On Mediation/4: Theory and Curatorial Practices in the Global Art

On Mediation/4: Theory and Curatorial Practices in the Global Art

Training Seminar

Theoretical Phase: November, 2016 – February, 2017
Practical Phase: March – May 2017, Barcelona, Catalonia

Organizing Team

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 Colaboration 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


Theoretical Phase

November 2 – December 21, 2016

18:00 – 21:00 h / FgH, UB, Classroom 402
Introductory session by Anna Maria Guasch and Martí Peran, ON MEDIATION project directors.
Presentation of the seminar structure by the coordinators and presentation of the participants.

11:00 – 13:00 h / FgH, UB, Classroom 402
Session by Anna Maria Guasch. Lecture “Curatorial Turns in Global Contemporary Art”.

18:00 – 21:00 h / FgH, UB, Classroom 402
Session by Le Peuple qui Manque. Curators and Founders of the Curatorial Platform Le Peuple qui Manque, based in Paris.
Convenor: Olga Sureda

18:00 – 21:00 h / FgH, UB, Classroom 402
Workshop by Valentín Roma. Art historian, essayist and curator. Director of Centre de la Imatge, La Virreina.
Convenor: Pablo Santa Olalla

18:00 – 21:00 h / FgH, UB, Classroom 402
Session by Charles Esche & Steven ten Thije. Curators and writers. Director y associate curator of Vannabemuseum (Eindhoven).
Convenor: Christian Alonso

18:00 – 21:00 h / FgH, UB, Classroom 402
Round table “Sustaining community-based curatorial practices. La Fundició”., Sonia Fernández Pan, Patricia Carrasco, TuerCO.
Convenors: Christian Alonso, Olga Sureda

18:00 – 21:00 h / FgH, UB, Classroom 402
Session by Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes. Critic and curator. Director of the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo.
Convenor: Diana Padrón

18:00 – 21:00 h / Arts Santa Mònica
Project presentations.

Practical Sessions

January 25 – February, 2017

18:00 – 21:00 h / Arts Santa Mònica
Session by Lars Bang Larsen. Art historian and independent curator. Co-curator of the 32th São Paulo Biennial (2016).
Convenor: Martí Peran

Hour TBA / Arts Santa Mònica
Session by Imma Prieto. Independent curator.

The 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.

Lars Bang Larsen

Lars Bang Larsen is an art historian and international curator based in Barcelona and Copenhagen. His books include The Model: Palle Nielsen’s A Model for a Qualitative Society and, with Søren Andreasen, The Critical Mass of Mediation. He has co-curated group exhibitions such as Pyramids of Mars at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2000), Populism at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2005), La insurrección invisible de un millón de mentes at Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain (2005), and A History of Irritated Material at Raven Row, London (2010). His publications include Sture Johannesson (NIFCA/Lukas & Sternberg, 2002), a monograph about Palle Nielsen’s utopian adventure playgrounds, The Model: A Model for a Qualitative Society, 1968 (MACBA, 2010), and the essay series Kunst er Norm (Art Is Norm) (Aarhus, Denmark: Jutland Art Academy).


UB, Universitat de Barcelona
Faculty of Geography and History, Classroom 402
Montalegre 6, 08001 Barcelona, Catalonia

Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Carrer d’Aragó, 255, 08007 Barcelona, Catalonia

Centre d’Art Santa Mònica
La Rambla, 7, 08002 Barcelona, Catalonia

Àngels Barcelona-Espai 2
Calle Pintor Fortuny, 27, 08001 Barcelona, Catalonia