Networks/Contacts: Desire, Control and Space in Contemporary Spain

Syllabus

This course explores the interrelated images of the grid and the network and its different implications in pictorial representation, urbanism, narrative analysis, political performance or the digital space in the Spanish context.

This course focuses on the dialogue, intersection, con-fusion between geometry and the body as explored and performed in literary, artistic, architectural and urban objects in the Spanish context. The interrelated images of the grid and the network and its different implications in pictorial representation, urbanism, narrative analysis, political performance or the digital space are the point of departure for comparative analyses structured around the essential ambivalence ubiquitous in those images: on the one hand, disciplinary patterns of representation and predictability, tools for the mapping and control of bodies, behaviors and movements. On the other, open structures with the potentiality of soliciting and facilitating creative contacts that open the possibility for the deployment and per-version of those same patterns of power and representation.

The interaction between bodies and networks, always mediated by the continuum between individual and social desire, is explored in very different contexts: fin de siècle anarquist Barcelona and the simultaneous conception of of “cohesive construction” by Rafael Guastavino; The Maciá (1932-5) and Bigador (1941-46) urban plans in Madrid and Barcelona and their reflections in literary works of the period; the use of the network/grid motif in some of the key figures of Spanish informalism in the 50’s (Gordillo, Saura) or experimental writing in the 60’s and 70’s; the portrayal of post-urban experience in writer Fernández Mallo or conceptual artist Rogelio López Cuenca; the possibilities and shortcomings of the essential role of digital networks in the 15M movement…

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