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

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.

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.

Ricardo Iglesias, Utopian Systems. Constructions of Thoughts. Period of residency: 14/05 to 29/06 and 03/09 to 19/10/2018
The research project of Ricardo Iglesias has been developed from the double perspective of the philosophical-socio-political and the aesthetic, and the assumption that both processes are, in any case, unified and related. It is based on a comparative analysis of the historical utopian theories and their possible critical approaches to complex situations of socio-political domination in the current European legacy, and on a study of the construction of images and artistic formats that have led to the creation of possible worlds and utopias as visible referential frameworks for the whole of society. These are the questions behind exhibitions such as Constant. New Babylon (MNCARS, 2015); Playgrounds. Reinventing the Square (MNCARS, 2014); Utopia is Possible. ICSID. Eivissa, 1971 (MACBA, 2013); Work, Power and Control. Critical Episodes (1957–2011) (MACBA, 2013); and Art and Utopia. Restricted Action (MACBA, 2004).
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