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On Collaboration



3 days of innovative round tables & professional case studies organised by LOOP & Universitat de Barcelona.


Facing the systematic dismantling and redefinition of public policies, the severe reduction of public funds and the changing work paradigm in the field of cultural production; the current context requires new attitudes and a new way of understanding the work of agents in the field of cultural production.


A new management structure is surfacing, alongside new ways of understanding the collaboration between agents, sectors, industries and methodologies. Institutions are exploring collaborative and horizontal work strategies, in which authority is erased and the concept of responsibility becomes more important. At the same time, this lays the groundwork for new perspectives on how to understand our collective intelligence.  Methodologies, formats, models, but, above all, innovative attitudes that point to a new sustainable vision of understanding the work in the arts through cooperation.

Firmly rooted in the question What about collaboration? This year’s LOOP STUDIES, with the University of Barcelona, will present 3 days of round tables and professional case studies, aiming to shine a light on new horizons of creation, production and administration built around the concept of collaboration. LOOP STUDIES will explore, discuss, imagine and conceptualize common strategies (from self-managed practices to institutions) and create a space to think about methodologies that can be ethically relevant in the arts, socially sustainable and politically appropriate in the current context.


LOOP Studies is structured around 5 Panel discussions and 8 case studies, located at  MACBA and LOOP.


Panel Discussions

Panel 1: Institutions in context: encounters and clashes

After making a diagnosis of the current context and necessities, this round table is going to collectively discuss the different institutional models that embrace cultural production and respond to the necessities of the context. Concepts which are linked to a new status and definition of the public sphere, that are no longer linked to the administration of the resources of the State but to the examination of the place, and that allow a reformulation of the concept and structure of museum and institution.

Moderator: Bartomeu Marí (Director, MACBA)

Speaker:   Lukasz Ronduda (Ph.d, curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw)

Wednesday May 22nd 10.00-12.00, MACBA Auditory.


Panel 2: Companies and Institutions as producers

When searching for new alliances in view of the current art production processes, a question appears: What is the difference between the backing of a company and the backing of an institution? Do the institutions and the companies work well together? Is there any learning derived from the interaction of these two agents that can lead to competitive advantages in production in both fields?

Moderator: Carles Guerra (Chief Curator, MACBA)

Speakers: Mark Coetzee (Curator, Zeitz Collection)

Wednesday May 22nd  12.15-14.00, MACBA Auditory.


Panel 3:  Collecting and its social responsibilities

Beyond the economic power and a certain vanity derived from the property, in the current reformulation of the artistic context it is important to claim the labour of the collector as a work based on the responsibility for the artwork and the artist. To collect implies a labour of preservation, valuation, circulation and, in some cases, even the production of the artist work of art. This round table seeks to revise the agency, the centrality and the visibility of the leading figure of the collector.

Moderator: Jean Conrad Lemaître (Collector)

Speakers: Giuliana Setari Carusi (President, Dena Foundation), Sandra Terdjman (Kadist Art Foundation, Paris)

Thursday May 23rd 10.00-12.00, LOOP Auditory


Panel 4: New Interactions between public and private spheres

In view of the implosion and stagnation of public funding, the sphere of private foundations is taking precedence and channelling demands, grants and project funding. In certain contexts, the private sphere has occupied the space and the abandoned role of the public powers, but in other cases the lack of private tradition makes it impossible. It is crucial to admit that new alliances and new ways of working between these two spheres are urgently needed. This round table focuses on different models of funding, production and backing that are experimenting with these two spheres: the public and the private one. This debate seeks to present new mutual understandings and ways of working between the public and the private sphere.

Moderator: Benjamin Weil (Artistic Director, LAboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial)

Speakers: Timothy Persons (Aalto University School of Art), Anne Marie Charbonneaux (President, Le Magasin)

Thursday May 23rd 12.15-14.15, LOOP Auditory


Panel 5: Communication 3.0: New formats and dynamic events.

The transition from the analogue formats to digital is breaking old paradigms. New creative, dynamic and committed platforms are dealing with new ways to transmit and produce information. This panel will debate the merits and faults of this shift.

Moderator: Roberta Bosco (Journalist – art and digital culture)

Speakers: Javier Creus (Founder Ideas for Change, strategist), Jesus Rodriguez (Comandante TOM (I+D in Communication & Network Thinking),  Santiago Lopez (Comandante TOM (I+D in Communication & Network Thinking)

Friday May 24th 09.30- 11.00, LOOP Auditory



Case Studies

with Mark Coetze (Curator at Zeitz Collection), Casey Spooner (Musician & artist), Fernanda Nogueira (Independent curator, researcher and translator), Isaac Julien (Artist, filmmaker and professor at the University of Art and Design in Karlsruhe), Vitamine Creative Space (Art Space/Gallery, China), Antoni Mercader (Artist and professor at the University Barcelona), Timothy Persons (Professor at Aalto University School of Art).


Friday 24th May


Vitamin Creative Space (Art Space/Gallery)

Advantages and disadvantages of collective art practices: How to produce pertinent, relevant and effective contents for every context, while being able to survive?


Casey Spooner (Musician & Artist)

About inter and trans-disciplinary approaches to art Production. How does a singer become a producer?


Mark Coetze (Curator, Zeitz Collection)

Crowd, commons, co-creation, collaboration, co-production: is co-responsibility an alternative or is it just what it is left for the majority?


Timothy Persons (Aalto University School of Art)

How do artists understand their contemporary practice as network? What is the real output of the social activation derived from many of the contemporary art practices, and how to integrate these with the institutional ones?


Isaac Julien (Artist, Filmmaker and Professor)

On Collaboration.


Fernanda Nogueira (Independent Curator and researcher)

Strategies of collaborative and delocalized work: The Network of South Conceptualisms.


Antoni Mercader and Rafael Suárez  (Professors and researchers, UB).

Meeting Points in the iconosphere, a coral publication that operates as a place of interaction between different specialists in the sector, which aims to build a history of the moving image in art.





The registration period is open and will officially close on Monday May 20, 2013.


3 day package, including access to LOOP

 1 day access

Members of AEGPC, ATLAS, AMC, Hispania Nostra, ECTN, ENCATC, IBERTUR, ICOM, ICOMOS, IUCN, members of the Federation of Associations of Cultural Managers and UB Students, MACBA members.

 70 €


Other participants




A Certificate of attendance will be given by the UB.


Those interested in participating should send an email to gestioncultural@ub.edu, indicating in the subject-mail: On collaboration workshop inscription.