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  • BAR module

    BAR module is a flexible pedagogical format that aims to generate learning opportunities around different themes and dynamics.


    BAR module is an intensive working week in the city of Barcelona which aim to create learning opportunities from different topics and dynamics. As part of BAR TOOL#2, the BAR module sessions will be opened to a larger public (researchers, students, curators, artists, educators, etc):

    5 – 9 november 2018: PERRRFORRRMANCEEEEEEEE. The program will consist in workshops by Nico Vascellari (IT), Cecilia Bengolea (AR-FR), Joan Morey (SP) and the unmissable My studio visit. The city as studio with Duen Sacchi (AR-SP).

    This module wants to challenge the idea of performance, following the current evolution of it practice and it inherent performative character. Attending to the openness and fluidity of performance, its social and political implications and its level of public understandability, the invited guests will as articulate lectures and workshops that will allow us to think performance as work space, as an instrument and cultural exercise, opened to a wide range of performative actions.


    28 January – 1 February 2019: LOST IN TRANSLATION. With the participation of Claire Fontaine (IT-UK), Claudia Pagés (SP) *other invited guests to be confirmed


    18-22 March 2019: STRIP. With the participation of Fernando García Dory (SP), Francesc Ruiz (SP), Antonio Gagliano (AR-SP) *other invited guests to be confirmed

    They must be sent to hello@barproject.net and coordination@barproject.net in a single email and single PDF document (max 2MB) including:
    curriculum vitae
    Short bio
    Motivation letter (up to 500 words)
    Working knowledge of English is required

    PERRRFORRRMANCEEEEEEEE (5th – 9th November): 1st November, 2pm (GMT+1)
    LOST IN TRANSLATION (28th January -1st February): 18th January, 2pm (GMT+1)
    STRIP (18th – 22nd March): 8th March, 2pm (GMT+1)

    One BAR module: 300€
    Two BAR module: 500€
    Three BAR module: 700€


    The Many Headed Hydra, workshop by Emma Haugh & Suza Husse (BAR module 2017)

    BAR module is an intensive working week in the city of Barcelona which aim to create learning opportunities from different topics and dynamics. As part of BAR TOOL#1, the BAR module sessions will be opened to a larger public (researchers, students, curators, artists, educators, etc):.

    BAR module February 5th-9th: The program will consist in seminars by Emily Pethick (The Showroom director, London) and Susan Gibb (curator of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam) on the processual and performative development of the institutions the direct; as well as a workshop on ethics and legality held by Nuria Güell (artist, Barcelona); and the unmissable My studio visit. The city as studio with Aimar Pérez Galí (dancer, artist and researcher, Barcelona).

    BAR module April 9th-13th: The program will consist in seminars by Philippe Pirotte (director of Fine Arts School Städelschule and of the exhibition space Portikus, Frankfurt) and Vivian Sky Rehberg (director of the Fine Arts Master at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam), respectively on art and activism at the Jakarta Biennale and speculative writing; as well as a workshop on the phenomenological experience in arts held by Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (artist, Río de Janeiro); and the unmissable My studio visit. The city as studio with Jordi Ferreiro (artist and educator, Barcelona).

    They must be sent to hello@barproject.net and coordination@barproject.net in a single email and single PDF document (max 2MB) including:
    curriculum vitae
    Short bio
    Motivation letter (up to 500 words)
    Working knowledge of English is required

    BAR module February 5th-9th: January 18th, 2pm (GMT+1)
    BAR module April 9th-13th: 18 de Marzo, 2pm (GMT+1)

    Price of each BAR module: 300€
    Price of both BAR module for registration until January 18th: 500€

    BAR project offers a grant covering registration for a national or international participant for each of the BAR module, and a grant offered by Fabra i Coats Art Factory covering the registration for a participant based in Barcelona for each of the BAR module. The 4 grants will be awarded based on need and merit; the candidate must specify it on the application.


    Emily Pethick is director of The Showroom, London, since 2008. She’s teaching the programme Curating Positions at the Dutch Art Institute and is a jury member for the 2017 Turner Prize.

