Attendance open and free while places last

Attendance open and free while places last

Obituary is a live monologue performed by the artist which falls apart and eats itself.

Combining characters and motifs from past work, the performance acts as a parody of Plato’s cave and an expansion of the language found in Matt Copson’s animation and installation work.

This is his first fully-fledged performance with live soundtrack by long-time collaborator felicita.


Matt Copson was born in 1992 in Oxford, England. His work uses theatrical devices and artistic tropes to create existential dramas of contemporaneity, abstraction, eternal recurrence and the uncanny.
His shown exhibitions and projects at CLEARING (Brussels) Swiss Institute (New York), Louis Vuitton Foundation (Paris), Mönchehaus Museum (Goslar) and Serpentine Sackler Gallery (London). In 2022, he will premiere ‘Last Days’, his first opera as a librettist and director, at the Royal Opera House, London.


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As part of the exhibition Myriad Reflector, which will be activated through a programme of nocturnal flashes of different rhythms and intensities, the artist Matt Copson will perform a performance entitled Obituary. ​

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Obituario Matt Copson
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Matt Copson. Courtesy of the artist.

¿Es un ciclo?
25 minutos

Interdependence is at the very groundbase of our most everyday reality. Marina Garcés contends that “you cannot say I without an echo of us”, but it is a singular us—not ‘all of us’ but rather ‘each one of us’. We are increasingly bombarded by the fantasy that it is possible to live in isolation, but, not only that, that this life in isolation is livable. Political discourses, economic dynamics, ways of life, routines, slogans and individualist aspirations hold sway. And even though the lesson that we need each other can be gleaned from the extreme circumstances we have lived through and from everyday reality, the dominant narratives are different.

Coexistence has been smothered by survival.

Interdependence, and its manifold expressions, is the common thread running through these picnic sessions: ranging from our relationship with nature to work relations. The role of the public is crucial to reach the level of euphoria needed to generate the sensation of community, the sense of belonging that I, you and we all look for in a family, a rave or a union.

Interdependence comes about from the undeniable vulnerability that we all share in common. To bring this reality to light, the hierarchical relationship between audience and artists will disappear in the sessions when creators openly reveal their precariousness, endemic to the cultural industry, exposing the hidden underbelly of their life stories, a kind of in bio veritas that speaks of hand-to-mouth jobs and the difficulty if not directly the impossibility of making a living from art. In addition, the bureaucratic, administrative and fiscal demands required to take part in certain cultural spaces are major obstacles for creative practice. To circumvent and shatter them, mutual support is, as always, the most effective instrument at hand.

More than just participating, the audience becomes one with the music and performances, it is invited to reach out and touch each other blindly, to make exchanges on the sidelines of the economy or to take stock of their privilege with regards those who society categorizes as dependents, as if the rest of us were not.

These Picnic Sessions are an invitation to make the most of these bonds, and to create new ones. With euphoria.

Curated by: Nerea Pérez de las Heras and Mar Rojo.

// At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Picnic Society was founded in London and met regularly in the open air. On its outings, which had no specific host as such, the individual members were expected to provide the refreshments and the entertainment. Starting out from the same concept, and forming its own particular Picnic Society, every year CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo invites various curators to design a programme for the art centre’s roof terrace.

Every Thursday from the end of May until mid-July the CA2M roof terrace will be transformed into a space where we will carry out a programme of activities mixing the body and sound with education and participation. //


• Thurs 26/05 I IF YOU MOVE, I MOVE Miss Beige, Dembooty

• Thurs 02/06 I OUTSIDE THE NORM Costa Badía, LVL1

• Thurs 09/06 I INTERDEPENDENTS Ana Matey, Maricas: Jovendelaperla & Berenice

• Thurs 16/06 I A SINGLE BODY Ernesto Artillo, Ece Canli

• Thurs 23/06 I NEW PIECES, NEW GAMES Andrea Jiménez, Caliza

• Thurs 30/06 I MELT, MIX, STIR Victória Bemfica, Emily da Silva, Gabriela Clavería and Ikram Bouloum

SCHEDULE: 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (EXCEPT THE SESSION ON THE 30TH, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 6:00 p.m.).


Type of activity
From May 26TH to June 30TH
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At the beginning of the 19th century, The Picnic Society was born in London, an association that met regularly in the open air and in whose meetings each member was expected to contribute part of the entertainment and refreshments without there being a specific host. Based on this concept, and as a Picnic Society, the Museo Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo invites several curators each year to design a program for the Museum's terrace. Every Thursday from the end of May to the end of June, our terrace becomes a space in which we develop a program of activities in which the body and sound are mixed with the educational and participatory.

