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Michel Nieva in conversation with Eduardo Castillo-Vinuesa

Speculative fabulations
March 24

Friday, 20:30h



Cineteca Madrid. Sala Azcona

Slipping through the cracks

Michel Nieva is an expert in creating terrifying yet plausible end-of-the-world scenarios in his novels. Arming himself with all the tried and trusty tools of science fiction, cyber punk and terror, he packs his own rucksack (as laid down by Ursula K. Le Guin’s theory), the contents of which he will then use with absolute freedom to elaborate his narratives.

Set in the 25th century, his third novel, The Infancy of the World (La infancia del mundo) (Anagrama, 2023), presents Caribbean beaches in Antarctica, corporations busy trafficking information on what will be the next virus to threaten humanity, and an outbreak of dengue affecting children that will unleash a series of events that will leave readers dumbfounded. Against the backdrop of this sordid world, Michel Nieva exploits, in his own words, "the cracks in the capitalist and patriarchal discourse, which is where we need to intervene if we are to produce new narratives".

Michel Nieva (Buenos Aires, 1988) studied Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires and is currently a doctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of New York. He has published an anthology of poems entitled Recycling Bin (Papelera de reciclaje) (Editorial Sendero, 2011), the novels Do Gauchoides Dream about Electric Rheas? (¿Sueñan los gauchoides con ñandúes eléctricos? (Colmena Editores, 2013), Rise and Fall of the Argentinian Empire (Ascenso y apogeo del Imperio Argentino) (Editorial Santiago Arcos, 2018) and he has also written the script for the 8-bit video game Choose your own Gauchoide (Elige tu propio Gauchoide). His essay Technology or Barbarism (Tecnología o barbarie) is due to be published shortly by Anagrama in 2023. His third novel The Infancy of the World (Anagrama, 2023) is based on a story that Granta magazine chose in 2021 for its issue on The Best Young Narrators Writing in Spanish in 2022, Dengue Child (Niño Dengue), which also won the prestigious O. Henry Prize in the United States. His work has been translated into Bulgarian, English and Italian.

Eduardo Castillo-Vinuesa (Madrid, 1989) is an architect, curator and anti-disciplinary researcher based in Madrid. He is Associate Professor of Architectural Projects at the ETSAM-UPM and an active member of several research groups, such as the ProLAB group or the Dispositivos Aglutinadores de Proyecto group. In 2021, he was appointed curatorial manager of Medialab Matadero, an institutional platform run by the Madrid City Council that brings together artists, designers, researchers, thinkers, scientists, engineers, architects and many other agents to collaboratively address important social, technological and ecological issues. He was a member of The Terraforming programme at the Strelka Institute in Moscow, a speculative think tank that explores the ecosystem implications of the Anthropocene for urbanism on a planetary scale. In October 2022, he was appointed curator of the Spanish Pavilion at the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale.

With the collaboration of Anagrama and Medialab


Michel Nieva (c) Agustina Battezzati
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