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

Mireia c. Saladrigues, Behaving Unconventionally in Gallery Settings. Alteration and Strangeness in Cultural Practices as Fruitful Tension for Rearticulating Relations among Makers, Objects, Audiences and (Virtual) Museums.
Residency period: from 01/07/2019 to 17/01/2020

The researcher and visual artist Mireia c. Saladrigues will be working on the written part of her doctoral thesis for the University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland. Behaving Unconventionally in Gallery Settings documents and supports situations of action that could change the paradigms of our relationship to art. Her research, based on artistic practice, sees cultural alteration as a consequence of social conditioning and reacts to the reduction of imaginative capital (real-virtual) by suggesting an artistic and theoretical re-reading of alteration and non-conventionality as fertile ‘tools’.

Daniel Amorós or Daniel Loves the Sodomites, Forms of self-representation. Gender and sexual dissent in photography, poetry (written and sung), performance and the artist’s book.
Residence period: 02/09 – 06/12/2019

Daniel Amorós’ research provides continuity to both his studio praxis and his artistic practice, in which he aims to critically and exhaustively dissect issues related to the concepts of gender and sexuality from the perspective of self-representation and dissent, as well as other ontological aspects of the media and languages used; such as site-specific performance, photography, video, poetry, etc.
Central to his task is the desire to apply, transform and materialise the results and responses obtained in an artist's book that will dialogue his early (photographic) work and his most recent (poetic) work, as well as other narrative texts and essays.

Montse Morcate, The grieving project: photographic responses of contemporary creation to death and loss.
Residence period: from 02/09 to 06/12/2019

Montse Morcate’s research focuses on the analysis of the representation of disease, death and grief, using family photographs and online material, as well as drawing on the contemporary creation project, among other areas. During her residency, she aims to develop a theoretical body of work analysing the various meanings of the representation of grief in contemporary art, addressing all means of creation, but in particular works within the current photographic scene.

Christina Schultz, Resonances, an experimental choir on pleasure and sexual diversity
Residence period: from 02/09 to 06/12/2019

Christina Schultz is a transdisciplinary artist, oral performer and linguistic nomad who attended the MACBA Independent Studies Programme (2017–18) and has a permanent residency at SaTorre, a minimal art space. Her research is made possible thanks to the artistic space ‘Homesession’ and the grant ‘Art for Change’ from Caixa Social, in cooperation with the Stop AIDS association. Both in theory and practice, she addresses issues related to sexual dissent and the needs of the LGTBI+ community, while the axis of her artistic proposal is the creation of an experimental choir, a vocal and corporeal group that literally gives voice and body, in a coordinated and collective way, to the choir’s own experiences. Based upon freedom and the absence of judgement, this is seen as a space for creation and collective expression where differences add up and harmonise.
A project of Christina Schultz presented at Homesession (Loop City Screen) from November 14th to 16th 2019
November 13th 19:00pm – 21.30pm

Group residencies 2019

Lior Zalis, Diego Posada, Ana Luiza Braga, New fascism in Latin America and the contemporary world.
Residency period: from 24/05/2019 to 22/05/2020
In the framework of this research, we will seek to create a meeting place for researchers, artists and activists, to share reflections about the recent growth of right-wing politics in Latin America and other parts of the world, using different tools and study methods in the field of artistic theory and practices. Based on specific cases, situated contexts will be reviewed to build a toolbox and a set of practices with which to address these politics. Approached from the urgency and difficulty in understanding these phenomena, this group will become a space for experimentation from the present.

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