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.


The call for places in the Guests Researchers Programme 2019 is fully booked. The application period for 2020 will be between January 2 and April 1, 2019.

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.

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 01/03/19

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.

Beatriz Regueira, Voi c e ssss Ma t t ersss s s s.
Residency period: from 26/11/2018 to 24/05/2019

As part of the preparation of her thesis, entitled Critical flesh. Art, biopower & plasticity in the posthuman (IMARTE research group, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona, #Beatriz_Regueira), during her residence at the CED Beatriz Regueira seeks to deepen understanding of aesthetic, political and therapeutic interconnections by analysing Lygia Clark’s Estructuração do self, the archives of Francesc Tosquelles and the sound practices of Joan La Barbara. The goal is to construct a border language able to employ voice in representative (linguistic) and tactile dimensions (sound as frequency), in the fields of writing and video-performance. Her focus is on formal language and its relationship to the arousing of psychotic unease, understood as a symbolic hypertrophy that creates the illusion of an autonomous I-word bound to discursive identity, and fictitiously separated from our existence understood as felt corporealities that are concrete and situated. In this framework, the voice, understood as a somatic technique (the technique of corporal awareness), would be presented as evidence of the encounter between the symbolic and the corporeal, working as a performative instrument of simultaneous presence (the body) and representation (language).

Alba Giménez, Sense and Distance: The Postproduction of Experience in Harun Farocki and Antje Ehmann’s Film-Installation Work
Residency period: 31/01 to 28/02/2019

The research work of Alba Giménez Gil consists of a theoretical study of the film-installations of Harun Farocki (Germany, 1944–2014), including the works made with Antje Ehmann (born 1968), the artist’s partner and collaborator. The research is part of the doctoral thesis currently being written by Giménez under the umbrella of the European Centre for Documentary Research at the University of South Wales, UK. During the residency period, Giménez will investigate the various items on Farocki that are part of the CED’s documentary fonds, including those related to the promotion of the artist’s work in Barcelona and the rest of Spain.

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