Even though contemporary discomforts are collective and experienced by the masses, their destructive force is rooted in individualism. Isolated subjectivities are the condition of the psychic and physical discomfort afflicting contemporary societies. Depression, anxiety, addictions, fatigue and sensitivity syndromes... But also the way in which chronic illness, disability or simply ageing are experienced: all these phenomena push us – as individuals – to the very limit of ourselves.

NOTE: This seminar is within the framework of the MACBA Independent Studies Programme.

In the seminar Mutual Aid we will deal with the other side of the contemporary situation: the collective processes in which mutual aid is placed at the centre of existence, resistance and dissidence. In 1902, Kropotkin affirmed that mutual aid was a factor of evolution, in the continuity between the animal and human worlds. It was not an ideal: it was a condition of life. A century later, competitiveness still makes us ill, but mutual aid continues to weave other bodies and other desires.

Directed by Marina Garcés, with the participation of Almudena Alameda Cuesta, Belén Gopegui, Ingrid Guardiola, Santiago López Petit, Antonio Madrid Pérez, Laia Manonelles, Asun Pié Balaguer, Noelia Pena, María Ruido and Marta Sanz, among others.

María Ruido, 'State of Distress (distress_exuberance_anomaly)', (2018)


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30 AND 31 MAY, FROM 4pm TO 8pm AND 1 JULY, FROM 10am TO 8am
Venue: Meier Auditorium. Access for people with reduced mobility through the Meier building (museum reception)
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