Activation with collectives: workshop with Rogelio López Cuenca and Elo Vega

From 17 to 24 January and from 13 to 16 February 2019

Place: Observatory. Es Baluard. Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma

Aimed at: Students and professionals from the fields of the Creative Arts, Art History, Communication, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Architecture…, as well as everyone interested in public art and the critical review of monuments and collective memory


The most surprising thing about monuments is that we never get to see them.

Nothing in this world is that invisible.

Robert Musil

«NADA TAN INVISIBLE» is a project by Rogelio López Cuenca and Elo Vega’s that brings together a series of recent works made in collaboration by both artists and at the same time proposes a specific research around the city of Palma. As a result, an exhibition will take place in Casal Solleric (opening on 25th of January 2019) and specific work on the city of Palma dealing with questions related to monuments and their symbology will be produced. The project activation regarding the city will be carried out with close links to Es Baluard through a number of workshops and a display of the results.

Taking into account that monuments symbolize, express and command not only the conditions of the relationship between them and us, but also between the present and the past –towards where they project themselves in search of legitimacy-, the workshop proposes a critical approach to the monuments’ rationale, examining and interrogating the authority of a dominant voice who claims to be speaking on behalf of all of us: tracking, behind the naturalized face of its authority, the footprints of the silencing and the concealment of conflicts and tensions, distinctive features of a society progressively diverse and plural.

Conducted by the artists Rogelio López Cuenca and Elo Vega, the workshop is open to anyone interested in carrying out research on public sculpture and monuments and generating a pedagogical, collective, critic and creative space about the aesthetics and functions monuments as ideological mechanisms.

This project has taken place previously in numerous cities of Europe and America, the most recent being the Guía Monumental de Granada: Mármoles con caracteres extraños (2014-2015) Los bárbaros (Madrid, 2016) and A vista de este ejemplo (Málaga, 2017-2018).


Maximum number of participants: 20 people.

Enrolment: from 20 December 2018 to 14 January 2019 to


The workshop is structured in 2 parts:

Part One: 17, 18, 23 and 24 January, 17:00 to 20:00 hours and 19 January, 11:00 to 14:00

  1. City, architecture, urbanism, art and public space.
  2. Street art, public art.
  3. Art and propaganda, monuments and antimonuments.
  4. Contemporary artistic practices in the public space.
  5. Other cartographies: wandering, drifts, contra-cartographies, tactical cartographies, etc.
  6. Symbolic construction and social imaginary of the city.


Part Two: (13- 16 February 2019)

The schedule for these sessions will be set with the participants

 Production of intervention proposals on monuments and public presentation of projects in the Observatori space of Es Baluard


Enrolment. Documents to include:

  • Enrolment form
  • Updated CV
  • Short text (500 words maximum) explaining the interest that moves the candidate to participate in the workshop and their thoughts on the subject.

The acceptance or non-acceptance in the workshop will be notified directly through an email to the applicants from 14th of January.

 This workshop is free and requires a commitment to attendance.


 Rogelio López Cuenca

His artistic practice revolves around the analysis of the mass media, the construction of identity and cultural critique; works that he carries through publications, courses, workshops, exhibitions, interventions in public spaces, on TV or on the internet, making use of procedures associated to the visual arts as much as literature or social studies.

He has participated in the Contemporary Art Biennials of Johannesburg (South Africa, 1994) Manifesta 1 (Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1996), Lima (Peru, 2002), Sao Paolo (Brazil, 2002), Istanbul (Turkey, 2003) and he has received different awards such as Iniciarte (Junta de Andalucía, 2008); Francisco de Goya (Villa de Madrid, 2002); El Público (Canal Sur Radio television, 2001); premio Andalucía de Artes Plásticas, 1992 and the award El Ojo Crítico de Artes Plásticas (Radio Nacional de España) 1992.

He has conducted courses and lectures and has lead workshops in Fine Arts schools  of the universities of Barcelona, Bogotá, Chile, Girona, Sevilla, Málaga, Salamanca, Valencia, Roma-Sapienza, País Vasco and South Florida; and also in the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona, lnstituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Arteleku, Instituto de Estética y Teoría de las Artes de Madrid, and the Cátedra de Arte de Conducta de La Habana, among others.


Elo Vega

Visual Artist and researcher, doctor in Fine Arts for the University of Castilla-La Mancha.

She has done academic residencies at l´Ecole Regional de Beaux Arts de Nantes (Francia), Faculty of Philosophy and Arts in the Benemérita Universidad de Puebla (México), Faculty of Philosophy and Arts in the UABC, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana (México) and in the Gender Studies Programme of the UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Her work addresses social, political and gender issues through artistic projects that are, at the same time, mechanisms of criticism to culture as a political instrument: audio visual productions, exhibitions, publications, interventions in public spaces, works on the net, courses and workshops that address the processes of generation and reproduction of ideology.

She has participated in multiple exhibitions and collective research and creative projects, mainly around the analysis, from a critical antipatriarchal perspective, of mass media and public monumental sculpture in relation to the history, memory and construction of identities.

17th January 2019 → 16th February 2019