The UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts and Center for Urban Ecology

present a lecture by

Chus Martinez

In faith, I do not love you with my eyes

Tuesday, February 18th, 5pm

Structural and Materials Engineering Bldg Presentation Space #149
UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92037

Why do we do what we do?
My answer, on the spot: to be able to sense, to think?
I have a hard time understanding every exhibition and project as different, or disconnected from the others. Yet it also seems problematic to argue for strong continuity, given the importance context plays in every case, and the different nature of the approaches taken by artists.

The title of my talk is from a sentence taken from a Shakespeare poem. Lately I started to made sense of a book by Michael Serres I loved, but I do not quite aprehend, The Five Senses. His refusal of critical theory, his believe in inventiveness as the task of thinking as well as the intriguing way he introduces the possibility of a de-centered perception system, interests me. I have started to speculate about a new way of reflecting on the future of institutions, on the task of curating as research in relation to Serres.

I would like to present this later turn in my work to all of you.

Chus Martínez
Born in Spain, Chus Martínez has a background in philosophy and art history. Currently she is the Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland. Before she was the Chief Curator at El Museo Del Barrio, New York. She was dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department, and Member of Core Agent Group. Previously she was Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008 to 2011), Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–08) and Artistic Director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2002–05). For the 51st Biennale di Venezia (2005), Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Cyprus, and in 2008 served as a Curatorial Advisor for the Carnegie International and in 2010 for the 29th Bienal de São Paulo. During her tenure as Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein she curated solo exhibitions of Wilhelm Sasnal among others; and a series of group exhibitions including Pensée Sauvage and The Great Game To Come. She was also the founder of the Deutsche Börse Residency Program for international artists, art writers and curators. While at MACBA Martínez curated the Thomas Bayrle Retrospective, an Otolith Group monographic show, and an exhibition devoted to television, Are you ready for TV? In 2008 Martínez was the curator of the Deimantas Narkevicius \Rretrospective exhibition, The Unanimous Life at the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, which traveled to major European museums. Martínez lectures and writes regularly including numerous catalogue texts and critical essays, and is a regular contributor to Artforum among other international journals.


The Center for Urban Ecologies (CUE) located at the SME Building, 402 and 404 seeks critical intersections across environmental, territorial and geo-political spatial conditions, form global trans-border zones to regional and local sectors of conflict in the contemporary city. CUE engages a two-prong research project, one towards Latin America and the other one towards Asia, from the scale of local marginal neighborhoods as sites of investigation. CUE has been creating bridges between scholarly research, top-down urban policies, and grass roots social organization, bringing together studies and works from the fields of architecture and urbanism, environment and social practice.

Lead Faculty:

Teddy Cruz, Professor
http://visarts.ucsd.edu/faculty/teddy-cruz

Kyong Dong Park, Professor
http://visarts.ucsd.edu/faculty/kyong-dong-park

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