“Dreams and Time”
Ritual and Spirituality in Some Contemporary Creators

Susana Blas Brunel

May 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

This conference shares Susana Blas’s ongoing research on expanded temporality and spirituality in the work of eight contemporary Spanish women creators: María Bueno (Málaga, 1976), Carmen Calvo (Valencia, 1950), María Gimeno (Zamora, 1970), Vicky Mendiz (Zaragoza, 1978), Mapi Rivera (Huesca, 1976), Carmen F. Sigler (Huelva, 1960), Yolanda Tabanera (Madrid, 1965) and Marina Vargas (Granada, 1980).

Through the analysis of specific works by these artists and approached from an artistic perspective: the “multiplicity of time”, the tensions between wakefulness and sleep, the need for emotional healing, and the search for new forms of spirituality in the 21st century.

The title of the presentation is in honor of the famous essay: Dreams and Time (Los sueños y el tiempo), 1984 by María Zambrano.

Susana Blas Brunel (Madrid, 1969) is a curator and contemporary art historian. Specializing in audiovisual creation, she has worked on editorial staff of the cultural program Metropolis (tve2) since 1999.

She writes for a variety of publications about video and feminism, gender issues and contemporary art.

She received the MAV Award (Women in the Visual Arts) in the category of Cultural Manager for Gender Equality in 2016 and the White, Black and Magenta Award in 2017.

She is a member of the Advisory Council of MAV (Women in the Visual Arts) and a researcher in the ARES Project of the University of Fine Arts of Cuenca (Archive and Critical Studies of Audiovisual Artistic Practices in Spanish Art. Identity and New Media).

She has curated innumerable video and exhibition programs, including:

Videos XX (PHotoESPAÑA, 2002), Adolescents (Museo Reina Sofía, 2003), Go To Your Room (La Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2003), EL: New Masculinities? (Juan Francés Room, Zaragoza, 2006), Electric Shots. Video and Feminism (Montehermoso Cultural Centro, Vitoria, 2007), The Dislocated Journey (MARCO, Vigo, 2007), Smiles and Tears (Torrente Ballester Center, Ferrol, 2010), A World Apart: New Spanish Video (Cervantes Institute, 2009-2011), Problematic Fables (Antigua Tabacalera, Madrid, 2011 and AECID), Leave the Body (La Bacia, Madrid, 2013), ONe Line. SUSO33 (CEART, Madrid, 2015), Double Covers and Secret Guards (Masquelibros, Madrid, 2015), The Forest Within (Sala Juan Francés, Zaragoza, 2015), Soledad Córdoba, Devastation (Gallery Gema Llamazares, Gijon 2016), Two Jacks, Semi Furnished Room (The Guest Room, Madrid, 2016), A Common Struggle (Projects Masquelibros Madrid, 2016), Marta Beltrán, The Ceremony, Royal Hospital of Granada, 2016).

Between 2004 and 2010 she regularly programmed Video Art in the Video-mix section of La Casa Encendida (Madrid); and from 2011 she was the curator of the MAV Video Marathon, within the Women´s Views Festival, which presented its third edition in 2014.

On an international level, she has toured some of the projects previously cited. She has created other projects specifically for international exhibits. The most recent projects are A World Apart: New Spanish Video (2009-2011) produced by the Cervantes Institute and presented at various Cervantes Institutes worldwide and Problematic Fables (2011-2013) which traveled with AECID throughout Latin America.