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

Diana Coca, Corporalities to the Limit. Residence period: from 13/11/2017 to 15/5/2018
Diana Coca's work focuses on the body and the notion of travel/crossings/borders, that is, the materiality of the body and the bridge as an intersection between the two. A body that serves to cross, but always a body of a woman subject to violence and multiple contradictions, systematically put down as inferior for being feminine. A body that seeks multiple identities, which does not depend on structurally exclusive binary identities, but is constructed through movement thanks to translation, submitting to accidents and destabilising what has been learned, decentring the being.

Duen Sacchi, A History of the Organs. Residence period: from 09/01 to 29/6/2018
Duen Sacchi sets out to review some of our somato-political fictions, and to investigate how it is possible that certain body marks and surfaces have acquired a social, political and economic significance, and also how these marks have been formed by sovereign, disciplinary and pharmaco-pornographic colonial relationships. The aim is to create a series of theoretical and material actions that deactivate the colonial archives in use: fragments of an orthopaedic invention in which, at different points of articulation, production, resistance and classification, we create organs, body differences, species, fetishes, economic systems and contractual relationships.

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.

María Alejandra Ochoa, 3 identidades visuales / 3 lecturas entorno a los procesos creativos. Residency period: from 05 to 15/03 and from 02 to 27/07/2018

Informació per al visitant

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Bank holidays, closed

On March 29th the Library and Archive will open from 10 am. to 13:30 pm. and from March 30th to April 2nd they will remain closed.

Archive, special Collections Room
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Bank holidays, closed

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