1 October 2017 - 3 June 2018
PHILO CAFÉ 2017-2018
For yet another year, the first Sunday of every month, at 6:30 pm, from October to June (except in January), the CGAC is organising a philo café in its cafeteria. This year the Asociación Galega da Crítica (Galician Association of Critics) will join the philo cafés at the CGAC.
Philo cafés are public conversations from a philosophical angle open to everyone interested in sharing concerns or points of view regarding any field or level of knowledge.
The sessions are guided by professionals from different disciplines, such as Quico Cadaval (playwright, actor, monologuist), Arturo Casas (poet and professor of Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature), Beatriz Busto Miramontes (anthropologist, ethnomusicologist), Inma López Silva (writer and professor at Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático), Javier María López Rodríguez (musicologist, composer, musician and teacher), Eduard Velasco (bookseller, philologist, translator and poet) and Xosé Manuel Buxán Bran (art critic, curator and professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Pontevedra).
Once a month we will choose one work from the CGAC Collection in our storage rooms to join us and give rise to a debate about it.
The chosen piece will be used as the starting point for the conversation. However, we are not going to talk about art, or not just about art, but about all those topics suggested by the work on a thematic, conceptual, formal or anecdotic level. We may talk about science, gastronomy, politics, music, philosophy, cinema, aesthetics, or current events, etc.; everyday things or higher things, in such a way that anyone can give their opinion and share their thoughts on those topics that come up spontaneously over a cup of coffee.
PROGRAMMEOctober 1. Quico Cadaval
December 3. Arturo Casas
February 4. Beatriz Busto Miramontes
March 4. Inmaculada López Silva
April 8. Javier María López Rodríguez
May 6. Eduard Velasco
June 3. Xosé Manuel Buxán Bran
Quico Cadaval was born in the year 4 b.d.M.M. (before the death of Marilyn Monroe) in
the ria of Arousa, where on his day of rest (the seventh day) god placed
his middle finger. He was raised in a tavern where he learned about the origin
of life and of the origin of the gifts from Twelfth Night long before the
pedagogically established period. He hung around old women who pissed standing
up and swore in any position, and at school he had a teacher with a lion-like
mane who was into baroque literature and physical punishment, which hardened
Cadaval's artistic character. All through his university years he prevaricated
and procrastinated and went through periods of immoderate use of cannabis and
spirits, which scandalised his influential junkie friends. He was introduced
into the quagmires of theatre by a friend who instead favoured a multinational
insurance company. Now, a long roster of friends of both sexes (his treasure)
should follow, but space is limited. And so is time. He ended up writing plays
and now he travels the world telling stories for which all of the above has
Arturo Casas (A Coruña, 1958) is professor of Theory of Literature and Comparative
Literature at the USC, and became a certified university professor in 2013. As
a researcher he has approached the works of Rafael Dieste and other thinkers
and writers of the Republican exile, modern and post-modern aesthetic-literary
thought, systemic and sociological studies on culture, the methodology of
literary history, essays on modernity and contemporary poetry. His publications
include the editions of the poems of Uxío Novoneyra (2010) and Salvador
García-Bodaño (2017), as well as the volumes Performing Poetry: Body, Place and Rhythm in the Poetry Performance
(2011) and Resistance and Emancipation:
Cultural and Poetic Practices (2011), which he co-edited, and La historia literaria comparada en sus
alternativas teóricas (in print). He was the first director of the Centro
de Investigación de Procesos e Prácticas Culturais Emerxentes, established at
the USC by eight research groups. With Grupo Alea de Análise Poética and the
Consello da Cultura Galega, in 2011 he activated the database and digital
repository poesiagalega.org, of which he is the editor. He is also the editor,
since 2016, of Poetry in the Public Space.
Beatriz Busto Montes (Santiago de Compostela, 1979) is doctor in Social and Cultural Anthropology, teacher of Music Education by the University of Vigo and holds a BA in History and Science of Music and Social and Cultural Anthropology by Madrid's Universidad Autónoma. She received her doctorate degree with the dissertation La Galicia proyectada por NO-DO. La arquitectura del estereotipo musical a partir del uso del folclore musical 1943-1981 (The Galicia projected by the NO-DO. The architecture of the musical stereotype from the use of musical folklore 1943-1981) with which she achieved top marks. He research career focuses on the cultural construction of Galicia and how it is represented in the cinema image of the NO-DO during Franco's dictatorship through the use of folklore from the theoretical perspectives of ethnomusicology. She teaches at the Divino Maestro school, specialising in the area of Music school for Early childhood, Primary and Secondary levels, and at the Escola Municipal de Música of Santiago de Compostela, where her work focuses on the musical education of students aged 3 to 5 and in the area of Ethnomusicology for adults.
