According to leading theoreticians of the postmodern such as David Harvey or Fredric Jameson, the sixties was the decade in which the historical conditions of posmodernity or late capitalism crystallized: post-Fordism, the Cold War and the culmination of the welfare state, the emergence of the Third World as a political category, the period when television was transforming the public sphere and establishing the hegemony of the communications media, when consumption attained the status of crucial cultural category in the capitalist West. But the sixties also saw the fashioning within the various social, political and cultural orders of new critical discourses, the emblem of which would be May'68.

Jointly co-ordinated with Josep Maria Montaner (ETSAB-UPC).

With the collaboration of:


The aesthetics of consumption in architecture: from Robert Venturi to Rem Koolhaas
Josep Maria Montaner. Professor of Architecture at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona

Derrida and deconstruction
Manuel Asensi. Professor of the University of Filology, Valencia

Situationism, May of 68 and ney social movements
Francisco Ferández Buey. Professor of Political Philosophy at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

Grafic Design and modern life.
Horacio Fernández. Art critic and art historian

Design in Barcelona. 1960-1990
Viviana Narotzky. Design historian and tutor at the Royal College of Art in London

On electronic art
A round-table with Antoni Mercader (moderator), Jorge Luis Marzo, art critic and freelance curator; Maite Ninou, and José Luis Brea, Professor of Aesthetics and Theory of Art at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Post-Fordism, neoliberalism and the welfare state
Vicenç Navarro. Professor and Director of the Public Policies Programme. Universitat Pompeu Fabra-The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Queer theory, popular culture and contemporary art
Juan Antonio Suárez. Professor of American Studies at the Universidad de Murcia

Rock cultures
Luís Puig. Professor at the Universitat de Valencia

Art and political opposition during Spain's Transition. The ADAG case
Narcís Selles. Philologist and art historian

Redefinitions of the image. Audio-visual practices and contemporary art
Javier Codesal. Audio-visual artist and video, film and TV director

Social changes and urban transformations: Barcelona, Paris, Rio, Buenos Aires, New York
Jordi Borja. Geographer and urbanist

The culture of network information. The real virtuallity
Manuel Castells. Professor of the Internet Interdisdiplinary Institut IN3. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

What kind of museum do we really need?
Chris Dercon. Director of the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam.