University of Barcelona / December 14, 2011
Conveners: Zahia Rahmani, Joaquín Barriendos, Anna Maria Guasch


Modernity, as an epistemic project, consisted in universalizing knowledge by means of a systematic accumulation of data. Universities and Museums played –and still play today an important role in this sort of worldwide documentary utopia. However, in the last decades we have seen a multi-directional critique of these two institutions, mainly focused on the reexamination of their legitimate authority to preserve and give sense of collective social memories. Based on the accession/deaccession of records, the configuration of new databases, and the democratization of knowledge production technologies, this shift has resulted in the creation of new documentary centers linked to academic departments, research institutes, libraries, and museums. The vast majority of these documentary centers are devoted to expand public access to records and to consolidate a more democratic net of institutions. In doing so, documentary centers operate as bridges across museums, libraries, and universities. At the same time, this new interplay opens up a new deal between different researching communities, museum imaginaries, and archival expertise.

Under the umbrella of a three-year collaborative project between the University of Barcelona and the program Art et mondialisation (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art-Paris), gvc have organized a series of talks entitled Documenting Global Art. Theories, Databases, and Experimental Researching Tools. The first of these talks will be held at the University of Barcelona, on December 14, 2011. During this talk, diverse researchers and contemporary art museum archivist will examine the challenges this new documentary centers are facing today. As a part of this seminar we will discuss projects launched by museums such as Macba (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona), Fundació Antoni Tàpies, and Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, as well as research institutes such as the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art-Paris.


This seminar makes part of the project
Theories, Databases, and Experimental Researching Tools

Download the program (pdf) (Spanish) ›››



Documents, Databases, and Public Access
12:00-14:00 / Seminar of the Art History Department / 5º Stage

Mela Dávila / Head of MACBA Study Center

Luz Muñoz / MFAH-Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art

Zahia Rahmani / INHA-Art contemporain dans la mondialisation

Núria Solé / Fundació Antoni Tàpies-Archive and Documentation

Linda Valdés / Fundació Antoni Tàpies-WebSite and Comunication

Anna Guasch / University of Barcelona / Archive Cartographies

Joaquín Barriendos / Columbia University / Archives/Museums/Modernities

18:00-20:00 / Room 204 / 2º Stage

Zahia Rahmani / INHA-Art contemporain dans la mondialisation

conveners: Anna Maria Guasch / Joaquín Barriendos


* This activity will be a multi-lingual conversation (English, French, Catalan, and Spanish)

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** The conference will be delivered in Fench with consecutive translation into Spanish / Free entrance / This activity is developed in the frame of the course Métodos y técnicas de la investigación histórica (Máster en Estudis Avançats d´Història de l´Art)



Organized by:

Global Visual Cultures

Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art-Paris


Joaquín Barriendos Rodríguez (Columbia University)

Anna Maria Guasch (University of Bacelona)

Zahia Rahmani (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art-Paris)


Mela Dávila / Head of MACBA Study Center

She holds a B.A. in English and German Philologhy from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and completed postgraduate studies in Publishing at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). She has worked as a translator, editor and freelance editor. Since 1996 she has held various positions at contemporary art institutions. She was head of publications at el Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela), assistant to the director of MECAD/Media Centre d’Art i Disseny (Sabadell, Barcelona), and head of publications at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona – MACBA. In December 2007, she was appointed the first director of MACBA’s new Study Center.

Luz Muñoz / MFAH-Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art

Ha trabajado en la investigación, gestión, y comisariado de exposiciones en en el campo de las artes visuales. Postgraduada en Master of Arts CCC-Etudes Critiques Curatoriales Cybermédias de Geneve University of Art and Design–Ginebra Suiza. En el ambito profesional, participó en la creación del primer Centro de Documentación de las Artes en Chile, emplazado en el Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda, y posteriormente ocupo el cargo de coordinadora del área de investigación del centro, Junto a Paula Honorato crea el sitio web Desde el año 2004 forma parte del equipo del proyecto Documents of 20th Century Latin American and Latino Art at Digital Archive and Publications The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Estados Unidos. Entre sus temáticas de trabajo estan el archivo, la memoria y formas de resistencia social. Estudió y trabajó en Chile hasta el año 2006, actualmente vive en Barcelona, España.

Zahia Rahmani / INHA-Art contemporain dans la mondialisation

Écrivain et historienne d’art de formation, Zahia Rahmani, a rejoint l’INHA en janvier 2004. Elle conduit un programme de recherche prospectif et transversal sur les pratiques artistiques contemporaines dans la mondialisation. Elle travaille actuellement à la constitution d’une base de données bibliographiques ayant pour objectif de rendre compte du corpus théorique – de sa généalogie aux emprunts fait à la littérature comparée –, utilisé par les acteurs critiques et professionnels de la scène artistique contemporaine mondialisée.

Núria Solé / Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Núria is a graduate in Art History and Italian Philology Graduate by the Universitat de Barcelona and accumulates five years of experience as manager in several bookstores specialized in contemporary art (e.g. the one at Arts Santa Mònica and the one at Fundació Antoni Tàpies). In 2008 Núria joined the Archives and Documentation department of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, where she has since participated in the development of the project Archive-Thesaurus under the supervision of Laurence Rassel and Jorge Blasco Gallardo. Núria is currently a member of the team in charge of developing the Combinatory Arts (A Place for Education, Exhibition and Research) at the Fundació.

Linda Valdés / Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Since 2008, Linda has been in charge of the website and audio-visual materials of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies. Linda studied Graphic Design at the PUCV in Chile and graduated with a thesis on semiotics and geometry on the Internet. Between 2003 and 2006 she taught at the Faculty of Architecture Art and Design of the PUCE in Ecuador. Linda obtained her Master’s degree in Culture Management at the Universitat de Barcelona and completed the MACBA’s Independent Studies Program. At the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, she has been involved in the development of the project Archive-Thesaurus and is currently contributing to the creation of the Combinatory Arts (A Place for Education, Exhibition and Research) at the Fundació.

Anna Guasch / Universidad de Barcelona

She is full time professor of History of Contemporary Art at the University of Barcelona, having taught at the Universities of Seville (1979-1983) and Complutense of Madrid (1983-1986). Since 1994 up to the present her research and teaching have been centered in the analysis of the creative processes of the international art of the second half of the 20th century.

Joaquín Barriendos / Columbia University

Teaches at Columbia University (Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures) and is visiting professor at University of Barcelona (Department of Art History). In 2010 he was fellow-researcher at the Institute National d’Histoire de l’Art-París (Art et Mondialisation) and in 2009 visiting-researcher in the Program in Museum Studies (New York University).



December 14, 2011 / 12-14hrs / 18-20hrs



Montalegre, 6 / 08001 Barcelona

12:00-14:00 / Seminar of the Art History Department / 5º Stage

18:00-20:00 / Room 204 / 2º Stage


This project has the support of the program Art et Mondialisation (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art-Paris), the Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation National Plan (Ministerio de Educación de Esapaña), and the Department of Art History (University of Barcelona).




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