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1 - 2 April 2016


Friday, 1 April, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 2 April, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

As a starting premise we will focus on the critical attitude of the artist towards everything related to art and the society that promotes it on a recurrent basis, and far from questioning the most compromising attitudes of the system, this laboratory aims to explore the obvious needs of a future which is as uncertain as it is imperative. In an essay written in 1996, Antoni Socías, with a mixture of rigour and irony, equated the world of art —on every level— with a desert ecosystem. And, for this reason, he urged us to “take urgent action for the spiritual and functional recovery of the desert that we have generated”.


Friday, 1 April, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
We will set up and seek to achieve unanimity on the basic elements of the workshop. We will visit the exhibitionTheory and Practice of the Desert) to analyse, from the standpoint of the initial axiom, both the exhibit as a whole and a series of works in particular. After the ‘field work,’ we will join together to share our different opinions.

Saturday, 2 April, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
1. Connections between philosophy, psychiatry, ‘exact sciences’ and art. Is art spirituality, idealism, metempsychosis, poetry, life...? Of course it is, but there is much more to it that all of this. It is precisely in this fascinating intersection of worlds where this laboratory of ideas aims to have an impact. Some of the fundamental pillars of the work of Socías—weightlessness, biodiversity, denial, concealment, duplication and the very dilemma between chance and need—have led him to propose, again and again, significant reconcilements between some of the most important scientific assumptions and philosophical discussions and his own processes.

2. For centuries art has drawn essentially on intuition, generating canons and patterns on the basis of selective intelligence, rooted, above all, in imagination, wisdom and sensitivity. Fundamental values which will be emphasised and which, given the current state of the world in continual interdisciplinary hybridization, could become—to a certain extent—quantifiable. This session will be structured around specific methodological studies on the human conscience (psychiatry) with the latest scientific breakthroughs (matter and universe). And we will attempt to apply—in parallel—the similarities resulting from these bold links, to art. We will present practical examples of things that cannot be clearly explained in science.

The main goal of this meeting is to generate a lively debate based on what has been outlined by artist Antoni Socías and the contributions of all the participants.


Antoni Socías was born in Inca, Majorca, in 1955, and studied at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona (1973-1978). He currently lives and works in the municipality of Marratxí, Majorca. He represented Spain at the XXIV Biennial of São Paulo (1998). He has had solo exhibitions at the Museu Es Baluard (Palma, Majorca), Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (Las Palmas), Casal Solleric (Palma), Marunouchi Gallery (Tokio), Centre Cultural Contemporani Pelaires (Palma, Majorca), Galería Egam and Galería Ángel Romero (Madrid), Galería René Metrás and Galería Urania (Barcelona), and Galería Rafael Ortiz (Seville). His works have been featured in collective shows at the II Biennial Hispanoamericana of Mexico DF, Los Angeles Convention Center, Fundació La Caixa and Fundació Suñol (Barcelona), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Palazzo de la Triennale (Milan), Galería Marlborough (Madrid), 6èmes Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, Mémorial ModiboKeïta (Bamako), Academie des Beaux Arts (Kinshasa), Paris City Hall, Gabarrón Foundation (New York), Instituto Cervantes (Vienna), CAC Málaga... His work, La comodidad puede matar,has just been published by Los Sentidos Ediciones. It is a collection of essays, short stories, letters, reflections, axioms, formulations, slogans and even elusive archaeological finds, whose main characters are artists or artistic creations either directly or indirectly.


TARGET PARTICIPANTS: professional artists, art students in advanced courses, philosophers and scientists with an inclination towards art and culture (physicists, mathematicians, biologists, psychiatrists...).


REGISTRATION: Anyone interested can register by sending an email to or by calling 981 546 602. Applications should include a letter of motivation, a brief CV, and a professional portfolio. Please include the following data: full name, email address and contact telephone number. After your registration has been confirmed, we will send you instructions on how to pay the tuition fee.


DIRECTION: Antoni Socías

COORDINATION: Virginia Villar

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