Matadero Madrid center for contemporary creation


Matadero Madrid, Serpentine Galleries & INLAND
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Study program by Matadero Madrid, Serpentine Galleries and INLAND-Campo Adentro that addresses scalar dimension in art and projects seeking an ecological / social change.
MICROHABITABLE is a study program resulting from the collaboration between Matadero Madrid, Serpentine Galleries and INLAND - Campo Adentro. It spans a monthly seminar from September to December 2019, a publication, a radio station and a residency program articulated around reflections focused on the scale factor from the fields of art and the politics of ecology.

Interwoven into this program, artists, academics and theorists will address such scalar dimension as a fundamental condition for the reconstruction of the uses and meanings of art and projects seeking an ecological / social change. Bringing together different perspectives (both in terms of discipline and location), MICROHABITABLE aims to question rationalist and reductionist models of ecology in the field of science, as well as its aestheticization within the arts, allowing the exchange of methodologies and different forms of knowledge, whether subaltern, indigenous, peasant, plant-oriented, matriarchal and post/non-human.

The study group will be constituted through an open-call process and the selected participants will work together with the artists in residence (Tracey Warr, Ximena Alarcón and Nuno Da Luz) as well as with guest speakers José Manuel Naredo, Stephen Wright, Sven Lüttiken and Marisol de la Cadena among others, to produce different materials that will circulate through the platforms of the collaborating institutions.

Establishing modes of inquiry throughout the four sessions, the group is invited to examine the proposed topics of study and to connect them with their own areas of research. In collaboration with the resident artists and tutors, participants are asked to develop a series of radio files juxtaposing sound creation and the discursive content from the seminar with the INLAND radio team.

September 27, 28 and 29
The impact of human species on earth
José Manuel Naredo

The way to organize the resources of the house is forged within the modern thought, the physiocracy and the classical economy. Since that time, economic thinking has evolved alongside politics, ecology and other related disciplines. The democratic political system has forged, over time, the values ​​of the liberal economy. This, however, is full of natural contradictions that lead to the degeneration of the system, especially around the fundamental issue of growth.

October 18, 19 and 20
Practices of (in)visibility in contemporary art
Sven Lütticken

By tracing stories that range from 19th century barricades to 21st century occupations, Sven Lütticken analyzes the problems and possibilities of contemporary social assembly, examining its scope, scale and possible interventional tactics.

November 15, 16 and 17
Whose sound is the wind?
Stephen Wright

From the observation of permacultural micro-relationships, and what it takes from an ancestral cosmogonic dimension, to the new paradigm of quantum mechanics, Wright analyzes the politics of art users, with an special interest in collaborative contexts and extradisciplinary practices. For Wright, this could be a key element in the overcoming of artificial life systems within the artworld, while seeking forms of compatibility with other modes of activity and sustainability.

December 13, 14 and 15
Marisol de la Cadena

Marisol de la Cadena will analyse the relations of reciprocity that constitute indigenous and non-indigenous worlds, and the partial connections that exist between them. Taking these relations as point of departure, De la Cadena examines how indigenous forms of knowledge and existence include and surpass modern and pre-modern practices. Her theories on indigenous political strategies, a kingdom that does not need to abide binary logics, allows us to question the politics of modernity, and to imagine worlds beyond "hybridization" and "juxtaposition", embodying immeasurability and mutual difference.

Biographies of the speakers:

José Manuel Naredo is a doctor in Economic Sciences and pioneer of the ecological economy in Spain. His work has focused on the study of macroeconomic systems and research that combine background reflections on the fundamentals of economic science with concrete analyzes on the functioning of agricultural, urban and industrial systems and their relationship with natural resources. He is a founding partner of the New Water Culture Foundation and the Association for the Study of Natural and Environmental Resources. He has been awarded the National Economy and Environment Prize in 2000.

Sven Lütticken teaches art history at the Vrije Universiteit and theory at DAI. Lütticken publishes regularly in journals and magazines such as New Left Review, Texte fur Kunst, e-flux journal, Grey Room and Afterall, and contributes to catalogues and exhibitions as writer or guest curator. He is the author of Secret Publicity: Essays on Contemporary Art (2006), Idols of the Market: Modern Iconoclasm and the Fundamentalist Spectacle (2009), History in Motion: Time in the Age of the Moving Image (2013), and Cultural Revolution: Aesthetic Practice after Autonomy (2017).

Stephen Wright is a Paris-based art writer and teaches the practice of theory at the European School of Visual Arts ( His writing has focused primarily on the politics of usership, particularly in contexts of collaborative, extradisciplinary practices with variable coefficients of art. His current research seeks to understand the ongoing usological turn in art and society in terms of contemporary escapological theory and practice. In 2004, he curated The Future of the Reciprocal Readymade (Apexart, New York), in 2005 In Absentia (Passerelle, Brest), in 2006 Rumour as Media (Aksanat, Istanbul) and Dataesthetics (WHW, Zagreb).

Marisol de la Cadena is an anthropologist who teaches at the University of California-Davis. Her first book, Mestizos Indígenas (Indigenous Mestizos), deals with the way in which racial education in Latin America creates racial hierarchies with both cultural and biological notions. In her latest book Seres-Tierra. Ecologías de Práctica a través de Mundos en los Andes (Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds), Marisol converses with Mariano and Nazario Turpo (father and son and Quechua speakers, born in Cuzco in a remote village and located near Ausangate - a mountain and central feature in the book) about the partial connections (the incommensurabilities that also overlap) between their worlds. Marisol de la Cadena currently carries out field work in Colombia, where she visits livestock farms, talks to veterinarians and takes part in animal anatomy classes to understand the relationships between cattle and humans.

Direction: Fernando García-Dory and Lucia Pietroiusti

Dates: September 27, 28 and 29 October 18, 19 and 20 November 15, 16 and 17 December 13, 14 and 15 Schedule: Friday (19.00-21.00h): Keynote presentation Saturdays (11.00-13.00h): Tutorial session with the guest speaker on a series of selected texts and other materials. Sundays (11.00-14.00h): Development of podcast content, in collaboration with artists in residence.

Enrollment: If you’re interested in participating, please apply via email to until September 22, including a CV and a letter of motivation (maximum length 8 lines).

Sessions will be held both in English and Spanish, so fluency in both languages ​​is required.

Upon finishing the program, participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Maximum capacity: 25 people.

Price: Tuition fee for the total of the program is 50 euros. 50% discount for students, pensioners and unemployed people.