This activity will be streamed live Thursday 15 and Friday 16 at 6 pm.

What better way to dismantle any revolutionary, radical or insurgent residue of punk than to organise an exhibition about it? Is there any better way to betray the potential disruption of punk than to try to categorise and dissect it into sections, diagrams and references? How to ensure a greater discrepancy between exegetes, hagiographers, chroniclers, witnesses or lovers of punk than to compile a list of places where it is present? Is putting punk into a museum a way of dismembering it and certifying its death, or a way of being more faithful?

Punk exemplifies an attitude of anger, nonconformity and bad behaviour, but also contradiction and uncertainty. This diversity becomes the theme running through this seminar: the questions that led Greil Marcus, after attending the last concert of the Sex Pistols, to recount his experience in Lipstick Traces, to the reflections of Marina Garcés on classic punk, to which we are still addicted, with love and hate. Also the anti-attitude that goes beyond the pose of Bob Nickas guided by The Fall; the questions of Eloy Fernández Porta on transference and the procedures of cultural validation through the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion. And finally, Kendell Geers and his PostPunkPaganPop and its hidden traps.

Main sponsor of activities :
Estrella Damm
PUNK. Its Traces in Contemporary Art


Venue: Meier Auditorium

This activity will be streamed live from 6 pm to 9 pm.

6 pm Introduction by David G. Torres, curator of the exhibition PUNK. Its Traces in Contemporary Art

6.30 pm Greil Marcus
Greil Marcus is an American journalist and music critic. He is known for his literary essays on rock music in a much broader framework than is generally found in the genre, covering politics and culture.
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7.15 pm Marina Garcés
Marina Garcés is a philosopher and essayist. She is Professor of Philosophy at the Universidad de Zaragoza. She initiated the collective project Espai en Blanc of critical and experimental thinking.
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8 pm Open debate between the public and participants.

This activity will be streamed live from 6 pm to 9 pm.

6 pm Eloy Fernández Porta
Doctor in Humanities from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Professor of Contemporary Art in the Programme of Hispanic and European Studies at UPF and the Barcelona School of Management. He has published two volumes of short stories, the anthology Golpes (with Vicente Muñoz Álvarez) and for the Anagrama publishing house, ensayos Afterpop, Homo Sampler, €®O$ (Anagrama Prize) and Emociónese así (City of Barcelona Prize). He is a contributor to the magazines Rockdelux and Jot Down.

6.45 pm Robert Nickas, ‘How I Wrote Elastic Man
New York based critic and curator, Nickas has organised more than ninety exhibitions and gained a reputation for an individual style that transgresses the accepted. He served on the teams responsible for the Aperto at the Venice Biennale in 1993 and the 2003 Biennale de Lyon. From 2003–06 he was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. Among his many books are Live Free Or Die, Theft is Vision, Painting Abstraction, and The Dept. of Corrections.

7.30 pm Kendell Geers, ‘PostPunkPaganPop’
Kendell Geers is known for his powerful large-scale installations in museums and galleries worldwide. Socially charged and politically engaged, the artist’s work bears his conviction and belief in the power of art to express and effect social change.
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8.15 pm Open debate between the public and participants.

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