Inmaculada López Silva (Santiago de Compostela, 1978) is a writer and theatre critic, doctor in Philology by the University of Santiago and graduate from the Institut d’Études Théâtrales of the Université Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle. She is currently a teacher at the Escola Superior de Arte Dramático of Galicia and member of the Music and Performing Arts Sections of the Department for Galician Culture. She appears in the editorial board for the journals Grial and Revista Gallega de Teatro and in other publications related to theatre studies in the international arena. Focusing on the analysis of theatre policies and institutions and on the emerging theatre systems, she has published works such as Resistir no escenario. Unha historia institucional do teatro galego (2015). She is also the translator into Galician of the drama works of Albert Camus and Jean Genet. She has been a columnist for the daily La Voz de Galicia, and received the public's and critics' recognition as well as a number of awards for her novels Non quero ser Doris Day (2006) and Memoria de cidades sen luz (2008). She has also written the travel book New York, New York (2007) and the feminist diary-essay Maternosofía (2014). In 2016 she published her most recent novel, Aqueles días en que eramos malas.
Javier María López Rodríguez (Lugo, 1969) is a musicologist, composer, musician, and teacher. He is a member of groups related to improvisation, such as O.M.E.GA or TDC. He was taught composition by José Luis de Delás and his works have been premiered by ensembles such as the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra of Galicia, Taller Atlántico Contemporáneo or Grupo Instrumental Siglo XX. As well as composing scores for different stage performances, he has participated in international festivals such as Temp'ora or Mixtur, and has published Breve Historia de la Música (Nowtilus, 2011) and Del colapso tonal al arte sonoro (Punto de Vista). He has also published a variety of articles on music pedagogy and musicology in journals such as Música y Educación or Anatomía de la Historia. He has taught courses, given talks and didactic concerts. He has received awards such as the second prize for composition organised by Gruppo Europeo Ricerca Musicale Indipendente, and he was runner-up at the ninth edition of the international composition contest Città di Udine and for Counterpoint-Italy's in 2014. He is tenured lecturer specialising in History of Music at the secondary education Music Conservatory; however, what he is truly concerned about is that in Galicia there are less and less children.
Eduard Velasco (Barcelona, 1982) has a BA in Catalan Philology and in Galician Philology. He has taught Catalan in Barcelona, Menorca, Santiago de Compostela and Lisbon. He has published informative articles on Catalan culture in Galicia and on Galician culture in Catalan Countries. He has translated literary texts in both languages: into Galician, the novels Pa negre (Pan negro, FVR), by Emili Teixidor; Els sots feréstecs (As valgadas bravas, Hugin e Munin), by Raimon Casellas; and Paraules d’Opòton el Vell (Palabras de Opoton o Vello), by Avel•lí Artís Gener; into Catalan, three works by Vicente Risco: the stories Do caso que lle aconteceu ao doutor Alveiros, Os europeos en Abrantes and the novel O porco de pé (El porc dempeus). He has published two books of poetry in Espiral Maior: Ruído de trens (Xosemaría Pérez Parallé national poetry award) and O filósofo coxo (Xosé María Díaz Castro poetry award). Since June 2016 he is codirector, together with Alicia Fernández, of the bookstore Chan da Pólvora, that specialises in poetry and is located on Rúa de San Pedro in Santiago de Compostela.
Xosé M. Buxán Bran (Eibar, Guipúzcoa, 1964) received his doctorate degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad del País Vasco with a dissertation titled “Homoerotism in the iconography of Saint Sebastian: a present-day view.” His research and scientific background is closely linked to the connections between 'queer' art and culture, sexual identity, gender, feminism and masculinities, with several volumes published on these themes and an extensive number of articles and essays published in a number of compilations.
As curator and manager of exhibition spaces, he first directed Sala X, Sala de Exposiciones in the Pontevedra Campus and later Sala Alterarte in the Ourense Campus, where he is presently preparing the project Estado Crítico 3: 10 comisari*s, 10 artistas.
He has been an art critic in a variety of news media, and as a result he has published his first compilatory volume of his journalistic works titled Desprazamentos: a viaxe como unha das Belas Artes (Difusora de Letras, Artes e Ideas, 2014). His latest book, Bellos y desconocidos (Laertes, 2015), is about found photography.
COORDINATION: Virginia Villar