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Independent Studies Programme (PEI) at MACBA
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

Deadline for the reception of applications:

15 October 2007.

Formal registration: December 2007.

Program Secretariat: [email protected]

http://www.macba.es

With the participation of Xavier Antich, Manuel Asensi, Marcelo Expósito, Jordana Mendelson, Beatriz Preciado, Suely Rolnik, Neil Smith, George Yúdice, José Luis Falcó, Brian Holmes, David Harvey, Linda Williams, Manuel J. Borja-Villel, Joan Roca, Miren Etxezarreta, Enric Berenguer, Benjamin Buchloh, Judith Butler, etc.

The Independent Studies Program (PEI) aims to explore the field of artistic practices to foster critical professional activity in the field of art and culture activity capable of innovating and experimenting in both the institutional and the social space. By understanding art as the product of a convergence of different systems, social fields, and areas of knowledge (critical discourse, gender studies, new social movements, economics, critical therapy, and so on), the Program intends to generate ideas and conceptions that challenge the framework of the neo-liberal technocracy.

Museum studies. The PEI is a museum studies program with an international inclination. Based on the presumption that critical theory, education and the museum are inseparable vectors, it sets out to investigate all three fields. At a time when the institution has strengthened itself against the typical attacks of the avant-garde and the practices of institutional critique of the sixties and seventies, it now faces the need for redefinition with respect to the hegemony of consumption as the dominant thought in new cultural policies and industries since the eighties. In this context, the PEI understands that it is necessary to reconsider the meaning and significance of the museum as an institution that historically emerges from the scholarly project of popular education.

Faced with the current proliferation of museums at the international level whose effect is the hegemony of a notion of museum linked to the mass entertainment industries, the PEI seeks to offer an alternative space focused on notions of discourse and education from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Program and subjects. The PEI structures art, art criticism, political action, gender technology and economic and urban sciences in a program that brings together the different discursive lines that have been unfolding in the museum in recent years. Interconnected, mobile work spaces and a wide variety of activities constitute the Program.

The PEI is a two-year long program divided into seven subject areas, and includes a total of 480 hours divided between theoretical and practical classes and seminars. There will be a monographic workshop every two weeks in order to emphasize the continuity among the different disciplines.

For further information, please visit www.macba.es or contact the Program Secretariat: [email protected]

MACBA

Plaça dels Àngels, 1

08001 Barcelona

Tel +34 93 412 08 10

Fax +34 93 412 46 02

http://www.macba.es

September 11, 2007