Six conflicts
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Six conflicts

Brief tales of contemporary art
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Depending on the points of departure or arrival, these six sessions will take us on a reflective journey that will help us establish brief tales on contemporary creation, necessarily open and always in relation to the political, economic and ideological conditions that originated them, thus determining their interpretation. We will talk about the role of art in the political and cultural imaginaries in Catalonia and Spain; about the body as a mirror of the complex processes of identity; about the analysis of the image as a battlefield for political merchandising; about the problematics of memory and its narrators; about the break-up of the representational limits of art.

Faced with an official interpretation of art linked to fantasy, more attention should be paid to those manifestations, debates and discourses that explore the real, can reveal the secret relations of things and catalyse the subtext of a historical moment and space. Many works of art are investigations on what could not be, on images that remained unseen: what artistic logic lies behind them?

On the other hand, faced with a history of art aimed at legitimising cultural products within the restrictions of museum consumerism, we need a history of art that reflects on the social function of artistic products and brings forward tools of interpretation that are more enriching than the strictly formal. We can do two things: analyse the work in order to find the cultural motives behind it, or explore the cultural motives first in order to understand how works of art are created and the role that they are given. We will concentrate on the second option.

Depending on the points of departure or arrival, these six sessions will take us on a reflective journey that will help us establish brief tales on contemporary creation, necessarily open and always in relation to the political, economic and ideological conditions that originated them, thus determining their interpretation. We will talk about the role of art in the political and cultural imaginaries in Catalonia and Spain; about the body as a mirror of the complex processes of identity; about the analysis of the image as a battlefield for political merchandising; about the problematics of memory and its narrators; about the break-up of the representational limits of art.

Faced with an official interpretation of art linked to fantasy, more attention should be paid to those manifestations, debates and discourses that explore the real, can reveal the secret relations of things and catalyse the subtext of a historical moment and space. Many works of art are investigations on what could not be, on images that remained unseen: what artistic logic lies behind them?

On the other hand, faced with a history of art aimed at legitimising cultural products within the restrictions of museum consumerism, we need a history of art that reflects on the social function of artistic products and brings forward tools of interpretation that are more enriching than the strictly formal. We can do two things: analyse the work in order to find the cultural motives behind it, or explore the cultural motives first in order to understand how works of art are created and the role that they are given. We will concentrate on the second option.

dates
1 October 2012 – 5 November 2012
price
MACBA Auditorium. Limited seating. Admission: 20 €. Students and the unemployed: 10 € Friends of MACBA: free
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Six conflicts
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1 October 2012 – 5 November 2012
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Six conflicts
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MACBA Auditorium. Limited seating. Admission: 20 €. Students and the unemployed: 10 € Friends of MACBA: free
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