Cristina Gómez Barrio

Artist selected by Moscoso, Manuela at 2010

DISCOTECA FLAMING STAR is an interdisciplinary collaborative art group, a group of people which uses songs and other forms of oral expression, understanding them as a personal response to historical events and social and political facts.

Through conceptual, visual and musical transfers, they create performances, sculptures, drawings, stages and situations whose foremost intention is to question and challenge the memory of the public, transforming old desires and finding invented pasts, or pasts which never occurred. DFS is the place where the oracle speaks through the non-chosen. DFS is a love letter written in the present continuous, a love letter to thousands of artists.

They expoit their knowledge and lack of knowledge, working slowly, inspired by Anita Berber, Warhol's wig, ghosts with no home, Rita McBride's "Arena", Greg Bordowitz, Mary Shelley, Karl Valentin & Lisl Karlstadt, the Vienna Group, Alvaro, Joey Arias and David Reed's paintings and dialogues.

DFS present wonderful songs of love, consumption, fervour and feminism, carpets that help to cross burning bridges, fragile essays as drawings, and things that go together even though they shouldn't...

They act directly in the gap between action and documentation, generating and finding documents that can be used to articulate strange tongues and languages that incite action and argument.

Cristina Gómez Barrio and Wolfgang Mayer have been the base of Discoteca Flaming Star since 1998.


Curriculum vitae

Cristina Gómez Barrio
Madrid, 1973.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Berlin.


Formación Académica/Education
Whitney Independent Study Program; New York.


International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP, New York.


Programa de doctorado, Departamento de Historia del Arte, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Licenciada en Bellas Artes, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
La Mano Gigante (A Musical), Freymond-Guth, Zürich.

La Mano Gigante (A Musical), Galerie September, Berlin.

El valor del gallo negro (Buthe-Tower-Bolsa), part 2 of Gruppenbild, n.b.k., Berlin.

Für Boris Für Ingrid, Galerie Freymond-Guth, Zürich.
Ingrid (Inzwischen), SAMSA, Berlin.
Reihe: Ordnung sagt Freiheit, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg.


Mil Veras Mil Prinzessinen Mil Centralias, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M, Móstoles, Madrid.


Anitavirginialfombras, Galerie Freymond-Guth, Zürich.


This Garden I grew for you II. El único jardín público en una azotea, Los 29 Enchufes, Espacio F, Madrid


sexy bloody cat – i hope everything you love dies in your arms, Galerie Wieland, Berlin.


Exposiciones Colectivas (selección)/Selected Group Exhibitions
Intoleranz / Normalität, What, How and For Whom, Zagreb.
No Place To Hide - Ort Kontrolle Produktion, Agentur für Arbeit und
Regionaldirektion der Bundesagentur für Arbeit, Stuttgart.

Pop Politics: Activisms at 33 revolutions, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Mostoles, Madrid.
Say it loud, District, Berlin.
Intoleranz / Normalität, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz.
Topsyturvy - Celebrating another World, De Appel, Amsterdam.

Flamboyant Body, Arcade, London.
La Chancon, CAAC, Seville.
Banner Study for an Agora, Temporary Kunst am Bau Project, District Stiftung, Berlin.

In FischGrätenMelkStand, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berli.
Valparaiso Intervenciones, Espacio G, Valparaiso, Chile.


1,2,3...Avantgardes, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao.


Fernando 2, Hermes und der Pfau, Stuttgart.


Lost & Found, Shedhalle, Zürich.
Fernando, Madrid Abierto 07, Madrid.


What a Great Space You Have…, Luxe Gallery, New York.
Whitney Independent Study Program-Exhibition, Chelsea Art Museum, New York.
À Rebours. Escapism and the Terror of the Sublime, General Public, Berlin.


‘I beg your pardon’ or The Reestablishing of Cordial Relations, The New School, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York.
Videoarte contemporaneo de Berlin, Museo Rufino Tamayo, México D.F.


