CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo



Imagen promoción Jornadas de estudio de la imagen, junio de 2012, en el Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M

Bewitched System.The exorcising role of images

JUNE 18-22, 2012

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Conducted by Vincent Meessen and Pablo Martínez

Lecturers: Aurora Fernández Polanco, Dora García, Fernando García Dory, Avery Gordon, Joachim Koester, Kobe Matthys, Marie-José Mondzain, Maurizio Lazzarato, Jalal Toufic, Tamar Guimarâes and Eulalia Valldosera. 

"Une fois par année, les pauvres mangent du chien. Une fois par année, les fous sont maîtres. Le reste du temps, les maîtres sont fous." Jean Rouch

Among all sharing things, images play a capital role in the construction of our bodies and subjectivities by virtue of their equivocal status, their disturbing number, their traffic and their emotional power. What can be done in the face of images, true «power-objects» that saturate our spaces and times? How to «harden» ourselves in order to avoid being internally captured?

We could easily imagine the system that governs us as a bewitched system, i.e., a system of reciprocal possession between beings and things in which images act as producers and sensors of desires. In the so called traditional societies, the healer has no other option to heal the possessed person than to negotiate with the «masters», the spirits inhabiting the sick person’s body.
Let’s dare to set a parallelism and pose ourselves the following question: are not images one of the active and underlying healing remedies to become imperative in front of the desires and disturbances created by the capitalist sorcery?

Today like yesterday, images, a power instrument, both poison and remedy, is created in its time. These lectures are precisely addressed  the images users. Sharing our  emotions linked to image, naming the images that possess us, discussing the enigmas open by demanding images, briefly, we invite you to take part in the XIX Image Symposium, what could become an image parliament.

CA2M hosts the XIX Image Symposium of the Regional Government of Madrid which will take place from June 18th  to 22nd. This edition will hold:  an international seminar of artists and theoreticians opened  to the public; a forum of investigation on theory and artistic practice with a presentation of the works during the critical sessions of the Symposium and, also, two workshops conducted by an artist.

symposium programming


Opening by ISABEL ROSELL, Madrid General Director of Archives, libraries and museums and FERRAN BARENBLIT, CA2M Director. Hand outs.

10:15 Symposium Introduction by VINCENT MEESSEN and PABLO MARTÍNEZ, both directors of the Symposiums.

10:30 AVERY GORDONThe Remains of a Prison: Fugitive Knowledge on the Wings of Red Arrows

How to tell the story of a very old place of confinement and punishment? What happens if all the pictures are wrong or missing and the people long gone?  What traces and messages might they have left for us to find? Is it possible now, after such terrible treatment, to offer those confined in the prison a more hospitable welcome?  This is the hope.

Avery Gordon is Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara and Visiting Faculty Fellow at Centre for Research Architecture, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, and University of London.  She is the author of Notes for the  Breitenau Room of The Workhouse—A Project by Ines Schaber and Avery Gordon, Keeping Good Time: Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People and Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination, among other books and articles.  Her work focuses on radical thought in action and over the last few years, she has been writing about captivity, war and other forms of dispossession and how to eliminate them.  She is the co-host of No Alibis, a weekly public affairs radio program on KCSB 91.9 FM Santa Barbara and the Keeper of the Hawthorne Archives. She is currently the Anna Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Of Spirits and Empty Spaces

John Murray Spear was a spiritualist, socialist, activist and agitator for the free love movement and women’s liberation. In 1861 he led a series of séances that took place in “The Domain” in upstate New York. Utilizing a kind of inspired trance dance Spear and his group tried to invent a new sewing machine. These séances, as well as the bodily spasms of Tarantism, the mescaline infused mind of Henri Michaux, and the bewitching maneuvers of Carlos Castaneda are part of what I sometimes call “the invisible index.” An archive of blind spots, minor histories, places and practices that hold a potential for change, though sometimes only for a brief moment.

Born in 1962 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and living in New York. His works have been exhibited at Documeta X, Kassel, Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, Venice Biennale, Manifesta, Trento, Tate Triennial, London, as well as in solo exhibitions at CASM, Center d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum, Mexico City, Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Insitut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, MIT, Boston, Galeri Jan Mot, Brussel and Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid.

13:00 CRITICAL SESSION by FRAN MEANA WITH FERNANDO GARCÍA-DORY, From Appropriation to Invocation...

