Study Centre

Study Centre

The Archive and Library at the MACBA Study Centre, which opened its doors in December 2007, expand the Museum’s scope by strengthening its role as a centre for research, debate and diffusion of contemporary thought.

Both of these documentary holdings are specialised in contemporary artistic practices, focusing on a timeframe that matches that covered by the Museum’s exhibitions and activities and by the artworks in the MACBA Collection, with which they are closely linked. This enhances and boosts their potential to generate new interpretations and readings throughout the history of contemporary art.

The documentary material that constitutes the Archive and Library is structured into holdings and collections, which include the archives of individuals and entities, artist’s books, posters, photographs, invitations and pamphlets, etc., as well as reference books and audiovisual documents. The accessibility and conservation requirements of these materials determine whether they are stored in the Library or the Archive. Both have the mission to preserve them, publicise their content and support research on contemporary artistic practices that draws on these documents as its raw material.

Contact information

Plaça dels Àngels, 8
08001 Barcelona

Tel: 93 481 33 66
Fax: 93 412 46 02
e-mail: centredestudis@macba.cat

Archive, special Collections Room
Monday to Thursday:
10 am - 2:30 pm
Bank holidays, closed

Material viewed in this room must be requested at least 48 hours in advance

Archive and Library

The Archive and Library at the MACBA Study Centre, which opened its doors in December 2007, expand the Museum's scope by strengthening its role as a centre for research, debate and diffusion of contemporary thought.

Both of these documentary holdings are specialised in contemporary artistic practices, focusing on a timeframe that matches that covered by the Museum's exhibitions and activities and by the artworks in the MACBA Collection, with which they are closely linked.

Contact information

Plaça dels Àngels, 8
08001 Barcelona

Tel: 93 481 33 66
Fax: 93 412 46 02
e-mail: centredestudis@macba.cat

Archive, special Collections Room
Monday to Thursday:
10 am - 2:30 pm
Bank holidays, closed

Material viewed in this room must be requested at least 48 hours in advance

MACBA Study Centre

In order to foster research in the field of contemporary artistic practices, the MACBA Study Centre has established four places for guest researchers. The call for applications to use these work stations is permanently open, and is governed by the following conditions: residencies are aimed, principally, at researchers and artists. Those eligible to apply for them are people with higher education qualifications or equivalent experience, specialising in contemporary art and culture, and who are currently engaged in research projects on a subject within these fields.

Application

The call for places in the Guests Researchers Programme 2019 is fully booked. The application period for 2020 will be between January 2 and April 1, 2019.

To apply for a residency, please send to psi@macba.cat the following documents:

• Letter of application, stating the desired dates for starting and concluding the residency;
• Description of the project you wish to pursue during their residency, demonstrating the appropriateness of the Study Centre for your research (maximum 3,000 characters).
• Academic and professional curriculum.

Consideration will also be given to any references and reports from academic or art institutions endorsing the candidate’s project.

Residency periods can last between one and three months. Exceptionally, these periods be prolonged, should this be justified by the nature of the candidate and the project submitted. However, in no case may the residency period exceed six months.

By granting a residency, the Study Centre guarantees the availability of a personal work station equipped with personal computer, Internet connection, office software and access to databases, collections, catalogues and other resources at the Centre, including assistance from Library staff.

Applications will be considered by members of the MACBA curatorial team, and applicants will receive a reply from the Centre within a maximum of 60 days from the date the application is submitted.

As a general rule, guest researchers must adhere to the regulations for security and use described for other reference sections at the Study Centre. This includes, particularly, the requirement to apply to Library staff in order to consult the bibliographic and documentary materials kept in the room where work stations are located, since no users—including guest researchers—are permitted direct access to these materials.

The Study Centre reserves the right to change these conditions as and when considered necessary.

2018 Residencies

Blanca Machuca, The real state of things: a game of illusions. Residency period: 13/09 to 14/12/2018
The real state of things: a game of illusions is an artistic and theoretical project created by Blanca Machuca, together with Mechu López, that puts forward a personal methodology based on games, in order to find mechanisms that can provoke the desire to do and think. The aim is to transform the space by turning an exhibition gallery into a gaming parlour, so art can become a way of life by blurring the limits between reality and art, much as Joan Brossa did when he mixed situations that were always undefined. What is it? A magic show, striptease, or an artistic performance? The project refers to aspects of society that trouble us and make us think. Following Manuel Castells’ concept of Global Casino, it reflects on the way decisions are taken by those responsible for economic changes, such as banks, politicians and investment funds that determine how we live.

Joan Morey, The tensed body (during the performance). Residency period: 17/09 to 21/12/2018
As a prologue to the current research project entitled ‘The performance of the body, the body of the performance – included in the doctoral programme Advanced Studies in Artistic Production (EAPA) at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universitat de Barcelona – during his residency Joan Morey will analyse the place (or places) occupied by the body in the language of performance. By highlighting the mechanisms of power and control of the body and its instrumentalisation when turning it into a means of artistic expression, the project will not only study the body as an ‘enclave’, but also the performance as a broad and dynamic field of cultural production.

Peter Freund, Lost Grids. Residency period: 01/10/2018 to 11/01/2019
Inspired by the incommensurability of surface and depth, Peter Freund generates digital materials by hacking the underlying code of iconic photography with the use of poetic, critical and quotidian texts. His project will ultimately result in a set of variegated grid prints that harness the impulses of conceptual art in exploring the history and politics of the grid, from the renaissance perspective machine and the geometrical configurations of cartography, architecture and design to the abstract, gridded constructions of modern and contemporary art and the pixel system undergirding the raster image. The radical ornamentalism of Freund’s prints presents an interventionist strategy in a politics of enjoyment.

Aga Wielocha, Where the artworks are: collection and archive in the contemporary art museum. Residency period: 22/10 to 23/11/2018
This investigation -a part of the doctoral project carried out at the University of Amsterdam within the framework of research and training network ‘New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art’- looks at art museums as keepers and custodians. It considers how contemporary artworks, upon entering a museum, become distributed between the collection and the archive, and examines the potential redundancy of the museum’s classification systems for contemporary art. This research aims to tackle and evaluate possible solutions to bridging the gap between these two categories, both at a conceptual and practical level. During her residency, Aga Wielocha will study MACBA as a museum that has been pioneering in the introduction of a cataloguing system that no longer makes distinctions between the artwork, the document, and online content. That approach departs from a theoretical concept that merges the traditional categories of ‘artwork’ and ‘document’ and therefore allows to consider artworks as more than mere objects but rather as ‘relations’ between the different elements involved in the creative process. This research will scrutinise the practical implications of this innovative method and its consequences for the perpetuation of artworks from the collection.

Contact information

Plaça dels Àngels, 8
08001 Barcelona

Tel: 93 481 33 66
Fax: 93 412 46 02
e-mail: centredestudis@macba.cat

Archive, special Collections Room
Monday to Thursday:
10 am - 2:30 pm
Bank holidays, closed

Material viewed in this room must be requested at least 48 hours in advance

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