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
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.
Psychological war. Better than Game of Thrones. The keys of the global geostrategy.
For some years now, due to the complex current situation, the science of geopolitics is acquiring an importance that it had lost after the Second World War. How are the countries related? What power strategies do they use? Through numerous examples, we will see that there are a series of classic strategies, all with a background of hypocrisy and taking advantage of the weaknesses of others, which have prevailed over time.
The colonel and expert strategist Pedro Baños takes us into the unknowns of these games of domination between countries and reveals the keys and tricks of world power. He talks with José María Beneyto, writer of El spy who deceived Hitler, with a background in Nazi Germany.
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.
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.
Luisgé Martín is a Spanish writer and journalist. A member of the founding team of two Spanish cultural magazines (Esperpento and Perchero) and a contributor to several publications, he advised the Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, in 2010 and 2011. He currently combines writing with work for Thinking Heads. This author of novels and short stories will talk to Dante Trujillo about his latest work, El amor del revés, an autobiographical work that talks honestly and clearly about how he gradually accepted his feelings and sexual preferences.
Moore has been awarded the 2018 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship/Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival, and is visiting all our festivals worldwide over the next 12 months. He talks with Peter Florence, founder of the Hay Festivals, about his collection of travel writing, which takes him from bull runs in the Basque Country to the mangrove swamps of the Gulf of Guinea. Driving Home Both Ways is part essay collection, part travelogue through life. It offers fresh reflections on the changing nature of the local and the global, epiphanies of tribe and faith, and is underscored always by the enduring allure of elsewhere and the constant pull of home.
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.
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).
La suma de los ceros es la primera novela de Eduardo Rabasa. Se trata de una historia instalada en un microcosmos que podría ser cualquier barrio de América Latina, en la que los personajes intentan escapar de un destino aparentemente ineludible; un texto crítico con el poder y sus formas, incluso aquellas que se disfrazan de democracia. Eduardo Rabasa es editor, escribe una columna semanal para Milenio y ha traducido libros de autores como Morris Berman, George Orwell y Somerset Maugham.
Power Paola es autora de libros ilustrados, de fanzines como Todo bien pero todo mal o Los demás y de novelas novelas gráficas como QP y Virus tropical. Ésta última dará lugar a una película de animación en 3D que se estrenará en 2016. Esta autora colombo-ecuatoriana ha publicado en editoriales como Carboncito, Argh, Granta o La Fierro; y mensualmente publica una tira cultural en la revista colombiana Arcadia.
Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Colombia