CILAVS – Thinking Ibero-America: Modernity and Indigenism: 23 November 2017

CILAVS warmly invites you to

Thinking Ibero-America: Modernity and Indigenism – Ticio Escobar in conversation with John Kraniauskas

23 November, 2017

6:30-8:30

Clore Management Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre

Birkbeck, University of London

London WC1E 7JL

Organised by CILAVS, Instituto Cervantes and Canning House

Under the dominance of European and then Creole elites, the people of Latin America have historically looked to Europe and North America as referents for cultural modernity. Until recently, everything related to indigenous people and culture was associated with the idea of underdevelopment. However, with globalisation, contemporary cultural discourses have begun incorporating notions of diversity, difference, inclusion and cultural rights; this allows for the articulation of new critical visions such as that of Paraguayan Ticio Escobar.

A lawyer, curator, teacher, art critic and cultural promoter, Ticio Escobar was Minister of Culture of Paraguay (2008-2012). Prior to that, he was Director of Culture of the Municipality of Asuncion (1991-1996) and founder of the Museum of Indigenous Art. He is the author of the National Law of Culture of Paraguay and President of the Paraguayan Section of the International Association of Art Critics. He has published numerous books on Paraguayan and Latin American art. He currently directs the Centro de Artes Visuales / Museo del Barro in Asunción.

John Kraniauskas is Professor of Latin American Studies at Birkbeck, Univeristy of London. Expert in literature and cultural studies, he is the author of numerous essays and translations. His latest book is Capitalism and its Discontents: Power and Accumulation in Latin American Culture (University of Wales Press, 2017). He met Ticio Escobar on a trip to Paraguay during the days of Stroessner, as a member of the Parliamentary Group on Human Rights.

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This event opens the International Conference Border Subjects/Global Hispanisms that will take place on 24 and 25 November, 2017.

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CILAVS: International Conference Border Subjects/Global Hispanisms

CILAVS has the pleasure to invite you to the

International Conference

Border Subjects/Global Hispanisms

24-25 November 2017

Clore Management Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre

Birkbeck, University of London

London WC1E 7JL

Organised by the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, CILAVS, and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, BIH

This conference brings together scholars, curators, filmmakers, writers and post-graduate students from Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, Europe and the UK to explore the emergence, nature and redefinitions of Border Subjects in the globalized Hispanic world from the Early Modern period to our current situation.

Attendance free but booking essential. Click here for more information and to book.

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CILAVS: Cultural Capitals: Globalization and the Role of Culture in the Contemporary City – 5 July 2017

The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, CILAVS, cordially invites you to attend:

Cultural Capitals: Globalization and the Role of Culture in the Contemporary City

A conference organised by Mari Paz Balibrea.

Wednesday July 5, 2017

Keynes Library

School of Arts

Birkbeck, University of London

43 Gordon Square

London WC1H 0PD

This half-day conference aims to bring together in conversation scholars and artists working across the boundaries of the humanities and the social sciences exploring the cultural aspects of urban life and the importance of culture nowadays in the make-up of so called post-industrial, creative cities. The occasion for the conference is the launch of the book:

Mari Paz Balibrea. The Global Cultural Capital. Addressing the Citizen and Constructing the City in Barcelona. Basingstoke:Palgrave MacMillan (see promotional flyer attached)

Attendance is free but booking is necessary. Please book here.

