Guest 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.

Starting from this year 2019, the programme offers residencies to research groups in addition to the individual residencies.


The call for the 2020 residencies is open.

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.

For furhter information, see the Guest Researchers Programme individual basis or the basis for groups.

2019 Residencies

Núria Gómez Gabriel, Love me, Tinder.
Residency period: from 26/11/2018 to 24/05/2019

In parallel to the research project Body-Image. The Hauntology of Visual Dis-identity, linked to the CINEMA research group of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Núria Gómez Gabriel (, begins a period of residence at the MACBA Study Centre (CED) in order to analyse the effects of active culture on online dating applications. Love me, Tinder is a study of the patterns of representation circulating in ‘Hot or Not’ fiction and about how the binary narratives of the body-enterprise give users maximum optimisation of their experience. Issues such as emotional pornography, industrial humanitarianism and spiritual materialism come together in an essay that ultimately seeks to track the effects of the wellness dictatorship. The research is part of the edition of a book made together with the visual artist Estela Ortiz that will be published by the Editorial Planeta in September 2019.

Caterina Almirall, Self-management as a ‘Magical’ Practice.
Residency period: from 07/01/19 to 31/05/19

In the context of the doctoral thesis she is currently working on at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona, her intention during her CED residence at MACBA is to explore the possible relationship between self-organised and institutional practices in the context of contemporary art in Barcelona. In order to better understand where each of these strategies (habitually-considered ‘alternatives’) fit in, she begins by questioning their separation and respective limitations, seeking to establish a connection outside of the terms of a ‘dichotomy’. She sets off from an interrogative that might allow her to think of the ‘effects’ of one set of practices on the other, or, to express this in another way, of how certain practices ‘affect’ and constitute others. With an emphasis on mediation tasks carried out by the curator, she will strive to uncover such effects, revealing how power relationships emerging in relation to them might be transformed, activating discourses, values and objects.

Marta Pujades, Activating Photography: beyond the immobilisation of gestures.
Residency period: from 04/03/2019 to 03/05/2019

The project of Marta Pujades ( focuses on the relationships and tensions generated between photography and performance, especially in those works that regard the photographic process as a performative action in itself. Her research puts forward a possible genealogy at national level from the early nineties to the present. What is being offered is a complementary vision in relation to the approximations that favour the presentiality of performance at the expense of the photographic element, seen here as mere documentation or as an annexe. The works suggests other ways of articulating these practices and questions some of the approaches regarded as ontological in both these media.
With the support of Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics.

Francesca Mas, Pere Portabella and filmed activism: political and creative radicality.
Residency period: from 08/04/2019 to 05/07/2019

The research project of Francesca Mas focuses on the convergence between Pere Portabella’s films and other artistic disciplines, in particular performative art and cinema’s capacity to intervene in the museum space. Based on the idea that this convergence is the result of a political and creative radicality, the aim of the project is to conduct a transversal study on a revolutionary film proposal that is inseparable from the subversion of the language it uses.
With the support of Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics

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