Desbordar la institución. Producción de conocimiento y formación de artistas entre museo y universidad

In the framework of the collaboration between the Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid) and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), to carry out a Art Degree, this meeting is organized by DARTS group and the Degree team in which various experts and protagonists of innovative pedagogical experiences will discuss the current challenges and possible Collaboration strategies between museums and universities for the production and transfer of knowledge. In particular, it will be analyzed how this relationship can contribute to the formation of artists in their multiple facets, taking into account how they hybridize and question their practical and theoretical dimensions, formal and non-formal, institutional and non-institutional, etc.


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Conference: “Curating New Media Art: a blue-collar approach to working with process-based, interactive and immaterial artworks”

Pau Waelder gives the talk “Curating New Media Art: a blue-collar approach to working with process-based, interactive and immaterial artworks” at Haus der elektronischen Künste (HeK), Basilea, on May 4, 2018.

The Spanish curator and scientist Pau Waelder, one of the most important theoreticians of the new media, will give a talk titled “Curating New Media Art: a blue-collar approach to working with process-based, interactive and immaterial artworks” at HeK.

Drawing on his professional experience as curator and researcher specializing in new media art, Pau Waelder addresses several aspects of curating artworks that need to be plugged, configured, and maintained, require the active participation of the viewer, or can materialize in diverse forms. The talk, organized in cooperation with the Postgraduate Programme in Curating MAS/ CAS of the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK, will focus on the practical aspects of curating new media art and discuss a series of artistic projects and exhibitions.



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Conference: “Contemporary art and new media in Spain: post-crisis, post-photography, post-Internet”

Pau Waelder gives the talkContemporary art and new media in Spain: post-crisis, post-photography, post-Internet” at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki.

A talk with art critic, curator and researcher Pau Waelder, hosted by Elina Heikka, Director of The Finnish Museum of Photography.

Drawing connections from several articles and book chapters written for contemporary art magazines and cultural institutions, the author explores the current situation of contemporary art and new media in Spain. This talk will focus on the presence of new media art in museums, art centers, and the art market, the changes introduced by digital technologies in the status of the image (leading to the concept of “post-photography”) and the wide-ranging influence of Internet culture in the work of a young generation of Spanish artists. Against the backdrop of the growing presence of new media art in the international contemporary art scene, this case study aims to examine a particular context in which the cultural landscape has been affected by the financial crisis and the changing institutional policies, while artists have sought ways to keep producing artworks and participate in the current debates on art, technology and society, within or beyond the geographical constraints of their country of origin.

This presentation will be followed by a screening of video documentation from selected artistic projects by contemporary Spanish artists.

Pau Waelder has been invited to Helsinki by Artists Association MUU.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).


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Time spirals in the Anthropocene: an artistic approach to the visualization of environmental data

Quelic Berga, Pau Alsina and Javier Melenchon present at MACBA (Barcelona, Catalonia) “Time spirals in the Anthropocene: an artistic approach to the visualization of environmental data“, on February 21, 2018. They present it as part of the Mutating Ecologies in Contemporary Art program: Matter, Ethics and Subjectivity. II International Symposium.

The rhetoric of progress and the teleological linearity of Time, which helped to found our constitutive modernity, promised an improvement of the human condition that contrasts with the destructive and annihilating reality of the Now under the sign of the Anthropocene. This metaphysics of progress, already present in the Christian tradition and secularized in the form of techno-scientific optimism, was established as a will to control and dominate nature in all senses, as well as the supremacy of the new over the old (where we tend to find the narrative of the origins and a legitimating directionality of history). In opposition to this abstract background of continuity disposed on the incessant flow of modifications and discontinuities found in events, it is possible to enlight other conceptions of time that contrast with the meta-narrative of progress. Inside the directionality inscribed in the metaphor of the arrow of time there is the overcoming of the old epistemic matrix that makes it impossible to think the becoming and the multiplicity, neutralizing differences without delving into the thickness of novelty. In contrast to the foundational timeline of our western Christian and capitalist civilization, it is also possible to conceive, on the margins of that semantic-material framework, time as a fractal entity that contracts or folds, connecting with thousands of unprecedented forms. The spiral that takes us from the dawn of Natural History and the inert taxonomy of Linnaeus cataloging the living beings under the imprint of the botanical garden, going through the Evolutionism of Darwin that historicizes life and incorporates it into the ecological niche, until arriving at the gene as the foundation and guiding principle of decontextualized life in the form of a genetic data bank of a life redefined in terms of information that can be transported and transformed. That is, from this immense spiral fold that takes us to the botanical garden transmuted into a genetic data bank, we propose to rethink the ontological-visual metaphors of time in relation to ecological thinking and the possibility of thinking about the future of life in all its contingency. In this sense, and in relation to the ideas presented, we will present Spirals within Spirals, a work in process that explores the development of tools for data visualization, paying special attention to the spatial representation of time, being this mapped as a pseudo space -Fractal and three-dimensional. As an ongoing artistic-philosophical investigation, the project focuses on the poetics and the aesthetics of the interface for a non-linear model of time representation and environmental data.


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Darts @ Mutating Ecologies In Contemporary Art II (MACBA Barcelona)

Darts @ Mutating Ecologies In Contemporary Art II (MACBA Barcelona)

We are trilled to be presenting “Time Spirals in the Anthropocene: an artistic approach to environmental data visualization.” at MACBA auditorium on February 21th at the 2nd International Symposium with the Keynote Talk by Anne Sauvagnargues.

Find all the information in this link and join us! 

Thanks to the AGI research group of Universitat de Barcelona to invite us! 


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