La campana hermètica. Espai per a una antropologia intransferible, 2018

The Hermetic Bell. Space for a Non-transferable Anthropology, 2018
Media installation, Various dimensions

The Hermetic Bell. Space for a Non-Transferable Anthropology is a result of an experiment that has never been tried before, in which the artist and the Museum have set themselves the challenge of exhibiting a personal archive and turning it into an artistic installation by placing it within the exhibition space. The aim is to show to the public sediments of memory, those that trigger critical thinking, those objects that bear witness to the artist's unique experiences and which constitute an anthropological document. Organised in nodes, like neurons interconnected by multiple synapses, the exhibition unfolds the concepts that make up the world behind the artist’s works and texts: history, memory mediated by the remnants of wars, toys and the learning tools of hegemonic cultures for educating each generation, to name but a few.

As Francesc Torres says: ‘All of these objects were needed to fill up several attics and this museum space. All of these objects, plus the ones that got lost on the way, were needed to demonstrate what really configures a way of seeing and being in the world. In other words, the original material that, in the case of yours truly, has become art.’

Technical details

Original title:
La campana hermètica. Espai per a una antropologia intransferible
Registration number:
Torres, Francesc
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Object type:
Media installation
Various materials
Various dimensions
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Gift of the artist
© Francesc Torres, VEGAP, Barcelona
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FONS AUDIO #50. Francesc Torres