography, a few rehearsals... Meanwhile, we hatched a plot with a friendly radio station to broadcast the rumba live and play it back inside the office with 5 radios purchased at a shopping centre.” The entire event was filmed and subsequently uploaded to the collective’s YouTube channel, where it can still be viewed today.