Independent Studies Programme (PEI), 2019-2020

7th edition, 1 April 2019 – June 2020

MACBA’s Programme of Independent Studies is a laboratory for reflection and practice, a place of experimentation with new forms of knowledge production whose fundamental objective is to mobilise critical thinking at the intersection between artistic practices, social sciences, and political and institutional interventions. The next edition will reinforce some of the approaches and methodologies tested in recent editions in order to activate new forms of political imagination and configure new scenarios of critical resistance. In addition to the classes, the programme is organised around workshops that aim to initiate concrete research projects, both collective and individual, and other formats open to the public in the form of international seminars, monographic courses and lectures. The programme understands study as a collective practice and for this it uses the tools of critical theory, artistic research, cultural materialism, feminist and queer practices and thought,and decolonial criticism.

The academic directors are Lucía Egaña, Marcelo Expósito, Marina Garcés, Dora García, Pablo Martínez and Jaime Vindel.

Academic coordination: Myriam Rubio

Final information about the programme and faculty will be published throughout the month of September 2018.

The academic administration is in the hands of a faculty consisting of Lucía Egaña, Marcelo Expósito, Marina Garcés, Dora García, Pablo Martínez, Emilio Santiago Muiño, Jaime Vindel.

FACULTY 2017/18
AMOQA (Athens Museum of Queer art), Alfredo Aracil, Xavier Bassas, Ugo Bardi, Franco Berardi Bifo, María Berríos, Maria Elisa Cebasco, Antonio Centeno y Raúl de la Morena, Paula Cobo Guevara, Stefano Harney, Yayo Herrero, Equipo Palomar, Aurora Fernández Polanco, valeria flores, María García Santesmases, Carmo Gê Pereira, Ideasdestroyingmuros, Daniel Inclán, Razmig Keucheyan, Germán Labrador, Ana Longoni, Jordi Maiso, Silvia Maglioni y Graeme Thomson, Yera Moreno, Laura Mulvey, Sofía Olascoaga, Javier Peñafiel, Raqs Media Collective, Pantxo Ramas, Jorge Riechmann, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Montserrat Rodríguez Garzo, Carmen Romero, María Ruido, Francesc Ruiz, Duen Sacchi, Jorge Sáez, Nico Sguiglia, Miriam Sola, Jordi Solé Blanch, Isabel Stengers, Enzo Traverso, Francesc Torres, The Army of Love, Alicia Valero, Fefa Vila, Eyal Weizman.

Photo: Desplegando mapa de mar Mediterráneo, workshop by Ideadestroyingmuros, March 2018. © Dani Cantó

Practical information

1 APRIL 2019 – JUNE 2020

Duration: 15 months
The course consists of four trimesters, offering a total of 350 classroom hours, including teaching hours, workshops, research groups and presentations.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 4–8 pm, with 3–4 classes weekly of three hours each. International workshops and seminars may also take place on Saturdays.
Programme publication: September 2018
Accreditation: The PEI determines its own curriculum and is part of the MACBA Study Centre: it is not attached to any university. On satisfactory completion of the programme, a MACBA accreditation is awarded. The level of complexity of the programme is equivalent to predoctoral academic studies (postgraduate or official master's degree). Non-regulated alternative studies will also be recognised.

Reception of applications from 1 to 31 October 2018.
Documentation: Applications must be sent by email to, providing the following documentation in a single PDF:
• Application form
• Motivation text (500 words)
• Abstract of the project in progress or to be developed (artistic, theoretical, collective, pedagogical...) (300 words)
• Curriculum vitae (if necessary, the selection committee may request supporting documentation)
• The submission of letters of recommendation (optional) will be assessed
• Copy of your ID or passport
Only requests received by email will be accepted.
All documents in PDF format should be attached to the same mail.

The PEI is not a professional training programme, but a space for exploration and activation of knowledge. The selection committee, made up of the Head of Programming, the academic coordinator and members of the faculty, will assess the diversity of profiles and careers not only from a strictly academic perspective, but taking into account the wider aspects and ways in which knowledge takes place, including artistic practice, activism, research, working and studying experience.
The selection criteria will take into account:
- The materials provided within the registration period.
- The relevance of the experience and activities of the applicants, whether academic or professional, to the contents and objectives of the programme.
- There is no age limit.
Selection scale:
- Excellence of curricular and practical training (10 points)
- Relevance to the programme (10 points)
- Submitted project (10 points)
If considered necessary, an interview will be conducted (in person or online).
Communication of acceptance: Candidates will be notified from 26 November 2018.
This communication will be by email.

Dates: 1 January – 1 March 2019
Registration fee: 3000 euros. Payment may be made in two instalments.
Scholarships: MACBA awards full tuition scholarships and half scholarships (50% of the registration fee). Selection will be made by members of the faculty and the academic coordinator. More information soon.



