A brief reminder that the second seminar of our 2022 online Research Seminar Series will take place today at 6.00 PM, UK time.
The Instituto Cervantes Museum Director Lecture:
Dr Manuel Borja-Villel, Towards a Situated Museum
Dr Manuel Borja Villel has been director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) in Madrid since 2008.
Abstract: We often imagine an artistic construct in which the other speaks with us, when that is not really the case. It is not enough to represent the other; we must seek out forms of mediation that are simultaneously examples and concrete practices of new forms of solidarity and relation. This implies replacing the linear, one-way, and exclusive narration with one that is plural and rhizomatic, where differences are not only annulled but interlaced. It also implies transgressing established genres and canons, as well as extending the artistic experience beyond contemplation and including projects that are not limited to the context of the art world or reduced to established institutional settings. If the main objective of cultural and even artistic institutions is to seek beyond, seeking out innovation and what emerges anywhere in order to tame it and transform it into merchandise, then the new institutional sphere should have an open and explicitly political dimension. It should be open to this multiplicity, simultaneously protecting its interests and favoring ethical, political, and creative surpluses that are antagonistic in a shared space.
The seminar series has been jointly organised by the Zurbarán Centre and the ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group in association with the Embassy of Spain and the Instituto Cervantes.
The event is free and open to all. Please click here for the full programme and more information on the seminar series.