Xsaiver Horn: España as Text 2022

About Me:

My name is Xsaiver, and I use He/Him and She/Her pronouns (Name pronounced Xavier) and I am a current FIU Honors student. I am working towards a BFA in Studio Arts, and I am super eccentric, exciting, and creative. This semester and the next (Spring and Summer 2022) I will be exploring the synchronicities between Spain and Miami, as well as visiting Spain to compare the same ones and back. I am super excited to learn more about the culture our city runs on and dive into the roots of lots of our modern workings from Spain!

Madrid As Text

paintings by artists, respectively (Velasquez, Goya, Dali, Picasso)

Photos of Las Meninas.

Photo by Xsaiver Horn/CC by 4.0

“Traversing the Transfers of Madrid and Europe”

by Xsaiver Horn of FIU at The Deering Estate

9-14 June 2022

Finally landing in Madrid is quite literally a breath of fresh air. Just coming from Lisbon, Portugal, where I didn’t speak the language was very relieving; in addition to the dryer climate and beautiful variety of views, senses, and people within the city.

Starting back up lectures with Bailly was a walk in the park after our short weekend excursion (pun-intended). While exploring a new country alone was quite a vivid experience, being guided and taught by one of the best-in-class is so much more thrilling and the time spent here has been much more productive.

I would love to ush-and-gush about all of Madrid I’ve explored but for the sake of research and studying such an expansive city, I have chosen to magnify my study’s to Ida y Vuelta within the Art and Culture of Madrid.

A few of the most exciting moments for me were finally seeing such artworks and culture in real life. Some of the art I am most drawn to are Las meninas by David Velasquez, Guernica by Pablo Picasso, The baroque painted ceilings in The Royal Palace of Madrid. Only upon reviewing the images taken in these Museums / Palaces and viewing them again online though, did I stumble upon Artist renditions of Las Meninas by both Picasso, Goya, and Salvador Dali.

One small example of the so-called Ida/Vuelta of culture is the transversal of Baroque art. Originally from Italy and traveling all across Europe and eventually dying off over the course of just over a millennium.

A HUGE factor in the spread of Culture and specifically art culture is because of the Salons and the Success of the Academy in Paris. Not only were people from around Europe practicing art and painting in Paris with the best, but all of the world-class artists were actually aquatinted if not even friends! Additionally, King Philip coming from Italy actually brought some artists with him to paint the palace in newer styles.

Spain eventually developes its own style soon after the gothic era and baroque styles, and this leads to even more communication between city, states, and countries that unifies and makes Madrid a beautiful art centerpiece in Spain, and even making Spain the country with some of the most well known artists in the world.

Toledo as Text

Photos of Lecture,

Pictures by Xsaiver Horn/CC by 4.0

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by Xsaiver Horn of FIU at

28 January 2022

We rode a bus straight into The View of Toledo by el Greco; a canvas sized interpretation of an ancient city.  Toledo is a walled hilltop community which holds the densest religious festival known in Spain called Corpus Christi.

Yearly, there is a world-famous 160 kilo medieval artifact comprised of gold, silver, and precious stones called ‘The Monstrance’ which is drunkenly marched through the cramped streets. Our class arrived the day before, and we got to witness the eve of a momentous occasion, celebrated with decorating , dancing and chanting with water dragons and giant headed lady’s.

The walls and doors were adorned with medallions. Flowers line the street underneath the awning, providing shade and protection to all in the Monstrance’s path.

Underneath the ornate Christian facade lies a city seeped in rich Jewish heritage. A thousand years ago during Muslim rule there were Jewish community’s coexisting within its society. Though practitioners of Judaism were eventually expelled by the Christians 500 years ago, they could not expel the monumental architectural marvels they built.

Still, what remains of its past is what entirely makes Toledo and its celebrations such a beautiful festivity. As history will continue to repeat, history is both saved and destroyed with layers painted onto the walls of the synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca. This is done annually in a thick hoary wash, attempting to not only to disinfect and prevent spread of plague, but also originally serving to conceal the past of the structure.

