The approach to landscape and territory from the field of art is something that resonates intermittently in the history of art. From the sublime representations of romanticism or the pastoral approaches of realism to the new considerations of the location by the land art, artists have approached the territory to understand and interpret it. In fact, the space around us is now a bio-political territory that limits us, and especially defines ourselves. Reinterpret this territory, break it, and transform it, is a gamble that is being built from the contemporary art through strategies from other scientific disciplines such as geography. Surveying, mapping, and general systems of territorial representation, have been used as a base to build critical knowledge from the world of art being opened to new applications and reconfigurations.

In a context where the capitalist economy permeates all aspects of our daily lives, making it constantly wobble. The transforming crack of critical artistic discourses related to territory as a stage from socio-political tensions of nowadays is more necessary than ever. The interaction between art and geography, is revealed now, as something essential to work from critical and transformative strategies to redefine our present and to rewrite our future.

To make this challenge possible this Symposium is based on the active dialogue between the new working methods appeared in the interaction between artistic practices and geographical studies. Artists, researchers and internationally renowned experts will cross their contributions and experiences: covering both particular forms of proceeding, as the areas of speculation that support.

• Exploring the boundaries between art and geography,  pushing the boundaries of particular methodologies to establish a deep discussion on the social, cultural and physical landscape invisible to the capitalist economy.
• Address a wide field of analysis of the notion of territory in the global era, emerged in recent decades, which is making unique art critical contributions.
• Inform, collect, theorize and discuss specific art experiences, in order to establish a level of international debate which enables mutual learning, open and post-disciplinary, contributor of tools and common understandings.

The papers throughout the conference will reflect around the following thematic lines:
• Practical questioning of the idea of ​​landscape and border identity in the global homogenizer economy.
• Strategies that cast doubt on the idea of ​​capitalist progress in the use of the geophysicist territory.
• Experimental investigations of “place”: from the document to Actionism
• Alternative representations of topographic reality. Bio-political spaces.

Structure of the Symposium:
The Symposium will feature two working methods:
Working Blocks / Panels:
– Artists and researchers / as recognized international guests will present their lectures in relation to the reflections of working panels.
– Within these sessions papers by researchers / artists chosen by the selection committee will be presented.
– Each block will have a moderator.
– It will be a forum for debate, at the end of each block, where you can ask questions, it will create dialogue and establish conclusions.
– Moderated by the presenter a of the working sessions of each panel.

The Symposium will take place on Thursday 28 and Friday November 29, 2013.

Board Room of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the UB.
Pau Gargallo, 4 (1st plta.). Diagonal-South Campus
08028 Barcelona

Certificate of attendance will be provided (on request)

The Symposium will be held in the following languages: Spanish and English.
Do not have simultaneous translation.