Studied art, aesthetics and documentary media and holds a PhD in Audiovisual Communication from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She is a writer and researcher on feminism and transfeminism, representation, post-pornography, technology, free software and error. She has developed educational processes in institutional and informal contexts and her artistic work has been shown in Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, Germany, Spain, France, Norway, Ecuador and Colombia, among others. She organises the nomadic festival Muestra Marrana; has published the book Enciclopedia del amor en los tiempos del porno (Cuarto propio, 2014); and collaborates with various collectives and artists, mostly in the medium of performance. She is a member of the research group FIC (Fractalidades en Investigación Crítica, UAB) and has developed, together with Miriam Solá, the research project ‘Máquinas de Guerra, políticas transfeministas de la representación’ (2014–15).

His artistic work tends to focus on the fields of critical theory, editorial work, curatorship, education and translation. He has been a member of PEI’s academic staff since its inception in 2006 and was co-director of its fourth edition (2012–13). He has taught in institutions such as Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona); School of Fine Arts of the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Cuenca); Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo de la UNAM (MUAC); Centro de Investigaciones Artísticas (Buenos Aires), and the universities of Buenos Aires (UBA) and La Plata (Argentina).
Co-founder and editor of the magazine Brumaria (2002–6), since 2006 he is a member of the editorial collective of the multilingual webzine transversal, published by eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies). He has written and edited, on his own or in collaboration, books on critical theory, cultural activism and the history of the artistic avant-gardes. Among others: Plusvalías de la imagen. Anotaciones (locales) para una crítica de los usos (y abusos) de la imagen (1993); Chris Marker. Retorno a la inmemoria del cineasta (2000); Modos de hacer. Arte crítico, esfera pública y acción directa (2001); Historias sin argumento. El cine de Pere Portabella (2001); Producción cultural y prácticas instituyentes. Líneas de ruptura en la crítica institucional (2008); Los nuevos productivismos (2010); Walter Benjamin, productivista (2013); Desinventario. Esquirlas de Tucumán Arde en el archivo de Graciela Carnevale (2015); Conversación con Manuel Borja-Villel (2015).
An activist in movements of civil disobedience, against neoliberalism and in favour of social rights and democracy since the 1990s, he is currently a member of the Executive Committee of Barcelona En Comú, as well as a member of parliament for Barcelona en Comú and Third Secretary in the Congress.

Philosopher and lecturer at the Universidad de Zaragoza. Her work focuses on the fields of politics and critical thought, and on the need to articulate a challenging and committed voice. To this aim, her philosophy has developed as a wide experimentation of ideas, ways of learning and forms of intervention in today’s world. She is the author of books such as En las prisiones de lo posible (2002); Un mundo común (2013); El compromiso / Commitment (Col·lecció Breus, CCCB, 2013); Filosofía inacabada (2015); and Fuera de clase. Textos de filosofía de guerrilla (2016). Since 2002 she has coordinated ‘Espai en Blanc’, a collective project in favour of a committed, practical and experimental relationship with philosophical thought.

An artist and researcher on the parameters and conventions of the presentation of art, questions of time – real or fictional – and the limits between representation and reality. She uses various supports to generate contexts in which the traditional system of communication – transmitter, message, recipient – is altered, thus modifying the traditional relationship between artist, work and public.
In 2011 she represented Spain at the Venice Biennale with The Inadequate, and in the 56th edition of 2015 she presented the performance and installation project The Sinthome Score, based on a transcription of Jacques Lacan’s 23rd seminar Le Sinthome. A reference in her recent work, she discovered Jacques Lacan thanks to James Joyce, on whom she has reflected deeply in works such as her film The Joycean Society. She is currently working on Óscar Masotta and the notion of repetition and her ongoing project El café de las voces, which began in Hamburg in 2014 and is still taking place in different cities.
She has had solo exhibition at CGAC (Santiago de Compostela, 2009); Index Stockholm(2009); Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, (2010); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2013); Universidad Torcuato di Tella (Buenos Aires, 2014); and Toronto Power Plant (Toronto, 2015). Her work is represented by ProjecteSD (Barcelona), Galería Juana de Aizpuru (Madrid), Ellen de Bruijne Projects (Amsterdam) and Galerie Michel Rein (Paris and Brussels).

Head of Programming, MACBA. His research focuses on educational work with the body and the potential of images for constructing political subjectivity. He was Head of Education and Public Activities at CA2M (2009–16), and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2011–15). He is Editorial Secretary of the journal of art and visual culture Re-visiones and a member of Las Lindes, a research and action group working on education and cultural and artistic practices. He has co-edited, with Yayo Aznar, Arte actual. Lecturas para un espectador inquieto (CA2M, 2011) and is editor of the forthcoming No sabíamos lo que hacíamos. Lecturas para una educación situada.

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