Guests Researchers Programme

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.


To apply for a residency, please send to 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

Michael Lawton, Walking with Laertes. Residence period: from 12/02 to 28/09/2018
Michael Lawton wants to research into the following three interlinking themes: how to write about artwork, when to paint about something rather than write about it, and contemporary object philosophy. Which he has reduced to the following two questions: Is the best way to write about artwork with fiction? Is whatever makes writing about painting so difficult the same thing that inspires him to paint? He will be working across the Archive and Library but is especially interested in the 2009/10 exhibition “The Malady of Writing.” By his side as he wanders in the liminal area between the literary and the visual, will be the ghost of Laertes; the greyhound Laertes that Mallarmé gave to Berthe Morisot and a guide familiar with the territory between poetry and painting.

Pía Cordero, Art and Deterritorialisation. An analysis of three Chilean works in the MACBA Collection. Period of residency: 14/05 to 27/07/2018
Pía Cordero’s project offers a reading of three works in the MACBA Collection, by artists Roser Bru, Alfredo Jaar and Enrique Ramírez, by producing a cartography of the conceptual narratives and genealogies of the figures of the immigrant, the refugee and the political asylee. These artists represent three generational milestones in Chilean art, with their works converging in the problematisation of the crisis of subjectivity of the twentieth century and the manifestation of situations of exclusion and invisibilisation such as dictatorship, war and exile.

María Alejandra Ochoa, 3 visual identities / 3 readings around creative processes. Residency period: 02/07 to 27/07/2018
Following on from her doctoral thesis at the Universitat de Barcelona, Objetnography: A Narrative Research on Educational Practice in the Arts, María Alejandra Ochoa Rodríguez has continued her research on the relationship between narrative, visual poetry and creative processes and the need to find new methodologies in the teaching of the visual arts. Her investigations trace a motion of methodological inquiry linked to narrative research and leading to creative teaching, while detecting in the implication of the object, the memory and the emotions that shape the introspection of a subject related to the arts.

Blanca Sotos, Libraries. A Project Halfway between the Exhibition Gallery and the Reading Room. Residency period: 02/07 to 27/07/2018
Within the framework of the intersections of Conceptual art, concrete poetry and mail art, Libraries investigates the relationships, especially bureaucratic ones, that exist between certain titles (many of them classified as ‘artists’ books’) listed in the libraries and archives of contemporary art centres and museums, the users of those libraries, if there is one, and the information on particular artists available in those centres.

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