2018 Seminario Fundación Cisneros

March 16, 2018

Centro Cultural Chacao
Av. Tamanaco
El Rosal
Caracas 1060


Registration is now open for the seventh edition of Seminario Fundación Cisneros Disruptions: Dilemmas Regarding the Image in Contemporaneity.

The seventh edition of the Seminario Fundación Cisneros, Disruptions: Dilemmas regarding the image in contemporaneity, conceptualized and directed by Ileana Ramírez, Program Director of the CPPC, will take place on March 16, 2018, at Centro Cultural Chacao, in Caracas.

As in previous editions, the seminar program includes a wide range of presentation formats, from lectures to workshops and editorial contributions. It also involves several collaborators in the conceptualization and creation of parallel programs such as architectural tours and film and video cycles. The main event of this seminar is a one-day conference.

The seventh Seminario Fundación Cisneros aims to approach concepts concerning art’s links with politics. This art-political connection is important because it operates as a model for the construction of new subjectivities, and encourages the questioning of what Ranciere would call "the aesthetic and representative logic of art" (The Emancipated Spectator, 2008), as well as its forms of production and its influence on the perception of the spectator. The day’s presentations will put into discussion, from a critical standpoint, the position taken by images in relation to the temporalities of art and historical events. To clarify this complex network, we will focus specifically on the spaces for art and politics, distinguishing the areas where they may overlap (the political in art, politics for art, political art, art as public action, citizen political action).

In Disruptions, we hope to recognize the articulations between art and politics in contemporary culture, selecting specific cases in which, on one hand, the contradictions that occur there are evidenced through a critical viewpoint that allows the work to be valued, not only for its formal aspects but also for the intentionality of the artist. On the other hand, the use of new technologies and media that have modified the forms of production and circulation of images invite us to think about what constitutes the viewers’ space and their considerations in assessing perception. Data and information will also be collected around relevant social and political phenomena, generating debates that will fuel reflection. Finally, activities will be promoted through experimentation, will clarify these issues in practice, and produce unedited contents that serve as a referential framework for future research.

Focus and Content

The seminar will cover three main points of development. The first part will focus on the use of images with the presentations of Erik Del Búfalo and Marilé Di Filippo. The second part, Historical Inventories, will address the issue of activism and social protest through experiences that have occurred in different places and have marked a significant moment, with presentations by Miguel A. López and Elizabeth Marín.

In the third and final thematic axis, New Media, the presentations of Rosina Cazali and Leticia Obeid will directly address the technologies that have created a field of new professions with unique politics, where appropriation and translation expand their dimension in other spheres of power.

Much theater is also a relevant discipline because of its political vocation, and we will have the participation of the performing arts collective Los Peces del Guaire, a multidisciplinary enterprise that will invite us to reflect on contemporary notions of freedom of thought, equality, and human rights through dynamics that call for the participation of the public.

Finally, a set of short presentations in Pecha Kucha format will focus on various topics, including: notions of the image; forms of representation and the scope of power; and the possibilities of change in public space. Rodrigo Figueroa and Iván Candeo will posit a historical perspective; Elisa Silva will explore the image as a new form of the word and representation; we will investigate further into this digital age through a poiesis generated by decoding or "hacking" by Yucef Merhi, and we will learn about listening through perception via sound, image, and speech with Gil Samson. To conclude this section, Erly Ruiz will examine the importance of the meme as a new form of language to recreate the world from the everyday.

Additionally, 6 texts have been commissioned for publication on the CPPC's website from María Virginia JauaFelix SuazoSandra PinardiBernardo José de SouzaJosé Luis Barrios and Albeley Rodríguez, on significant features inherent in the relationship between art and politics, and their relationship with the image in varying contexts of contemporary art in Latin America. Those texts will be published here on this website.

Within the framework of the seminar, artist and filmmaker Carlos Castillo will offer a workshop on moving images in the independent space ONG in Caracas. We will also have a film and video cycle selected by Iván Candeo and, finally, we will extend the seminar experience with an architectural tour through the city of Caracas designed by LuisRa Bergolla and the organization CCSen365.

About Seminario Fundación Cisneros

Initiated in 2011 by the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC), the Seminario Fundación Cisneros is held annually. Disruptions is its seventh edition. From its second edition until the sixth, the seminar was conceptualized by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, former curator of contemporary art at the CPPC. The conceptualization and direction of Disruptions is headed by Ileana Ramírez, Director of Programs of the CPPC from its Caracas offices. Each edition has addressed a specific topic: in 2011, Piet Mondrian: Parallel Readings studied the influence of the artist in Latin America; in 2012, The Betrayal of the Contemporary approached current artistic and cultural production; in 2013, Promises of the Commons addressed issues of copyright; in 2014, Ways of Learning explored ways of understanding the world through art; and in 2015, After Landscape offered decolonizing perspectives of the traveler. In 2017, Show and Tell examined influential cultural producers and ground- breaking exhibitions in Latin America.

The seminar has taken place in various locations in Caracas and has always been documented on video. This video-record is published shortly after each event to our website, remaining accessible to date. In this digital platform, commissioned texts and other material related to the topics that are addressed in each edition of the seminar are also published. Access to the event itself and its documentation is free of charge. Online registration remains open for the event in advance until capacity is reached.

The Seminario Fundación Cisneros brings national and international speakers to a broad audience. Around 500 people attend each edition on site. The majority come from the Greater Caracas area; approximately 15% of the public travel from the interior of the country to attend the program. In each edition, around a thousand people are virtually connected to the seminar through the web. The audience of the seminar is intergenerational, with an average age of 35 years. It consists mainly of students and teachers in the fields of art, architecture, and literature, as well as art professionals, cultural producers, and writers. People who attend the seminar’s parallel activities, such as the workshops, are mainly emerging artists and curators.

The complete program schedule and venue information, as well as video documentation of all seminars to date, including biographies of all of the participants and briefs on their presentations, may also be found on the Seminario webpage.