A project by Miralda, commissioned & produced by Screen Projects for the Barcelona Pavillion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale


06/05 – 30/06
Mon-Fri, 11h – 19.30h
Centre d’Estudis i Documentació, MACBA

VERMUT offered by Casa Mariol Monday 6th at 12,30h, to celebrate the presentation of the project!


Barcelona and Shanghai have been twin cities since 2011. But beyond political agreements, a mirror effect has de facto been produced in both enclaves. Tapas in Shanghai, dumplings in Barcelona and MacDonalds everywhere –is it possible to map the fluctuating presence of Barcelona in Shanghai, and viceversa?

This was the departing point for Twin Tastes & Tongues, a project by Miralda commissioned and produced by Screen Projects for the Barcelona Pavilion of the 9th Shanghai Biennale: a visual confrontation between the imaginaries, traditions, rituals, politics and organisation forms through the food and eating of Barcelona and Shanghai. Taking the tongue as a conductor (being the most private and public organ, which Chinese traditional medicine understand as an offshoot of the internal state of the body and is therefore regarded as a determinant instrument in the diagnosis), the project set off to reveal a cartography of the encounter between the tastes and the knowledge from each cities, to thus further explore the global circulation currents that operate between them.

TWIN describes the working process of Twin Tastes & Tongues. Opened on the 1st of October 2012, the installation was composed by a central screen surrounded by a line of dual tongues running through the glass façade of the Power Plant of Art terrace, overlooking the HuangPu River and the city of Shanghai. Beyond a reproduction of the Barcelona Pavilion, the aim here is to open space of consultation of the materials and processes of Twin Tastes & Tongues, a living archive that enables new entry points and the re-formulation of a project by definition in constant mutation.

Twin Tastes & Tongues was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Culture Dept. of Generalitat de Catalunya, Ajuntament de Barcelona and the Ramon Llull Institute. TWIN is the archive of this adventure.