Blanca Jové Alcalde, How are discursive public programmes conceived at contemporary art institutions?
Residency period: from 07/01 to 03/04/2020
Framed within her PhD Thesis, the study of Blanca Jové is a response to current premises that argue that discursive public programmes can develop spheres of social and political action within the art institutions. She uses ethics of care as a disruptive methodology that seek to critically analyses these practices, especially in relation to their lack of collaboration and biased participation. During her residency, she aims to construct a theoretical body of work proposing alternative forms for thinking about these programmes; addressing the importance to recognise our interdependency with all living beings.
Lena Sophie Trüper, Natural Metaphors of Cybernetics. Visual forms of expression in technological ecologies of modernity to the present
Residence period: from 07/01 to 21/02/2020
Lena Trüper is a PhD candidate working on artistic practices between 1960 and 1970 that generated visual nature metaphors like clouds or water and earth surfaces to indicate adaptive systems that include the observer. A main focus of her research is the work of the Centro de Arte y Communicación (Center of Arts and Communication, CAYC), founded by the artist and critic Jorge Glusberg in 1969 in Argentina, that presented exhibitions like «Arte y cibernética» (Art and cybernetics, Galeria Bonino, Buenos Aires, 1969) and «Arte de sistemas» (Systems art, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, 1971). The research centers in the question to what extent the artists of the CAYC developed specific aesthetical practices that were connected to the ecologic discourse developing in the U.S. during that time according to the reception of cybernetics and if these practices contributed to the international reception of some artists, while others gained importance mainly in the local context.
Ricardo Iglesias, Connected bodies. Art, technology, utopia and robotics
Residence period: from 03/01 to 03/04/2020
From an initial investigation carried out in 2018 at the MACBA Study Centre, the artist and researcher develops a meta-study, a parallel examination of the historical, aesthetic, social and technological utopian processes. Mainly focused on the human subject, where the body is understood as individuality susceptible to modification, transformation and self-representation; a fundamental element or particle in the construction of societies and utopias.
The project is a critical visualisation of the impact on the current social and artistic environment of the technological ‘explosion’, often referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the bubble-spheres of information and communication technology (ICT) , robotics and A.I., and the sonic and visual fields.
Marianne Márquez Blanco, From productivism to semi-capitalism through factography
Residence period: from 20/01 to 24/04/2020
Marianne Márquez Blanco’s research project is part of MACBA’s Independent Studies Programme (PEI), specifically the Political Imagination sessions. It focuses on the search for correlations between aspects of the productivist legacy of the Russian-Soviet avant-garde and current artistic practices, together with the role played by the digital image in the production of subjectivity in the context of today’s ‘semio-capitalism’, following the ideas of Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi.
Itxaso Corral Arrieta and Angelica Tognetti, Ex-cited: Going out to meet practices of the overflow.
Residency Period: 2020
An investigation into what happens in the folded forms generated when we exceed the normal limits. These researchers seek to immerse themselves in the flow of the archive by thinking about other corporalities, bodies that are not contained, open and bulging, that go beyond themselves, liberating their silhouettes and overflowing onto other organisms and materialities, while, at the same time, exploring those excited artistic practices that search for ways of escaping disciplinary boundaries.
Theirs is a personal and particular reading of the archive through which, liberated from any specific corpus, they reach out toward artistic practices that are wet, porous, spongy, permeable, surpassing all categories, promoting the emergence of new ways of connecting and interrelating. A pleasant, intuitive process that arises from the enjoyment of inhabiting and conversing with the archive, and where caressing it and getting excited is the way to approach and explore it.
They understand the archive as a planted field or fermented magma, latencies where one can be exposed to the outbreak, contagion, discovery and multiple forms of encounter with the other, while engaging with the people who inhabit the archive: those responsible for the care and permanence of these latencies, and those who are currently researching and discovering how exciting it can be to caress them.
Rebeca Pardo (UIC), Montse Morcate (UB), Marta Piñol-Lloret (UB, UOC and ESCAC), Visual representations of disease and pain in contemporary art
Residency Period: 2020
The three researchers behind the project ‘Visualising pain: visual narratives of disease and transmedia storytelling’ are conducting a study of the role played by various artists in the creation and critique of the collective imaginary elaborated through the mass media and their role in the creation of alternative visual narratives, based on the MACBA Archive and Library. Their research focuses on the processes of construction and deconstruction of the stigmatising iconography of certain diseases in contemporary visual arts and will carry out an exhaustive bibliographic review on the subject, as well as a review of the documentary and film material in the Archive. To begin with their case studies will analyse how artistic experimentation and creative research interact with the theoretical and conceptual framework of the fields of medical humanities and health communication in which the project is situated.