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

Lluís Vecina, Narrative reminiscences of an avant-garde practice: the artist as curator through multimedia installations.
Residency period: from 07/05/2019 to 02/08/2019

Focusing the attention on Francesc Torres, an icon of multimedia installation practice, Lluís Vecina’s project will trace the genealogies of multimedia installations in Spain, from the first recorded instances and their development through the years, to the reactionary turnaround and the ‘era of enthusiasm’ (with its insidious cultural practices), and the gradual disappearance of the best part of Conceptual practices. At the same time, the project will also try to investigate the consequences of these works: how they were perceived; the ideation of a corpus stating whether these artistic practices ended up being reified; whether they supported conventionalisms pretending to be avant-garde; whether they carried within themselves the germ of their emancipatory neutralisation; or whether, on the contrary, they were able to accomplish their task successfully. Equally, it will try to understand the position of the public museum, the paradoxes and wise decisions when supporting such objectives.
With the support of Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics

Olga Martí, The Slightest Movement.
Residency period: from 03/06/2019 to 02/08/2019

Addressing the field of the performing arts, Olga Martí’s research analyses works that involve no action, emptiness or minimal movement as their motor or central element. On the one hand, it is a poetics of insignificance, linked to experimental approaches that question the rules of the visual arts and movement. On the other, her proposals generate cracks intending to break the imperative of movement, work, visuality and contemporary sonority, situating its creators in an other space. This project is part of her recent doctoral thesis research developed in the Laboratory of Intermediate Creation of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universitat Politècnica, Valencia.

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’.

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.

Contact information

Plaça dels Àngels, 8
08001 Barcelona

Tel: 93 481 33 66
Fax: 93 412 46 02

Monday to Thursday:
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Bank holidays, closed

September: 11, 23 and 24, closed

Archive, special Collections Room
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Bank holidays, closed
August: Closed
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