    Susan Gibb is curator at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam, since 2013. Susan also writes regularly for art periodicals and teaches at the Dutch Art Institute as well as at the School of New Dance Development, Amsterdam.

    Nuria Guell is an artist. Some of her work flirt with the established powers, which tactics diluted into her own life and which are developed in specific contexts intending to question commonly-assumed identifications and cause a disruption in power relations.

    Aimar Pérez Galí develops his artistic practice in the dance and performing arts field as a dancer, choreographer, researcher, pedagogue and writer, always departing from the body as a reference place, understanding dance as a tool for critical transformation.

    Philippe Pirotte is director of Frankfurt’s Städelschule art school and its gallery Portikus. Recently, he was curator of the 2017 Jakarta Biennale and the 2016 Montréal Biennale.

    Vivian Sky Rehberg is Course Director of the Master of Fine Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a contributing editor of frieze magazine.

    Daniel Steegmann Mangrané is an artist from Barcelona based in Rio de Janeiro. His practice covers various media and oscillates between subtle, poetic, and crude experimentations that question the relationship between the world and language.

    Jordi Ferreiro is an artist and educator. His work explores the processes of reception and interpretation of artworks – in both the educational and artistic contexts – via the use of performance and public participation.


    BAR module March 20-24 2017
    International Symposium“Making Public Program”

    With: Eva Rowson (Showroom, London), Pablo Martínez (MACBA, Barcelona), Santiago Villanueva (Mamba, Buenos Aires), Leire Vergara (Bulegoa, Bilbao), Helmut Batista (Capacete, Rio de Janeiro), Elise Lammer (SALTS, Basel), Daniel Blanga-Gubbay (Aleppo, Brussels), Karima Boudou (Appartement22, Rabat), Equipo Palomar (artists, Barcelona), Josep Maynou (artist, Berlin), Florencia Portacarrero (curator, Lima), Kroot Juurak & Alex Bailey (performers, Wien), BAR TOOLests (Julia Gorostidi, Tali Serruya, Enea Cabanes, Alejandra Avilés, Ibai Hernandorena) & BAR spring residents: Valerio Del Baglivo (curator, Rome), Daisuke Kosugi & Ina Hagen (artists & founders of Louise Dany artist run space, Oslo).

    Drinking while walking while hosting while thinking while making together is the leitmotiv of BAR project, who takes its name from the popular and social gathering place in south European culture in order to recontextualize it, and be able to work and practice (reflection-in-action) in a flexible, informal and critical way. This working condition and status goes beyond the bar extending curatorial practice into working on public realm and takes the city of Barcelona as a public project space.

    At the center of BAR project’s curatorial effort the Public Program operates as a transversal yet autonomous space responding to concerns about its own practice: delve into the public realm today; give room to gathering, discussion and reflection spaces; promote a dialogue with the immediate context and beyond it. BAR project stands for a public program to take place in spaces of diverse nature, aiming to provoke unexpected relationships and challenge audiences. In this regard, the different activities BAR project has organised to date have happened in galleries, non-profits, institutions, along with bars, car garages, libraries or the public space.

    The BAR International Symposium “Making Public Program” consists in an intensive week of working groups, roundtables, actions, My studio visit, Walking tour, performances and drinks to celebrate BAR project 2013-2017 Public Program and reflect on the past, present and future of what public programing means. A number of guest practitioners will spend a whole week in Barcelona in order to discuss and perform together on the topic; the output of that brainwork will be made public and opened to the participants of the symposium and to a larger public through the various activities building the symposium.  

    The symposium program will be articulated as follows:

