TkH [Walking Theory]: escenas discursivas. 16-22 April. Matadero, Madrid


thinking laboratory:

16–21 April 2012

Matadero / El Ranchito, Madrid

escenas discursivas is a theoretical-artistic research project that deals with critical discourses on the contemporary performing arts scene in Madrid. It was conceived by Ana Vujanovic and Marta Popivoda – TkH [Walking Theory], Belgrade, within Matadero / El Ranchito residency programme 2011-2012.

The authors don’t see themselves as the experts on cultural mapping who come to Madrid to investigate its scene. They define themselves as ‘aliens’ to the scene who are theoretically-politically laden. Thus, with escenas discursivas they hope to give a challenging insight into the scene, being outside its circles, clans and doxa. Even more, they see this research that relies on a story-telling method – involving talks and interviews with the actors of the local scene – as a tool to re-think their own context and the concepts with which they operate.


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The final phase of the research is one-week thinking laboratory, edited by the working group involving: Ana Vujanovic, Marta Popivoda (TkH), Catarina Saraiva (El Ranchito), Isabel de Naveran and Victoria Perez Royo (Artea).

It is meant to open the research both in terms of including more collaborators and of making it public in the context of Madrid. This could help a collective critical self-reflection of the actual state of affairs and a projection of the future. At the same time, the editors don’t want to keep the laboratory local-specific, although it is deeply context-based, as they believe that we share the similar obstacles, problems and precariousness at the contemporary art scene in the neo-liberal capitalist societies. Therefore we could help each other in understanding our local specificities through a wider story which is not told univocally.


Topics of the day:


16 April:

Shaking the state of affairs – critique, resistance, alternative, invention
(how to approach actual state of things at the scene, in the city, in society, when it does not satisfy us? between problematization and affirmation of the new)

17 April:

Performing arts in the cultural-artistic topology of the city
(cultural policy and investment in the performing arts, relations between and meeting points of performing and visual arts, the visibility of the performing arts in the city)

18 April:

Creating the context
(contextual approach, overcoming the prevalent neoliberal individualism, belonging and commitment, collectivity and collaboration, ethics of work)

19 April:

Go international or, else, stay local
(how much is the global international? how much is the local authentic? opening the scene towards international context, rediscovering the local. questions of politics, aesthetics and embodiment)

20 April:

Lack of...
(space, time, funds, resources, infrastructures... in the age of austerity. critical and alternative practices in ways of work and production, focus on common pool resources)

21 April:

Continuity, a ‘mission impossible’
(why are we continual mostly in being discontinuous? short-termism and ‘ad-hoc
ism’, exhaustion, fatigue and abandon. plus: how to continue with escenas discursivas?)

Formats of work:


The programme of the laboratory involves various internal and public formats of work through which the specified topics will be examined. Those are:

  • internal morning sessions dedicated to sharing of artistic and theoretical practices and methodological tools (10 – 12 am)
  • internal working sessions that discusses directly the topics of the day (12 am – 2 pm)
  • public screenings of the interviews done within the research, followed by the comments of the guests from abroad which will ‘translate’ the interviews in other contexts (5 – 6 pm) and
  • public auto-programmed sessions that may include presentations, talks, lecture performances, screenings, etc. and will be curated ad hoc every day (6 – 8 pm).




The participants of the laboratory are numerous researches, artists, theoreticians, curators, students and cultural workers from Madrid, other Spanish cities and abroad: working group: Ana Vujanovic, Catarina Saraiva, Isabel de Naveran, Victoria Perez Royo; El Ranchito team: Pablo Berastegui, Manuela Villa; guests from other contexts: Goran Sergej Pristas (Zagreb), Christophe Wavelet (Brussels), Susana Tambutti (Buenos Aires), Idoia Zabaleta (Vitoria-Gasteiz); actors of the Madrid scene involved in the research: Jaime Conde-Salazar Pérez, Paz Rojo, Elena Córdoba, Juan Domínguez, Maral Kekejian, Cuqui Jerez, Carlos Marquerie, Óscar Cornago, etc.; as well as participants through the open call: Paulina Chamorro, Joseph Michael T. Patricio, Géraldine Lamadrid Guerrero, Paula Rodríguez, Luis Alberto Moreno, David Pérez Pérez, Germán de la Riva, José M. Enríquez, Luis Muntion, Jorge Núñez, Rosa Casado, etc.


more information:

TkH [Walking Theory]:

Matadero / El Ranchito:

Actividad subvencionada por el Ministerio de Cultura