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Workshops_Activate the Classroom

10 Dec. 2014

Mario Merz

Mario Merz "No title", 1972

This activity is conceived as a new space in which teachers can acquire knowledge and tools that they can later apply directly in the classroom. These practical workshops will be imparted by artists, other active agents from the art scene, and experts from the educational community.

How can concepts linked to contemporary artistic language be transformed into practices that can be implemented in the classroom? Using this question as a starting point, the workshops aim to provide tools and generate content that participants can apply in real learning contexts, through creative processes presented by professionals from the art field.

We offer six editions of this course: Wednesadys 19 November, 10 December, 21 January, 18 February, 18 March and 15 April, from 6 pm to 9 pm

Programme

Venue: MACBA
Fee: free

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 6 to 9 pm
I only have proof of that which I have seen

By Pep Vidal
I am often amazed at the complexity of the world. Any situation, however small and insignificant, is extremely complex. For example, a leaf falling from a tree, at a precise moment, not before or after. It takes a string of infinitesimal changes – infinitely small changes – to bring about something as seemingly trivial as a falling leaf.

Of all systems, the ones that interest me most are those that relate to man and nature, how we approach this issue from science, philosophy, anthropology, art. What happens, for example, when a person first comes to a place, and after a small community settles there, and then industry appears, and so on...? Earth, wood, concrete. Different layers. One above the other. Infinitesimal changes. Structures and pre-established knowledge.

A clear example of interaction between man and nature is the way we interact with light. The light of the sun, of a flash, of cars. How we know it, study it, how we know it without realising. How art and science have addressed it from different points of view, but looking for the same thing. We will use the fact that 2015 is the international year of light to examine several examples in art and science and propose activities that allow us to see this bi-directionality through light.

Pep Vidal holds a degree in mathematics from the UAB (2008) and PhD in Physics at UAB and the ALBA synchrotron. Interested in infinitesimal calculus, topology and infinite series, as he puts it: ‘I come to two conclusions: there are extremely complex and sensitive systems; and I am not interested in any investigation in which personal and life experience are not linked to the process itself.’

Cofounder of granja.cat, a project for the dissemination of mathematical culture especially among children, he has been a resident artist at Hangar, Barcelona (2013–15), and FARE, Milan (October–December 2013). Premi Miquel Casablancas 2014 (publication) and Generaciones 2015. He has exhibited, among other places, in Frigoriferi Milanesi (Milan), Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona), LABoral Centro de Arte (Gijón), Galería Louis 21 (Madrid), Fabra i Coats (Barcelona), La Capella (Barcelona) and Can Felipa (Barcelona).

Contact

For group and education program information please call (+34) 93 412 14 13
educacio@macba.cat

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Fundación Banco Santander strongly believes that in order to contribute to contemporary art it is necessary to support it at the teaching level, and to promote an educational system that strengthens creativity and the aesthetic experience. As such, the Foundation has decided to renew and expand its collaboration agreement with MACBA, through which it sponsors its ongoing Teacher Training Programme.

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