On Mediation/5: Theory and Curatorial Practices in the Global Art

On Mediation/5: Theory and Curatorial Practices in the Global Art

Training Seminar

Theoretical Phase: November – December, 2017
Practical Phase: December, 2017 – June, 2018, Barcelona, Catalonia

Organizing Team

Organized by: ON MEDIATION Platform, a project within the framework of the Research Group AGI (Art Globalization Interculturality), Universitat de Barcelona, and of the Reseach Project “Cartografía Crítica del Arte y la Visualidad en la Era de lo Global: Nuevas metodologías, conceptos y enfoques analíticos II Parte” (HAR 2016-75100-P).

Directors: Anna Maria Guasch, Martí Peran
Coordinators: Christian Alonso, Olga Sureda, Pablo Santa Olalla
Collaborating Institution: Arts Santa Mònica


Theoretical Phase

November 2017 – January 2018

18:00 – 21:00 h / Faculty of Geography and History, UB. 311
Introductory Session by Anna Maria Guasch and Martí Peran

11:00 – 13:00 h / Faculty of Geography and History, UB. 212
“What, How & for Whom (WHW)”, Gallery Nova (Zagreb)
Moderator: Christian Alonso

18:00 – 21:00 h / Faculty of Geography and History, UB. 311
“What, How & for Whom (WHW)”, Gallery Nova (Zagreb)
Moderator: Christian Alonso

18:00 – 21:00 h / Faculty of Geography and History, UB. 311
Self-Managed Curatorial Practices: La EscocesaCan Serrat, La Trastera, Bombon Projects
Moderator: Pablo Santa Olalla

18:00 – 21:00 h / Faculty of Geography and History, UB. 311
José Miguel G. Cortés, Director of the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM)
Moderator: Anna Maria Guasch

18:00 – 21:00 h / Faculty of Geography and History, UB. 311
Manuel Segade, Director of the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M, Móstoles)
Moderator: Olga Sureda

18:00 – 21:00 h / Faculty of Geography and History, UB. Boardroom
Lars Bang Larsen, Independent Curator, Copenhagen
Moderator: Martí Peran

18:00 – 21:00 h / Faculty of Geography and History, UB. 311
Project presentations

Practical Phase

December 2017 – June, 2018

The theoretical phase has tested different formats of curatorial practices along the various editions of ON MEDIATION. For OM/5 the working group will work in a specific project departing from the repertories of different local contemporary art collections. Beyond the selection of exhibition materials, the above-mentioned project will have to make account of the necessary mechanisms which activate the project itself, emphasizing its historical, esthetic and political potentials.

Formation of the working group*


Presentation of preliminary designs

Coordinated work with the collections

APRIL – MAY 2018
Production of the projects

JUNE 2018
Public presentation of the project

* To formalize the registration for the theoretical phase is mandatory in order to enter into the practical phase. The selection process of the participants which will conform the working team will be announced once the seminar had began. A motivation letter and a CV will be required.

The Research Group AGI presents the fifth edition of the Training Seminar ON MEDIATION, a theoretical and practical study program on curatorship addressed to artists, curators, critics, students, researchers, art historians and other collectives interested in the creation of exhibitions beyond disciplinary frameworks.

Before 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 & Soren Andresen, 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, which embraces the phases of production, mediation and communication.

ON MEDIATION/5 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 in June 2018.

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

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