Period 2010-2013

New Methodologies, Concepts, and Analytic Scopes

Director: Anna Maria Guasch Ferrer
Professor of the Department of Contemporary Art History, University of Barcelona

Martí Peràn | Associate Professor, University of Barcelona, SP
Carles Guerra | Associate Professor, University Pompeu i Fabra, Barcelona, SP
Juan Vicente Aliaga | Associate Professor, Polytechnic University of Valencia, SP
Joaquín Barriendos | Professor, Columbia University, New York, USA
James Elkins | Professor, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, USA
Marquard Smith | Professor, University of Westminster, London, UK
Néstor García Canclini | Researcher, Autonomous University of Mexico, MX
Angela Dimitrakaki | Professor, University of Edinburg, UK

The project CCAV / ART intends to address the complexity of the new status and the visual art of the last decades from a three-pronged approach: 1) the critical study of artistic practices emerging from the new maps of the global, 2) the approach of new theoretical concepts derived from these practices, and 3) the approach of a set of innovative working methods designed to analyze the relevance of the new art history, by establishing a critical position regarding what in the anglo academic world is usually called World Art History.

The general objectives will be organized through the development of the following strategies:

1. Framing the proposal in a cultural history and identity as a way to expand the territory of art to the field of culture. This cultural history will transit constantly between Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies.

2. Replacing a linear story, stylistic and teleological (dominated by the concepts of break, return, originality, appropriation authorship / death of the author, by focusing instead on internationalism, nationalism, diaspora, multiculturalism, globalization, local and interculturality, as these concepts seem to respond to a common denominator: their proximity to the word culture beyond art, and its commitment to identity beyond language.

3. Conduct field work to collect the artistic practices of several creators (both metropolitan and cosmopolitan environments, and peripheral and / or diasporic). That is, a sampling of creative projects made ​​by artists of the new global mapping -Latin American, African, Asian, American, European and Spanish- artists on the following sections:

  • Nationalism
  • Mlticulturalism
  • New internationalism
  • Postcolonial discourse
  • The notion of living on the edges
  • Artist diasporic situation in metropolises
  • Peripheral and central
  • Glocalism
  • New ethnicities in the world postnational
  • IIntercultural or shared universality

4. Work on the design of a new model of interdisciplinary discourse that, from the methodological point of view, unify art historians, film theorists, cultural geographers, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers and other scholars to focus their collective interest in the global art.