PROGRAMME

PANEL 1: 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Fernando Sdrigotti (Birkbeck, U of London). The Politics of Space in New Argentine Cinema 

In this paper, I will discuss the representation of Buenos Aires in Pizza, birra, faso, one of the most pivotal films of New Argentine Cinema. Paying attention to some of the film’s salient aspects vis-a-vis its portrayal of urban space, my analysis will have as its ultimate goal to reveal the ways in which the film engages in a political critique that might seem absent if studied solely from a narrative point of view. In this sense, Pizza, birra, faso is a paradigmatic example of the ways in which many of the films of New Argentine Cinema engaged with their political context differently to films of the post-dictatorship generation. To unearth this political content, I will argue, it is necessary to study these films as films, and not merely as texts

Luis Manuel García (U. of Birmingham). At home, I’m a tourist: Musical migration and affective citizenship in Berlin

This presentation explores the ways in which musical, sonic, and more broadly sensory experiences of Berlin provide the ground for an ambivalent sense of civic belonging for a cadre of migrants affiliated with the city’s local electronic dance music scenes. Drawn from ethnographic fieldwork, the accounts of these ‘techno migrants’ articulate an identification with Berlin’s local music scenes as well as with other emotional/felt aspects of the city. These affective identifications provide a means of sustaining a fantasy of belonging to a place where one remains foreign, relying on immersion in and identification with the city’s atmospheres to hold in abeyance the alienating aspects of migration.

PANEL 2: 4pm – 5:45 pm

Xavier Ribas (U. of Brighton). Photography and Urban Peripheries.

This presentation will discuss three photographic series by Ribas focusing on Barcelona’s peripheries.

Marc Morell (U. of Illes Balears). Urban Labour and the Tourist City. Notes from Ciutat de Mallorca

This talk deals with the production of the tourist city by drawing on the presence and activities of different class fractions that inhabit and visit the capital city of Mallorca and its nearby tourist resorts. By establishing the political and economic appropriations that are made of the representations developed upon these fractions, I look into the labour cooperation that makes tourist cities happen to conclude that the economic success of the competitive tourist city needs wide class gaps in between those fractions that work within a same chain of production value.

BOOK LAUNCH  6pm – 7:30 pm

Mari Paz Balibrea. The Global Cultural Capital. Addressing the Citizen and Constructing the City in Barcelona. Palgrave, 2017.

The author will be in conversation with Monica Degen, Brunel U.

THE PARTICIPANTS

FERNANDO SDRIGOTTI is a writer and cultural critic. His work in English and Spanish has appeared widely online and in print. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the online literary journal Minor Literature[s] and online editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. He holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from Birkbeck, University of London, where he now teaches Spanish.

XAVIER RIBAS is a photographer, lecturer at the University of Brighton, and associate lecturer at the Universitat Politècnica de València. His photographic work investigates contested sites and histories, and geographies of abandonment. Ribas has been involved in many international exhibitions including the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) and the Stedelijk Museum.

MARC MORELL is a social anthropologist, also trained in history and tourism policy, who is mainly working on the class character of the production of space in market society. To date, he has conducted fieldwork in Catalonia, Majorca and Malta and he has been employed as researcher and lecturer at the Universitat de les Illes Balears. His most recent publications in English are: The Making of Heritage (co-editor, Routledge, 2015), «When space draws the line on class» (in Anthropologies of Class, Cambridge University Press, 2015), and «Working class heritage without the working class» (in Heritage, Labour and the Working Classes, Routledge, 2011). Marc can be accessed at marc.morell@uib.cat.

LUIS MANUEL GARCIA is a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies at the University of Birmingham, with previous appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin) and the University of Groningen (Netherlands). His research focuses on urban electronic dance music scenes, with a particular focus on affect, intimacy, stranger-sociability, embodiment, sexuality, creative industries and musical migration. He is currently conducting a research project on ‘techno-tourism’ in Berlin while preparing a book manuscript, Together Somehow: Music, Affect, and Intimacy on the Dancefloor.

