Science and fiction are two very different ways of understanding life, but sometimes making the distinction can be difficult. Wade Davis (United States), anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author and photographer who works with different indigenous cultures; and Miguel Pita, a Doctor of Genetics and Cellular Biology from UAM (Spain) and also director of a number of short films and documentaries, will talk about the situations and stories in which science seems stranger than fiction. In conversation with Gabrielle Walker.
José Alejandro Restrepo is one of the most consolidated creators of national contemporary art. During his studies in the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris he had personal contact with thinkers such as Deleuze and Foucault, became interested in their approaches and discovered the work of emblematic video artists such as Bill Viola and Gary Hill, who asserted his interest in video instalations as the proper means for his research. Since 1988 he has become a pioneer using this technique in Colombia. His work´s second basic aspect is the profound investigation he carries out into national history. He displays his works regularly throughout Europe, Latin America and the US.
In conversation with Juan David Correa, Director of ARCADIA.
The writer and historian Giles Tremlett was awarded the prestigious 2018 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography for Isabella of Castile, Europe’s First Great Queen. Segovia, where Isabella proclaimed herself queen, plays a central role in a controversial story of ambition, violence and success. Tremlett is a Fellow of the London School of Economic’s Cañada Blanch Centre. He has previously published a biography of Isabella’s daughter Catherine of Aragon and a celebrated study of contemporary Spain, Ghosts of Spain. He is a former Madrid correspondent for The Guardian and The Economist, and is currently Contributing Editor at The Guardian.
IN COLLABORATION WITH LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
The seventh art is often based on quality screenplay writing, sometimes written by novelists or adapted by them from literary originals. What happens when a literary text is made into a screenplay? What are the differences compared with traditional writing? With Guillermo Arriaga (Mexico), Hanif Kureishi (United Kingdom) and Lionel Shriver (United States) in conversation with Ángeles González-Sinde.
Three authors who combine writing with other occupations, in this case publishing, journalism and language teaching, talk about what it means to move between the different worlds in which they live and work. They will also talk about their latest books with the literary critic and columnist Camilo Hoyos: Mariana Torres, Diego Erlan (Argentina) and Eduardo Plaza (Chile).
Cervantes and Shakespeare are alive and well. In many ways, Cervantes was the creator of the modern novel, while television dramas and film still use dramatic formulas created by Shakespeare. Salman Rushdie is the author of such well-known books as The Satanic Verses, Midnight’s Children and Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights. Carmen Boullosa is a Mexican novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, author of the novels Las paredes hablan, Texas: The Great Theft and La otra mano de Lepanto, among others. They will talk about two of the most important writers of all time, and what they mean to the present.
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Double Olympic Gold (Rio and Beijing), Triple World Champion, Masterchef Celebrity Contest Winner, author of "4 years for 32 Seconds", young father, canoeist and national policeman, Saul Craviotto lives at 200%. He talks about his personal recipe with Teresa Baca, sports journalist, host of programs about Michelin stars and one of the most international Spanish models of the moment.
Traffic noise, mobile phone alerts and even the hum of our own thoughts... silence seems unachievable. Yet what is it really? Where can it be found? Why is it more important now than ever before? In his book Silence: In the Age of Noise, the Norwegian adventurer and publisher Erling Kagge explores the importance of isolating oneself from the world based on his personal experience and the ideas of classical and modern philosophers, writers and artists. Because silence does not necessarily mean “absence of noise”. It is within reach of everyone, anywhere: we can experience perfect calm in the middle of a desert, but also in the shower or on the dancefloor.
The Peruvian government is carrying out its first self-definition census, the aim of which is that citizens describe their ethnic origin. In a country as multicultural as Peru, this census can be seen as a historical milestone of great importance in terms of raising the profile of native cultures. Lee Maracle is an expert in indigenous culture, a writer and an academic. Ángela Chissla Palomino is a member of ONAMIAP for Puno. They will talk to Ingrid Bejerman about what it means to be indigenous in the Americas.
One of the concerns of Alejandro Gaviria as the Minister of Health and Social Protection has been to regulate euthanasia in order to guarantee the right to a dignified death. He tackles this matter, and others, in his book of essays Alguien tiene que llevar la contraria. Gaviria, who has managed to bring new perspectives to some aspects of the health system, including spraying with glyphosate and the price of medicines, will talk to the journalist María Elvira Samper about this thorny question.
The journalists and co-authors of the history Giants: the Dwarfs of Auschwitz, about the Ovitz family’s struggle to survive the terrors of Auschwitz, will talk to the sociologist and writer Azriel Bibliowicz. Any story set in the concentration camps is disturbing, but that about the Ovitz family is all the more surprising because seven of them were dwarves, studied by the man known as the Angel of Death, Dr Josef Mengele. At this event, they will talk about how history can help to cure the wounds of the past.
