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Manuel Borja-Villel – Cartographies for After the End: Toward a Situated Curatorial Practice

29 Feb 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm




Cartographies for After the End: Toward a Situated Curatorial Practice

Manuel Borja-Villel

Thursday 29 February UCL 18:30-20:00

Manuel Borja-Villel

AICA UK 2024 Annual Lecture by Manuel Borja-Villel in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL.

Spanish art historian and curator Manuel Borja-Villel was Director at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid until 2023, and most recently co-curated the 35th Sao Paulo Biennial “Choreographies of the Impossible”.

(From the website. Published by: Post-socialist Art Centre, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, Department of History of Art)

In his talk, Borja-Villel will discuss the need to develop alternative and “situated” forms of curatorial practice and institutional organisation.

It is easier to imagine an end to the world than an end to capitalism” is a quote attributed to both Fredric Jameson and Slavoj Žižek and made popular by Mark Fisher.

For centuries, a linear and static idea of time and space has shaped Western thought dictating not only the rhythm and the term of history, but also our agency over it. This resulted in the common belief that there is no alternative because it cannot be thought of.

However, an epistemological change has taken place over the last decade, and the axes on which the system has been based since the 16th century have begun to show signs of exhaustion.

Consequently, far from the immobilising neoliberal visions, alternative forms that question space and time as previously imposed are unfolding across the globe.

Free entry but booking is required. Please register at: https://ias-cartographies.eventbrite.co.uk