    Monday to Wednesday mornings will be devoted to closed working sessions on “Making Public Program” among guest speakers and BAR team at Fabra i Coats Art Factory. In parallel to this, the registered participants will take part in The Walking Tour, comprising visits to galleries, independent spaces and institutions in and around the city of Barcelona. In the afternoon round tables lead by one of the guests will offer the participants a disclosed space for reflection and discussion. Monday evening will be liven up by the legendary BAR Welcome vermouth, offered at mitico Armando´s. Thursday morning will start with My Studio Visit. The city as studio, in which a local artist is commissioned to give a visit to a special location in Barcelona in order to speak about his/her practice through the city and out of the common studio space. On this occasion artistic collective Equipo Palomar invites us to Estruch 24-26, 3° 1ª, an action focusing on the figure of Alberto Cardin, an outstanding writer, anthropologist and LGBT activist, emphasizing his early death in 1992 due to AIDS, the relationship between the Spanish political transition and the disease, as well as the city’s tourist-urbanistic speculation. The day will continue at Tàpies Foundation. In the early afternoon Kroot Juurak & Alex Bailey will develop their Workshop for Humans (informative workshop to learn the tricks and tips of Performance for pets previously carried out in private home), later on most of the guest speakers will contribute to a fourth and final round table, open to the general public this time. The culmination of the day will come with the BAR Party, celebration of BAR project fifth birthday, held at the Tapies Foundation rooftop with a live show by Josep Maynou as guest artist.

    Along the four days, the participants of BAR TOOL#0 training program will ‘rehearse’ on public appearance in different places and afterwork moments.

    Friday will be the time to carry out studio visits with local artists.

     (in ancient Greece, the symposium meant “to drink together”)


    20th March
    4-6,30pmMaking Public Program” round table, Auditorium, Tàpies Foundation
    Karima Boudou (Appartement22, Rabat), Equipo Palomar (artists, Barcelona) & Daisuke Koisugi & Ina Hagen (artist & founder of Louise Dany artist run space, Oslo) & Florencia Portacarrero (curator, Lima) will present Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto, publication of BAR project residency 2016
    7pm onwards Intervention by Enea Cabanes (BAR TOOL#0)
    BAR Welcome vermouth

    21th March
    4-6,30pm “Making Public Program” round table, Auditorium, Tàpies Foundation
    Eva Rowson (Showroom, London), Pablo Martínez (MACBA, Barcelona), Elise Lammer (SALTS, Basel), Santiago Villanueva (Mamba, Buenos Aires) & Valerio Del Baglivo (curator, Rome)
    7pm onwards Intervention by Julia Gorostidi (BAR TOOL#0)

    22th March
    4-6,30 pm “Making Public Program” round table, Auditorium, Tàpies Foundation
    Leire Vergara (Bulegoa, Bilbao), Daniel Blanga-Gubbay (Aleppo, Bruselas), Helmut Batista (Capacete, Rio de Janeiro) & Veronica Valentini, Andrea Rodriguez Novoa, Juan Canela (BAR project)
    7pm onwards Interventions by Ibai Hernandorena and Tali Serruya (BAR TOOL#0)

    23th March
    11am-1pm My Studio Visit. The city as studio:Estruch 24-26, 3° 1ª” by Equipo Palomar (artists, Barcelona)
    5-11,30pm Tàpies Foundation:
    5-6pm “Workshop for Humans” by Kroot Juurak & Alex Bailey (performers, Wien) – separate registration at kulturtier@gmail.com
    7-9pm BAR Public talk “Making Public Program”, Auditorium – open to general public With Santiago Villanueva (Mamba, Buenos Aires), Valerio Del Baglivo (curator, Rome), Karima Boudou (Appartement22, Rabat), Elise Lammer (SALTS, Basel), Leire Vergara (Bulegoa, Bilbao), Helmut Batista (Capacete, Rio de Janeiro), Veronica Valentini, Andrea Rodriguez Novoa, Juan Canela (BAR project) and Carles Guerra (Tapies Foundation)
    9-11,30pm BAR party, live show by Josep Maynou (artist, Barcelona), terrace – open to general public

    24th March
    Guided tour at “Ground Control” exhibition, Joan Prats Gallery, by the artist Teresa Solar.
    Studio visits with local artists

    NB: the program might be subject to changes

    Alejandra Aviles, S everywhere


    BAR module 27th February – 3rd March
    With Inés Katzenstein (AR), Dorothée Dupuis (FR), Gelen Jeleton (SP) and Antoni Hervàs (SP)
    The city of Barcelona, Fabra i Coats Fábrica de Creación & Tàpies Foundation