Defining what the work is, becomes more and more difficult. The search of shapes more and more flexible and fast has led to its dematerialization. Nevertheless, its impact in things and bodies are more and more obvious. Combining personal anecdotes and archive materials, my speech analyzes very specific cases of these symptoms in order to understand the different production models and their effects in our daily lives and to put forwards some alternatives.

Fernando García-Dory is artist and agroecologist. His work engages specifically with issues affecting the relation between culture and nature, embodied within the contexts of landscape, the rural, the desires and expectations related with identity aspects, crisis, utopia and social change. He has been part of different exhibitions and projects where he links art, ecology and social processes, with interventions from environmental collaborative art to self-organization of communities.

14:30 Lunch break

16:30 EULALIA VALLDOSERA, The Experience of Art as an Initiation Channel

The artistic practice as a way of spiritual initiation or gradual consciousness opening. Analysis of the various stages of my experience and their parallelism with the ascension stages which propose different mystic traditions as spheres which contain each other.

The construction of the “I” versus the prevailing narratives goes through questioning the categories of health and illness, and considers the works as a symptomatic enfoldment of an ill social space.
Every object is susceptible of becoming an information storage devise by means of specific operations carried out by the creator or user who we can consider a mediator with healing skills.

Eulalia Valldosera, artist whose work has turned around three constants: the body itself, the domestic environment and the relationship with others. Her practice has explored from the questioning of the identitarian construction of the "I" against the dominant narratives, the sharing possibilities of affections, and the criticism to the institutions as a healing and caring place, as well as, the reconsideration of the exercise of power or the usages of the image to, in a creative way, exemplify the de-posession techniques. He has exhibited in a number of biennials and exhibitions, without forgetting his participation in Skulptur Projekte in Münster (1997) and the Venezia Biennial  (2001) and her solo at Witte de With in Rotterdam, at Fundación Tàpies in Barcelona,  Museo de Arte Reina Sofía and  Carroll & Fletcher in London.

18:00 OPEN DEBATE with the lecturers, moderated by Fernando García-Dory.


10:00 MAURIZIO LAZZARATOImage Semiotics

In my presentation will introduce different semiotics which form an image-video or an image-cinema (signifying semiotics, a-signifying semiotics, symbolic) from Felix Guattari and Pier Paolo Pasolini and the power relationships that these images establish.

Lazzarato, philosopher, sociologist and researcher specialized in studies over the relation between work, economy and society. He is currently working at Université de Paris I. He has recently published La Fabrique de l’homme endenté, Essai sur la condition néolibérale. He has also published Intermittents et Précaires (Éditions Amsterdam, 2008), a study on the living and working conditions and on the ways of organizations of the workers from the cultural fields (together with Antonella Corsani). He has also publish a Spanish book: La filosofía de la diferencia y el pensamiento menor (Universidad Central, Bogotá, 2007), and Por una política menor Acontecimiento y política en las sociedades de control (Traficantes de sueños, Madrid, 2006), Políticas del acontecimiento (Tinta Limón, Buenos Aires, 2006) and a great number of essays.
Letter to the Doctors in Oharge of Mental Hospitals (1925) and Pour en finir avec le jugement de dieu (1947)

From these two essential texts, the first of which was elaborated in 1925 for the surrealist magazine n.3 and the second, a radio script written in 1947, which was recorded but never broadcasted due to the censorship of that time, follows the presentation of Antonin Artaud’s tragic life and works as the catalyst of a series of fundamental movements of the modernity: the so called antypsychiatry, the language liberation, the irritated art and the marginality as strong artistic position. 

Dora García, artist whose work consists in creating situations which modify the traditional relations between the artist, the work and the viewer Working in public spheres, museums or galleries, she explores Brecht 's theater, Artaud's impact, but also figures such as Lenny Bruce, Jack Smith or Guy de Cointet. She has exhibited in the Biennials of Venice, Lyon, Athens, Sydney, Istanbul; in Münster Sculpture Projects and Manifesta, and had solo exhibitions in museums such as the MNCARS in Madrid, MACBA in Barcelona, GfZK in Leipzig, SMAK in Ghent, and Kunsthalle Bern.  . Tuvo exposiciones individuales en museos como el Museo Reina Sofía en Madrid, MACBA en Barcelona,GfZK en Leipzig, SMAK en Gante, y Kunsthalle Bern.

Other Issues is a project that investigates historical cases of issuance of heterodox shapes in periods of need. The project presents these cases as clear formal precedents of what we know today as complementary currencies. It also analyzes the biographies of the material used as coin.

