10.06.10 - The Universe of Futurism: 1909 - 1936

International Colloquium The Universe of Futurism. June 24 and 25


June 24 and 25th, 2010. From 11 AM to 6 PM

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

The deadline for submission is June 14, 2010For the submission process, candidates will be asked to download the form. It should be completed and sent to coloquio@proa.org

The International Colloquium The Universe of Futurism, organized within the frame of the exhibition The Universe of Futurism. 1909-1936, invites noted researchers and futurist scholars, continuing with all activities developed throughout the exhibition. The Colloquium will be held on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of June 2010 in Fundación Proa’s Auditorium from 11 AM to 6 PM. Participants are required to attend the entire colloquium and will receive a certificate of attendance.

The Colloquium will expand on several topics: the revision of Futurism through new investigations; in depth analysis of interdisciplinary characteristics; study of its international reach, and will invigorate the discussions on the intrinsic problematic of modern and contemporary art. Furthermore, there will be an emphasis on the presence of Futurism in the South American artistic field and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s visits during the 20s and 30s.

International Speakers 
Giovanni Lista, researcher and curator specialized on Futurism, will dictate a contemporary and fresh panorama of Futurism and its interdisciplinary character.
Juan Manuel Bonet, renowned researcher and curator, will give an overview on the internationalization of the movement throughout Europe.
Jorge Schwartz, a reference on the contemporary revision of the Latin American avant-guards, will offer a solid overview of Futurism in Latin America and Marinetti’s visit to Brazil.

Gonzalo Aguilar, Rodrigo Alonso, Pablo Gianera, Sergio Baur and Cecilia Rabossi, coordinator of the event, will participate in conjunction with the speakers. They will present a historical overview of Buenos Aires, its fervent cultural life and Marinetti’s visits during the 20s and 30s.


The International Colloquium The Universe of Futurism is supported by the Italian Cultural Institute in Buenos Aires, the CCEBA, and is produced and organized by Fundación Proa

Registration and Guidelines
The Colloquium is intended for specialists, teachers and advanced students. It will offer Spanish-Italian simultaneous translation.

Limited capacity. Candidates should submit their objectives and written intention for participation, and are required to attend the entire colloquium.
For the submission process, candidates will be asked to download the form. It should be completed and sent to coloquio@proa.org.

The deadline for submission is June 14, 2010.
Acceptance will be informed via e-mail until June 18th.
Participants are required to attend the entire colloquium. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

The Speakers

Giovanni Lista
Lives in Paris since 1969, where he works as Director of the Investigation Department of Social Sciences in the CNRS (National Center of Scientific Investigations). Author of many publications, especially within the visual art field, theatre, and the cultural work of the historical avant guards of the first half of the twentieth century. In 2009, celebrating one hundred years of Futurism, he organized the renowned exhibition “Futurismo 1909-2009: Velocitá+Arte+Azione” in the Palazzo Reale, Milan.
Since 1988, he directs the Ligeia, expedientes sur l’art magazine and collaborated with the organization of important international exhibitions in Paris, Milan, Rome, Monaco, Tokyo, Dortmund, London, Madrid, New York, among others.

Juan Manuel Bonet 
Writer and art critic, Bonet was born in Paris in 1953. He directed IVAN and The National Museum Art Center Reina Sofía. He works as a consultant for the European contemporary painting collection of the Fundación Bencaja. Curated several exhibitions, such as “El surrealismo entre Viejo y Nuevo Mundo”, “El objeto surrealista en España”, “El poeta como artista”, “España años 50″ and “Los indalianos. Una aventura almeriense”, among others. Published Diccionario de las vanguardias en España (1907-1936), important scholarly articles on Juan Gris and Gerardo Rueda, several poetry books, and La ronda de los días. Author of several critical book editions on Ramón Gómez de la Serna, Rafael Cansinos-Asséns, Rafael Lasso de la Vega, Saulo Torón, Salvador Dalí, Max Aub, Carlos Baylín Solanas and Manolo Millares.

Jorge Schwartz 
Director of Museu Lasar Segall (São Paulo), head professor of Hispanic Literature at the Universidad de São Paulo, Brazil. Author of investigations on Oswald de Andrade, Oliverio Girondo and the Latin American avant guards. Coordinator and producer of the book Borges no Brasil, la Caixa modernista (São Paulo, Imprensa Oficial, 2003) and curator of the exhibitions “De la antropofagia a Brasilia: 1920-1950″ (Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, 1998, and FAAP-São Paulo, 2000), “Xul/Brasil: imaginários em diálogo” (São Paulo: Pinacoteca do Estado, 2005), “Horacio Coppola: visões de Buenos Aires” (Río de Janeiro, Instituto Moreira Salles, 2007), “Horacio Coppola: fotografía” (Madrid, Fundación Telefónica, 2008) and “Os sonhos de Grete Stern: fotomontagens” (São Paulo, Museu Lasar Segall, 2009), among others.

Gonzalo Aguilar 
Is professor of Brazilian Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. Author of La poesía concreta: las vanguardias en la encrucijada modernista (2003), translated to portuguese, Otros mundos (Un ensayo sobre el nuevo cine argentino) (2006) and Episodios cosmopolitas en la cultura argentina (2009). He was a guest professor at San Pablo University, Stanford and Harvard. In 2005 he received the Guggenheim Scholarship. Currently works as researcher for the National Council of Scientific and Technical Investigations in Buenos Aires (CONICET).

Rodrigo Alonso
Has a Bachelor in Arts from the University of Buenos Aires, specialized in contemporary and new media art. Professor at UNTREF, USAL and IUNA, member of the Advisory Committee Curatorial and New Media art practices at MECAD (Barcelona). Guest professor at important Latin American and European universities. Co-director for the Interactive Art workshop at Espacio Fundación Telefónica. His recent exhibitions include: Nuestra Hospitalidad (Espai d’Art Contemporani); Resplandores. Poéticas analógicas y digitales (C.C. Recoleta); Tensiones públicas. Utopías domésticas (C.C. Marcelo Patiño); Telefonías (Fundación Telefónica), El futuro ya no es lo que era (Fundación OSDE). Writer, critic and collaborator for books, art magazines and exhibition catalogues.

Pablo Gianera
Is music and literature critic. Professor at the Music Superior Conservatory Manuel de Falla. Works for the cultural magazine ADN, La Nación newspaper. Member of the Board of Directors for the Diario de Poesía. Published several articles in specialized publication in Argentina and Spain. Author of Formas Frágiles, book of musical essays to be released during the current year.

Sergio Baur
Curator of the exhibition “El Periódico Martín Fierro: En las artes y en las letras” (MNBA, 2010). Historian, diplomat and member of the Council of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires.-



Cecilia Rabossi
Bachelor of Arts from the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature in the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Researcher for the Institute of Theory and History of Art “Julio E. Payro” (FFyL-UBA) and member of the Argentinean Art Critics Association (AACA). As an independent curator, she conducts research projects, exhibition production and curator activities within the visual art field and for several national and international institutions. Her research projects include “Jorge Romero Brest y la crítica de arte en América Latina: Introducción y descentramiento del paradigma modernista en el debate de posguerra” and the project  “Exposiciones de arte argentino, 1960-2002. El rol del museo y las exhibiciones en la escritura de la historia”. In 2010, she was invited by Fundación Proa to investigate on the travels of Marinetti to South America for “The Universe of Futurism. 1909-1936″ exhibition.