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Picnic Sessions 2022
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Design: Cristina Daura.

¿Es un ciclo?
Con el apoyo de
21:00 - 23:00h

The garden on the museum’s roof terrace has already earned a name for itself as a beacon for agro-ecology in the city. Since we first started, we have gone through an intense process in which many different people have been involved, making it a meeting point where people work together and share their experience and know-how.

Since it was first set up, the roof terrace garden was conceived as more than a place to teach ecological agriculture because the founding mandate was to create a local community. This goal has been fulfilled today thanks to a hardcore of people who have now accrued years of experience, enjoyment, learning and sharing together based on the practice of agro-ecology and permaculture, recovering traditional rural knowledge and exploring ideas to face the challenges of sustainability.

Today this challenge is more urgent that ever, which is why we need to expand its reach and pay more attention to the direct practice of sustainability in cities, reinforcing self-sufficiency, producing food for self-consumption, DIY and locally-sourced production, promoting and motivating a culture of proximity. This will be our best weapon to respond to the major challenges of the twenty-first century, like climate change, the crisis in natural resources and the need to transition towards a model of society more respectful with the planet and the people who live in it.

To face up to this formidable challenge, we have the experience and collaboration of Instituto de Transición Rompe el Círculo [Break the Circle Transition Institute], which focuses its activity over the last decade on sustainability in cities, taking Móstoles as a testing ground. That’s why today our roof terrace garden now becomes a Community Sustainability Laboratory.




EVERY THURSDAY 11:30-13:30
Growing locally and learning to be self-sufficient is becoming increasingly important to ensure our food sovereignty. Join this course and learn how to grow with us and why it is necessary for our cities to commit to sustainability. 

THURSDAY 24 MARCH 11:30 – 1:30
Growing crops in the city.

We will prepare seed beds for the spring in our organic garden and provide pointers on how to prepare a garden of potted plants to produce our own zero-km food.

THURSDAY 31 MARCH 11:30 – 1:30
Sharing the CA2M roof terrace. A session with Elena Alonso and the roof-top garden

This introductory session will talk about how to design and create ecosystems based on the principles of permaculture and will set the ground rules for starting an urban forest garden on our terrace. The session includes the participation of the artist Elena Alonso, whose installation Al cuidado de las pequeñas sombras (Caring for little shadows) will help us to understand the need for a better inter-species relationship in order to maintain a balanced ecosystem.

THURSDAY 7 APRIL 11:30 – 1:30
Planning a forest garden in the city

What’s the difference between an ordinary forest garden and an urban forest garden? An understanding of microclimates. What are the shortcomings and the needs of a terrace garden?

THURSDAY 21 APRIL 11:30 – 1:30
Planting a forest garden: tree stratum

We start by planting the biggest plants. Why do we choose these species?

THURSDAY 28 APRIL 11:30 – 1:30
Planting a forest garden: shrub stratum

We continuing planting with shrubs and small fruit trees. Why do we choose these species?

THURSDAY 5 MAY 11:30 – 1:30
What should I plant in my garden? Planting the herbaceous layer and annual plants 

Learn to calculate the number of plants and the space required depending on your needs.

THURSDAY 12 MAY 11:30 – 1:30
Preventing and treating plagues

Plagues affect us equally whether we are in the city or the countryside. Learn to observe your plants, to prevent the attack of insects and other pests and prepare homemade organic remedies.

THURSDAY 19 MAY 11:30 – 1:30 
Closing circles in a garden

In order for your system to be 100% sustainable you have to make the most of the resources it offers without generating residues.

THURSDAY 26 MAY 11:30 – 1:30 
Jam workshop

Late spring is a good time for seasonal fruits. This workshop will show us how to make jam with the short-lived summer seasonal fruit that we would like to enjoy at any time of year.

THURSDAY 2 JUNE 11:30 – 1:30 
Preserves workshop

Another way of making the most of surplus produce is preserves. It is especially important to pay extra care to hygiene conditions to ensure that the canned or preserved food lasts longer and in optimum conditions.

THURSDAY 9 JUNE 11:30 – 1:30 
Making bread at home workshop

One of the easy and most gratifying ways of being self-sufficient is to make our own bread. Learn to make sourdough starter and basic recipes for making bread at home.