    “Curatorship before the curatorship in Argentina. Institutionalism and politics, professionalism and marginality, taste and concept”, workshop by Inés Katzenstein (Instituto Di Tella, Buenos Aires)
    A narrative about three capital cultural agents in Buenos Aires, from 1960 to 1995: Jorge Romero Brest (from the Di Tella Institute), Oscar Masotta (intervening critically in the artistic scene), and Jorge Gumier Maier (from the Rojas Center).
    Founding Director of the Art Department at Torcuato Di Tella University, she received a Master’s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York (2001). Among other books, he edited Listen, Here, Now! Argentine Art of the Sixties: Writings of the Avant-Garde, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2004. He is part of the Advisory Board of the magazine Otra Parte de Artes y Letras, and of the Advisory Council of Museo Malba.

    “Curating from my uterus”, lecture by Dorothée Dupuis (Terremoto magazine, Mexico)
    Through examples taken from my own curatorial practice and a few others, and relying on theoretical concepts such as the notion of womb-envy by Gayatri Spivak, Walter Mignolo’s frontier thinking, or the post-human of Rosi Braidotti, I will try to prove that feminism is not reduced to an outmoded political dogmatism, it is a broad philosophy that goes further than the question of gender: a prism by which we can observe the world and understand clearly the relations of power and oppression that surrounds it.
    Dorothée Dupuis (1980, Paris) is an independent curator, writer and editor based in Mexico City. She was director of Triangle France (Marseille, 2007-2012). Is founder and editor of Terremoto and co-director of Petunia magazine.Her recent curatorial projects include a residency at PAOS Gdl, Guadalajara, Adrien Vescovi at IFAL Casa de Francia, Mexico DF, and the 30 International Art Workshops at the FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France. She has written in numerous catalogs and art publications and is a regular contributor to Spike Art Daily, Metropolis M, Mousse, Kaleidoscope, ArtReview, Flash Art and Frieze, among others.

    “Bibliographic resistance”, workshop by Gelen Jeleton (Equipo Jeleton)
    One of the pillars of the Academy is based on the transmission of knowledge, and one of the ways to do so is sharing quotes, which requires a repetition of the same, but it is also the job of the female researcher to introduce new ones. I choose to take this quotes, footnotes and bibliography to one’s reality, to verify what we can use and how we’ve been influenced by reiterating this quotes for generations, contextualizing them and when possible, re-updating them, with the intention of decolonize the quotes, footnotes and bibliographies to build and embodied theory.
    Gelen Jeleton (Murcia, 1975) develops her artistic practice with Jesús Arpal Moya in Equipo Jeleton since 1999.

    “My studio visit.The city as studio” by artist Antoni Hervàs (SP)
    My studio visit.The city as studio is a format in which a local practitioner is commissioned to give a visit in a particular location/place/venue of Barcelona linked to his/her work, in order to speak about his/her own practice through the city and out of the common working studio space.


    BAR module 9th-13th January
    with Summer Guthery (USA), Alfredo Aracil (SP), Emma Haugh & Suza Husse (DE), Erick Beltran (MX-SP)

    “Notes on Schizoculture, Anti-Psychiatry and Scientology”, lecture by Summer Guthery (JOAN, Los Angeles)
    A lecture weaving together the LA-based fringe religion Scientology, the Anti-Psychiatry movement and revelations from the Schizo-Culture conference, the legendary 1975 conference on the challenges of psychiatric institutions that brought the then-unknown radical philosophies of post-’68 France to the American avant-garde.
    Summer Guthery is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles. She is the founder and director of non-for-profit exhibition space, JOAN. She received her MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College’s CCS. Guthery is a regular contributor to Frieze and Artforum amongst other publications.

    “Notes for a destructive psychiatry”, lecture by Alfredo Aracil (Sala de Arte Joven 2017, Madrid)
    The epidemic of mental illness that we (supposedly) live, treated only with drugs and supported by biologistic visions of our psyche, compels us to review the teachings of antipsychiatry, in a twist that returns insanity to the center of public debate, to the community, where cultural production is capable of revealing the political issues that are hidden in the psychopathological.
    Alfredo Aracil is a curator at Sala de Arte Joven de Madrid 2017 with the project “Apuntes para una psiquiatría destructiva (Notes for a destructive psychiatry)” which questions production mechanisms of mental disorders, as well as institutions and clinical methods involved in health management. He has collaborated with magazine Nosotros, El cuaderno, Tendencias, LUMIÈRE and now is writing for Atlántica XII and El Estado Mental.

