Saturday, January 29, 2 p.m.

Chus Martinez’s Proposition explores the notion of nonsense, or the wisdom of uncertainty. Nonsense is reflects the need to produce osmosis between knowledges of very different natures. It aims towards the generation of communicative forms of meaning as the key to future discoveries. Today, the filmmaker Albert Serra joins Martinez to investigate these ideas further.

Propositions is a public forum that explores ideas in development. Each two-day seminar introduces a topic of current investigation in an invited speaker’s own artistic or intellectual practice. Over the course of a seminar session, these developing ideas are responded to, researched, and discussed to propel them forward in unique ways. This month’s Proposition is by Chus Martinez. Albert Serra joins Martinez on Saturday, January 29 for research and response.

The structure of Propositions is as follows:
Friday, 7:00 PM – Initial proposition and lecture
Saturday, 2:00 PM – Guest speaker responds, followed by discussion with audience

Chus Martinez is the chief curator at Museu d'Art Contemporani in Barcelona (MACBA) since 2008. She was the curator at La Caixa Foundation’s Sala Montcada in Barcelona between 2001 and 2002, and at the Sala Rekalde in Bilbao, Spain, between 2002 and 2005. From 2005 to 2008, she was the director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein. Ms. Martinez holds a degree in Philosophy and Art History from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Freie Universität in Berlin, as well as an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies from Bard College in New York. Her doctoral thesis discussed the interface between esthetics and art philosophy. Ms. Martinez curated, among others, “The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds”, 2005, at Cypriot Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005, and “The Unanimous Life – Deimantas Narkevicius” exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

Albert Serra’s first feature was Crespià, the Film not the Village (2002). He has written, produced, and directed Honour of the Knights (Quixotic) (2006), selected by Cahiers du Cinéma as one of the top ten pictures of 2007. He has also written and directed Bird Song, which premiered at Cannes 2008. He’s currently working on a new film, and writing a play commissioned by the Teatre Lliure of Barcelona.

Saturday, January 29, 2011 | 2:00 PM

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