Theory and Curatorial Practices in the Global Art

Training Seminar
Theoretical Phase: November 2015 – February 2017
Practical Phase: March – May 2016

Organized by: OM | On Mediation. Platform on Curatorship & Research; AGI | Art, Globalization, Interculturality, Departament d´Història de l’Art, Facultat de Geografia i Història, Universitat de Barcelona. With the collaboration of Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Arts Santa Monica and Àngels Barcelona-Espai 2.
On Mediation/4 is part of the Research Projects Cartografía Crítica del Arte y la Visualidad en la Era Global: Nuevas Metodologías, Conceptos y Enfoques Analiticos II Parte HAR2013-43122P) and Art, Globalization, Interculturality (Agi/Art) (2014 SGR 1050)
Direction: Anna Maria Guasch & Martí Peran
Coordination: Christian Alonso, Diana Padrón, Olga Sureda


art-globalization-interculturality-on-mediationThe Research Group AGI presents the fourth edition of the Training Seminar ON MEDIATION, a theoretical and practical study program on curatorship. The three first experiences of the seminar gathered a large number of artists, art historians, critics, writers and cultural producers, who collectively generated five curatorial projects in collaboration with institutions such as Cercle Artistic Sant Lluc, the plataform IDENSITAT, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies Archive, the Guasch Coranty Foundation, ADN Platform and àngels barcelona-espai 2.

From the Research Group AGI and as a result of the recent professionalization of the figure of the curator, we believe it is necessary to deepen into the notion of contemporary curatorial practices understood as a mediation mechanism, ‘thinking beyond the specialized role’ and creating a space for debate ‘on the cultural location of this mediation’ (Lars Bang Larsen & SorenAndresen, 2006). The ON MEDIATION initiative seeks to respond the need to provide an educational programme from the Academia. This seminar supplies necessary tools for the process of creating an exhibition.

ON MEDIATION/4 Seminar on Curatorial Theories and Practices is a training seminar, where various perspectives are addressed in order to identify different methodologies to promote the curatorial practice towards a multidisciplinary scenario. It is according to this will that we want to provide a space for interdisciplinar dialogue and debate, within the articulation of a twofold programme: on the one hand the theoretical phase, with lectures led by curators of recognized international experience, and on the other hand, the practice phase, where the participants develop an exhibition project through working sessions, which enhance knowledge intertwining and give the chance for shared working processes and mutual decision-making. Within the practical phase, the working group will have the opportunity to develop the ideas presented at the seminar by means of the materialization of a supervised curatorial project, which will be presented at Arts Santa Mónica in June 2017.

This seminar is addressed to artists, curators, art critics, students, researchers, art historians or any other collectives interested in developing their curatorial concerns beyond disciplinary scope, deepening the practice of cultural mediation and questioning imposed models. All registered participants will receive a certificate of attendance, on-line work material and project-based supervision.


THEORETICAL PHASE (November 2016 – February 2017)
Hours: 30 teaching hours. Wednesdays from 18:00 to 21:00 hours. Mandatory assistance
Place: Faculty of Geography and History (Montalegre, 6, Aula 402). Special sessions in Arts Santa Mònica (Les Rambles 7, Barcelona).
Language: Spanish and English (according to the guests)
Enrollment: 275 € students / 325 € general
Capacity: 30
Registration: Registration is open from September 15 using the following form and by sending a brief CV to
Director: Anna María Guasch
Coordinators: Christian Alonso y Olga Sureda

PRACTICAL PHASE (December 2016 – June 2017)
Follow-up sessions: 14 hours (distributed between December 2016 and June 2017. Hours of autonomous working are not considered).
Place: Faculty of Geography and History (Montalegre, 6, Aula 402). Special sessions in Arts Santa Mònica (Les Rambles 7, Barcelona).
Language: Spanish
Enrollment: 100 €
Capacity: 6
Registration:Javier Peñafiel on a curatorial project to be presented in Arts Santa Mònica Center with his recent works. During the working process all the phases of the project (production, mediation, communication) will be covered.

Director: Martí Peran
Coordinators: Christian Alonso y Olga Sureda

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