Within the context of ADN Think Tank and in collaboration with the collective Azotea (Ane Aguirre and Juan Canela), we are proud to announce the third roundtable of: Vertex. Conversations on art, politics and society.
Vertex. Conversations on art, politics and society wants to launch some questions and present a series of examples and ways of acting, thinking about all these matters and bringing out a place for reflection and discussion around the position of art in the processes of the present, while debating about its potential as an active agent. The first session explored some lines of thought related with the junction of art, politics and society. Federico Campagna, Yaiza Hernández and Joanna Warsza were the key speakers for this first discussion and brought a vision from a theoretical perspective. The second round table analyzed the work method of Erick Beltrán , Joost de Bloois and Marina Fokidis who debated on how their practice undertakes with art, politics and society from a critical angle.
Finally, the third meeting and closure of the series, will take place next Thursday 10th October at 7.30 pm in Adn Gallery and will focus on the process and the tools of action for art. Oscar Abril Ascaso (cultural producer), Maria Mur Dean (director of Consonni) and Núria Güell (artist) will examine practices which aim to affect in processes of transformation, willing to contribute with tools and solutions for the current moment.
Biographies of speakers:
Oscar Abril Ascaso (Barcelona, 1966) Cultural producer, focuses on performative practices and studies. Cultural researcher, curator, musician and audiovisual producer. He is specialised in live visual practices among other permorfative activities, founder member of Club7, curator of the Audio programme of the Centre d´Art Santa Mònica, co-director of the symposium o Copyfight about free culture and intellectual property, curator of the Techformance for ARCO´09 and exhibition coordinator for the Sónar festival for the last 13 years. He is the curator of the Fábrica de Creación de Artes en Vivo L´Estruch of Sabadell, and collaborator of the research platform: NCRlab as well as member of the association for the promotion of Iberism: Iberist Action.
Núria Güell (Vidreres, Girona, 1981) she studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona as well as did the Catedra Arte Conducta with Tania Bruguera in Cuba. She analyses the ethics practiced by the institutions that govern us detecting abuses of power conducted by the established "legality" and hegemonic morality. Both function as control strategies that dominate the collective subjectivity and affect our behaviour. Through diverse projects, she is interested in demonstrating these strategies and generating new ones, in order to transgress or question the established ones. To achieve her aim, she generates interferences in the everyday environment through disruptive actions, "drilling" the reality and its obviousness, creating other possible imaginaries, and altering the dynamics of the established power. She counts with numerous local and international exhibitions.
María Mur Dean studied Sociology and Political Science and has a masters in Cultural Management by he University of Deusto (Bilbao). From 2006 she is the director of the art platform of contemporary art: Consonni (www.consonni.org) in Bilbao where she has been working since 1999, inviting artists to develop projects which not necessarily adopt the appearance of objects in a white cube and the publication of books about critical thinking and art.