TEOR/éTica, backed by the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (MADC), is organizing the seminar Temas Centrales 2, which will take place in San José, Costa Rica on April 25th, 26th and 27th 2012. Parallel to the programming of lectures and talks, there will be other events, such as exhibitions in TEOR/éTica and at the MADC. (More information about this will be available in March).
With the participation of national, regional and international presenters, Temas Centrales 2 will analyze the region’s current situation from a thematic perspective, touching on specific aspects of the artistic and discursive production of Central America and the Caribbean. The seminar will focus on the complex panorama of the first decade of the 21st century, questioning the concept of region through the following: a dialogue between spaces and institutional models that have become catalysts in their pertaining contexts; conversations amongst artists, curators, critics and cultural agitators that contend a more open situation and a certain level of internationalization; a platform for theorizing about the most prominent artistic practices in the region, such as performance; and a revision of the biennial model, fostered by a discussion between curators of certain “tropical biennials” that have modified the paradigm.
In addition to these proposed themes, there is also an open call for entries entitled Temas centrales: modos de uso. This discussion aims to inquire about those artistic and critical practices that have not had enough articulation or visibility, in such manner that the event itself may serve as a tool for shaping or imagining new “central themes.” With the present call for entries, which does not anticipate any contents beforehand, Temas centrales: modos de uso is conceived as a mechanism for critical intervention that could influence investigative, documental and archival policies in Central America.
Image by Paulo Raquec. This massive sinkhole in Guatemala City (Guatemala) is thought to have been triggered by tropical storm Agatha, a violent tempest that struck Central America in may of 2010. This hole is still part of the landscape in that Guatemalan neighborhood.