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The Agency of Art (MACBA, 24 February 2022)

Within the framework of the Planetary Wellbeing project, promoted by the Pompeu Fabra University, MACBA is  hosting one of their Europaeum Winter School sessions. The project’s objective is to introduce and promote debate on the innovative concept of “planetary wellbeing” and the challenges it poses in contemporary societies. 

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(Europaeum Winter School)

The session scheduled for the MACBA, open not only to students enrolled but also to members of the public who may be interested, proposes a reflection on how art can help understand and respond to the challenges of the 21st century. Planetary problems such as climate change cannot be addressed, let alone solved, through science alone. Science gives us explanations and possible solutions, but we also need emotion: we must be moved by the explanations being offered to us. The facts alone, as Bruno Latour explains, are not enough to make us act. This social activation could come through art; that is, those spaces of creation that touch us, that are more intense than scientific explanations. In this session, an art theorist, a philosopher and a curator will try to explain how the changes we need can spring from art.


The participants will include, amongst others:

- Santiago Zabala is an ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

- T. J. Demos writes about contemporary art and global politics. He is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, at University of California, Santa Cruz, and founding Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. 


The detailed programme of this event is available at the MACBA website.


Thursday 24th February 16:00, at MACBA, Meier Auditorium, also available in streaming.

The activity is held in the MACBA Meier Auditorium, but you can also follow it live on the museum’s website and YouTube channel. 

All sessions will be in English, with no simultaneous translation.



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