THE DOCUMENTARY DEVICE AT WORK
XXI IMAGE SYMPOSIUM
23 – 26 JUN 2014
Composition as the chosen premise extrapolates the exploitation of natural resources to a definition for social productivity today. There is a monstrous yet very real similarity between the depletion of natural resources and the exhaustion of our psyche. Beneath an apparent return to the colonial system, what we once confidently called the "first world" is beginning to show signs of a systemic crisis. The injustices we had always consigned to another dimension are becoming more common and encroaching more and more on our own dimension. Poverty on the rise, ecological collapse and economic inequalities are gradually creating a situation in which it is difficult to imagine cultural, aesthetic production that does not reflect the precarious state of affairs around us. Our recompense is the invitation we receive in a permanently connected world to, quite literally, consume ourselves.
If this is modernity, then "extractionist" is the only way to describe it. The fatigue that is spreading so inexorably is perhaps the symptom of what Teresa Brennan called "exhausting modernity". In such a scenario, the moralisation of financial capitalism does everything within its power to annihilate critique. And it is in this context that documentary dispositives have acquired a particular relevance as points of intersection between different forms of knowledge, languages and institutions. The documentary has become a shared refuge for art, research and activism, and now operates as a dispositive no longer limited to producing images. Documentary practices today encompass the creation of dispositives that may be critical, therapeutic, theatrical, filmic, pedagogical and a whole host of other things.
The symposium will comprise a forum of debate on this and other theories, three workshops led by artists and other agents, and critical sessions open to contributions from researchers. Moreover, Roger Bernat's company features Numax presenta (1979), one of Joaquim Jordá's most emblematic documentaries which has never had a more apt resonance than it does today.
Directed by Carles Guerra
CALL FOR CRITICAL SESSIONS
Two panels are open to present researcher works on artistic and theoretical practice linked to the Symposium's main themes:
Extractionist Modernity / New documentary device forms
These projects will be presented in the critical sessions that will be carried out during the Image Symposium. Presentations will take place in the form of a conversation with the moderators, who are Carles Guerra and Vincent Meessen for this edition.
Documents and conditions
In order to participate in the critical sessions, the following documents should be presented:
English and Spanish projects will be accepted.
Incomplete applicationswill not be considered.
CA2M will bear the travel expenses of selected candidates living outside Madrid’s region.
The selection of projects to be presented in the debate sessions will be carried out by Carles Guerra and Pablo Martínez. The list of participants will be published on CA2M’s website on June 6. Selected participants will receive a personal note specifying the day and time of their presentation.
16:00 – 19:00 Beginning of Flipa Cesar and Xavier Ribas workshops
10:00 Symposium opening by FERRAN BARENBLIT, CA2M director. Delivery of materials.
10:15 Introduction to the Symposium. CARLES GUERRA. Symposium director. Artist, art critic, independent curator. He has been chief curator at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA and before that he was the director of La Virreina Centre de la Imatge where he carried out projects such as Antifotoperiodismo (2010) or 1979. Un monumento a instantes radicales (2011). He is the author of many essays and critical editions, the following of which can be underlined: N de Negri (2000), Allan Sekula habla con Carles Guerra (2005) and Art & Language. Escritos (2007).
10:45ACHILLE MBEMBE is a political science teacher at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburgo. He is a researcher at Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), and he is also a guest teacher at the Roman Studies Department in Duke University (EE. UU.). Some of his published works are De la postocolonie. Essai sur l'imagination politique dans l'Afrique contemporaine (Karthala, 2000), Sortir de la gande nuit. Essai sur l'Afrique décolonisée (La Découverte, 2010) or Critique de la raison nègre (La Découverte, 2013). In Spanish, he has published Necropolítica (Melusina, 2011).
12:00FILIPA CÉSAR is an artist and film-maker interested in the porous relation between image in motion and its public reception, the fictional aspects of the documentary genre, and politics and poetics that are implicit to the production of images in motion. Since 2008, her experimental cinema projects are focused on Portugal’s recent past and question history’s production mechanisms through the proposal of spaces that create subjective knowledge. Since 2011 she is in charge of Luta ca caba inda, a project that researches Guinea-Bissau’s history of the cinema. She participates in the Visionary Archive research group 2013-15, organized by the Arsenal Institute, Berlin.
13:30 NUMAX-FAGOR-PLUS. ROGER BERNAT. In 1979, after two and a half years of self-management, the workers of Numax electrical appliances factory in Barcelona decided to leave their company and become unemployed. 34 years later, in 2013, electrical appliances Basque cooperative Fagor close down leaving workers jobless. As if in a Waterloo battlefield re-enactment, Fagor workers reconstruct the history of Numax workers. People attending to this CA2M proposal will be part of the story. Since 2008 Roger Bernat creates devices where the audience becomes the main actor. He has directed and created theatre projects like Tot és perfecte and Domini Public. Together with Ignasi Duarte, he has published Querido público. El espectador ante la participación: jugadores, usuarios, prosumers y fans, (Cendeac, 2009).
