Critical Cartography of Art & Visuality in the Global Age

Critical Cartography of Art & Visuality in the Global Age

1st International Conference

April 26-27, 2013, Barcelona, Catalonia

Organizing Team

Organized by: AGI | Art, Globalization, Interculturality
Department of Art History, Universitat de Barcelona
Director: Anna Maria Guasch Ferrer
Coordinator: Nasheli Jiménez del Val
Technical Assistance: Christian Alonso, Diana Padrón, Rafael Pinilla, Olga Sureda
Services: Simultaneous translation English-Spanish, Spanish-English for all talks


Venue: Aula Magna, Universitat de Barcelona
4th Floor, Facultat de Geografia i Història,
Carrer Montalegre 6 08001, Barcelona

9:00 am

Anna Maria Guasch, Universitat de Barcelona
9:30 am

Keynote: Oliver Grau, Donau Universität Krems
Convener: Carles Guerra, Universitat Pompeu i Fabra; MACBA
10:30 am

11:15 am

11:30 am

Multiple Screens of Soviet Modernity: At the Threshold of the Digital World
Almira Ousmanova, European Humanities University-Vilnius

Postcolonial Art: A Living Archive of Migrant Matters
Celeste Ianniciello, University of Naples “L’Orientale”

Re-Performing the Archive. A Feminist Act
El Colectivo, Programa de Estudios Independientes del Museu D’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, PEI-MACBA

Art of Resistence: Archiving the Crisis, Claiming the Future
Elpida Karaba, Freelance Curator, Greece

Agencia, materialidad y documentación del arte de los medios
Pau Alsina, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

13:15 pm

14:00 pm

Keynote: Jonathan Harris, University of Southampton
Convener: Anna Maria Guasch, Universitat de Barcelona
16:00 pm

17:15 pm

17:30 pm

LOCALIZE. Art and Culture of the Commons
Bureau d’études, France

Más allá de la Ciudad Global y Postmetrópolis: El sueño de la Ciudad Mundo
José Miguel García Cortés, Universitat Politècnica de València

DiY Utopias: The Rebel Urbanism of the Madrid’s “Acampadasol”
Julia Ramírez Blanco, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, UCM

WeltKarten. Panorama
Laura F. Gibellini, School of Visual Arts, SVA-New York City

La globalización ut(r)ópica del arte centroamericano: ¿remontando el linde de la historia o robando (furtivamente) del pastel global?
Sergio Villena Fiengo, Universidad de Costa Rica

19:15 pm

Venue: Auditorium, MACBA
Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Keynote: Angela Dimitrakaki, University of Edinburgh
Convener: Juan Vicente Aliaga, Universitat Politècnica de València
10:00 am

11:15 am

11:30 am

“Deteriorate in your own time”: Martha Rosler Reads Vogue, Women, Labour and Performing Critique
August Davis, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

The Feminisation of Domestic Labour and Its Critique in Feminist Art Practice
Elke Grasny, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

From Pseudo-Emancipation to Outright Subjugation. Representation of “Women’s” Work in Contemporary Hungarian Art
Erzsébet Tatai, Institute for Art History of Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Descolonización. Mujeres y políticas de la autenticidad
Lynda E. Avendaño Santana, Universitat de Barcelona

Habitando en la lucha contra la violencia de género en el estado español. Hacia una ética crítica del arte y las tecnologías en la era de la globalización
Mau Monleón Pradas, Universitat Politècnica de València, UPV Grupo de Investigación Laboratorio de Creaciones Intermedia-LCI

13:15 pm

14:00 pm

Keynote: T.J. Demos, University College London
Convener: Joaquín Barriendos, Columbia University, New York
16:00 pm

17:15 pm

17:30 pm

Arte latinoamericano global: un ojo en la tierra
Andrea Díaz Mattei, Universitat de Barcelona

Los monstruos mecánicos del imaginario cibertecnológico. Disfuncionalidades tecnológicas en el arte contemporáneo
Juliana Coelho Gontijo, Universidad de Buenos Aires – Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas-CONICET

Bioarte. Habilitar nuevos discursos sobre la naturaleza humana desde el uso de la biotecnología como medio artístico
Laura Benítez Valero, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Ecology as Hermeneutics in the Exhibition Space of the 60’s and 70’s. The Alberto Carneiro’s Environments and His Ecological Art as a Sample of a New Paradigm of Knowledge
Mariella Franzoni, Universitat Pompeu i Fabra

The Transformation of the Gaze through Technology and Its Application in Contemporary Art Practice
Salim Malla Gutiérrez

19:15 pm

Nasheli Jiménez del Val, Universitat de Barcelona
19:45 pm

The First International Conference Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in the Global Age aims to engage with the complexities of the new status of art and visuality in contemporary art practice in the context of “globalization”. Focusing on the paradigms of identity, alterity, memory, locality and interculturality, as well as on new ways of understanding the political, ecological, technological, economical and scientific dimensions of the current age, the conference seeks to locate the topos from which each of these paradigms forges links between theoretical concepts and innovative work methodologies.


  • To situate the debate in the context of a cultural and identity-based history as a way of expanding the territory of art into the field of culture.
  • To carry out field research in order to survey and discuss the artistic practice of diverse cultural producers relevant to the new global cartography.
  • To define some of the parameters that shape contemporary theoretical-artistic discourse.
  • To develop a new model of interdisciplinary discourse that can bring together –from a methodological stance- art historians, film theorists, cultural geographers, anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers and other academic collectives that center their research interests on global art.

Panel 1.
Media Art Documentation. New Tools for the Humanities.

Keynote: Oliver Grau
Convener: Carles Guerra

Oliver Grau was appointed first Chair Professor for Image Science in the German speaking countries at the Center of Image Science at Danube University in 2005. More than 300 lectures and keynotes at conferences worldwide, including the Olympic Games culture program and the G-20 Summit.

Panel 2. The Utopian Globalists

Keynote: Jonathan P. Harris
Convener: Anna Maria Guasch

An innovative history and critical account mapping the ways artists and their works have engaged with, and offered commentary on, modern spectacle in both capitalist and socialist modernism over the past ninety years.

Panel 3.
Labor, Woman and Politics

Keynote: Angela Dimitrakaki
Convener: Juan Vicente Aliaga

Is gender implicated in how art does its work, or is defined as work, in global space? Is a global imperative exclusive to capitalism’s planetary expansion or does it also animate oppositional practices in art and curating? And what is new in the gendered paradigms of art after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in a persistently divided Europe and elsewhere?

Panel 4.
Art and the Post-Natural Condition

Keynote: T.J. Demos
Convener: Joaquín Barriendos

Demos summarises the relationship between economics and environmental crisis, and uses key art works to frame questions around whether environmental crisis should be understood wholly within economic terms (as it is in the Stern Report of 2006, commissioned by the UK Government).


MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona / Auditorium
Plaça dels Angels 1, 08001 Barcelona, Catalonia

UB, Universitat de Barcelona / Aula Magna
Montalegre 6, 4th Floor, 08001 Barcelona, Catalonia