    “The Many Headed Hydra”, workshop by Emma Haugh & Suza Husse (District, Berlin)
    Moving through lands, cities and buildings, through intimate, forbidden and public spaces, through bodies and between lands and ever slipping from control or containment, bodies of water are linked to an imaginary of crossing, to movements of passage. Following the waters, a different cultural cartography appears – one that flows through the geography constructed by demarcations of national territories, of property and of linear histories. The Many Headed Hydra explores the waters as rhizomatic narrative space and as potential infrastructure of commons.
    Emma Haugh is a visual artist and educator based in Dublin and Berlin. Suza Husse runs since 2012 the interdisciplinary art space District Berlin with an emphasis on artistic research, collaborative practices, public space, critical education and political imagination. 

    My studio visit.The city as studio” by artist Erick Beltran (MX-SP)
    My studio visit.The city as studio is a format in which a local practitioner is commissioned to give a visit in a particular location/place/venue of Barcelona linked to his/her work, in order to speak about his/her own practice through the city and out of the common working studio space. 


    BAR module 2016
    Curating the space / Space for curating

    With Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Chus Martínez and Michy Marxuach

    BAR curators talk, Tapies Foundation, July 2014, photo by Eva Carasol

    30 November–6 December 2015, Fabra i Coats – Barcelona Art Factory, Barcelona*

    BAR project takes a step further launching BAR module, a new flexible pedagogical format that aims to create learning opportunities from different topics and dynamics.

    The first BAR module: Curating the space / Space for curating highlights the research for a territory of curatorial expression. The program will focus on providing a context for an intensive professional exchange about this very important issue on curatorial work nowadays.

    Seeking to create an intimate and informal learning environment, a group of participants will gather international guest curators to think, question and develop ideas on curatorial practice over a period of a week. Following the modus operandi of BAR project, hospitality will be at the core of the program, generating an environment where knowledge transfer occurs from experience, conversation and action.

    The program will start with The Walking Tour by BAR project in the city of Barcelona, a selection of guided visits to commercial, institutional and independent spaces, as well as tailor-made meetings with local practitioners. The following days of the program will take place at Fabra i Coats – Barcelona Art Factory. Consisting in daily public lectures and conversations led by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy (Curator of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, New York), Chus Martínez (Head of the Institute of Art at the FHNW, Basel) and Michy Marxuach (Co-founder of Beta-Local, San Juan, Puerto Rico), all participants will have the opportunity to present their personal statements and points of view on the subject. Last day at Fabra i Coats will include a public talk among the three guest curators together with other local practitioners, followed by a party. The weekend will be devoted to studio visits with local artists around the city.

    Applications must be sent by monday 26th october at 2pm (GMT+1) to hello@barproject.net in a single PDF file (maximum size 2MB) including:

    curriculum vitae
    short bio
    motivation letter (up to 500 words) explaining your relation with the subject.
    A working knowledge of English is required.

    Price: 350 euro.

    Three accommodation grants are offered based on need and merit. Please specify this request on the application.

    Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy is a curator, writer, and traveler. Since 2011, she works as the curator of contemporary art for Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Most recently, she was also the artistic director and chief curator of the 9a Bienal do Mercosul | Porto Alegre in Brazil. She has been engaged with several arts organizations in numerous ways, such as being founding board member of Kunstverein in Amsterdam, forming part of the board of directors of Triple Canopy in New York or being the director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico.

    Chus Martínez is the Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland. Before she was the Chief Curator at El Museo Del Barrio, New York. She was dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department, and Member of Core Agent Group. Previously she was Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008 to 2011), Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–08) and Artistic Director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2002–05).

    Michelle Marxuach lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is the co-founder of Beta-Local. Her practice is born out of an interest to enhance the creative field and encourage interdisciplinary practices that rethink and redesign their own forms and structures to articulate answers and invent solutions to current issues. She believes that creative, aesthetic thinking is essential for healthy social change.


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