Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in The Global Age, Part I

Period 2010-2013: Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in The Global Age: New Methodologies, Concepts, and Analytic Scopes – CCAV / Art, Part I

Director: Anna Maria Guasch

Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO)

Project I+D MICINN: HAR2010-17403

Project Information

Affiliated Researchers
Martí Peran, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Carles Guerra, Universitat Pompeu i Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Juan Vicente Aliaga, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Joaquín Barriendos, Columbia University, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, New York, USA
James Elkins, The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, USA
Marquard Smith, Westminster University of London, UK, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Visual Culture
Néstor García Canclini, UAM | Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana de México and Researcher Emeritus of the National System of Researchers in Mexico
Angela Dimitrakaki, University of Edinburgh, 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:

New internationalism
Postcolonial discourse
The notion of living on the edges
Artist diasporic situation in metropolises
Peripheral and central
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.