THURSDAY 16 JUNE 11:30 – 1:30 
Preparing a sun drier (double session 10:00-2:00)

Sundrying food is a little-used practice that helps to preserve food throughout the year with their nutritional qualities practically intact.
Join us in this double woodworking session in which we will design and build our own drier for summer gluts.

THURSDAY 23 JUNE 11:30 – 1:30 
Seed collection

In the last of our self-sufficiency workshops we will learn to choose and preserve seeds from our garden so that we don’t have to buy them every year.

THURSDAY 30 JUNE 11:30 – 1:30 
Cool recipes for a sustainable summer

We will conclude the year’s course with a celebratory workshop full of healthy recipes with sustainable locally-sourced products at a time when the summer garden starts to come into its own and offer us a huge variety of produce.



EVERY THURSDAY 11:30-13:30

The world of indoor plants
17 February 11:30-13:30h
What do I need to grow indoor plants at home? Find out what are the best plants to suit your home, your tastes and your time.

Basic care for indoor plants
24 February 11:30-13:30h
Is direct sunlight good for my plants? How much and how often should I water them? When is the time to compost? We will help you.

Plagues and illnesses of indoor plants
3 March 11:30-13:30h
Just like garden plants, indoor plans also suffer attacks from insects and funguses. What can I do about them?

Reproducing indoor plants
10 March 11:30-13:30h
How do you make slips and cuttings? Can I divide my plants?

A greenhouse at home
17 March 11:30-13:30h
What are the benefits of having plants at home? Are they suitable for every room? Could my plants cause me any harm?



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Intended for
Acceso notas adicionales



The garden on the museum’s roof terrace has already earned a name for itself as a beacon for agro-ecology in the city. Since we first started, we have gone through an intense process in which many different people have been involved, making it a meeting point where people work together and share their experience and know-how.

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Huerto 2022
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Picture: Sue Ponce.

¿Es un ciclo?
THURSDAY 11:30 – 13:30

Very few people know that underneath the museum, exactly three floors underground, there is a hatch that opens onto to a flight of steps which leads down to the depths of an underground river that crosses through the whole of Móstoles. The education department is very much aware of this idea of what is taking place beneath our feet, like an underground river. The most meaningful processes, those that transform us the most, are precisely the ones that take place without us realizing it.

Yet again, this year we invite you to join this course to share together and stir emotions, activating resources that ensure that this will be possible, focusing on processes, events and works that go unnoticed, that happen too slowly to be perceived or that take place within the confines of what we take to be normal.

We have invited artists and collectives whose practices are like tributaries of that underground river that runs through issues like anonymity, invisibility, misfits and the experience of a shared body from the self or from ourselves, but also from the power of the word. A river that does not follow the pre-established banks and returns us once again to the question contained in the name of this course.

CA2M organises educational activities on contemporary art and thinking that can be framed within the tradition of community colleges, aimed particularly at young and adult students.

The course addresses some of the key issues for a proper understanding and interpretation of art today. These activities can be divided into two parts: the first consists of the presentation of a theme by a guest speaker and the second part involves a debate open to the audience: viewing listening and dialogue as transformative actions; art as a shared meeting ground and the development of critical attitudes to imposed reality.

Type of activity
From 16th February to 23th March
Intended for
Acceso notas adicionales

No prior knowledge is necessary.


CA2M organises educational activities on contemporary art and thinking that can be framed within the tradition of community colleges, aimed particularly at young and adult students.


13th Introduction to Art Today Course
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Esto es arte
But … Is this art?
¿Es un ciclo?
Wednesdays from 18:30 to 20:30




Continuing the line of work begin in 2014, El cine rev[b]elado has put together a programme of activities on audiovisual performance and cinema’s interconnections with other disciplines, engaging with the cinematographic experience beyond the conventional darkened film theatre and the screened image. Instead, here we will be interrelating and transforming it in order to activate an audiovisual-based experience that questions not just its own language but also its whole structure and logistics.

Similar to previous iterations of this programme, we are presenting a range of transversal projects that blend film and cinema with sound art, new media, radio, architecture and dance. Taking on board the situation of the pandemic and also as a kind of tribute to the origins of this programme, this year we are focused entirely on the local fabric with a view to strengthening the bonds with the territory.

Our goal is to give our audience a chance to share some of the most outstanding contemporary audiovisual and performance-based works. We will be taking a closer look at and lending a particular focus to the local scene, ensuring a continuity with local artists and agents after Covid-19. In addition, most of these projects are being debuted for the first time in Madrid, thus reinforcing El cine rev[b]elado’s role as a key event in the performing arts and in the cultural calendar of the Region of Madrid during the winter season. This year we are celebrating the project’s fifth edition at CA2M, no better moment to meet up, come together again, reflect on the current situation and continue to work together.

