Art Basel Cities Week

‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ Catalog

September 6 – 12, 2018

Mika Rottenberg

Cosmic Generator (BA variant), 2017

Cuartel de los Bomberos Voluntarios de La Boca


Cosmic Generator (BA variant), 2017

Mika Rottenberg, known for her video installations exploring the dual seduction and desperation of our hyper-capitalistic, globally connected world, has chosen La Boca – historically the melting pot of immigrant cultures in Buenos Aires – for her first exhibit in her native Argentina. Documenting the chaos of culture clashes, Cosmic Generator is set between the Yiwu wholesale market in Zhejiang, China, and the neighboring border towns of Mexicali, Mexico, and Calexico, California. Each location is represented by real spaces – the plastic vendors of Yiwu, the bargain shops of Mexicali, and a Chinese restaurant in Calexico – but a surrealist sequence of events overtakes the film. In this parallel world, fabricated tunnels move goods and people among these disparate places. Viewers are given a fictional, allegorical window into a complex industrial mire: the camera pans rooms, funnels down narrow passages, and crosses walls, capturing the complex network of labor, global trade, and human migration that characterizes the contemporary economy.

© Mika Rottenberg. Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, and Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris. This work was commissioned by Skulptur Projekte Münster and was produced with generous support from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Outset; and Polyeco. Special thanks to Plavicon.

Special thanks to Cuartel de los Bomberos Voluntarios de La Boca for hosting this ‘Hopscotch (Rayuela)’ work.

Visitor Information

  • Cuartel de los Bomberos Voluntarios de La Boca, Brandsen 567, La Boca
  • Thursday, September 6, through Wednesday, September 12, 10am-6pm
  • This location is not wheelchair accessible
  • Free entry, no ticket required
  • In La Boca, please stay on the main streets, stick to recommended routes and use licensed taxis to and from the neighborhood. We recommend visiting all artworks during daytime only. Avoid visiting the area after 6pm or exploring side streets.


Born 1976 in Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Lives and works in New York, USA  

Mika Rottenberg is a video and installation artist whose works probe such topics as labor, gender, and hidden power structures. She earned an MFA from Columbia University in New York in 2004 and has exhibited internationally in solo shows including ‘Sneeze to Squeeze’ at Magasin 3 in Stockholm (2013); ‘Squeeze: Video Works by Mika Rottenberg’ at the Israel Museum (2014); at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016), at the Kunsthaus Bregenz (2017); and at the Bass Museum, Miami Beach (2017-18). Her video NoNoseKnows was included in ‘All the World’s Futures’ at the Biennale di Venezia (2015). Her film Cosmic Generator, which debuted at Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2017, is also featured in the American pavilion of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice through November 2018. Forthcoming exhibitions include the inauguration of the new Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art in London in September 2018 and a solo show at the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna in December 2018.

The artist is represented by Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris.