June 22, 2009

The Independent Studies Programme at the MACBA: Call for applications

MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Rita McBride
Arena (detail)
MACBA Collection
Museu d’Art Contemporani de
Barcelona Consortium
Long Term Loan of the Artist
Installation view
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2009
© Rita McBride, 2009
Photo by Tony Coll

SubjectsCritical Theory. Constitutes the backbone of the Programme and addresses the different methodologies, meta-languages and tools that have been constructed in order to approach the institution of art.

Political Imagination. Explores the link between aesthetic activity and forms of political action, going beyond insufficient notions of art as well as of politics.

Economy and Culture. Seeks to investigate what has come to be called cognitive capitalism, a radical change of paradigm which is characterised by the centrality of immaterial and cognitive dimensions (among them, culture) in the processes of accumulation and value production.

Post-urban Architecture. Explores the ways in which cities reveal themselves with increasing clarity as diffuse and complex wholes which acquire their true dimensions as meeting places and frontiers for the general trends of globalization and the particular pre-existing aspects of the local.

Gender Technologies. Studies the complex theoretical legacy of feminist studies, which today constitute one of the central themes of any analysis of visibility.

Strategies of Desire. Explores convergences and divergences between spaces of artistic creativity and those of psychotherapy.

Art, Visibility and Representation. Now covers a more extensive area for the study of art and visibility which, rather than being limited to historiographical discourse, begins with the understanding that art generates a specific form of knowledge and culture which needs to be addressed in a broader, cross-cutting and multidisciplinary way.

Core Faculty and Guest Lecturers:

Rosi Braidotti, Judith Butler, Douglas Crimp, Marcelo Expósito, David Harvey, Ana Longoni, Rita McBride, Chantal Mouffe, Francesc Muñoz, Beatriz Preciado, John Rajchman, Jacques Rancière, Emmanuel Rodríguez, Suely Rolnik and Allan Sekula.

Director: Xavier Antich
Assistant director: Manuel Asensi

Admission requirements: Applicants must have a university degree or equivalent and must have a good level of both Spanish and English. The classes are given in Spanish and English depending on the professor and the subject matter.

Applicants to the Programme must provide the following information:

• Application form (available at
• Personal statement (two pages)
• Curriculum vitae
• Two letters of recommendation
• A certified photocopy of the university degree
• A photocopy of the national ID card or passport
• Two passport-sized photographs

Applications are only accepted via regular mail:

Independent Studies Programme – MACBA
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona, Spain

Tuition for the full two years is 3,000EURO

Deadline for the reception of applications: 2 October 2009

For further information: [email protected] /

Telephone: (+34) 93 481 79 00

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