Curated by Playtime Audiovisuales (Natalia Piñuel Martin and Enrique Piñuel Martin).

Playtime Audiovisuales. A cultural management platform founded by Natalia Piñuel and Enrique Piñuel in 2007, dedicated to contemporary art practices, undertaking curatorial projects for art centres and cultural institutions like Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Azkuna Zentroa, MUSAC, Instituto Cervantes, Centro Cultural de España in Mexico and Tabakalera. Playtime Audiovisuales has also worked with film and music festivals. Its many projects include “Contemporary Visions: New Cinema and Video in Spain” held at Domus Artium 2002 (DA2) in Salamanca since 2013; the multidisciplinary festival “She Makes Noise” at La Casa Encendida in Madrid since 2015 which focuses on the role of women and non-binary identities in electronic music and audiovisual experimentation; and “El Cine Rev[b]elado”, the performance-based programme at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M) in Móstoles, Madrid, since 2014. They regularly collaborate with various mass media and as teachers.

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Type of activity

Continuing the line of work begin in 2014, El cine rev[b]elado has put together a programme of activities on audiovisual performance and cinema’s interconnections with other disciplines, engaging with the cinematographic experience beyond the conventional darkened film theatre and the screened image.

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Cinema Revealed #05
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La Ciudad de Verónica Navas. Picture: Alessia Bombaci.

¿Es un ciclo?
4 SESSIONS 18:30 - 20:30

Directed by: Marta van Tartwijk and Javier Pérez Iglesias

We thought we could start in the following way: referencing a lecture that, in turn, referenced Georg Simmel. The person who referenced him said something about how we get to know ourselves by seeing how others look at us and that, without others, it is impossible to have a subjective experience. We were, however, unable to attend this lecture; we watched it at home on YouTube, sometime after the event. Despite not having shared that physical time and space, we also felt, as we watched, equally observed by Simmel’s eyes, present within the eyes of the lecturer. This made us wonder which eyes we have within our own eyes, and if, perhaps, looking at ourselves is in fact like two mirrors facing each other.

Looking is a way of making things present. We believe that this is the strange place that can be unlocked by archives and libraries. A temporary confusion that is manifested in the grasping, reviving, appropriating, incorporating, combining, sectioning, swallowing, reworking processes. We want to see, but we also want to find that which observes us and invites us in.

Via this programme, we want to explore the power of texts or some methods of creating them: bibliographies, footnotes, quotes, comments, margin notes… A common text is created through them, an entity that transcends time in search of bodies to give it meaning and make it grow. This way of writing, featuring quotes and comments, makes us read as though we were writing, as if we were playing at cutting and pasting once again.

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Miércoles del 27 de octubre al 15 de diciembre
Intended for
Acceso notas adicionales



CA2M develops an important line of training activities in contemporary art and thought framed within the tradition of popular universities, especially aimed at young and adult audiences.

In these courses, some of the fundamental approaches to understanding and interpreting contemporary art will be addressed clearly and directly.

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Universidad popular
Crear como quien hace bibliotecas
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De laudibus Crucis. Beato Rabano Mauro Beato (siglo IX). Universidad Complutense de Madrid

¿Es un ciclo?
18:00 – 20:30

The Huerto en la terraza of the CA2M has been holding workshops for almost a decade. During this time, we have lived through an active process involving the participation of many different people, all of whom have made it a meeting spot based on teamwork and shared knowledge.

Since its beginnings, the Huerto en la terraza has been a space whose aim is to go beyond just being a school of organic agriculture; it had to form a community. It has far exceeded this expectation, accumulating myriad experiences, learning, collective stories and community links around it, all of which make us proud to have such a space as this in Móstoles, one that is already a benchmark beyond our municipality’s borders.

Today, the community of the Huerto en la terraza of the CA2M faces the challenge of opening up to new people without losing the drive to carry out research and experimentation to motivate those who are already a part of it. For this reason, during this course we will provide an opportunity to those interested in starting out in the field of organic agriculture and permaculture, at its most basic levels, without forgetting the needs and learning pace of those who have already participated in the past and who require other lines of experimentation that combine vegetable gardens, art and our immense capacity to create with our own hands. This year, the workshops will change their timeslot to Thursday mornings. We hope that this change will bring more people to our vegetable garden so we can continue to share and learn together.

