Open Program 2018


Paco Azorín

Stage Director and Scenographer
Program Scenography
Lecture The Poetic Space: What You See Is A Vision Of The Invisible

July 30, 2018

Paco Azorín (Yecla, 1974) was trained at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. He has signed more than 200 works in the field of opera, prose, zarzuela and dance, within the most prestigious European theatres.  In Spain, he works mainly in theatres and public festivals, such as the Centro Dramático Nacional, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatre Lliure, Teatro Español, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and Festival Grec Barcelona, among others. He has directed opera, zarzuela and theater. As a fond Shakespearean, in 2003 he founded and directed for four years the Shakespeare Festival of Santa Susana. As a set designer, he has worked for many years with directors as Lluís Pasqual and Carme Portaceli. He has also collaborated with Mario Gas, Francisco Negrín, Helena Pimenta, Sergi Belbel, Victor Ullate and Ernesto Caballero. He has been awarded several times, among others, with the Campoamor Prize for the best production 2015, the Ceres Award to the best set designer 2013, the Performing Arts Award to the best scenography 2008 and the Josep Solbes Award 2005, both by the Valencia Regional Government, the Butaca Awards 2009 and 2004, and the Crítica Serra d´Or Award 2004.

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Josep Maria Mallarach

Doctor in Biology and Environment
Program Architecture and Landscape
Lecture The Void in Nature and in the Deep Reconnection with Her

August 1, 2018

Josep Maria Mallarach (Olot, 1955) has focused since 1977 most of his professional activity to planning, management and evaluation of protected natural spaces in Europe and in the USA. He was the first director of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park (1985-1991) and coordinated, together with Josep Germain, the first evaluation of the system of protected spaces of Catalonia, driven by the Catalan Institute for Natural History (2001-2003). He is member of the work group for the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Management of Protected Spaces of the World Commission of Protected Areas of the IUCN. He edited the chapter on evaluation of the Plan of Action of protected natural spaces of Spain (2002) and its first assessment in 2007. Since 2001 he is Professor of evaluation of the effectiveness of the protected natural spaces in the Master of protected natural areas of the Autonomous University of Madrid, Complutense University and the University of Alcalá de Henares. He has published six books and numerous articles on protected spaces, especially on criteria of evaluation and conservation of the natural world heritage. He is the founder of the non-profit association Silene, established in Catalonia, dedicated to study, disseminate and promote spiritual and cultural heritage and its inherent values, especially in relation to nature, conservation, and protected natural areas


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Richard Levene

Founder of the architecture magazine El Croquis
Programa Architecture and Landscape
Conferencia Architecture in Comics

August 3, 2018

Richard Levene (Madrid, 1957) graduated from the School of Architecture of Madrid in 1979. In 1982 he founded, together with Fernando Márquez, the magazine El Croquis, at which he is director and in charge of the graphic design until today. In 2013 he was appointed Honorary Member of the British RIBA. In 2014 he was awarded the Arts Prize at the International Film and Architecture Festival of Avilés. Very fond of comic, he collects comic books from his childhood. He has lectured on Architecture and Comic in Logroño, El Escorial, Santander and Toledo.

El Croquis

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Hisao Suzuki

Nature Urban Architecture Art (nuaa) / Hisao Suzuki Photography    
Programa Photography and Audiovisual
Conferencias The Silent Image

August 6, 2018

Hisao Suzuki (Yamagata, Japón, 1957) is a Japanese photographer who lives in Barcelona for more than 30 years. Since 1993 he collaborates with the architectural journal “El Croquis”, becoming their principal photographer and contributing significantly to the recognition of the magazine as one of the most prestigious and international publications on contemporary architecture.

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Ivan Pintor Iranzo

PhD in Audiovisual Communication
Program Photography and Audiovisual
Lecture The Liturgy of the Void. A Cinematic Aesthetic of Negativity

August 7, 2018

Ivan Pintor Iranzo (Barcelona, 1975) holds a PhD in Audiovisual Communication. He is Professor of the Department of Communication of the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF), and has taught at universities in Italy, Argentina and Colombia. He has contributed in more than thirty books, among them Oshima (2013), La Strada di Fellini (Liguori, 2013), Poetics of Gesture in Contemporary Cinema (intermediate, 2013), Todas las cartas (CCCB, 2012), The Cinema of Julio Medem (Publications of the Sorbonne), Universe Lynch (Festival of Sitges) or Naomi Kawase (Filmoteca). He has directed numerous cycles for the Caixaforum, as well as the congress Mutations of Gesture (UPF, 2012). He has directed various audiovisuals for museums and television and writes regularly in the culture supplement of the newspaper La Vanguardia.

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Pep Ramis y María Muñoz

Artistic Directors of the Dance Company Mal Pelo
Program Danza
Lecture Silence or the Possibility of Imagining

August 9, 2018

Pep Ramis (Manacor, 1962) studies violoncello, puppets and voice techniques. He is a stage director, dancer-actor, co-director of the company Mal Pelo and co-director of L’animal a l’esquena. From 1987 to 1988 he participated as an interpreter in the show Scirocco by Adriana Borriello, Italy. Within the creation group Mal Pelo he develops his facet as a set designer and installation spaces.

