Counterspace curates roundtables from its pool of thinkers and agitators with eclectic profiles and backgrounds. For bespoke roundtable enquiries and bookings please use the contact form.
Counterspace’s curator Cristina Morales is available as speaker to be in conversation in circular / decentralised settings such as roundtables, panels, papers presentations / discussions and/or forum talks, in need to bring the decolonial or cultural activism approach on board. For bookings please see the speaker one pager below.
PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
State Academy of Art and Design | 2021 – Stuttgart, Germany. The State Academy of Art and Design (ABK Stuttgart) is the University of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. The Master ‘Body, Theory and Poetics of The Performative’ is the first of its kind in Germany and allow students to work on the politics of the body, theory and poetics of the performative as different but inseparable dimensions of the same praxis. An approach allowing to explore the possibilities and question the limits of social power formulating theoretical, technical and organisational aspects of their practice through collective forms of critical work. The Master is co-directed by Cristina Gómez Barrio since 2018, the co-founder of Discoteca Flaming Star, an interdisciplinary and collaborative art group using performance as response to social and political events featured in Counterspace here.
Guest Lecturer | Guest lecturer presenting career work linked to the MFA BODY, THEORY AND POETICS OF THE PERFORMATIVE programme. Organised by Cristina Gómez Barrio, Sabine Palm, and facilitated by the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design.
Ephemera | 2021, International. Ephemera is an independent peer-reviewed open access online journal founded in 2001 about theory, politics and organising. Countering the current hegemonisation of social theory it operates at the borders of organisation studies continuously seeking to question what organisation studies is and what it can become. The journal is supported by individual donors and academic institutions, currently the University Library of Bern, Switzerland and the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Ephemera’s ‘ACTIVIST ORGANISING AND ORGANISING ACTIVISM: A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD IN THE MAKING‘ conference programme opens with a panel on ‘Organising for Social Change: Arts, Activism and Research’ with interventions by Casco (Netherlands) among others. Followed by Panels on ‘Arts Activism’, ‘Activism and Pandemic Reflections’, ‘Politics of Alternative Organising’, ‘Theory in Practice’, ‘Organising Democracy and the state’, ‘Tensions and Opportunities within Alternative Organising’, ‘ Building Bridges through Academic Activism’, ‘Organising Change through Technology’. Closing with a Panel on ‘Activism through Education’. The break-down of each panel includes topics such as ‘The Politics of Cooperative Movements’, ‘From Prefiguration to Preparation: Post-Capitalist Futures’, ‘Abolitionist Rewordings for a Post-pandemic Time’, and ‘Iceland: Intersectional Anarchism’ among many others.
Guest-Speaker (Paper Presentation + Panel Discussion) | Guest-Speaker within the Panel ‘Arts Activism’ on CULTURAL ACTIVISM AS COUNTERPOWER in the conference ACTIVIST ORGANISING AND ORGANISING ACTIVISM: A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD IN THE MAKING organised by Yousra Rahmouni Elidrissi, Ozan Nadir Alakavuklar, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya and Christos Giotitsas and facilitated by Ephemera.
Social Art Network | 2020, UK / International. Social Art Network is a British platform of artists committed to building agency via art and social practice. Unapologetically political and unreservedly radical in approach and practice, SAN believes the only creative response to our current climate is radical politics as art. Understanding politics not as governmental parties but as the social collection of people, where true meaningful change is generated. In art, this translates into emotional resonance with the state of our society and crises we collectively inhabit. But it also translates into vision imagining new ways of living with one another, where creativity has always led the way in conceiving revolutionary routes. Created in 2017, SAN met early success launching the Social Art Summit 2018, a national review of social practice leading to the artist-led national network; and expanding dialogue and a pilot for the world’s first Social Art Biennial.
Guest Speaker / Co-Host | Guest speaker on decolonial thought in the decentralised and practice-led online event on ‘RADICAL IMAGINATION‘ along with social practice artists Sophie Hope, Fran Cottell, E-J Scott, R.M Sanchez-Camus and Ignacio Acosta, curated by Sally Labern and facilitated by Social Art Network London.
Guest Speaker | Guest speaker in the online event ‘DECOLONISING CULTURE: UNLEARNING AND RELEARNING THROUGH CREATIVE PRACTICE‘ along with artist Sofia Yala N’Lolo, curated by Susuana Amoah and facilitated by Socially Engaged Salon and Social Art Network Brighton.
Image credit: James Baldwin.