Emilio Romero investigates the different notions of values applied to materials, history and language. A fascination for the biography of objects and gestures is one of the key issues of his work. Moreno is to become in July artist in residence at National Gallery for Contemporary Art, in Ciudad del Cabo. He has recently exhibited at Alternativa 2012 (Wyspa Institute for Contemporary Art, Gdansk), The Grand Domestic Revolution (Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht) and he has also taken part of the second publication of Autonomy Project (Van Abbe Museum / Onomatopee, Eindhoven). Today, he is involved in the 18 photographs and 18 stories project of Bulegoa z/b, realized in collaboration with If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution of Amsterdam, that presents and accompanies Performance in Resistance by Isidoro Valcárcel Medina through 18 stories and on a journey to 6 cities. Moreno lives and works in Amsterdam, where he is currently teacher at the Fine Art department of  Rietveld Academy.

VINCENT MEESSEN visual artist. He produces works that explore and actualize minor aspects of the the intertwined relations between coloniality - understood as a power relations matrix -  and western modernity. On the behalf the Brussels-based non-profit organization Normal as well for other cultural partners, he has regularly organised film programs and exhibitions, such as the recent "Colonial Hauntology" in a dozen of art and cultural institutions in Paris and its outskirts.

PABLO MARTÍNEZ, CA2M education and public activity manager and Associate Professor at the Fine Art Dept. of Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Directors of the Symposium. Co-editor with Yayo Aznar of the book "Arte actual. Lecturas para un despertador inquieto".

14:30 Lunch time.

16:30 Assembly (Bewitched System), Agency.

Speculating on the question how can the “external world (out there)” become included within art practices? for Assembly (Bewitched System), Agency calls Thing 1141 (Iced Out Comp Board) forth from its list. Agency constitutes a growing list of things that resist the split between culture and nature. These things are mostly derived from juridical processes, lawsuits, cases, controversies, affairs and so forth involving intellectual properties (copyrights, patents, trade marks, etc...). The concept of intellectual property relies upon the assumption of the division between culture and nature and consequently between expressions and ideas, creations and facts, subjects and objects, humans and non-humans, originality and tradition, individuals and collectives, mind and body, etc...  Each thing on the list invokes the moment of hesitation in terms of those divisions.
Agency calls things forth from it's list via varying assemblies inside exhibitions, performances, publications, etc... Each assembly speculates topologically on a different question of the performative consequences of the apparatus of intellectual property for an ecology of art practices and paying attention to other types of agencies.

Agencia has conducted meetings based on the list of things at Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris, The Showroom, Lonon(2011) and  Animism in Extra City and M HKA, Amberes; Kunsthalle Bern, Generali Foundation, Viena; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2009-2012), “Grand Domestic Revolution”, Casco, Utrecht (2011-2012), “Speech Matters” Venice Biennial (2011) etc. Agency is the generic name of a Brussels-based organization that was established in 1992 by Kobe Matthys.

18:00 OPEN DEBATE moderated by Vincent Meessen and Pablo Martínez.


10:00 MARIE-JOSÉ MONDZAIN,  The Suburban Image

In a world where the communication industry would like to own the monopole of the imaging operations in order to stage the planetary spectacle and to ensure their domination over all the desiring and talking bodies, a first level of our critical analysis envisages  breaking the spell in order to open the site of emancipation. Guy Deborg himself thought that it was required to put an end to images. Would not be better to restore the total sovereignty of the imaging operations in their turbulent indetermination and their grotesque energy? What if images occupied an area that rebels against any occupation where the interference of identities, genders and figures of the order would open on the contrary the powerful and creative territory of all that is possible?

Marie-José Mondzain, research-director at France's National Centre for Scientific Research (the CNRS) Philosopher who has study the image doctrine, the icons and the set of visual productions. He has developed his work in relation to images from cultures from the past, deeply studying their relations with contemporary society. Among his publications are Image, Icon, Economy: The Byzantine Origins of the Contemporary Imaginary (Cultural Memory in the Present), L’image peut-elle tuer?, Le commerce des regards and Homo Spectator.

