CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo


20 — 23 JUN 2011


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"What actually remains is nothing but the proposal of the great invention, something that engages the participant, the former viewer which is now also a participant, engages him in a state of invention. That is why the concept of artist does not exist. An artist can only be an inventor; otherwise he is not an artist. The role of an artist consists in provoking the participant, which is the former viewer…

Helio Oiticica

Beyond the economic problem, the negativity of the current crisis is basically linked to the deactivation of the capacity of inventing a future. However, we must remind that every crisis opens up spaces of possibility. To assume that, as immaterial producers, we all participate in the creation of collective imagination entails the risk that neoliberal directives use as a tool the triad constituted by “innovation-creativity-invention”.

In this inevitably shared space, critical artistic practices keep on defending the power of imagination as a political faculty that unite memory and prediction.

This edition of the Symposium will include: an international seminar for artists and theorists open to the general public; a forum for art theory and practice researchers who will present their work at the Symposium’s critical sessions; and two artist workshops.


Researchers’ papers in the fields of theory and artistic practice on the following topics are welcome:

1- Power, knowledge and economy: new formats
When market has become integrated into biopolitics, thought and action capacity are reevaluated by means of new formats which escape from fixed disciplines and identities (in production, investigation, pedagogy, display and communication).

2- Performing citizenship
How to trick symbolic pressure? What kind of power can we still find in breaches and discontinuities (of time, space, knowledge, affection or work) in order to catch sight of the future of a new citizenship? How are we trying out other forms of subjectivity that can be shared?


The following documents are required to participate in the critical sessions:

- Theoretical or artistic practice paper. Essays are to be presented in Din A4 format and artistic practices as a report, dossier or portfolio.

Essays must not exceed 10 pages.

This year, the call also includes audiovisual works. Applicants should send the registration form duly completed, the report and their work stored on CD.

Papers should be written in Spanish or English.

Applications with incomplete information will not be considered.

Successful applicants who wish to attend the Symposium and live outside the region of Madrid may be awarded a travel grant of €150 upon presentation of proof of residency (e.g. municipal certificate, copy of student card, bill in beneficiary’s name, etc.).


Applicants are requested to submit their documentation as follows by 16 May 2011:

-By e-mail: download the registration form, fill in and send it with your paper (in .doc or .pdf) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- By post: enclose the completed registration form and the printed project (applications received at the CA2M after 16 May will not be considered). 


The projects will be selected by a special committee comprising the symposium director and the CA2M team. The list of participants will be posted on the CA2M website on 18 May. Successful applicants will be notified officially of the day and time of their presentation.

Selected Projects. (dowload pdf)


MON 20
10:00 Opening. Handing-over of materials.

10: 15 Presentation of the Symposium by AURORA FERNÁNDEZ POLANCO. Symposium Director.

10:30 SUELY ROLNIK was born in Brazil. She is a psychoanalyst, essayist and professor at the Catholic University of São Paulo. She has translated part of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s works into Portuguese. Her work focuses on a terrain transversalized by philosophy, clinical practice, politics, and aesthetics and takes the form of research, writing, teaching, curatorial activities, and clinical practice strictu senso. She is author, among other books, of Micropolitics: Cartographies of Desire with Félix Guattari.

11:30 PATRICIA ESQUIVIAS, was born in Caracas. Her artistic practice focuses on creating fragmented narratives, employing low-fi technology and a decidedly DIY aesthetic. She creates videos that link images drawn from diverse sources presenting interpretations of the everyday as well as of historical events.
Since 2005, Patricia has shown her video works amongst others in Madrid (Museo Nacional Reina Sofia and CA2M), Germany (Frankfurter Kunstverein, 5th Berlin Biennale), New York (New Museum) and Amsterdam (Stedelijk Museum Bureau).

13:00 CRITICAL SESSION WITH CRISTINA SANTAMARINA, PhD in Political Sciences and Sociology by the University UCM, Director of Studies at CIMOP (Communication, Image and Public Opinion), she also gives lectures on Gender, Political Cultures, and research methods in Social Sciences as a guest professor at several universities in Latin America. She has been the director of the publication, El Rapto de Europa, a critical thinking and cultural analysis magazine. Selected Project: In Between by DAVID DE ROZAS and KARL ROBERT FORBERG. David de Rozas is a researcher, a creator and a cultural manager. He has a degree in Fine Arts at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and is currently a PhD student of "Artistic Education: Research and Teaching in Fine Arts" and of the master’s degree in Cultural management at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Karl Robert Forberg is a creator, a cultural manager and a journalist. He has a B.A. in degree in Communication and Media Science at Universität Leipzig, Germany. He worked as a German public radio cultural journalist. He is currently studying the master’s degree in Cultural Management at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

14:30 Lunch break

16:30 ANDREI UJICA is Romanian. He studied literature even though he began making films in 1990. Together with Harun Farocki, he created Videograms of a Revolution, a film which has become a standard work in Europe when referring to relationships between political power and the media and the end of the Cold War. In his latest work Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu, Ujica presents a montage of official reports which represents a blunt portrayal of the dictator with his 'friends' Brezhnev, Mao, Kim Il-Sung, Nixon, Queen Elizabeth etc.

