Venue: CCCB: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

8:30 – 9:30

9:30 – 10:00
Conference opening
Conference chairs: Anna Maria Guasch (UB), Lourdes Cirlot (UB), Pau Alsina (UOC)

10:00 – 11:00
Productive failure: Writing queer transnational South Asian art histories
Alpesh Kantilal Patel
Florida International University
Chair: Christian Alonso

11:00 – 11:30

11:30 – 12:00
Coffee break

12:00 – 14:00
SESSION A: Cosmopolitism
Chair: Christian Alonso

14:00 – 16:00

16:00 – 17:30
Formas de vida tecnológicas. Ajustes bio-tecno- políticos y poéticas de la experimentación
Flavia Costa
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chair: Daniel López del Rincón

17:30 – 18:00

18:00 – 20:30
SESSION B: Divergent stories
Chair: Daniel López del Rincón y Víctor Ramírez Tur

Future as meta. Past, presence and future in the work of the Museum of American Art, Berlin
Martyna Dziekan (Jagiellonian University, Kraków / Humboldt University of Berlin)Fábulas de la Guerra Fría. Tecnología aeroespacial e imaginación política en España (1950-1975)
Ana Fernández-Cebrián (Columbia University)Art History Cold Cases: Art Production in the Factory
Federica Martini (Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais, Sierre)Tras los duros trabajos: terapias para el nuevo milenio
Rafael Pinilla (Universitat de Barcelona)

Solimán López (ESAT – Escuela Superior de Arte y Tecnología, Valencia)

16.00 – 18.00

Presentation of interactive performance “Gala Daily” Fernanda Gomes, with the participation of Fabián Taranto. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Venue: CCCB: Pati de les Dones


Venue: CCCB: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

10:00 – 11:30
The Cosmopolitical Forest
Ursula Biemann
Artist, Zurich
Chair: Anna Maria Guasch

Response: Luís Guerra y Christian Alonso

11:30 – 12:00
Coffee break

12:00 – 14:00
Round table

14:00 – 16:00

16:00 – 18:00
SESSION C.1: Time, Space, Matter
Chair: Vanina Hofman

Hacia una museología relacional
Lara Francisca Portolés Argüelles (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)Applying Documentary Frameworks to Material Literacy
Marc Kosciejew (University of Malta)Feminist Politics of the Archive, Alternative Futures
Barbara Mahlknecht (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)Acknowledged Excellence, Permanent Importance, Peculiar Value:The Metropolitan Museum’s Collection of Contemporary Art, 1870–1888
Ian Wallace (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Atomic Child und Biomachanic: HR Gigers Posthuman Creatures
Kerstin Borchhardt (Leipzig University)

18:00 – 18:30
Coffee break

18:30 – 20:30
SESSION C.2: Time, Space, Matter
Chair: Débora Lanzeni

“Speculations on Anonymous Materials”: la especulación sobre la materialidad del capitalismo artístico como respuesta crítica a la estetización de la vida cotidiana
Federica Matelli (Universitat de Barcelona)From Speculative Design to Technology Roadmaps and Back Again. Making Use of Speculative Design in Participatory Agenda Setting
Marie Lena Heidingsfelder and Kora Kimpel (Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation / Institute of Time-based Media)Speculative Publication: The Design of Transformative Scenarios
Raafat Majzoub (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Materializing the Invisible Conflicts
Joana Capella Buendia and Maryia Virshych (BAU School of Design, Barcelona)

No Ghosts, No Nation :: The Remains after the Last Conference, December 28, 2042
Joachim Devillé


Venue: ASM: Arts Santa Mònica

10:00 – 11:30
The Cracks of the Contemporary
Rick Dolphijn
Utrecht University
Chair: Pau Alsina

11:30 – 12:00
Coffee break

12:00 – 14:00
SESSION D: New Materialisms and Infrastructures
Chair: Pau Alsina


Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel’s art historical scholarship, art criticism, and curating reflect his queer, anti-racist, transnational and practice-led approach to contemporary art. He is director of the MFA in Visual Arts program and an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. This fall, he is Critical Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art where he is delivering two keynote lectures on the subject ‘artistic practice as theory and as entangled with the world’. His monograph ‘Productive failure: Writing queer transnational South Asian art histories’ is forthcoming from Manchester University Press (June 2017). He recently completed research supported by the Fulbright Foundation for his book project Contemporary Eastern European art history: queer practices and transregional frames. In the spring of 2017, he will chair the panel ‘Art History as Créolité/Creolising Art History’ for the annual conference of the Association of Art Historians in England. A frequent contributor of exhibition reviews to, Dr. Patel has published in Artforum (print), Art in America,, and frieze. Click here for more information on the book Creolizing Europe, to which he contributed a chapter related to the topic of the conference.


Dr. Flavia Costa is a professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. For over a decade it has been one of the translators of the work of Giorgio Agamben to Spanish. Her research focus is the perspective of modernity as a double trend of modernization process and politicization of life. She published On Bridges and Borders (2014, ed. P. Donoso and S. Vajay) andBiopolitics, medicalization and imperative health(2014 ed.) and other items, including “Life as information, the body as a setting signal: landslides of biopower within the framework of neoliberal governmentality “(2010, with PE Rodriguez), “On the forms of technological life and biopolitical practices” (2012), “Healthy living, Fitness and human capital “(2014),” Forms of technological life: multitasking and flattening “(2014). It is an editorial member of the magazine Artefacto y del colectivo Ludión(


Rick Dolphijn is a writer and a philosopher. He teaches and does research at Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities. From 2017 to 2020 he will be Honorary Associate Professor at Hong Kong University (Hong Kong). He wrote Foodscapes, Towards a Deleuzian Ethics of Consumption (Eburon/University of Chicago Press 2004) and New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies (Open Humanities Press 2012, with Iris van der Tuin). He has recently published This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life (edited by Rosi Braidotti, Brill/Rodopi 2014/5). He writes on the contemporary, on art, theory and politics. Currently he is finishing a new monograph entitled Surfaces: How Philosophy and Art Matter.




Ursula Biemann is an artist, writer, and video essayist based in Zurich, Switzerland. Her artistic practice is strongly research oriented and involves fieldwork in remote locations where she investigates climate change and the ecologies of oil, ice, forest and water, as in the projects Egyptian Chemistry (2012), Deep Weather (2013) and Forest Law (2014) and most recently in Subatlantic (2015 and Biosemiotic Borneo (2016). Her video installations are exhibited worldwide in museums and at international art biennials in Liverpool, Sharjah, Shanghai, Sevilla, Istanbul, Montreal, Venice and Sao Paulo. She had comprehensive solo exhibitions at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Lentos Museum Linz, Bildmuseet Umea, and Helmhaus Zurich. Biemann is part of the collaborative World of Matter project ( and received the 2009 Prix Meret Oppenheim, the national art award of Switzerland. (