Starting in March, the Official Master in Digital Art Curatorship’s pre-enrollment period for the course 2013-2014 will be open. It is an offer addressed to train agents involved in curating exhibitions and cultural events, cultural management, and in art theory and criticism, with the particularity of being specialized in the creation and use of new technologies. Furthermore, it is the first official program of art curatorship taught in Spain and it includes a unique curriculum that allows access to two alternative routes: career path and route investigator. This Master, directed and co-ordinated by Dr. Inés Martins, promotes the access to the new media-oriented contemporary art world, by knowing its institutions and by attending specific events that represent the meeting point for the public, the artists and the theorists interested in this kind of cultural practices related to emerging and new technologies. Master students of the academic year 2011-2012, had the opportunity to attend a great number of cultural events, talks and exhibitions where arts and new media converge. Regarding the exhibitions, not only did they enjoy the visits, but they could also talk to the authors. Amongst them, we should highlight Manuel Segade’s exhibition at La Capella, an exhibition called La cuestión del Paradigma which is meant to show the current situation of the Catalan contemporary art; and we should also point out the exhibition Between Frames displayed at the CEDOC (MACBA) which makes one travel to the decade of the 80’s in the 20th century through some art-focused interviews. Also in the MACBA museum, they attended the exhibition Volum! which presented material, sensory and programmatical art paradigm changes that arose from crossing the threshold from the 20th to the 21st century; and they were also part of the public at the Jorge Ribalta’s talk, an art critic, an artist and a steward, who told them his experience in this museum as the public programs’ responsible. Moreover, they had a conversation with the author of the Kac: Alba & Edunia’s exhibition, the artist Eduardo Kac, who has explored new forms of art by integrating disciplines such as biotechnology and transgenic art. The new technologies’ huge relevance is reasserted by the existence of innovating exhibitions which are downright focused on the world of the emerging technologies. The mobile phone is the main character at Megafone.Net, a meeting of people at risk of social exclusion who create voice registers which are directly uploaded online, becoming the speakers of voices that hardly no one use to listen to. Discovering the screen’s world and power, they attended the exhibition Pantalla Global and had a conversation with one of its stewards, Andrés Hispano. However, they had also the chance to discover that, not everyone has positively accepted the new technologies’ arrival, for instance the artist Daniel G. Andújar.. He uses the irony to question the emerging technologies’ transparency and openness. The Master students attended other initiatives such as the audiovisual creation festival called #Nuevas Realidades Vídeo-Políticas (#NRVP), which uses the video as a real spreading tool in social movements; and they also attended the Mediateca from the Caixaforum. They could not miss Hangar, a center that offers some specific services which enable the artistic productions’ investigation and development. And through the subject Media Art Historical Vision, they attended Forja’s premiere, a Frederic Amat’s film inspired in the façade of the Gaudí’s work, La Pedrera. Therefore, the Master students of this current academic year 2012-2013 have also attended several acts closely linked with the art and the new media. Amongst them we can point out their visit to the seminar Artivism: Art y politics in connected societies where a theoretical and visual route is made through the different cultural practices halfway across the art and the social activism. And we should also emphasize the seminar taught by Dr. Paul Alsina, Media Art history, which presents a tour through different works born from the connection between the art and the telecommunication, the computing, the robotics, the biotechnology and the nanotechnology.
February 20, 2013
The Official Master in Digital Art Curatorship’s pre-enrollment period is now open