Free admission with limited capacity.

In collaboration with Break the Cycle Transition Institute

For further information please visit or call 912 760 227.



23 September: How to start an organic vegetable garden 

Learn to set up a poison-free sustainable vegetable garden from scratch. 

30 September: Seeds: how to gather them and how to plant them

We will work on-site with seeds from our organic vegetable garden and learn to gather them and create our own seedbeds. 

7 October: Cultivating and reproducing aromatic herbs

Learn everything you need to know for planting, caring for, gathering, using and reproducing your own aromatic plants. 



21 October: Reproducing cuttings and other plants from the organic vegetable garden

Learn how to reproduce your vegetable garden’s plants so you can exchange them with your classmates and increase the variety of plants in this organic space. 

28 October. How to create a terrace vegetable garden 

Learn how to start a vegetable garden on your balcony. No matter how small, anything is possible. 

4 November: Autumn tasks in the vegetable garden

We will plant in autumn, while also learning together how to look after our organic vegetable garden.

11 November: Home composting workshop

Come and learn the art of home composting with us. 

18 November: How to make your own medicinal oils

We will use our terrace plants in order to extract their medicinal properties and make oils that can be used for common ailments. 

25 November: Natural Cosmetics Workshop I

We will create creams for common ailments in a simple way using easily-accessible products. 

2 December: Natural Cosmetics Workshop II

We will learn to make natural soaps. Original and personal alternatives for Christmas presents. 

9 December: Basketmaking workshop

What better way to accompany your homemade gifts than to put them in homemade baskets, made by you? 

16 December: Sustainable Christmas recipe workshop

Join us, yet again, in putting together a sustainable Christmas menu that is easy to prepare – and affordable for all budgets – that will delight your guests. 

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Intended for
Acceso notas adicionales



The Huerto en la terraza of the CA2M has been holding workshops for almost a decade. During this time, we have lived through an active process involving the participation of many different people, all of whom have made it a meeting spot based on teamwork and shared knowledge.

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Pie media

Fotografía: Sue Ponce.

¿Es un ciclo?

This autumn's cinema series is a celebration of the audio-visual media that is part of the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Museum’s public heritage. Our collections feature many pieces of video art encompassing the last decades of audio-visual history, both nationally and internationally. In recent years, we have also decided to make a strong commitment to promoting experimental and exhibition cinema, as we consider the moving image to be a fundamental heritage in present-day culture and, above all, because it is important to have a museum record of the great moment that film is currently experiencing in Madrid.

Dialectal Cinema is an ideal accompaniment to Dialecto CA2M. It will allow us to watch some of the most interesting films acquired in recent years in their authors’ own voices. In other words, it will follow the traditional cinema and colloquium format, but with exceptional artists.

Non-commercial cinema is a fundamental element for the opening of the CA2M Collection. Luis López Carrasco (Murcia, 1981) will open the cycle with The Future (2013), a film of unique generational importance. This was his first big hit before the acclaimed The Year of Discovery (2020). Another documentary film, Everyone likes bananas, brings Rubén H. Bermúdez (Móstoles, 1981) back to our museum, collectively addressing the day-to-day experience of blackness in Spain as part of an impressive community exercise. The Science fiction category will be represented by Ion de Sosa (San Sebastian, 1981), who adapted Philip K. Dick's Androids Dream of Electric Sheep into a dystopian Benidorm during low season.

Lois Patiño (Vigo, 1983) has been a leading voice in the field of exhibition cinema, a less narrative format that acts as a loop for exhibition spaces, over the last decade. In Shady Mountain, the viewpoint and light reveal the geological formation as a place of coexistence, a sublime place to live. Films by Alex Reynolds (Bilbao, 1978) defy conventional narrative by displaying the affective structures that glue viewers to the screen.

In the final session can chat with three quite different video artists. Ana Esteve (Agres, 1986) discusses cinema itself and its conventions in her films. In The Magic Screen she turns a city built on the East Coast of Spain, the Levante, which is still a potential dream, into an archaeological site. Cristina Garrido (Madrid, 1986) uses a cliché promotional documentary to explain a new kind of art. This film is shown at art fair stands and Garrido herself considers it to be another artistic genre altogether: just like painting, the art featured at the fair pavilion. Finally, Mar Reykjavik (Sagunto, 1995) reflects on the creation of identity through new technologies and the virality of networks. My body, my rules analyses the potential relationships and escapes resulting from viral challenges.

