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4 September 2016 – 4 June 2017


TIMETABLE: 6:30–8:00 p.m.

We’ll begin the new school year with another series of philo café meetings at the CGAC.

On the first Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m. from September to June (except the months of December and January), the CGAC will be holding a philosophy café in the museum’s cafeteria.

Philo cafés are public conversations open to anyone interested in discussing philosophical concerns and points of view from any discipline or level of knowledge.

These sessions will be directed by professionals from different fields, namely María Meijide (artist), Carlos Santiago (playwright, writer and musician), Camilo Franco (journalist, writer, and theatre critic), María do Cebreiro (poet and literature expert), Suso Fandiño (plastic artist), María José de Castro López (pediatrician, researcher and specialist in rare diseases), Fermín Blanco (architect) and Celso Fernández Sanmartín (poet, storyteller and philosopher).

Once again a work of art will come out of the museum’s collection to join us in our debate and discussion, just like any other participant, while we enjoy a cup of coffee.

The selected artwork will serve as a take-off point to spark the conversation. But the conversation will not be focused on art, or not only on art, but rather it will encompass any topic suggested by the piece on many different levels—conceptual, formal or superficial. The conversation may revolve around science, gastronomy, politics, music, philosophy, cinema, aesthetics…, anything from the mundane to the sublime, inviting everyone to give his or her opinion and thoughts on the issues that crop up spontaneously.



4 September. María Meijide
2 October. Carlos Santiago
6 November. Camilo Franco
5 February. María do Cebreiro
5 March. Suso Fandiño
2 April. María José de Castro López
7 May. Fermín Blanco
4 June. Celso Fernández Sanmartín


María Meijide (Santiago de Compostela, 1978) is a plastic artist. She received her degree in Fine Arts, with a major in Painting from the University of Seville. She also holds a Master’s degree in painting from Lisbon’s University of Fine Arts, with a master’s thesis entitled ‘Intimidades próprias e alheias.’ Her artistic production has focused mainly on figurative painting with a realistic base and autobiographic aspects in terms of methodology, organised into two different periods: her workshop production featured at the exhibitions Do amor e outras desordenes, (ArtePeriférica, CCB, Lisbon, 2012), Lisboa e outros assuntos de cama (COAG, Compostela, 2011) and Asuntos de andar por casa y otras intimidades (2000vacas arte, Ponferrada, 2008), and her dynamic production, in itinerant exhibits, which include projects revolving around the idea of travel such as De Kuala Lumpur a Beijing, a travel log of Asian journeys presented at the CGAC (Compostela, December, 2015), Mapa emocional de Compostela (Fundación Granell, 2014), Proyecto Zacatecas (Mexico, 2007), Cacheiras-Dakar (Compostela, 2005), etc. Over the course of her career, she has also been awarded two international grants (in Mexico, 2007, and Lisbon, 2013) as well as several national prizes. She boasts a continuum of exhibitions in Arles, Milan, Zacatecas (Mexico), Brussels, Oporto, Madrid, Lisbon and Marseille.

Carlos Santiago (Santiago de Compostela, 1966) is a playwright, writer and artist linked to the generation of cultural activists who emerged from the cultural organisation, Sala Nasa, in the 1990s. He carries out his activities in Galicia and Portugal, encompassing different fields such as cultural reviews, music, poetry and theatre. He was a member of the rock bands Nicho Varullo (1989-1996) and Psicofónica (1998-2005), and belonged to the theatre troupe Chévere (1992-1997). He has also collaborated as a playwright and stage director with a number of different Galician and Portuguese theatre companies. In 2008 he started a theatre Company, the Teatro Biodegradável de Ohio, to develop his own stage ventures and he also participates in different community theatre projects. As an accomplished stand-up comic, his work reflects a satirical view of reality. The interplay between reality and fiction against a political and philosophical backdrop are at the heart of his poetic art.


Camilo Franco (Ourense, 1963) is a writer and a journalist. He combines information and reviews of cultural events and theatrical performances. A lúa no cénit e outros textos (1988), Ribadavia (1993), En malos pasos (1995), ‘Chuvia tralos cristais’ in Narradores de cine (1996), which he coordinated; Por conto alleo (2003) and Palabras contadas (Xerais, 2006). In the on-line publication, Vieiros, he has published the following narrative series: Por conto alleo (1999) and Necesariamente X. A razón máis quente (2001). Palabras contadas led to an exhibition of the same name at the Fundación Luís Seoane, organised within the framework of Proyecto­Edición 2006 and to a Spoken Word performance that toured Galicia for two years in the company of Magín Blanco. He is the author of the first serial on Facebook, Balada triste de moqueta, and co-authored the collaborative work, Matar un conselleiro after posing this question to people: ‘Would you like to be a character in a novel?’. He co-wrote the script for the miniseries Códice (Ficción Producións) and is the autor of the television documentary films, Códice: 800 años y un robo and La Galicia del Hospital Real.  