11:30 TAMAR GUIMARÃESA Man Called Love

I will present A Man Called Love (2008) - a slide projection with voice over recounting the story of Francisco Candido Xavier (1910-2002), a Brazilian civil servant who became famous as a psychographic medium (a scribe to the spirits) and who authored, or in his view merely transcribed, more than 400 books in his lifetime (and here we find a rich alternative meaning for the term ghost-writing or for the death of the author). The narrative digresses from the biography of the spiritualist medium, so that he is not so much the subject of ‘A Man Called Love’ as its medium for channelling questions of class, gender and race in modern, post-war Brazil. Yet, I would also like to consider in what ways his devotional practice and utopian re-imagination of his social space could be understood as a form of resistance, albeit one tied to the constraints of a repressive regime.

Tamar Guimarães (b. Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is an artist based in Copenhagen. Thinking of documents as palimpsests, her practice proposes historical narratives as contingent and fluid, and as spaces from which one can speculate on the present. Her recent exhibitions include the solo project L’Au-delà (des noms et des choses) – Jeu de Paume Satellite / Maison d'Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur Marne, France; The Afterlife (of names and things) at Århus Kunstbygning, The Work of the Spirit (Parade) at Gasworks, London; the 29th São Paulo Bienal; The Thousand Dreams of Stellavista, CAC Synagogue de Delme, France; Second World Cycle, curated by WHW, Gallery Nova, Zagreb, Croatia; Monkey See, Monkey Do, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; The watchers, the liars, the dreamers, Frac Ile-de-France / Le Plateau, Paris; Panorama, Mu- seum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil; solo shows at David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, at Artspace Sydney and the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia; the Nordic Trien­nial, Eskilstuna Museum, Sweden; Traveling Show, La Coleccion Jumex , Mexico City; Bright Morning Star/ Kenneth Anger cycle, at Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal; the 7th Gwangju Biennial (Korea); the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial (China) and I know the world, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam. She was a studio fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program (NY) in 2007-2008 and a research curator for the Third Guangzhou Triennial in 2008. She was a studio fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program (NY) in 2007-2008 and a research curator for the Third Guangzhou Triennial in 2008.

13:00 CRITICAL SESSION annette weisser WITH AURORA FERNÁNDEZ POLANCO, Everyday: Abstraction

Alle Tage Abstraktion (Everyday: Abstraction) is a personal research into my obsession with one specific image. Can one be traumatized by a photograph? If so, what is the adequate “therapy”? With this artistic project I would like to raise the question wether the discourse constructed around certain images of political atrocities is of any help when it comes to the level of personal affectedness.

Annette Weisser lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin. Since 2007, Assistant Professor at Art Center College of Design (Graduate Fine Art). Recent solo shows include: “Alle Tage Abstraktion”, Reception Gallery, Berlin (2011); “The End of the World”, Reception Gallery, Berlin (2010). Recent group shows include “Belvedere”, Arp Museum, Remagen (2011); “(re)designing nature”, Künstlerhaus Wien, travelled to Städtische Galerie, Bremen (2011); Besides her artistic practice has published essays and reviews in magazines such as Tex te zur Kunst or afterall among others. In 2011 she co-organized the international conference “Everything is in Everything: From Aesthetic Education to Intellectual Emancipation” at Art Center College of Design.

Aurora Fernandéz Polanco, Fine Arts professor at Universidad Complutense of Madrid. She leads the investigation group “Images from art and rewriting of the narratives within the global visual culture”. She is also director of the magazine Re-visiones ( Her writings, conferences and commissions have always been related to politics, memory, visuality and representation. Alongside, the researcher Annette Weisser, who lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin. Since 2007 she is Assistant Professor at Art Center College of Design (Graduate Fine Art). Recent solo shows include: "Alle Tage Abstraktion", Reception Gallery, Berlin (2011); "The End of the World", Reception Gallery, Berlin (2010). Recent group shows include "Belvedere", Arp Museum, Remagen (2011); (re)designing nature, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna travelled to Städtische Galerie, Bremen (2011). Besides her artistic practice, Annette Weisser has published essays and reviews on art, urbanism and cultural activism in magazines such as Texte zur Kunst, Springerin, SPEX, afterall and die tageszeitung. In 2011 she co-organized the international conference "Everything is in Everything: From aesthetic education to intellectual emancipation" at Art Center College of Design and co-edited the subsequent publication.

14:30 Lunch Break.

, Don’t Go to Hell for the Sake of Finishing Watching the Film

I won’t endure these half-filled human masks;
better, the puppet.… Even if the lights go out; even if someone
tells me ‘That’s all’ … 
I’ll sit here anyway.… am I not right
to feel as if I must stay seated, must
wait before the puppet stage, or, rather,
gaze at it so intensely that at last,
to balance my gaze, an angel has to come and 
make the stuffed skins startle into life.
Angel and puppet: a real play, finally.