María Muñoz (Valencia, 1963) studies music, dance and practices competitive athletics, with training in Amsterdam and Barcelona. She is a choreographer, dancer and co-director of the company Mal Pelo and co-director of L’animal a l’esquena. In 1982 she has her first professional experience with the Japanese company resident in Holland Shusaku & Dormu Dance Theater in the show Era. The training with Maria Antònia Oliver of the group La Dux in 1985 marks the beginning of her own career in stage creation. Within the group, she develops a facet of researcher and pedagogue of the movement. It also edits and stimulates the creation of texts for the scene.

Pep Ramis and María Muñoz collaborated in 1988 in the creation of the solo Cuarto Trastero and in 1989 formed the creation group Mal Pelo.

Mal Pelo y L’animal a l’esquena Since 1989 Mal Pelo has presented, among others, the pieces Quarere (1989), Sur, Perros del Sur (South, Dogs of the South, 1992), Dol (Grief, 1994), La calle del imaginero (The Street of the Imagineer,1996), Orache (1998), El Alma del Bicho (The Bug’s Soul,1999), L’animal a l’esquena (The Animal on our Back, 2001), Atrás los ojos (Behind the Eyes, 2002), An el silenci (An, Silence, 2003), Bach (2004), Atlas (2005), Testimoni de llops (Testimony of Wolves, 2006), He visto caballos (I’ve Seen Horses, 2008), Todos los nombres (All The Names, 2010), Caín & Caín (Cain & Cain, 2011), La esperanza de vida de una liebre (Life Expectancy of a Hare, 2013), The Fifth Winter (2015), 7 Lunas (7 Moons, 2015) and The Mountain, the Truth and the Paradise (2017). In 2001 Pep Ramis and María Muñoz set up L’animal a l’esquena, a centre for creation and interdisciplinary exchange in a farm house on 19 hectares of land in Celrà, Gerona. This refuge encourages experimentation and the exchange of ideas and experiences between stage directors, musicians, video artists, theorists and dancers, taking part in residencies, workshops and laboratories. Mal Pelo is company in residence at L’animal a l’esquena since 2000. Mal Pelo has received, among others, the Premi Nacional de Dansa in 2002 awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the National Dance Prize in 2009 in the creation category, the Ciutat de Barcelona Award 2017 of Dance and the Barcelona Critic Award 2018.

Mal Pelo / L’animal a l’esquena

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Shigeru Ban

Founder of Shigeru Ban Architects. Pritzker Prize 2014
Program Architecture and Landscape
Lecture Works and Humanitarian Activities

August 10, 2018

Shigeru Ban (Tokio, 1957) graduated from the Cooper Union. Started working for Arata Isozaki & Associates in 1982. He founded Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985 and became consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1995. He established the NGO, Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) in the same year to support disaster relief. Selected works include Nicolas G. Hayek Center, Centre Pompidou-Metz, and Oita Prefecture Art Museum. Recipient of multiple awards, including Grande Médaille d’or de l’Académie d’Achitecture (2004), Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture (2005), Grand Prize of AIJ (2009), Honorary Doctorate from the Technische Universität München (2009), Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2010), Auguste Perret Prize (2011), Art Prize from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (2012), Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2014), JIA Gran Prix (2016), and Mother Teresa Social Justice Award (2017). He served as Professor at Keio University (2001-2008), has been Visiting Professor of Harvard University GSD and Cornell University (2010), and is currently Professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design (2011-), Guest Professor at Keio University (2015-). Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate (2014).

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Xavier Ros Majó

Founder of HArquitectes
Program Architecture and Landscape
Lecture The Nature of the Building

August 15, 2018

Xavier Ros Majó (Sabadell, 1972) graduated from School of architecture of Vallès in 1998. Since 2000 he is co-founder of the architectural office HArquitectes, together with David Lorente, Josep Ricart and Roger Tudó. Since 2010, he is professor for Architecture Projects subject in ETSA Barcelona, and he has taught as guest professor in ESARQ-UIC Barcelona, UdG Girona and Porto Academy ‘15. In 2010 he creates the blog HArquitectes’ work has received many awards, for built projects and in architectural ideas competitions, and have been published in national and international medias. Main Awards: Prize ‘Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2017’, 1st Prize ‘Premio de Arquitectura de Ladrillo Hispalyt 2018 & 2016, ‘Mapei Award Sustainable Building’17’, 1st Prize ‘BB Construmat 2017’,‘Prize AD 2017 Architects of the year’, Finalist ‘EU Mies Van der Rohe Award 2017’, ‘Wienerberger Brick Award 2016’, Awarded in ‘X BIAU’ Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2016, Prize ‘XIII & XIV Edition BEAU’ Biennial of Spanish Architecture and Urbanism, 2nd Prize ‘Häuser Award 2016’, Prize ‘Premis Catalunya Construcció 2016’, ‘Archmarathon Awards 2014’, ‘Fritz Höger Preis 2014’, ‘Sacyr Award 2012’, ‘Catalunya Social Housing Prize’11’, ‘Enor Young Architecture Award 2011’, ‘Saie Award 2011’.

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