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A Glendon Conference Explores Image and Word in 21st-Century Spain

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A Spanish-language conference at Glendon, welcoming several international and Canadian specialists, will explore the topic of the Image and the Word in Spain from the perspective of the 21st century on September 25 and 26.

Right: Sistematurgia, © Marcel.lí Antúnez

Organized by Glendon Hispanic Studies professors Esther Raventós and Alejandro Zamora, the conference provides opportunities for an exchange of critical contributions on current Spanish-Peninsular art and literature from the perspective of the 21st century. It is also intended to serve as a forum for debating new interdisciplinary, experimental and multimedia research and approaches that connect diverse literary and art theories, as well as cultural studies, history, translation and other relevant fields.

Two important international participants join a number of Canadian researchers and academics for this conference. Dr. Pere Salabert, professor of esthetics and art theory at the University of Barcelona, returns to Glendon as the keynote speaker. He was the keynote speaker in 2008 on the occasion of the launching of the Spanish Resource Centre at Glendon. Professor Salabert is the author of several books. His most recent titles are: Pintura anémica, cuerpo suculento (2003), El pensamiento visible (2003), La redención de la carne. Hastío del alma y elogio de la pudrición (2004), Sphairos. Geografía del amor y la imaginación (2005) y El cuerpo es el sueño de la razón y la inspiración una serpiente enfurecida. Marcel.lí Antúnez: cara y contracara (2009). He has been visiting professor and lecturer in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, United States, France, Italy, Mexico, Uruguay. He is member of the Catalan Association of Art Critiques and the International Association of Art Critiques.

Left: Dr. Pere Salabert

Marcel.lí Antúnez Roca is internationally recognized for his mechatronic performances and interactive installations. Since the 1980s, his work has focused on his concern for the human condition. Founder of La Fura dels Baus, he was the artistic coordinator of this collective until the 1990s. His solo artistic work featuring the use of new technologies has been seen in over 30 countries.

Marcel.lí Antúnez Roca’s presentation, with the title Sistematurgia, will demonstrate and explain some of his works, with additional comments by Dr. Salabert, and followed by the launching of Dr. Salabert’s latest book.


Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to attend.




Some highlights of the conference:
N.B. The conference’s detailed program and exact locations of the sessions can be obtained on the conference website, letraeimagen.ca .

Friday, September 25, 2009
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Glendon Hall 102

Dr. Pere Salabert, "Jugando con imágenes por medio de palabras"
(Playing with Images through the Use of Words)


Reception: Friday, September 25, 2009, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Glendon Gallery
Welcoming Remarks, Principal Mc Roberts

Saturday, September 26, 2009
5:00 pm-7:30 pm - York Hall 204

Artist Marcel.lí Antúnez Roca, "Sistematurgia"

Marcel.lí Antúnez Roca is internationally known for his mechatronic performances and interactive installations. Since the eighties, his work has been characterised by his concern for the human condition. Founder of La Fura dels Baus, he was the artistic coordinator of this collective until the nineties. His solo artistic work featuring the use of new technologies has been seen in over 30 countries.

Commented by Prof. Pere Salabert (University of Barcelona)

Pere Salabert’s book launch, El cuerpo es el sueño de la razón y la inspiración una serpiente enfurecida. Marcel.lí Antúnez: cara y contracara

Published on September 21, 2009