Were the narrator not half-filled, the angel, who is never late, would have already appeared to him or rather made his presence felt to him—when the angel appears, I discover that he was here all along, and that I could not have waited such a long time without the assistance of his subtle presence. It is precisely those who know how to “wait for the angel” who are the first to leave the cinema theater during the projection of certain films. I asked myself concerning the other spectators on my way out of a screening of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: “Why are they hell-bent on watching this film?” I was the first human to leave the screening—I left with the (guardian) angel.

Jalal Toufic is a thinker and a mortal to death.  He was born in 1962 in Beirut or Baghdad and died before dying in 1989 in Evanston, Illinois  His books include Distracted (1991; 2nd ed., 2003), (Vampires): An Uneasy Essay on the Undead in Film (1993; 2nd ed., 2003), Forthcoming (2000), Two or Three Things I’m Dying to Tell You (2005), Undeserving Lebanon (2007), The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster (2009), Graziella: The Corrected Edition (2009) and What Were You Thinking? (2011), and his videos include The Sleep of Reason: This Blood Spilled in My Veins (2002), The Lamentations Series: The Ninth Night and Day (2005) and Mother and Son; or, That Obscure Object of Desire (Scenes from an Anamorphic Double Feature) (2006).  Many of his books, most of which were published by Forthcoming Books, are available for download as PDF files at his website:
with all lecturers moderated by Aurora Fernández Polanco.

Free registration for the lectures from June 1 (18, 19 and 20 June).




During June 21 and 22, CA2M will host two workshops, one by Agency (Kobe Matthys) and the other one by Jalal Toufic. After a brief introduction to some of their work, a reduced group of artists and researchers will present their work and talk about the main aspect of their practice. Alongside, a debate over subjects related to the artists´ work and over the selected ones, their creative process and their approach.

All workshops will be delivered in English language.

To attend one or two of these workshops is necessary to complete the registration form (Download form) and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THURSDAY  21.  10:00 - 14:00 H.

Within the framework of I+D "Imágenes del arte y la reescritura de las narrativas en la cultura visual global"

La Trasera, Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad Complutense.

Further information


Two open panels in the fields of theory and artistic practice for researchers:


Projects and art practices related to copy rights and minority users rights, as well as images manufacturing, reuse, and diffusion and innovative share of critical contents.

In the world of free software, we speak of « the owner’s world» to designate the other field, that of the software owners. This name points to the importance of the critical tactics and the artistic gestures envisaged to conceive or adopt means for image production, distribution and use. As economic relation, image implies imposition, unequal share and therefore, fights to be reinvented.


Projects and practices concerning the images invisible dimension, the image mental or physical surveillance, collective works that take into account the individual’s physical and psychical aspects.

Understanding images as a power which is continuously present in our lives implies that we maintain an invisible relationship with images. In addition, due to their psychic imposition power, the images shape or even constitute our collective relationships in society. How can we construct together an ecology of practices: alliances, attentions, and cares to face the attempts to possess our bodies and inhabit our thoughts?


To participate in the critical sessions it is necessary to submit the following documentation:

- Duly completed registration form  (Download form)

- Project on Artistic Theory and Practice. In case of an essay, it should have the DIN A4 size; in case of an artistic practice, it should have the presentation of a memory, dossier or portfolio. The investigation essays will have a maximum of 10 pages.

Projects, both in Spanish and English, are accepted.

Uncompleted applications won´t  be accepted.

The selected authors who wish to attend the Symposium and reside outside the Region of Madrid may benefit from 150 € as travel expenses (applicants may enclose in their application any relevant document supporting the proof of place of  residence  - eg. Resident permit, City Certificate of Registration, a photocopy of student card, electricity or gas bills...).

The documentation of the non-selected projects could be collected during the days of the Symposium.


Application deadline May 16,  2012. Participant may submit the aforesaid documentation:

- By email: download form and send it, duly filled in, together with the project (in a .doc or .pdf format) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- By mail, enclosing the duly filled in registration form together with the printed project (projects arrived later than May 11 will be discarded)


A committee comprised by the Symposium directors and the CA2M team will select the projects for the critical session and for the artist´s workshop. A list of admitted participants will be posted on CA2M website on May 25. The selected participants will receive an express communication, which will state the date and time of his/her presentation at CA2M.

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