In addition to these dates, and for the duration of the CA2M Dialect exhibition, all the video pieces from the CA2M Collection and the ARCO Foundation Collection will be available for viewing in a cinema on the second floor of the museum. There, visitors can choose which piece they want to watch and enjoy the possibilities that the cinematographic medium offers for current artistic expression.​

Type of activity
Del 28 de octubre al 2 de diciembre
Intended for

This autumn's cinema series is a celebration of the audio-visual media that is part of the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Museum’s public heritage. Our collections feature many pieces of video art encompassing the last decades of audio-visual history, both nationally and internationally.

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El Futuro
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Fotograma de El Futuro, Luis López Carrasco, 2014.

¿Es un ciclo?
18:30 - 20:30

International Seminar  May 20 to 23

May 23 Forum for Researchers and artists 
May 13 to Sept. 27 Exhibition

CA2M organizes the XVI Image Symposium including a conference and debate programme on the subject of Imagine_Historicize.

Within the framework of this programme, an open call is issued inviting participation of researchers and artists. The selected authors will introduce their projects to the public attending, during journeys dedicated to the Forum of the unpublished. Those projects will be published in the book of minutes of the Symposium.

The Image Symposium intended to be a place of discussion and reflection around issues relevant to the setting of the contemporary subject.

Within this frame, history and memory currently have a strength and visibility that goes beyond the academic sphere which constitute a social and cultural hot debate. The official History, single and linear, has been broken into parts to give rise to multiple memories, demands as a mean of identity and, also, as a set of political and cultural values.

Such proliferation of histories, sometimes incompatible, is the result of complex dynamics and societies ever more diverse that consider the past time through memories, remains and monuments as an archeological process ever open. For its part, the global cultures of the images produce a time and space in a continue present, where cohabit all geographies, discourses, disciplines, visual styles and historic periods. All of them, floating and available to reinvent pasts, presents and futures.

With all this, what is the capacity and ethic and political role of the production, retrieval (and destruction and occultation) of images in the construction of history and memory? How do historians use images and how do they face the digital era? How “other histories” transform the hegemonic history written by the modern states with cohesion desire? What visions of the present lie behind the images used by artists? What idea of the future? Those are some of the questions raised in the following journeys by means of lectures, debates from great specialists and a “CA2M Abierto” Forum, for researchers and artists.


CA2M organizes the XVI Image Symposium  including a conference and debate programme on the subject of Imagine_Historicize. Within the framework of this programme, an open call is issued inviting participation of researchers and artists. The selected authors will introduce their projects to the public attending during the journeys of the Forum of the unpublished. Those projects will be published in the book of minutes of the Symposium.

The Call aims to start a forum for debate to projects related to the questions raised before and also to other topics:

- Historians and images. Images: documents of historical evidence or problematic evidence in an irretrievable past?

- Images of memory. Impact of production and destruction of images in the process of constitution of history and memory.

- Other histories. New voices of history through images: imaginary stories.

Requirements: The proposals must include the registration form dully filled in.

- Project on Artistic Theory and Practice. It must be an unpublished project and must  have the DIN A4 size; in case of an artistic practice, it should have the presentation of a memory, dossier or portfolio. The investigation essays will have a range between 10 and 15 pages, doble space and Times New Roman 12. Images screening are permitted during lectures.

Projects, both in Spanish and English, are accepted

Uncompleted applications won´t  be accepted.

The selected authors who wish to attend the Symposium and reside outside the Region of Madrid may benefit from 150 € as travel expenses (the applicant may enclose in its application any relevant document supporting the proof of place of  residence  - eg. Resident permit, City Certificate of Registration, a photocopy of student card, electricity or gas bills...).

The documentation from non-selected projects could be collected during the days of the Symposium.


The deadline for receipt of projects is April 15, 2009. Participant may submit the aforesaid documentation:

- By email: download form at  and send, duly filled in, together with project (in a .doc or .pdf format) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

- By mail, enclosing the duly filled in registration form together with the printed project (projects arrived later than April 15 will be discarded)


The directors of the Symposium will select a maximum of 10 projects. April 30 it will be published the list of selected participants in the CA2M web page. The selected participants will receive an express communication, which will state the date and time of his/her presentation at CA2M.

For further information This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or at 91 276 02 27

It will be positively consider those applications that show rigor, creativity, interdisciplinary and   relevancy to the line of work detailed in the call. It won´t be taken into account  the order of registration nor the fact of having participated before in previous editions.


