• David Crespo analyses territories through games, seen as a channel of communication between the artist and community in order to explore the relations and special characteristics of a place and pinpoint its problem issues. He is interested in games as a common activity, searching for action, experimentation and, above all, community participation. Pick-pang is an onomatopoeic expression that combines the sounds of the two sports: bèlit, a typical game of the Sant Narcís district, and ping-pong, due to the discovery of a set of neglected tables in the Domeny district. The result is an installation of games which, according to the artist, characterise these two districts of the city of Girona.
  • games, communication, community, social issues, installation, Sant Narcís, bèlit, Domeny, ping-pong.

  • David Crespo | Pick-pang, 2015

    The starting point of the work is the district of Sant Narcís in Girona and the game most strongly identified with it: bèlit. From this point he investigates the peculiarities of the game and of the district as a territory with its own distinctive character within the city of Girona. Meanwhile, through his running activity his interest is drawn to another area situated away from the city centre: Domeny. As a consequence of the bursting of the housing bubble, a group of ping-pong tables have been left neglected in the middle of nowhere. As a response to the two special characteristics of these areas and their games, he created the onomatopoeic expression, pick-pang, which is a combination of the sound made by a ping-pong bat when it hits the ball and the sound of a billet of wood when struck by a wooden bat. The pick-pang tables, a combination of the two games, offer various possibilities of game play by changing the position and direction of the tables. The tables are accompanied by the sound of burping, responding to a whimsical, ironic and random dialogue, thus creating the impression of one side answering the other.

    Pick-pang, 2015

    Varying sizes
    Ping-pong table, wood, plastic and audio material

    Creative process


    David Crespo

    Lleó, 1984
    Lives and works in Madrid

    David Crespo analyses places and territories through one of their most primitive forms of expression: games. This means of communication has a direct bearing on social interaction, offering a way to explore relations and specific characteristics, and to pinpoint social and/or political issues, situations of crisis and vulnerability. Not only does he want to discover what the games are but also to play them, exploring the territory in order to make it his own. His interest in a particular game does not lie in the activity itself, in its rules, or in winning or losing, but rather in the opportunity it offers for dialogue between him and the community, searching for action, experimentation and, above all, community participation.

    His pieces, carefree and rich in irony and sarcasm, seek out the human factor of the game; that is, free, spontaneous and unselfish action. They often take the form of actions, installations or videos in which a sense of community can be generated and in which viewers can intervene, touch and play in order to empathise with him and the work.

    He holds a Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Vigo (2008), a Master’s Degree in Photography from the International Center of Photography and Film (EFTI) in Madrid (2009) and a Master’s Degree in Art, Research and Creation from the Complutense University of Madrid (2011).

    Some of his most important individual exhibitions include “Do Disturb”, commissioned by Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France in collaboration with Matadero Madrid, Madrid, Spain, MOMA PS1, New York, USA and the TATE Modern, London, UK (2015); “Katathlon” at the Cero Gallery, Madrid, Spain (2015); “Fuera de Juego” at the Addaya Gallery, Mallorca, Spain (2013); and “Biopsia de un Chasco” at the Alterarte Room, Ourense, Spain (2013). He has collaborated in collective exhibitions such as “Status Alterado” at the Goethe Institute, Barcelona, Spain (2015); “Solatge”, at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2015); “Paradis terrenal” at the RDV Gallery, Nantes, France (2014); “Convidados” at the Dados Negros Art Centre, Villanueva de los Infantes, Ciudad Real, Spain (2014), among others.

    He has completed an artist residency at the Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre, Girona, Spain (2014); an Art and Nature Residency at the Pazo de Tor Museum, Lugo, Spain (2013); a residency as part of the Movic Creativity Mobility programme, La Rioja, Spain (2011) and an artist residency at Addaya, Contemporary Art Centre, Alaró, Spain (2011).