Thursday, 21. January 2016

Interdisciplinary forum, MUAC Auditorium, Mexico City, 21–22 January 2016

How does one intervene in a public sphere swamped by images of violence? This was one of the questions raised by the interdisciplinary forum “And many images came upon me”. It was a springboard for ideas that have since led to Teatro Ojo’s At Night, Lightning.


“y se me vinieron muchas imágenes” (“and many images came upon me”) is the sentence Marissa Mendoza used to describe the moment when she found, on Facebook, a picture of her husband Julio César Mondragón who was killed and his face ripped off in the brutal attacks on the city of Iguala in Guerrero, Mexico. Going back to that image in order to rethink the events of the last three years, the forum will probe a public space increasingly marked by violence. This accumulation of events and incidents demands that we think not just about them, but rather with them, in order to better understand their connectedness.


How do we think about the relation between the public and politics in the context of this situation? How do these images circulate and signify our common spaces? Can we describe politics through these images? How do we think publicly about all this? To this end, the forum will unfold an archive of recent historical landmarks through images, videos and audio materials. This “Atlas of Glimmers” — comprising images, audio, artworks, banners, songs, headlines, and slogans, among other elements — will connect seemingly disparate moments that have all been widely circulated in the media and on social networks.


The forum invites different voices to help with this action, in the hope that this polyphony might reveal what has otherwise disappeared as a result of constant accumulation. In doing so, we intend to open up different ways of thinking about our present.


Thursday, 21 January 2016: Carlos Amorales & Buró Fantasma, Ileana Diéguez, Dolores González Saravia, Gabriela Jauregui, Ana María Martínez de la Escalera, Antonio Marvel and Federico Navarrete

Friday, 22 January 2016:  Elia Baltazar, José Luis Barrios, Cráter Invertido, José Antonio Cordero, Manuel Hernández, Israel Martínez, Nadia Lartigue and Juan Francisco Maldonado & Esthel Vogrig

Dates: 21–22 January 2016 
Hours: 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Venue: MUAC Auditorium, Insurgentes Sur, No. 3000, Centro Cultural Universitario, Coyoacán, 04510 Mexico City, DF, Mexico 
Free admission, limited space
The forum is conducted in Spanish

In collaboration with Campus Expandido/MUAC and the Institute of Aesthetic Research, UNAM.
Supported by artEDU Foundation.

Programme booklet (in Spanish): Download PDF
Photo documentation by Enrique González Careaga: Download PDF​​​​​​​

Related texts:
Helena Chávez Mac Gregor: In Spite of Everything, to Appear, 2015. Link 
Cuauhtémoc Medina: A Landslide of Images. A Story that is Not History 2014–2015. Link