Beyond Visuality: Art, Science, and Global Studies

Beyond Visuality: Art, Science, and Global Studies

III Annual Symposium

April 25, 2009, Barcelona, Spain

Organizing Team

Keynote Speakers
Juan Vicente Aliaga, Polytechnic University of Valencia
Joaquín Barriendos, Universitat de Barcelona
José Luis Brea, Universidad Carlos III
James Elkins, School of the Art Institute-Chicago
Anna Maria Guasch, Universitat de Barcelona
Carles Guerra, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Martí Peran, University of Barcelona, Spain
Rafael Pinilla, Universitat de Barcelona
Oriol Silvestre, Universitat de Barcelona

Joaquin Barriendos, University of Barcelona, Spain
Alex Bauzá, University of Barcelona, Spain
Andrea Díaz, Polytechnic University of Valencia
Modesta di Paola, University of Barcelona, Spain
Rafael Pinilla, University of Barcelona, Spain
Ada Sbriccoli, University of Barcelona, Spain
Manuela Quarti, University of Barcelona, Spain

Joaquin Barriendos, Columbia University, Nueva York
Anna Maria Guasch, Universitat de Barcelona

With the support of:
Arts Santa Mònica
Ministerio de Ciencia y Educación / HAR2010-17403 / 2011-2013
University of Barcelona, Departament de Historia de l’Art


10:30 / James Elkins
Is Art History global?
Moderator: Joaquín Barriendos

12:30 / Martí Peran
Against melancholy: Images for an apology for the action
Moderator: Joaquín Barriendos

17:00 / Rafael Pinilla
Art and economics: Beyond the market

17:15 / Oriol Silvestre
New relational dynamics: cosmopolitism
Moderators: Ada Sbriccoli, Modesta di Paola

17:30 / José Luis Brea
New critical studies: a methodolgy for the knowledge of the diverse
Moderator: Andrea Díaz

18:30 / ANna Maria Guasch, Joaquin Barriendos
Presentation of the Research Group on Art, Interculture and Globalization

17:30 / Juan Vicente Aliaga
Conflictive images and conflictive existence:
the question of sexual diversity in art nowadays

17:30 / Joaquin Barriendos
The rise of Global Art:
Towards a transmodern understanding of museographic imaginaries

17:30 / Carles Guerra
Style Nation. Overlapping Aesthetic, urban and national identities

Under the title Beyond Visuality: Art, Science, Criticism and Global Studies, the third annual symposium will consider interdisciplinary issues such as the recent attempt to restore the Universal History (of Art) and the proliferation of concepts such as ‘World Art’ and ‘Global Art’ within the academic fieldwork. The idea of creating an overall account of the multiple histories of art and the idea of universalizing aesthetic values through the discourse of the postmodern are thus the main ingredients of these debates. Starting from the perception that we are in the midst of a general epistemological crisis that affects not only the art practice and critical thinking as such but also its cultural institutions in a post-national level, this symposium will test the actuality of art history (as a Western institution) and the new global designs of critical thought.

Opening Speech: James Elkins

James Elkins (born 1955) is an American art historian and art critic. He is E.C. Chadbourne Chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.[1] He also coordinates the Stone Summer Theory Institute, a short term school on contemporary art history based at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Some of his books are exclusively on fine art (What Painting Is, Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?). Others include scientific and non-art images, writing systems, and archaeology (The Domain of Images, On Pictures and the Words That Fail Them), and some are about natural history (How to Use Your Eyes). Recent books include What Photography Is, written against Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida; Artists with PhDs, second edition; and Art Critiques: A Guide, third edition.


MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Meier Auditorium
Plaça dels Angels 1, 08001 Barcelona