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Learning to Imagine Oneself. On pedagogies and emancipation

Open PEI

14 to 18 Nov. 2017

Still from the film 'Pirámides', by Pili Álvarez and Mercedes Álvarez Espáriz, 2017

Still from the film 'Pirámides', by Pili Álvarez and Mercedes Álvarez Espáriz, 2017

To create new worlds, to fight for other ways of life and to construct different social configurations, first it is necessary to imagine them. Imagination plays a crucial role in every emancipatory process. It must be exercised and put into practice as a form not only of resistance, but also of transgression; as the critical ability to connect elements apparently dispersed or distant from each other. In this sense, the school and the museum have been thought of as spaces for social emancipation, as places where the promise of a better future can be realised, whether by the equalisation of time that school represents, or its suspension in the disinterested contemplation of aesthetic experience. However, while they were constituted as spaces of liberation and possibility, they also harbour the contradiction of being spaces of reproduction and social control, or places for disciplinary normalisation. At a time when educational practices appear to be threatened by productivity and efficiency at the service of a labour market that incessantly captures the learning processes and conceives education as a space for productive return and profit, our concern is with those pedagogical laboratories in which education has acted and continues to act for purposes other than the accumulation of knowledge and social reproduction. Education as a political space and as a space for individual and collective liberation.


14, 15 AND 16 NOVEMBER, FROM 6 TO 9 pm

Venue: various spaces activated at the same time.
Simultaneous workshops conducted by María Berríos, valeria flores and Sofía Olascoaga

Venue: Meier Auditorium
Watch all sessions here

Friday 17 November
5 pm. Presentation by Pablo Martínez, director of the seminar and MACBA’s Head of Programming.
5.30 pm. Lecture by valeria flores: Poetic activations of dissidence. A pedagogic hiatus to nurture an emancipatory language.
6.30 pm. Break
7 pm. Screening of Pirámides, Pili Álvarez and Merche Álvarez, 2017, in Spanish, 90 min. Followed by a debate.

Saturday 18 November
10.30 am. Lecture by María Berríos: ‘The path is not the path.’ Poetic and political experiments in radical pedagogy.
11.30 am. Break
12 noon. Lecture by Collectif Micro-sillons
1 pm. Lecture by Sofía Olascoaga
2 pm. Lunch break
4 pm. Lecture by Janna Graham
5 pm. Round-table discussion chaired by Jordi Solé

Organized by MACBA and AECID:


Free admission. Advanced booking required.

Price: 5 euros per session. This activity will be streamed live.

Price for the whole seminar: 15 €. Free with MACBA Amic Card and teachers (Generalitat teachers card holders). Advanced booking required.

Price per session: 5 €. In Spanish and English with simultaneous translation. This activity may be followed in streaming.

Registration for individual sessions can only be done at the ticket office immediately before the activity, provided there are places still available.


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Tel: 93 481 33 68

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