MODULE 1. New institutionalisms

Frances Morris

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Frances Morris has been director of Tate Modern since 2016. Curator, writer and broadcaster, Frances has made many exhibitions and publications, including acclaimed retrospectives of Louise Bourgeois, Yayoi Kusama and Agnes Martin.  Frances has led the transformation of Tate’s International Collection, strategically broadening and diversifying its international reach and representation, developing the collecting of live art and performance and pioneering new forms of museum display. Frances is currently a member of the Advisory Committee, Serralves Museum, Porto; the Scientific Board, MNAC, Bucharest; the International Advisory Committee, Mori Art Museum Tokyo and the Scientific Committee, Mudam, Luxembourg.

Jordi Colomer

Jordi Colomer is an artist who works in the field of sculpture, video-art and installations. At the heart of his work is the investigation of space: physical and real space and the space of performance and representation overlap in the mise-en-scène of the work, producing an experience defined by the artist as “expanded theatre”. Colomer explores the Utopian nature of town planning in large cities, but at the same time presents the dystopic decadence and alienation connected to architecture: the existing space is also made up of disorder and entropy. 
Colomer represented the Spanish Pavilion at 57 Venice Biennale (2017), curated by Manuel Segade with the project Únete! Join Us!, an exploration of nomadism and collective agency. From 2018 he started (with poet Eduard Escoffet and producer Carolina Olivares) La INFINITA, a self-managed cultural space based in l’Hospitalet (Barcelona) that want to generate encounters between the visual and living arts. 
His works have been exhibited at international museums and biennials including: Museo Reina Sofia and Matadero (Madrid), Jeu de Paume et Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), MUMOK and Belvedere 21(Vienna), Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York), Arte Alameda (México City), 7 Bienal del Mercosul (Porto Alegre), MAAT (Lisboa), Bozar et  Argos (Brussels) ZKU, Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Berlín). Colomer’s work has been shown in two Manifesta editions: Manifesta 10 (St. Petersburg), Manifesta 12 (Palermo), 7 Bienal del Mercosul (Porto Alegre), MAAT (Lisboa), Bozar y Argos (Bruselas) and ZKU, Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (Berlín). 

Steven Forti

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Steven Forti is a professor in the Department of Modern and Contemporary History at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a political analyst. Doctor in History from the UAB and the University of Bologna (2011), he was also a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa between 2014 and 2022. His research, focused on fascism, nationalism, populism and the far-right, is oriented towards political history and political culture and thinking of the 20th and early 21st centuries, with a particular focus on Europe during the interwar and post-Cold War periods viewed from the perspective of comparative and transnational history. His latest publications include Extrema derecha 2.0. Qué es y cómo combatirla (Siglo XXI, 2021) and, with Francisco Veiga et alii, Patriotas indignados. Sobre la nueva ultraderecha en la Posguerra Fría. Neofascismo, posfascismo y nazbols (Alianza, 2019). He is a member of the editorial boards of CTXT, Política & Prosa, Il Mulino and Spagna contemporanea, and collaborates with different media outlets in Europe and Latin America.

Janna Graham

Janna Graham doctor in Visual Cultures, is a researcher, organiser and curator working at the intersections of institutional analysis, radical pedagogy, feminism and spatial injustice. Originally a geographer, Graham has worked extensively with groups to support struggles against racism and urban dispossession within and outside of arts and research organisations.  She is co-author – with Kirsten Forkert, Gargi Battacharrya, Federico Olivera and refugee organisations across the UK and Italy – of the recently published How Media and Conflicts Make Migrants (University of Manchester Press, 2021). From 2008-2014 she worked with communities on the Edgware Road (London) to develop the Centre for Possible Studies, a residency and urban research / action space hosted by Serpentine Galleries, resulting in local campaigns, exhibitions and the publication series Studies on a Road. She is editor of Art + Care: a Future (Serpentine, Koenig, 2014) based on a four year research project using cultural strategies to investigate the relationship between practices of elderly care and urban change, Graham is a lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths where she leads the BA in Curating, is part of the international sound and political collective Ultra-red, an organiser with the Deptford People’s Heritage Museum and co-founder of the Goldsmiths Centre for Institutional Analysis. 