MAY 20

11,00 h. Opening  Hon. Minister of Culture and Sports , Mr. Santiago Fisas Ayxelà.
Presentation Ilma. Director General of Archives, Museums and Libraries, Dña. Isabel Rosell Volart.
Presentation Director of Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Ferran Barenblit.

11,15 h. Introduction to the Symposium. Mónica Portillo and Sergio Rubira, Directors of the XVI Image Symposium of the Region of Madrid.

12,00 h. Philippe-Alain Michaud. Art historian and curator of film at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris.

16,00 h. Svetlana Boym. Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Design, Harvard University.

18,00 h. The Otolith Group: Anjalika Sagar (artista, comisaria y escritora, Londres); Kodwo Eshun (artista, escritor, DJ, profesor del Máster en Cultura Visual del Goldsmiths College, University of London).


11,00 h. Santu Mofokeng. Photographer, Johannesburg.

16,00 h. Rogelio López Cuenca. Artist, Malaga.

18,00 h. Rogelio López Cuenca (artist, Málaga) and Pedro G. Romero (artist, Seville).

MAY 22

11,00 h. Nuria Enguita Mayo. Cultural worker, member of the management team arteypensamiento (Universidad Internacional de Andalucía).

13,00 h. Basilio Martín Patino (Film Director, Madrid) and Aurora Fernández Polanco (Professor of History and Theory of Contemporary Art, Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

16,00 h. Eyal Sivan. Documentary filmmaker, London.

18,00 h. Francesc Torres (artist, Barcelona) and Fernando Sánchez Castillo (artist, Madrid).

MAY 23

11,00 h. CA2M Abierto: Forum for researchers and artists.

17,00 h. Screening of The Specialist, documentary film by Eyal Sivan and Rony Brauman, 1999, 128 minutes, OV subt. Spanish. (1999: Official Selection Berlinale, Berlin, best documentary of the year, Guild of Media Authors (SCAM); best documentary of the year, Adolf Grimme Prize, Germany).

19,15 h. Closing Day

The Museum will provide simultaneous interpreting for the lectures to be conducted in English or French.

Free registration at or by phone at 91 276 02 27 as of April 15, 2009


Svetlana Boym is a writer, theorist and artist, Professor of Slavic and comparative literature, associate professor in the School of Architecture and Design, Harvard University. Author of The Architecture of the Off-Modern (2008), Territories of Terror: Memory and Mythology of the Gulag in Contemporary Russian-American Art (exhibition catalog, 2007) and The Future of Nostalgia (2001).

Nuria Enguita Mayo has been responsible of projects  at Fundació Antoni Tapies, Barcelona (1998-2008). She was part of the curatorial team of Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt, 2002). He has worked on numerous projects such as Tour-ismos. La derrota de la disensión (2004) o Culturas de Archivo (2000)  and she is a member of the management team of art and thought (Universidad Internacional de Andalucía).

Aurora Fernández Polanco is Professor of History and Theory of Contemporary Art, UCM. Her publications include "Shoah y el debate Lanzman (Moses) / Godard (San Pablo)" in Er (2004), " Historia, montaje e imaginación: sobre imágenes y visibilidades," in Imágenes de la violencia en el arte contemporáneo (2005). Artistic advisor and editor of the exhibition catalog Basilio Martin Patino: Espejos en la niebla -Mirror in the Mist (2008).

Rogelio López Cuenca is an artista who works with contemporary audiovisual material, historical archives and history of art, among others. His work examines the processes of ideological production of identities and histories. Among his projects include: Gitanos de papel (2009); Málaga 1937 (2007), o El Paraíso es de los extraños (2001). He participated in the Johannesburg Biennale, Manifesta 1 (Rotterdam), São Paulo, Lima and Istanbul.

Basilio Martín Patino has led Nueve cartas a Berta (1965) or, in hiding, Queridísimos verdugos (1973) and Caudillo (1974). Awarded on numerous occasions, he has presented retrospectives in Bremen, Hamburg, Rome and at  MoMA in New York (2007). In 2008, Madrid held his solo exhibition Espejos en la niebla

Philippe-Alain Michaud is an art historian and curator of the film collection of the Musée d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Author of Sketches: histoire de l'art, cinéma (2006) and Aby Warburg et l'image en mouvement (1998). Curator of Le mouvement des images (Centre Pompidou, 2006-2007) and Comme Le Reve Le dessin (Louvre / Centre Pompidou, 2002).