Actividades Académicas/ Academic Related Activities
Professorin für Verbreiterungsfach Bildende Kunst/Intermediales Gestalten,
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Deutschland
Professor for the department of Fine Arts / Intermedia Arts at Stuttgart State
Academy of Art and Design, Germany.

An Open Scenario for Future, Künstlerhaus Stuttgar.
Eigentlich 12 mal Alissa, KUB Arena, Kunsthaus Bregenz.
Testing (Re-)Production, Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Poland.

Various Stages - Bedingte Bühnen, Kunsthaus Dresden.
Demonstrationen. Vom Werden normativer Ordnungen, Kunstverein Frankfurt.

Eigentlich 12 mal Alissa, Basso at HAU 1, Berlin.
Zeig Her,Führ Vor,Tausch Ein by & with DFS & JP Raether, Basso & General Public, Berlin.
La Mano Gigante (A Musical), Monument for Lázaro Cárdenas, Parque España, Condesa, Mexico D.F.

Eigentlich 12 mal Alissa, n.b.k. and Raumerweiterungshalle, Berlin.
DFS Void of White, former studio of Michael Buthe, Villa Romana, Florence.
Jaccouzi of Muddy Tears, in the context of “On rage”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Salle des Fetes, Electron Festival, Batiment d'art contemporain, Geneva.

Ingrid (Inzwischen) 2009, Performa 09, The Performance Project, New York.
P P Piero und wasdazwischen, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, MACBA, Barcelona.
Seen, Unseen, Scene, Centre d’Art Passerelle, Brest, France.

Duett #2 mit Ingrid und dem Squonk, Kunsthalle Bern, Suisse.
Retriver, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam.
Palace by The John Institute, Cinema Palace, St.Gallen, Suisse.

Ellipses (Electric Birdhouse), The World as a Stage, Arena by Rita McBride, Tate Modern, London.
Periferiak 07, Sala Rekalde, Amatau TV, Bilbao.
MutterReGina, with Rita McBride, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York.

Premios y Becas/Awards and Grants 

Fundación Estrenos Foundation Grant, LA.

Projekt Stipendium, Senat, Berlin (DFS + Johannes Raether).2005
Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander. (Beca/Grant)


Beca para proyectos audiovisuales, InJuve, Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales, Madrid. (Beca/Grant)

Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander. (Beca/Grant)


International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP, New York, Beca InJuve, Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales, Madrid. (Beca/Grant)


Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, Munich, DAAD- La Caixa, Barcelona. (Beca/Grant)


Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museums and Collections
Hauser & Wirth, Zürich.
Middeke, Münich.
Comunidad de Madrid.
Homans & Sims, New York.
Caja Madrid.
NBK-vídeo-, Berlin.
Instituto de la Juventud, InJuve, Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales, Madrid.
State Gallery of Villingen und Schwenningen, Deutschland. (Adquisición/Acquisition)
Über /auf SÜDKURIER 21 Juni bis 26 Juni.
Colecciones Privadas, Madrid, New York, Suisse.


Discoteca Flaming Star und Johannes Paul Raether, "Zeig Her, Führ Vor, Tausch Ein.
Performance - Art - Akademie", Stuttgart, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, 2013.
Flaming Star (+ compilation of artists), Destino: Berlín / Zielort: Berlin: 30-31. Berlin, Bethanien, 2011.
Discoteca Flaming Star, Terra incognita. Cover: Photo detail from Alfombra 7. What is Always on my mind. Santander: Fundación Botín, 2011.
Discoteca Flaming Star (+ compilation of artists), ÜBER WUT - ON RAGE: 156-162, Berlin, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2010.
Discoteca Flaming Star, Antes que todo - Before Everithing: 106-107. Madrid, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Miren Jaio, 2010.
Discoteca Flaming Star, “Reihe: Ordnung Sagt – Freiheit”, Revue#6, Hamburg, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, 2009.
Discoteca Flaming Star, Mil Veras Mil Prizessinnen Mil Centralias, Madrid, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M, 2008.
Discoteca Flaming Star (+ compilation of artists), Work The Room, A handbook of performance strategies, Berlin, Ulrike Müller, 2006.

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