The contribution of cultural journalism to the critical and intellectual debate of a country can give us many clues to that place’s critical culture. Two cultural journalists from three different countries and with long careers, will talk to the cultural journalist Inés Martín Rodrigo about their particular form of understanding this kind of communication. With Jesús Alejo (Mexico) and Mónica Maristain (Argentina).
The Spanish writer Luisgé Martín, the writer Giuseppe Caputo (Colombia), and Verónica Ferrari (Peru) will talk with José Luis Ramos Salinas about a matter that divides many Latin American societies. The fiction of Martín, who also writes articles for various newspapers, in part deals with the complexity of sexuality from an intimate viewpoint. Ferrari is considered an important figure in the LGBTQ struggles as in the peruvian feminist movement. In 2016 she actively joined the march Ni una menos in Lima. She is currently in charge of the Itinerant Feminist School, a pedagogical proposal that seeks to spread feminism throughout Peru, especially among young and adolescent girls.
The levels of economic, gender, police and organized criminal violence in Latin America are among the highest in the world. Literature is one of the few ways of fleeing from it or responding to it without perpetuating its vicious circle. In this discussion, three of Latin America’s finest writers will talk about the degree to which the writings of the region’s writers are permeated in this violence. Jesús Miguel Soto (Venezuela) and Luciana Sousa (Argentina), authors from the Bogotá39 selection, will talk to Marta Orrantia about these matters.
The novels and essays on art and photography of Teju Cole (United States/Nigeria) have been praised by publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian and Time magazine. In his most recent work, Blind Spot, Cole plays with a mixture of photography and text. Natalia Majluf is an art historian and director of the Museo de Arte de Lima. Lucho Lama is a curator and art critic for the El Comercio newspaper. These three experts will talk to Carlo Trivelli about the art of photography in contemporary culture.
Chekhov, a doctor by profession, said that medicine was his legal wife, while literature was only his lover. The Russian author took advantage of this double condition: his consultation served him as a privileged laboratory for the miseries of the soul. The precariousness of the literary profession forces most contemporary writers to practice this double life. The fact that very few can survive dedicated exclusively to creation raises reasonable questions: Does literature feed on the professional knowledge of part-time authors, or does it suffer from the lack of a more complete dedication? Isabel P. Fuentes alternates her position as director of the CaixaForum Madrid with the writing of novels. Miquel Molina also leads a double life: he is deputy editor of the newspaper La Vanguardia and novelist. Both will discuss their status as extramarital writers.
Saying that the past should not be forgotten has become a mantra, especially in contexts of political transition. However, if it is painful and counterproductive, should we still hold on to the past? In his latest book In Praise of Forgetting, the writer and journalist David Rieff questions the way in which peoples tend to relate to the past. The articles of Rieff, an expert on immigration, international conflicts and humanitarianism, appear in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, El País and other publications. He will talk to the journalist, academic and diplomat Rodrigo Pardo.
Antony Beevor is renowned as one of the world’s most important historians of World War II. He has had access to a huge amount of secret information about the war, which allowed him to describe meticulously in his books the stories of the most important battles of the war. His award-winning histories include Arnhem, Ardennes, D-Day – the Battle for Normandy and Stalingrad. Chaired by journalist Miguel Mora.
This event is within this year’s education framework for encouraging reading among the youth.
A literary performance in which the writers, on stage, talk through their own characters. In each session, a dialogue is established between the artist Ignasi Duarte and, in this case, Cristina Rivera Garza. Duarte will pose a number of questions asked by the characters of the other author’s books. The project seeks to dramatize writing, not by representing a text, but in order to obtain a new story based on the literature itself.
The president of the Vasarely Foundation and grandson of Victor Vasarely talks to Guillermo Solana, Director of the Museo Thyssen Bornemisza de Madrid, about the recent exhibition Victor Vasarely: The Birth of Op Art, which covers the chronological evolution of the Hungarian-French artist’s body of work. They discuss the influence of the Bauhaus movement in the work of the father of Op Art and his utopic vision Polychromatic City of Happiness, which defines the artist’s interest in integrating art into architecture and public spaces.
COORGANIZED WITH MUSEO THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA AND THE LIGET BUDAPEST PROJECT
Pablo Boullosa, communicator, writer and presenter of the television programme La dichosa palabra, offers a lecture based on his book El corazón es un resorte: Metáforas y otras herramientas para mejorar nuestra educación, reflecting on the elements of daily life (emotions, experiences, imagination) which help to improve our knowledge.
Irish writer Michael Collins, author of ten works of fiction translated to seventeen languages, will speak to Jenny Valentine about his life and literature. His novel The Keepers of Truth was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the IMPAC Award. His latest book The Death of all Things Seen was the Irish Times Book of the Month in March 2017. Collins is an ultra-runner. He was the captain of the 100k Irish national team. He has ran and won races of that length in Mt. Everest, Antarctica and the Sahara desert. His literature´s fountain for the past decade has been the decline of the American dream in the gigantic rural spaces of the most powerful country in the world and the mark that has left on common people.