MONICA DEGEN is a cultural sociologist working at the Department of Social Sciences, Media and Communications at Brunel University. Drawing mainly on cultural and urban sociology, cultural geography and anthropological approaches, her work is concerned with the role the senses play in framing daily urban life: how do the senses structure and mediate our everyday experience in the city? And, how are sensory experiences being consciously produced and adapted to market and brand urban places? Her publications have examined how urban regeneration is implemented and works through the organisation of sensory experiences in Barcelona and Manchester; how people experience the centre of two very different mid-sized towns in the UK – Bedford, a market town, and Milton Keynes, a modernist town; and more recently, how architect’s visualisation practices and imaginations of places in Doha, Qatar, are being transformed through their use of computer generated images. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of two monographs, Culture and agency: contemporary culture and urban change.  Plymouth University Press, 2010 and Sensing cities: regenerating public life in Barcelona and Manchester.  Routledge, 2008. She is the co-editor with Marisol García of La metaciudad: Barcelona: transformación de una metrópolis (The meta-city: Barcelona – transformation of a metropolis).  Anthropos, 2008. She is the current recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, Timescapes of Urban Change, a research which develops the temporal aspects of her work in more detail.

 

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Telling Object Stories: Film, Peoples and Plants in the Amazon – 15 May 2017

You are warmly invited to

TELLING OBJECT STORIES: FILM, PEOPLES AND PLANTS IN THE AMAZON

Monday, 15 May 2017, 6-7.30pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

Kew Gardens holds fascinating artefacts collected by the botanist Richard Spruce, who travelled in South America in the nineteenth century. In this roundtable, Luciana Martins (Birkbeck) and the Derek Jarman Lab’s Bea Moyes and Bartek Dziadosz screen and discuss the making of The Many Lives of a Shield, a short film that follows the story of this ceremonial shield.

Book your free place for ‘Telling object stories’ via Eventbrite

This film is part of the collaborative project Mobilising the value of biocultural collections in Brazil funded by Newton Fund – British Council.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies

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Exhibition El Encanto, Freddy Dewe Mathews, Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, 6 April – 4 May

You are warmly invited to the exhibition at the Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H0PD

6 April – 4 May 2017: El Encanto

Our modern world owes a lot to a product native to Amazonia: natural rubber. As well as its contribution to the automobile and aviation industries in the form of the tyre, natural rubber is employed in a range of other products: from hoses and industrial conveyor belts to gloves, syringes, telegraph cables and condoms. A history of forced labour and brutality, however, lurks behind rubber production.

In his project El Encanto, London-based artist Freddy Dewe Mathews documents traces of the rubber industry that linger still in the Putumayo region in Colombia. His art works explore this history, bringing together the Third and First Worlds, tradition and modernity, past and present. The project comprises 16mm film, sculptures, engravings, drawings, photographs, and installations. Some works in this exhibition use latex to connect the forest directly with the city, the past with the present; other works employ used and discarded tyres that evoke their cultural and historical transformation.

This is a collaboration between the artist Freddy Dewe Mathews and Dr Luciana Martins, with the support of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS)

Programme of events

6 April 2017, 6pm, Birkbeck Cinema‘Landscapes of Abandonment’ roundtable ‘Landscapes of Abandonment’ considers the histories of the Putumayo region in Colombia and the challenges of a critical artistic practice that interrogates the legacies of exploitative activities on abandoned places. After an introduction by Luciana Martins (Birkbeck), there will be short presentations by Jordan Goodman (UCL), Leslie Wylie (Leicester), and Xavier Ribas (Brighton) followed by a Q&A session and a wine reception.

7 April 2017, 6-9pm – Exhibition opening and reception at the Peltz Gallery.

8 April 2017, 2.30-5pm, Birkbeck Cinema – Screening of No Paiz das Amazonas (In the Land of the Amazons, Silvino Santos, 1922, 129’) This is a unique opportunity to see pioneering moving images of Amazonia in the early twentieth century. Using footage made on his travels of more than 10,000 kilometres throughout Amazonia, Silvino Santos produced a view of the region as a modern, productive place, ready for future investment.

