Teresa M. Vilarós
Spectral Trans-Interventions. Spanish Visual Art On Memory, History, and Trauma in the Age of the Post-Human
18 January 2018
As we now seemingly move from localized, material systems of governability and finance to a global/virtual nomos fueled by artificial intelligence the concept of "trans"— with all its spectral ramifications — becomes once again quite relevant. Drawing from earlier interventions and trans practices of the Spanish Transition Movida in the mid-seventies and eighties — a time when amidst a heroine epidemic Spain moved from a dictatorial regime to a democratic political order while still dealing with the traumatic remainders of the Spanish Civil War — the talk attempts to think how trauma and memory is processed today when reality seamlessly dissolves into virtuality, and consequently shatters the body, the mind, and the grammar of history. In doing so, this talk traces a few "trans" interventions made both by earlier and contemporary Spanish visual artists: work in which transitional figures of a traumatic spectral remainder emerge as perhaps ins soluble, but highly mutable figures of the Real. Artists include: Albert Serra, Carla Simón, Pere Portabella, and Ivan Zulueta (cinema); Dora García (multimedia); Costus (painting); Jimmy Gimferrer, Joan Fontcuberta, and Jorge Rueda (photography); Jaime del Val (dance); and Salvador Dalí. Bibliography: Giorgio Agamben, Hanna Arendt, Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, Martin Heidegger, Jaques Lacan, Catherine Malabou, Alberto Moreiras, Paul B. Preciado, María Zambrano.

TERESA M. VILARÓS (SPAIN/USA) Professor in Hispanic Studies and Affiliated Professor in Film Studies at Texas A&M University, USA. Along the years she has hold regular teaching appointments at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Duke University (Tenured), and at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, as 6th Century Chair Professor in Hispanic Studies and in the Center of Modern Thought. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature, focusing on Spanish and Catalan modern/contemporary visual and cultural/political studies, with a strong focus on psychoanalytical theory and critical and political thought.
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