14:30 Lunch break
16:00 – 18:30WORKSHOP SESSION WITH FILIPA CESAR, XAVIER RIBAS AND ALEJANDRA RIERA
10:00MICHEL FEHER is a philosopher, founder publisher of Zone Books (New York), and president of Cette France-là (París), an organization that is in charge of monitoring French immigration politics under Sarkozy’s presidency. He is the writer of Powerless by Design: The Age of the International Community (2000) and co-publisher of Nongovernmental Politics (2007), together with Gaëlle Krikorian and Yates McKee. He has recently been co-author and co-publisher of Cette France-là 1, 2007/2008 and Cette France-là 2, 2008/2009.
11:30ALEJANDRA RIERA is an artist. Since 1995 she started writing the maquettes-sans-qualité [rough-cuts with no quaility] that provide multiple voices in an unprecedented form of «broken display of photographs, inscriptions, texts, video documents and practice tales». She does not aim at describing or explaining, but rather at questioning the state of things. Since 2003 she started Enquête sur le/notre dehors [Research on the/our outside] which she links with the «history of the present». Her work has been shown in many occasions both in contemporary art contexts such as Documenta XI (2002), Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (2004–2005), Documenta XII (2007) and in spaces not devoted to art (like for example La Borde clinique, where she carries out a workshop since 2010). Recently MNCARS presented a project that she started, poétique(s) de l'inachèvement [poetic(s) of the unfinished].
13:00CRITICAL SESSION WITH VINCENT MEESSEN. Vincent Meessen is a visual artists who explores and updates apparently trivial matters regarding close links between coloniality –understood as the matrix of power relations– and western modernity. As a member the Normal organization, based in Brussels, he has organized cinema programs and exhibitions. Together with Pablo Martínez he co-directed the 19th and 20th Image Symposiums and will represent Belgium in next Venice Biennale.
16:00 – 18:30WORKSHOP SESSION WITH FILIPA CESAR, XAVIER RIBAS AND ALEJANDRA RIERA
10:00 LOUISE PURBRICK is an Art History and Design teacher at Brighton University. Shee is currently working with photographers Xavier Ribas and Ignacio Acosta in the project Traces of Nitrate, financed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Her contribution to this project means a new step towards research on material culture in places of conflict.
11: 30 XAVIER RIBAS is a photographer and teacher at Brighton University. He is also a guest teacher at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. His work documents contemporary metropolis transformation processes. He is interested in public space, memory, urban regeneration and free time, and he often focus on hidden aspects of the city’s structure and archaeology. His works have tackled issues such as peripheries, dialogue between nature and urbanism, or specific geography with a significant history.
13:00 CRITICAL SESSION WITH CARLES GUERRAand Usue Arrieta y Vicente Vázquez
16:00 PETER PÁL PELBART is a philosopher and essay-writer. He is a teacher at Sao Paulo Catholic University. He has translated Gilles Deleuze into Brazilian and he has written about issues such as madness, philosophy, literature and the problem of time, both in Delueze’s work and regarding implications in the field of medicine, cinema and politics. Lately, he has shown interest in relations between politics and subjectivity, mainly revolving around biopolitics. His last work is Cartography of Exhaustion - Niilism Inside Out, by n-1publications.
17:30MARINA GARCÉS is a philosophy teacher at the Universidad de Zaragoza and she is a promoter of Espai en Blanc, a critical and experimental intellectual project. She is the author of books such as En las prisiones de lo posible (2002), Un mundo común (2013) and El compromís (2013). She cooperates with other universities such as UB and UOC and with cultural entities such as CCCB, MACBA and UNIA.
All activities are free. Registration opens on 1 June 2014.
On the afternoons of days 23, 24 and 25 three simultaneous workshops will take place at CA2M: Filipa César, Xavier Ribas and Alejandra Riera (the last one on 24 and 25 only).
All workshops are independent and will be tackled by the artist running it in their own personal way. All artists have worked with experimental formats to produce knowledge, they have teaching experience and they have taken part in collective works in very different ways. In this occasion, workshops will take place in three consecutive evenings so that they become a space for reflection in parallel to the symposium. Artists, art critics, teachers, and everybody interested in image are invited to participate. Working groups will have up to 12 participants.
Workshops will be held in Spanish.
You can check previous programmes of last editions celebrated in CA2M, as well as, files from the in interventions and lectures of the Symposium
JUN 20 & 23. 2011
Suely Rolnik, Patricia Esquivias, Cristina Santamarina, Andrei Ujica, Gerald Raning, C.A.S.I.T.A, Carmen Romero, Vincent Meesen, José Luis Pardo, Rabih Mroué, Hito Steyerl, Aurora Fernández Polanco and Pablo Martínez
JUN 21 & 25. 2010
Ernst van Alphen, Ursula Biemann, María Cañas, Thierry Davila, Joan Fontcuberta, Daniel García Andujar, Antoni Muntadas, Ernesto Oroza and Rosângela Rennó.
MAY 20 & 23. 2009
Svetlana Boym, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Aurora Fernández Polanco, Rogelio López Cuenca, Basilio Martín Patino, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Santu Mofokeng,The Otolith Group, Pedro G. Romero, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Eyal Sivan and Francesc Torres.