18:00 ROUND TABLEDISCUSSION with speakers of the day moderated by Cristina Santamarina

TUE 21
is a philosopher and art theoretician. He works at the Zurich art university and at eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies) as co-ordinator of the transnational eipcp research projects republicart, transform and Creating Worlds. Recent books in English: Art and Revolution (2007); A Thousand Machines (2010); Critique of Creativity (2011).

11:30 C.A.S.I.T.A, Madrid, 2003. It is an artistic group, formed by Loreto Alonso, Eduardo Galvagni and Diego del Pozo Barrius (artists, researchers and university professors) as permanent members. They experiment with and reflect on group strategies in creation and cultural production processes. They have been working on the project Ganarse la vida: El Ente Transparente since 2006. It includes disposals, artistic processes and prototypes to think and trigger the production of affects and critical subjectivity in production and contemporary work systems. For this particular project, they are carrying out adaptations to other contexts such as Caja Negra in Austria and Slovenia

13:00 CRITICAL SESSION WITH CARME ROMERO. She studied Fine Arts at Universitat de Barcelona. She is specialized in videogames creation and cultural management. Her research focuses on investigation processes and the role of videogames in the construction of knowledge. She is a member of the team of Grid Spinoza, a project run by which consists of an online platform exploring the convergence of artistic and biomedical methodologies. Selected project:Time: Aalborg/Space:2033 by KATRINE DIRCKINCK-HOLMFELD. She is a visual artist working with multi-channel installations and performance. She is currently undertaking the practice-led, artistic research project Untitled (Rehearsing Reparative Critical Practices) at the University of Copenhagen. The project seeks to develop an artistic research method of the reparative critical practice. To reinsert agency artistically, socially and politically the reparative critical practice proposes a communal dense exploration of fragments of cultural fabric in response to different “broken” contexts and situations. The notion of the reparative critical practice is being explored through the production of multi-channel video installations and performances produced in collaboration with different communities and contexts.

14:30 Lunch break

16:30 VINCENT MEESSEN was born in Baltimore and now lives and works in Brussels. He produces research-based hybrids at the crossroads of documentary, conceptual art and storytelling. He particularly focuses on the links between modernity and coloniality. His work has been the subject of a solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA). Recent group shows & screenings venues include Kiasma Museum (Helsinki), KW (Berlin), CA2M (Madrid), Contour Biennale for Moving Images (Mechelen), Museum De Paviljoens (Almere), FESPACO (Ouagadougou).

18:00 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION with speakers of the day moderated by Carme Romero

WED 22
is a lecturer in Philosophy at Universidad Complutense in Madrid. He has translated into Spanish several contemporary philosophers such as F. Jameson, G. Debord, M. Serres, E. Levinas, G. Agamben or G. Deleuze. His wide writing works include: Transversales. Textos sobre los textos (1977), La Metafísica. Preguntas sin respuesta y problemas sin solución (1989), Las formas de la exterioridad (1992), La intimidad (1996) and La regla del juego (2004) – for which he was awarded the National Essay Prize – and Esto no es música. Introducción al malestar en la cultura de masas (2007).

11:30 RABIH MROUÉ was born in Beirut. He is an actor, director, playwright, and a Contributing Editor in the Lebanese quarterly “Kalamon” and TDR (New York). Mroué questions the definitions of theatre and the relationship between space and form of the performance and, consequently, questions how the performer relates with the audience. His works include: Photo-Romance (2009), The Inhabitants of images (2008), Make Me Stop Smoking (2006).

13:00 CRITICAL SESSION WITH AURORA FERNÁNDEZ POLANCO AND PABLO MARTÍNEZ, Head of Education and Public Activities at CA2M. Selected project: Zona Franca byMARIA RUIDO. She is is a visual artist, a researcher, a cultural producer and a lecturer at Universitat de Barcelona. Since 1996, María Ruido has been developing interdisciplinary projects on imaginaries of work in post-fordist capitalism, and on mechanisms for the construction of memory and its relationship to the narrative forms of history. Among others, she is author of : “Mamá, quiero ser artista!” published in A la deriva por los circuitos de la precariedad femenina (2004); "In the mood for work" (in colaboration with Jaron Rowan) included in Producta 50 (2007) or “Just do it! Cuerpos e imágenes de mujeres en la nueva división del trabajo” published in Crítica feminista y comunicación (2007); she is editor of Plan Rosebud: sobre imágenes, lugares y políticas de la memoria (2008). As an artist and film director she has participated in several exhibitions and festivals.

14:30 Lunch break

16:30 HITO STEYERL, filmmaker and writer. She lives in Berlin where she teaches new media at University of Arts.

18:00 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION with speakers of the day moderated by Aurora Fernández Polanco and Pablo Martínez.

THU 23



On 23 June, two workshops will be held (one with Rabih Mroué and another with Hito Steyerl). After a brief introduction to some of their works, a reduced group of artists and researchers will present and discuss key aspects of their practice. We will conduct an in-depth analysis of issues related to the works of the artists and the participants, their creative processes and approaches.

To attend one of the workshops (you may attend only one of them), you are required to fill in the registration form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 June.

Workshops will be held in English.

Further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 91 276 02 27.



In collaboration with:


Instituto Cultural Rumano Madrid