Pablo Martínez

Pablo Martínez has a doctorate in Art History, with research based on images of the crowds gathered at the funeral of anarchist Buenaventura Durruti. During the past decade, his institutional work has attempted to challenge the limits of the museum in order to imagine an eco-social form of institutionality. He was Director of Programmes at MACBA (2016–2021) and previously responsible for Education and Public Activities at CA2M (2009–2016). Between 2012 and 2015, he was Associate Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has published various books, curated performance series, activated collective creative processes, mentored artists-in-residence and curated exhibitions, negotiated with neighbours, protested against the expansion of MACBA, moved chairs, passed out bottles of water, applied for grants and danced until sunset. Currently, his research and practice is focused on the ecological crisis and the role of art in the construction of a new hegemony that can enable a less violent and more just transition. He tries to go out dancing whenever he can.

Ildefonso Narváez

Ildefonso Narváez is a Municipal Lawyer of the City Council of Manilva (Málaga), master’s in Economic and Territorial Regulation, Urbanism and Environment, and specialist in European Community Law. PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law (University of Málaga – UMA), currently completing his thesis on “The Legal Configuration of the Right to the City: Principles for a Theory of the Urban”. He is the Academic Director of the Conference on Urbanism and Territory organised by the General Foundation of the UMA (7th edition held in 2022). He has carried out research stays at SPISA – Scuola di Specializzazione in Studi sull’Amministrazione pubblica (Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna) and at the School of Architecture and Design of the University of Panama. He has given lectures at different universities and public entities on the subject of his research, among others: “Territorial Planning: Europe and Latin America” (17 May 2016), “The Legal Configuration of the Right to the City” (October 2017) and “The Crisis of the City” (26 May 2021). He has written several academic articles including: “Incidencia de la anulación de la ordenación territorial en la adaptación y revisión del planeamiento urbanístico general”, Revista Andaluza de Administración Pública, No. 98, May–August (2017); “Es la Ley de impulso para la sostenibilidad del territorio de Andalucía realmente sostenible?”, forthcoming publication via RAAP; “El derecho a la ciudad y los comunes urbanos: De la hipótesis lefebvriana a la practicidad de las Agendas Urbanas en la configuración jurídica del derecho a la ciudad”, awaiting publication; and has contributed to collective works with “La reforma del régimen local a través de la Ley 27/2013 de 27 de diciembre de racionalización y sostenibilidad de la Administración Local”, in La apuesta municipalista, ed. Observatorio Metropolitano de Madrid (2015); “El fracaso del desarrollismo urbanístico de la Costa del Sol”, in Paisajes devastados. Después del ciclo inmobiliario: Impactos regionales y urbanos de la crisis, ed. Traficantes de Sueños (2013). He has also collaborated with the La Casa Invisible project in Málaga since its foundation in 2007, where he has contributed to the testing of a public management model for common-use municipal assets.

Sebastià Mascaró

Sebastià Mascaró has a degree in Art History from the University of the Balearic Islands (2002) and is an educator and cultural manager involved in social issues and contemporary art. He was an educational technician and cultural manager in the Education Department of Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma (2005–2017), where he developed and led education and training programmes aimed at students and teachers. He carried out research and development of projects, courses and workshops for and with various groups (mental health associations, ALAS, IB Dona, Ben Amics LGTBIQ, Fundación IRES and Doctors of the World, among others). Gender studies and social groups who are at risk of exclusion have been constants in his career. Standout actions include the development and coordination of projects such as “Sant Sebastià, de la icona al mite” (2014–2018) and FICAE Nómada (International Festival of Short Films and Art about Illnesses) in hospital contexts. General Director of Visual Arts and Public Programmes at the Casal Solleric of the Palma City Council from 2017 to 2019, where he launched the socio-educational and arts programme, he is currently General Director of Education and Language Policy of the Palma City Council, where he coordinates the Palma Educa programme and other education activities.