Diálogos Hemisféricos

Entre el 25 de Julio y el 9 de Agosto del 2011, el Centro Hemisferico en FOMMA presentó una serie de ponencias públicas como parte del curso “Diálogos Hemisféricos” impartido por el Instituto Hemisférico durante el mismo periodo. Hubo presentaciones de Claudio Lomnitz, Diana Taylor, Julio Pantoja, Maruch Santiz, Moysés Zúñiga, Reverend Billy, Jules Falquet, Norma Cacho y Martha Figueroa.

Este curso exploró las diversas maneras mediante las cuales artistas y activistas usan el arte (performance, pinturas murales, graffiti, escritura, música) para lograr una intervención social en las Américas. Se inició el curso examinando diferentes teorías acerca del arte y el activismo (desde Platón y Aristóteles hasta Brecht, Boal, Buenaventura, Ngugi wa Thiong’o y Foucault, entre otros) y luego se enfocó en temas como agencia, espacio, evento y audiencia en relación con movimientos políticos trascendentales (revolución, dictadura, democracia, globalización y derechos humanos), presentes en el trabajo de importantes creadores. Jesusa Rodríguez dirigió un taller intensivo de performance de una semana como parte de este curso. Performances, proyecciones de video, ponentes invitados y visitas a FOMMA, Chiapas Media Project, una comunidad zapatista y otros proyectos activistas les dieron una dimensión adicional a las preguntas fomentadas por las lecturas teóricas y las discusiones. Los estudiantes fueron invitados a desarrollar sus propios espacios de investigación y presentar su trabajo como una presentación y un ensayo final.

 

Between July 25 and August 9, 2011, Centro Hemisférico in FOMMA presented a series of public lectures as part of the course, entitled “Hemispheric Dialogues,” conducted by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics during that same time. Claudio Lomnitz, Diana Taylor, Julio Pantoja, Maruch Santiz, Moysés Zúñiga, Reverend Billy, Jules Falquet, Norma Cacho, and Martha Figueroa all presented lectures and presentations during the three-week course.

The course itself explored the diverse ways through which artists and activists use art (performance, murals, graffiti, writing, music, etc.) to mount social interventions in the Americas. The course began by examining different theories pertaining to art and activism (from Plato and Aristotle to Brecht, Boal, Buenaventura, Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Foucault, among others) and subsequently focused on themes such as agency, space, event, and audience as they relate to transcendental, political movements (revolution, dictatorship, democracy, globalization, and human rights) and as manifested in the works of important artists. Jesusa Rodríguez directed an intensive, one-week performance workshop as part of the course. Public performances, film screenings, invited lecturers, and visits to FOMMA, the Chiapas Media Project, a Zapatista community and other activist projects gave another dimension to questions fomented by theoretical readings and class discussions. The students were invited to develop their own research projects and present their findings in the form of final presentations and rehearsals.


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Arte Acción is an interdisciplinary platform located in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas that focuses on developing public performance programming and linking different social groups together in order to promote diverse forms of human development through diverse, continual activities geared towards increasing public awareness, personal reflection and the creation of artistic and political projects. It is a platform first developed with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in collaboration with Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya (FOMMA), a theatre troupe of indigenous women. Arte Acción, encompasses public lectures, roundtables, performances, public actions and projections seeking to promote, present and archive performative practices as a social, cultural and political in it's collaboration and research with local, national, and international communities.