Independent theatre groups in Spain revamped the stage from popular culture, university classrooms, alternative circuits and touring as a form of representation. As a whole, they represent a key chapter in the history of 20th-century theatre in Spain, and this seminar, integrated into a broader network project, looks to remedy the absence of debates and studies around this crucial subject.
In October the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía will present an exhibition devoted to Ignasi Aballí (Barcelona 1958). The output of this Catalan artist offers a conceptual reflection on the representation and perception of mediums such as painting, the object, photography, fiction, film and video. His work, which started in the 1980s, invents and reorganises texts, images, materials and processes, exploring presence and absence, the material and immaterial, the visible and the invisible, transparency and opaqueness, appropriation and creation to relate the overabundance of images in modern-day society to the lack of meaning we can assign to them.
This seminar views the archive as a present-day political driving force striving to define mechanisms that do not cancel out the dynamic and transversal collectives they originate from. Via two tables for discussion and public presentations, the seminar will debate institutional, technological and economic models that comprise different forms of archive.