Santu Mofokeng is a photographer and writer. His work is an investigation into the construction of social identity and history, landscape and memory, especially in the context of the history of South Africa and Apartheid. He has exhibited recently at Rivington Place, London (2009), Iziko-South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2007), Venice Biennale (2007) and Africa Remix (2006-2008). He has participated in Documenta 11, Kassel (2002).

The Otolith Group is composed by Anjalik Sagar-artist, writer and curator, and Kodwo Eshun, writer, artist, DJ and curator, professor of the Master in Visual Culture at Goldsmiths College, London. Their  recent projects include: the performance Communists Like Us, and A Long Time Between Suns, two-part exhibition of the films by Otolith, visual essays narrated from investigating the future, past, present and the future itself, mixing fiction, personal files and documentaries, both in London in 2009.

Pedro G. Romero is an artist, editor and researcher, working primarily on two projects: Archivo FX, an extensive file of visual material on the anti-sacramental iconoclasm in Spain between 1845 and 1945, and Máquina P.H., a series of projects on flamenco. He is member of the arteypensamiento team at the International University of Andalusia, where he has coordinated SI, Sevilla Imaginada.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo is an artist. His work moves and subverts symbols of power deployed in public spaces. Among his recent exhibitions include: Divertimento, Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid (2009), The Unresolved ... Vleeshal, Holland (2008), 7 +1, MARCO Vigo (2008), and Abajo la inteligencia, MUSAC, Leon (2007). He participated in the Havana Biennial, Bucharest, Istanbul and Sao Paulo.

Eyal Sivan is a documentary filmmaker, producer, essayist and professor of production in the School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies (East London University). Among his award-winning films stand out: Itsembatsemba, Rwanda one genocide later (2004), Route 181, Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel (2003) and The Specialist (1999), fiction based on file of the trial of Adolf Eichmann and inspired in Eichmann in Jerusalem Hannah Arendt.

Francesc Torres, artist, curator and writer. His work invites a constant reflection on the mechanisms of power, memory, ideology and violence. His work has been exhibited, among others, in: IVAM, Valencia, Bilbao Guggenheim, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona: Whitney Museum and MoMA in New York, MNCARS, Madrid, or MACBA, Barcelona, where he conducted a retrospective in 2008, Da Capo.


Mónica Portillo is curator and art critic. From 2002 to 2007 he was director of the department of education and public programs at Mudam Luxembourg. Editor of Le petit Jean de la Ciotat de l'art contemporain (2007), Lamento (2007) and Mark Lewis. Arrêt sur ​​images (2006).

Sergio Rubira is curator and art critic. Associate Professor of History of Contemporary Art, UCM, Madrid. He is part of the cultural production agency RMS La Asociación. He has been deputy director of EXIT publications between 2006 and 2009 and is currently external editor of the photography magazine EXIT.

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20th – 23rd MAY 2009
Intended for

Las Jornadas de Estudio de la Imagen intentan ser un lugar de discusión y reflexión alrededor de asuntos relevantes para la configuración del sujeto contemporáneo. En este marco, la historia y la memoria tienen actualmente una fuerza y visibilidad que desborda la esfera académica y constituyen un vivo debate social y cultural. La Historia oficial, única y lineal se ha quebrado para dar origen a memorias múltiples, reivindicadas como identidad y como conjunto de valores políticos y culturales.

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¿Es un ciclo?

In 2018 we are introducing a publishing project in conjunction with the printers ROMA. Together we wish to think about some of the practices proposed by the art centre’s Department of Education and Activities and to then share them in printed format.

Agua de Borrajas is a Spanish expression meaning something like “it came to nothing” and is used to speak about something that is left over and hard to capitalise. Borraja is the Spanish for borage, an uncommon annual herb that people do not often know about or recognise, and which people do not pick when it grows in public spaces, which means that it keeps growing and can be gathered by anyone who knows and values it. To prepare it for eating you have to carefully remove the fine fluff that covers the leaves and stalks. Borage is a sturdy plant yet highly perishable and has beautiful blue flowers.

Each one of the processes will have its own particular formal characteristics and will have a bearing on, among other things, the means of production of the printing, suggestions for each project, and what receives the best response.

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Intended for

In 2018 we are introducing a publishing project in conjunction with the printers ROMA. Together we wish to think about some of the practices proposed by the art centre’s Department of Education and Activities and to then share them in printed format.

Type of Thinking / Community
Ocultar imagen principal
¿Es un ciclo?