Granada as Text

Photos of Lecture,

Pictures by Xsaiver Horn/CC by 4.0

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by Xsaiver Horn of FIU at

28 January 2022

alhabra
Granada
Washington Irving
citadel
Chino street
today is summer!
citadel built by nacerel, nacer, nacerids, after the conquest
1492 conquest
new era, modern ages where last sultan surrender
king Charles
Spanish monarchs Philip handsome maria mad Isabel his parents greate gransdson 2nd abondoned
alhabra is the red
Al is Arabic
a zucar
1500s then middle ages
the last aravian Muslim rulers Spain
Charles 5th loved alambhra
Isabel princess Portugal first cousins didn’t know eachotherrr
he wanted the Brazil, America’s that wasn’t his
6.5 months honeymoon
Haram El bait
women’s space, a private room
empty space
roman , after gothic, middle ages, renaissance
amphitheater/ arena
sand everywhere for blood
roofed 1950s roofless
no history here in palace of Charles
construction stopped when Escorial, grill
fighting locals
zipher 0
London tree smell, tilo, tila
tea
Islamic horsjrow
almohads b4 cjirustisns locals fight wanted more teritory,
Heim, conquered Grenada, so he lived here
keep main giser
forre de hominaje
haben ibeb youof iben yasaf, baby afmsr son of god name of family anazafhi friends of prophet
Granada, pomegranate
faces meccah
athulejos mosaic
even beyond plvs vltre
$ bar and s come together
24 carabs, carrots, a unit of weight, now mass
that’s how gold checked coinss
trophy but better, Cordoba has the wallll
the loo, watch the water
waters, aguas
Haram, jealous,thelosia, they hide their women, wooden screen
escape corridors underground
arrival y abaho,
alfarjes flat
artesenado w debth
lead in pillars so they dance
calm waters to reflect heavens
7th heaven
8th floor throne of god
river of milk honey water and honey
upsidedown tree
lapiz azuli Afghanistan
God spoke Arabic, Arabian culture asinilayed north Africans, was a vehicle to assimilate, beginning of dessert
poems in reading the alambra
there’s is nothing being worse blind in Grenada
myrtle
oleander

Ideas

Poem about youth, oleander, crazy views, grandmas house as Cuban
the color in the walls

Sevilla as Text

Photos of Lecture,

Pictures by Xsaiver Horn/CC by 4.0

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by Xsaiver Horn of FIU at

28 January 2022

bull fighter Mediterranean
Madrid fighters anda Lucia
typical sevillan, has white wash, yellow ochre from the lamd
sevilla had monopoly of travel from Spanish America
cathedral de Seville, most important stained glass window, Christopher Columbus here.
gothic construction
alhama, almahas, built on top of a mmmmmmmm it’ll it utility of o you
tallest tower in Europe at the
1248 Ferdinand 3rdm j
, into mm MMMMM a cathedral
patron saint
1434
chappel of Virgin of Antigua
16ty century not from middle ages
verified with dna test
4 soldiers represting the 4 kinkdimms, conquered 1492 conquered Grenada.
Vatican
st Paul
3rd largest gothic style largest
river extracted from local quaries
72 years vs century
barroque organ
chappel
pointed arches
holed filled with jars
floorplan on the roof
the bikes areto cool off and move things inside
16th century humans
floatijg arches to hold up the weight where glass lacks
flying battreces
mushrooms, matcolapeo
plaza de españa
main river
expo 92 bridge
main down 1507 fell twice too much weight 1888 it was damaged after earthquake 1755

ideas

what truly makes this one remarks, first one since lisbon

Author: xsaiverr

My name is Xsaiver, and I use He/Him and She/Her pronouns (Name pronounced Xavier) and I am a current FIU Honors student. I am working towards a BFA in Studio Arts, and I am super eccentric, exciting, and creative. This semester and the next (Spring and Summer 2022) I will be exploring the synchronicities between Spain and Miami, as well as visiting Spain to compare the same ones and back. I am super excited to learn more about the culture our city runs on and dive into the roots of lots of our modern workings from Spain!

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