María do Cebreiro (Santiago de Compostela, 1976) is a writer and professor of Literature Theory and Comparative Literature at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She has published the following volumes of poetry: O estadio do espello (1999); (nós, as inadaptadas) (2001); Non queres que o poema te coñeza (2004); Os hemisferios (2006); Objetos perdidos (2007), an anthology of her work in a bilingual Galician Spanish version; Cuarto de outono (2008); Non son de aquí (2009), translated into English as I Am Not from Here by Shearsman Books (2011), Os inocentes (2014) and O deserto (2015). She translated Gertrude Stein’s Three Lives (2006) into the Galician language. She is the author of the monographic works and editions Damas negras (2001); As antoloxías de poesía en Galicia e Cataluña. Representación poética e ficción lóxica (2004) received the Dámaso Alonso prize of Philological Research; As terceiras mulleres (2005); Manual de Teoría de la Literatura (2006), co-authored with Fernando Cabo Aseguinolaza; Te seguirá mi canción del alma (2008), co-authored with Yolanda Novo Villaverde; Fogar impronunciable. Poesía e pantasma (2011) and Canon y subversión. La obra narrativa de Rosalía de Castro (2012), which she co-edited with Helena González.


Suso Fandiño (Santiago de Compostela, 1971) holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Vigo and a degree in Art History from the University of Santiago de Compostela. In recent years he has had solo exhibitions such as La letra con sangre entra, at PALEXCO in A Coruña, Space for Creative Works of the Islington Mile in Birminghan and Little Shepherd’s Stories, at the Adhoc gallery in Vigo. He has also participated in collective exhibits like Col., at the CGAC; The Syndrome of the Eternal Traveller, in Edinburgh; and Skywards.Space Artsandlabour, in London. He has shown his works in the following exhibition halls: the Anexo of MARCO in Vigo, Zona C in Santiago de Compostela, the Goethe Institut of Frankfurt, the Fundación Barrié de la Maza in A Coruña and the International Contemporary Art Fair ARCO in Madrid. His work can be found in different collections including the Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, the Colección Fundación Coca-Cola España, the Colección ABANCA and the Colección CGAC.


María José de Castro López (Ourense, 1984) is a pediatrician specialising in intensive care. She works as a specialist and investigator in the field of rare (or orphan) diseases. Her research work has taken her to many different countries where she has coordinated multidisciplinary and multicultural work teams. At the present time she is coordinating three clinical trials with experimental drugs—two involving Phase I-II gene therapy on diseases which can be transferred from animals to humans. In 2015 she was given a Best Ideas of the year Award by the Spanish medical publication Diario Médico, for suggesting that the tuberculosis vaccine has heterological effects (in addition to those for which it was initially conceived) training our immunological system, after she applied the observations she had made in Africa to Spain in an experiment of natural selection (the first European study in this direction). She is interested in developing the idea of intuitive thought in medicine similar to the way it is used in art (to value the gut feeling in the diagnosis). She would also like to apply the theory of chaos to medicine, as it exists in physics or historiography, to put our discourse up to critique (something that is as uncomfortable as it is beneficial) and which the humanities have long been subjected to.


Fermín Blanco (La Pola, Asturias, 1977) holds a PhD in architecture from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid and a degree in architecture from ETSAVA. His professional career is characterised by the educational and informative nature of the projects he develops in a hybrid context between disciplines. He has been teaching ‘Construction Systems’ at the IE University since the beginning of the 2011 school year. He began his professional experience with the architect Manuel Gallego (2003-2006) and as of 2006 has been working out of his own architectural studio in A Coruña. Over the course of these years he has had exhibitions, given courses and lectures related to architecture, design and teaching in many different parts of Spain and abroad: at the Associations of Architects in Madrid, Barcelona, Asturias, Galicia and Cádiz; museums and cultural institutions such as Medialab-Prado, Patio Herreriano, MUSAC, Fundación Luís Seoane and CGAC; universities like UPMadrid and the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura del Vallès of the UPC in Barcelona; and at the International Engineering Conference held in Bangalore, India, among others. In 2008 he patented the LUPO System, a modular system for educational purposes manufactured in different versions and used as a test bench. His doctoral thesis, Los huesos de Fisac: la búsqueda de la pieza ideal, was awarded first prize at the VII Biennial Arquia/tesis 2010/11 and marked the beginning of a series of projects aimed at disseminating the transfer of knowledge of technology and art to society.


Celso Fernández Sanmartín ‘According to my family, I was born in Lalín one day in September of 1969 and the papers confirm this. From then on my recollections are of my grandfather teaching me how to plant a garden, my grandmother cooling the embers in the palm of her hand; my first day of school, tough; the university in Santiago with philosophy, fruitful, magnetised by the plastic arts and anthropology; with poetry, incomprehensible; work experience as a monitor for the elderly at an old-age home, intense, and since I’ve always been a lover of storytelling, now I’m a storyteller and everything else.’


COORDINATOR: Virginia Villar




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