Other possible stories. Rethinking the collections of the Museo de Arte de Lima – 3 May 2019

The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies and the Centre for Museum Cultures cordially invite you to the talk:

Other possible stories. Rethinking the collections of the Museo de Arte de Lima

Natalia Maljuf

Friday, 3 May, 2019

5PM-7PM

GOR 106, 43 Gordon Square

School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London

This presentation attempts to account for the work carried out by a group of curators and experts at the Museo de Arte de Lima over the past two decades. It explores the challenges of incorporating historical and contemporary objects within a panoramic survey collection that spans cultural production in the Andean region from the pre-Columbian period to the present. This effort has confronted the museum with notions of art, time and place that establish oppositions between crucial categories of museological classification: high and popular culture, art and craft, history and ethnography, tradition and modernity, the local and the global. These issues are discussed through examples of specific collecting and research projects related to forms of cultural production traditionally excluded from the museum’s narratives.

Natalia Majluf, currently Simón Bolívar Chair at the University of Cambridge, 2018-2019, is an art historian who works on the long nineteenth century in Latin America, from the era of Independence to the early twentieth century. As Head Curator and Director of the Museo de Arte de Lima, between 1995 and 2018 she oversaw the renovation of the historic building that houses the museum and was responsible for enriching and broadening the scope of the collections. She has held fellowships from the Getty Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, D.C. She is editor, among others, of Los incas, reyes del Perú (2005), Luis Montero’s The funerals of Atahualpa (2011), José Gil de Castro, pintor de libertadores (2014) and has co-authored Tipos del Perú. La Lima criolla de Pancho Fierro (2008), Fernando Bryce. Drawing Modern History (2011), Sabogal (2013) and Chambi (2015), among other books and exhibition catalogues.

All welcome, attendance free but booking here necessary.

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Workshop: The Narco-Culture of Narco-Accumulation – Friday 15 March

THE NARCO-CULTURE OF NARCO-ACCUMULATION

A WORKSHOP

The Keynes Library

School of Arts

Birkbeck, University of London

43 Gordon Square

Bloomsbury

London WC1H 0PD

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Friday, March 15th 2019: 10.00 am – 17.00 pm

In this workshop we will discuss the social, political, cultural, as well as the capital-logics of contemporary narco-capitalism and its mobile territories (from the land in which drugs are cultivated, to the virtual world of laundering and finance in which its profits are realized and re-invested), especially as it is both juridically – and thus, militarily – constituted by and at the Mexican-US border. Violence and ‘wars’, of all kinds, are fundamental to these outlaw logics which have spawned a variety of cultural and subjectivizing forms (some of which will be highlighted by our guest speakers here). Indeed, this particular – and supposedly ‘Mexican’ – narco-cultural formation, which at first glance seems to present itself as peripheral, is in fact becoming increasingly central to contemporary forms of capital accumulation and its representation: its presence both seen and heard in the daily news as well as in contemporary art, television, film, literature and music. In this workshop we hope to throw some light on some of these processes from a variety of critical perspectives.

Open to everyone. No booking necessary.

For more information and to see the programme, click here.

This workshop is organised by Professor John Kraniauskas (j.kraniauskas@bbk.ac.uk). For any further information, please contact him.

This workshop is supported by CILAVS, Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, and BIH, the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.

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Screening of A Fabrica de Nada (Pedro Pinho, 2017) @ Birkbeck Cinema on 6 March, 1PM-5PM, organised by CILAVS

One night, a group of workers realises that their administration has organised the stealing of machines from their factory. They soon understand that this is the first signal of a massive layoff. Most of them refuse to cooperate during the individual negotiations and they start to occupy their workplace. So when the administration vanishes to their great surprise, they’re left with a half-empty factory.

The closing of an elevator factory (one of many that close every month in the industrial outskirts of Lisbon) works in A Fabrica de Nada as a microcosm and a parable for dramatically exploring the textures and consequences of the feeling of impotence that most people felt during the years of austerity after the 2008 financial crash.

Under the shadow of bankruptcy, the characters in the film try to stay afloat and look for ways to reshape their lives. Driven by a sense of urgency and some kind of life instinct that remains, they are forced to embark, with reluctance and fear, in an unforeseen experience, a collective adventure. As the world around them collapses, new desires start to emerge…

Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/218929595

The film will be followed by a discussion and Question and Answer Session led by Patricia Sequeira Bras (Birkbeck) and Luis Trindade (Birkbeck)

Wed 6 March 2019

1:00PM – 5:00PM

Birkbeck Cinema

43 Gordon Square

London

WC1H 0PD

Entrance free but booking here required.

 

This event is a collaboration of the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) with Birkbeck’s Centre for the Moving Image (BIMI)

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The Short Films of Helena Solberg – Fri 8 February 2019 12:00 – 17:00

CILAVS, Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, BIMI

cordially invite you to

The Short Films of Helena Solberg

Brazilian director Helena Solberg’s earlier films are contemporaneous with Brazilian Cinema Novo but her work remains uncharted to most audiences. Following her recent retrospective in São Paulo, the aim of this event is to bring into view Solberg’s earlier documentary films, such as The Interview (1966), The Emerging Woman (1974) and The Double Day (1975).

 

Documentary film genre conventionally uses oral testimonies of personal experiences but Solberg’s use of women’s testimonies suggests the deployment of a feminist practice of storytelling as a way to expose and oppose specific instruments of power. Shot 50 and 40 years ago, Solberg’s subject matters and aesthetic choices make her films current and prescient.

 

A discussion with Dr. Patricia Sequeira Bras (Birkbeck) and Prof. Catherine Grant (Birkbeck) will follow the screening.

 

Fri 8 February 2019

12:00 – 17:00

 

Birkbeck Cinema

43 Gordon Square

London

WC1H 0PD

Entrance free but booking here necessary.

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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.

Click here to book.

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 and BIMI: Andrés Di Tella in conversation – 24 March 2017 Essay Film Festival

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

327 cuadernos: Los diarios de Ricardo Piglia/ 327 notebooks, written and directed by Andrés di Tella (2015).

Andrés Di Tella will be in conversation with John Kraniauskas (Birkbeck) following the screening.

24 March, 2017, 6-8:30 PM

In Spanish with English subtitles

The filmmaker will be in conversation with John Kraniauskas (Birkbeck) following the screening. This is the Opening Night of the ESSAY FILM FESTIVAL 2017: A Critical Eye For Critical Times

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Cinema 1, The Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH

Tickets: £7 to £11

For more information and to book go to ICA’s webpage:

https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/essay-film-festival-2017-327-notebooks-filmmaker-conversation

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