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The audiovisual programs are intended to counteract the predominant model of the black cube, even at a time in which both film and video have become fully integrated and dissolved into contemporary art museums. Their aim is to explore the projected image using different formats and discourses: historical series that broaden – and question – the narrations told by the Collection, retrospectives that draw attention to other stories in the audiovisual history and programs that examine the close links that film and video have with contemporary artistic practices. At the same time, this programming seeks to define a space for film and video outside of the usual circuits, describing itineraries distinct from the spectacle and its derivatives.    

In the live arts, the Museum establishes a meeting point between its propositions in this realm and the proverbial white cube so often used in art exhibitions, but from which the live arts have been artificially expelled. By doing so it reveals that the genealogy of the live arts has been closely linked to that of the plastic avant-gardes since their very origins. The Museum's live arts programming, which includes theatre, music and sound art, is thus seen to bear a close connection to the Museum's theoretical discourse. Museo Reina Sofía also collaborates with the most important contemporary festivals in Spain, providing a venue for some of their performances. The Museum engages in continuous dialogue with them and plays a role in the formation of their discourses.

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  • Gregory J. Markopoulos. The Illiac Passion. Film still, 1964-1967
    February 6-10, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    This film series presents a selection of work by Gregory J. Markopoulos (1928-1992), who made some of the most subjective and allegorical film poetics in post-war experimental cinema. With four sessions screened in both La Casa Encendida and the Museo Reina Sofía, Film as Film explores the keys to a sensual and excessive body of work, in which homosexual identity, initiation rites and allegory circle around complex editing techniques.

  • Núria Güell and Levi Orta, Arte político degenerado, 2014. Photograph courtesy of Eva Carol
    November 27, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    Can strategies of capital be replicated to build horizontal social dynamics? As part of an action in the Really Useful Knowledge exhibition, artists Núria Güell and Levi Orta donate bank accounts in tax havens to a group of activists, who will use this route to attack the system that produces it. The project culminates in this seminar, which is organised by both artists.

  • Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller. The Marionette Maker, 2014
    20 November, 2014 - 5:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This encounter serves as an introduction to the site-specific installation The Marionette Maker (Palacio de Cristal, from 19 November to 16 March, 2015), and the work of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller as a whole, with both artists engaging in conversation with João Fernandes, the curator of the project and deputy director of the Museo Reina Sofía.

  • Arto Lindsay at the Moers Festival, 2010
    November 18, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
    Live Arts Concert

    Eclectic, poppy, sophisticated, the music of Arto Lindsay evokes reverse trajectories and unexpected influences. Educated in Brazil during the emergence of Tropicália in the 1970s, Lindsay added the references and characteristics of this broad cultural movement in Brazil, focused on diluting art in a multifarious and impalpable experience, to the No Wave scene in the USA.

  • Vincent Meessen. Vita Nova. Film, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist and Argos Centre for Art and Media
    12 November - 10 December, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Specters: A Ciné-politics of Haunting gathers a selection of recent international film and video that conjures the hauntings of our collective cultural imaginary. Some phantoms arise from past injustices and political traumas, some apparitions, of catastrophic times to come.

  • Mathias Goeritz. Pirámide de doce cajas apiladas (Pyramid of Twelve Boxes Piled Up), 1961. Wood and metal leaf. Collection Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. D.R. © MATHIAS GOERITZ, 1961. USE UNDER LICENSE BY L.M. DANIEL GOERITZ AND GALERÍA LA CAJA NEGRA, MADRID
    November 11, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.

    Encounter centred on Mathias Goeritz

    Lecture held by Francisco Reyes Palma

    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This lecture offers a journey through the work of Mathias Goeritz as it introduces the expansive retrospective exhibition the Museo is devoting to the artist. The creator of both syncretic and original work, after 1940 Goeritz would reformulate European geometric abstraction through ancestral pre-Hispanic tradition and a new sense of the public sphere.

  • Diego de Pozo, Whisperers, 2014
    October 28, 2014 - February 9, 2015
    Action Seminars and conferences Workshop Encounter

    A programme of actions and activities within the context of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, devised by the collective Subtramas (Diego del Pozo, Montse Romaní and Virginia Villaplana). These actions take place inside the galleries of the exhibition and feature participation from different social and cultural collectives.

  • Trevor Plagen and Jacob Appelbaum. Transmediale Festival
    October 27, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Conference

    Within the framework of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, artist Trevor Paglen and journalist and programmer Jacob Appelbaum debate the increase of government surveillance and the way in which this affects people’s freedom and their ability to act.

  • Juan Luis Moraza. Paragreenberg, 2010. Nickel-plated iron, wood. Artist's collection
    October 15, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Seminars and conferences Encounter

    This encounter serves as an introduction to the Juan Luis Moraza exhibition republic in the Museo (15 October, 2014 - 2 March, 2015), bringing together the artist and João Fernandes, the curator of the exhibition and deputy director of the Museo Reina Sofía, in a public conversation. 

  • Luis López Carrasco. El futuro. Film, 2013
    September 22 - October 22, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    This film season continues a series of programmes that have addressed the change to structures, narrations and methods of film-making in recent Spanish cinema. With three editions to date, The Memory of Disrepute develops, through double sessions, how other cinema invents its own genealogy, exercising a discontinuous and partisan history of recent cinema.

  • Richard Hamilton. Swingeing London 67. Lithography, 1968-69. © R. Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, VEGAP, Madrid, 2014
    19, 26 and 30 September, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

    What is it that makes Pop so different, so attractive?

    Art and popular culture in a world undergoing a transformation

    Seminars and conferences Seminar

    Appropriating the theme raised by Richard Hamilton in his well-known 1956 collage, this seminar examines the crossover between artistic practices and popular culture that gave rise to multiple phenomena associated with Pop Art. With participation from Kerstin Stakemeier, Eloy Fernández Porta, Diedrich Diederichsen and Benjamin Buchloh.

  • John Mcllduff. Motion Sickness. Ireland, 2012
    19 September, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

    Short Dance Films

    At the border between genres

    Live Arts Modern dance

    Short Dance Films is a touring programme that includes a selection of forty-five short dance films produced in Europe in recent years. It is curated by Núria Font/NU2’s, commissioned by the European Dancehouse Network, a network with the participation of 20 dance houses from 16 countries.

  • Mike Kuchar. Sins of the Fleshapoids. Film, 1965
    6 - 28 August, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    This programme presents pop confronting pop, recognising the seduction of consumer culture whilst also keeping it at a critical distance. In relation to the exhibition devoted to Richard Hamilton, this series approaches the popular as subversion and as an investigation into the characteristics of a new society that emerged between the 1950s and 1970s.

  • Performing Gender Madrid, 2013. © Bárbara Velasco Ghisleri
    18 - 19 July, 2014
    Live Arts Performance art

    Performing Gender is a European project that takes a critical look at the politics of gender and sexuality using dance and performance tools. Bodies and their multiple gender inscriptions are the subject of exploration and experimentation by a group of artists that, over the course of one year, have carried out their research by touring around different European institutions.

  • Black Audio Film Collective. Handsworth Songs. Film, 1987. Courtesy of the Black Audio Film Collective and LUX, London
    2, 3, 9, 10 and 16 July 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
    Cinema and video Film series

    Active in the UK between 1982 and 1997, the Black Audio Film Collective symbolised a radical attempt to transform education, institutions and the representation of black identity in independent film, with their work condensing a complex palimpsest of voices that, found between nascent politics of representation, put forward a language of diaspora.