Working-groups and public lectures at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía part of the programme "Another institutionalism and new conflicts"
Stage 5 of the project Ceci n'est pas uneix voiture.
30th November and 1st December 2011
Place: Museu Reina Sofia, Edifici Sabatini, Auditori. Madrid
Time: 19.30 h
Entrance free according to available places.

Organizes: Museu Reina Sofia IDENSITAT, ACVic i Can Xalant. In collaboration with: Trànsit Projectes.

Wednesday 30th November 2011, 7.30pm
Presentation of the project, Ceci n'est pas une voiture.

Thursday 1st December 2011, 7.30pm
Presentation of the result of the working-group debates by contributors.

Artifacts of direct action is a conference designed to discuss processes by which tools for renovating the habitual rôles of contemporary art might be assembled. We, in recent years, faced with the insistence of the institutional museum on managing contemporary cultural production as an object for passive recognition, have witnessed a proliferation of self-managed initiatives which broaden the vast range of possibilities appearing through the implementation of artistic practices in public space. These initiatives have allowed new formats of exhibition devices to be created, which have become tools of direct participation, at the service of social research.

Sessions are framed within the project Ceci n'est pas une voiture. A project based on mobile artifacts created in different cities around the world as tools for generating new institutional practices, and for rethinking educational experiences in social space.
This project is conceived as a process combining research, production, training and broadcasting, in distinct phases which started in July 2010 and which was scheduled to finish January 2012, also part of the line of investigation opened by the Museo Reina Sofia and its networked programme
in recent years regarding new practices and new institutional policies.

Over the course of two days , three working groups, after preparing a number of topics for discussion will pass across their findings in public meetings, on the following themes:

 Group 1. Education and Territory

Mobility and locality act equally as agents of knowledge. In the face of conventional pedagogy that teaches a static, global narrative as opposed to what should be recognised, displacement and the value of what is local can write other narratives in a state of permanent rethinking.
Participants: Antonio Collados, Javier Rodrigo and Aída Sánchez de Serdio
Facilitator: Ramon Parramon


Group 2. Otras Institucionalidades. Other Institutionalities. From institutional criticism to institutions in crisis

In the last decade of the 20th century, institutional criticism was absorbed by museums as a protective tactic against any indication of radical criticism. In this context, it is essential today to decide whether to relaunch institutional criticism or directly opt for new institutional practices unrelated to the conventions that museums, even at their most neutral, drag along with them.
Participants: Joaquín Barriendos, Yaiza Hernández and Jesús Carrillo
Facilitator: Martí Peran

Group 3. Mobility and Social Space

In the face of the permanent definition of social space as a pacified territory where every social agent occupies their assigned place, cultural practices must promote a permanent translation of social forces into motion vectors for a subjective, political transformation.
Participants: Edgar Endress, Matthias Rick and Tomas Ruiz-Rivas

Facilitator: Pep Dardanyà.


Joaquín Barriendos researcher, Department of Art History, University of Barcelona. He is a founding member of the project, Tristestópicos, and member of the Visual Culture in Europe network and Red Conceptualismos del Sur.
Jesús Carrillo, head of cultural programmes at the Museo Reina Sofía and professor of Art History, Autonomous University of Madrid.
Antonio Collados, professor, Department of Sculpture, University of Granada. Along with Javier Rodrigo and Yolanda Romero, he directs the project, Transductores, in collaboration with Aulabierta.
Pep Dardanyà, director of Can Xalant. Centre de Creació i Pensament Contemporani de Mataró.
Edgar Endress is an artist and founding member of the group Floating Lab Collective.
Yaiza Hernández, researcher, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University.
Ramon Parramon, director of ACVic Centre d'Arts Contemporànies and director of the the art project, IDensitat.
Marti Peran, associate professor of art theory, University of Barcelona.
Matthias Rick, architect and founding member of the contemporary urban design and architecture network raumlaborberlin.
Javier Rodrigo, researcher and art educator. He is a member of the association Artibarri and director, with Antonio Collados and Yolanda Romero, of the educational-cultural project, Transductores, in collaboration with Aulabierta.
Tomas Ruiz-Rivas, artist, curator and co-director, with María María Acha, of Ojo Atómico - Antimuseo de Arte Contemporáneo.
Aída Sánchez de Serdio, professor, Department of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona and researcher in the field of collaborative art practice and cultural politics. She is a member of the association Artibarri.

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