3 May 2017, 7-8pm Peltz Gallery – Artist in Conversation Join artist Freddy Dewe Mathews in conversation with curator Robert Leckie as they discuss the issues of landscape, progress, international trade and local mythology that are raised by Mathews’ Peltz Gallery exhibition ‘El Encanto’

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

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CILAVS: Vivian Ostrovsky’s Brazilian connection February 4th 2017

The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, CILAVS, and the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, BIMI, present:

Vivian Ostrovsky’s Brazilian connection

Vivian Ostrovsky’s avant-garde work has been shown at major film festivals (Berlin, Rotterdam, Tribeca) and is part of international collections, including MOMA, Centre Pompidou and Deutschen Kinemathek. The screening of her films connected to Brazil below will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker chaired by Laura Mulvey.

Schedule:

1.30 – 1.45pm – Registration
1.45 – 2.00pm – Introduction
2.00 – 3.00pm – Screenings:

P.W. – Pincéis e Painéis (P.W. – Paintbrushes and Panels)(2010, 15’51, dig)

This video was made for an exhibition on the muralist Paulo Werneck, who was the first to introduce mosaics in Brazilian Modernist architecture.

CORrespondência e REcorDAÇoes (2013, 10’48, dig)

Based on a correspondence between artist Ione Saldanha and the filmmaker, this portrait on the artist’s life and work was made for an exhibition at MAM in Rio de Janeiro.

ICE/SEA (2005, 31 Min, 16mm)

Playful collage of sea, sun and ice. A beach extravaganza starring suicidal skiers, soaking tigers, plunging mermaids and much more.

3.00 – 3.20pm Discussion
3.20 – 3.35pm – Break
3.35 – 4.25pm – Screenings:

Nikita Kino (2002, 40 Min, 16mm)

‘In 1960 my family lived in Brazil when my father discovered that his sister and brother in Moscow, who he hadn’t seen for 40 years, were still alive. […] At the time I had my 8mm camera then later a super 8 with which I filmed the family, our outings, picnics, markets and their homes.’
This material was mixed with Soviet found-footage and music of the same period.

Copacabana Beach (1983, 14 10 Min, 16mm)

A humorous glimpse at what happens every morning on the wavy sidewalks of Copacabana beach. Physical fitness Brazilian style, with a dash of soccer and hints of Carmen Miranda.

4.25 – 5.00pm – Discussion

Attendance is free but booking is necessaryhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vivian-ostrovskys-brazilian-connection-tickets-29859287934

This event has been curated by Diane Gabrysiak and Luciana Martins.

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CILAVS: The Portuguese XX Century: The End of the Empire Screening – 7 December 2016

The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies warmly invites you to the:

Screening of The Portuguese XX Century: The End of the Empire, followed by editing Masterclass with TV editor Rui Branquinho 7 Dec, 2-4, Birkbeck Cinema

A part of Utopia 2016 – 7th UK Portuguese Film Festival, this film is presented by festival Director and Birkbeck PhD student Érica Rodrigues. The work of film director Joana Pontes was selected by the British-Portuguese artist Paula Rego as the most relevant narrative in Portuguese moving image. The film was part of a series that encompassed 300 interviews, hundreds of documents, photos and films from both national and international archives, all composing an extraordinary docu-series about the evolution of Portuguese society throughout the 20th Century. In this particular episode, number thirteen, we are given privileged insight into the stories and rare family footage of individuals who in 1975 escaped the imminent civil war in Angola in fragile boats or through extremely dangerous roads. It also includes interviews with key protagonists of the Portuguese revolution and the decolonisation process. Unmissable.

After the film, in a unique London event, the television editor Rui Branquinho will give audiences a broad overview of his technical aptitute with an insight into the creative process behind The Portuguese XX Century series. He will demonstrate the post production process with various examples of his work as editor for historic and art documentary series.

Wednesday 7 December, 2-4

Birkbeck Cinema

Birkbeck, University of London

43 Gordon Square

London WC1H 0PD

Attendance is free but booking is necessary: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screening-of-the-portuguese-xx-century-the-end-of-the-empire-2002-directed-by-joana-pontes-followed-tickets-29605663336

Mari Paz Balibrea, CILAVS director

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cilavs/events/

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