In the years immediately before and after the 1959 Revolution, Havana was one of the great laboratories for experiments with modern architecture. It absorbed and transformed international tendencies but it also invented whole new models of architecture in a pulsating flux.
On Wednesday, March 22, at 6pm, e-flux Architecture will present, in Artista X Artista space, SUPERHUMANITY TALKS. Join Superhumanity editors Nick Axel, Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley along with special guests including Miguel Coyula, Rubén Gallo, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez and Rachel Price for a series of presentations and conversations.
Drawing from “The Obligation to Self-Design” (e-flux journal issue 0), a text by Boris Groys in which a genealogy of design is traced from the design of the soul and the design of the self to "the design of life as a whole," Superhumanity responds to the theme of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial—Are We Human?—by engaging with and departing from the concept of the “self.” Superhumanity aims to explore and challenge our understanding of “design” by probing the idea that we are and always have been continuously reshaped by the artifacts we shape, to which we ask: who designed the lives we live today? What are the forms of life we inhabit, and what new forms are currently being designed? Where are the sites, and what are the techniques, to design others?
With Superhumanity, 50 invited, writers, scientists, artists, architects, designers, philosophers, historians, archeologists and anthropologists bring new insight to these and related questions.
Miguel Coyula is a Cuban filmmaker and writer. His films include Cucarachas rojas (Red Cockroaches, 2003), Memorias del Desarrollo (Memories of Overdevelopment, 2010) and Blue Heart (2017).
Rubén Gallo teaches at Princeton University and is author of Freud's Mexico (MIT Press, 2010) and Proust's Latin Americans (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). His essay "Designer Sex" was published as a part of Superhumanity on November 14, 2016.
Pedro Juan Gutiérrez is a Cuban novelist and writer of Dirty Havana Trilogy.
Rachel Price is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University. Her most recent book, Planet/Cuba: Art, Culture, and the Future of the Island, was published by Verso Books in 2015.
Superhumanity is a project by e-flux Architecture at the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, produced in cooperation with the Istanbul Design Biennial, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand, and the Ernst Schering Foundation.
On the morning of March 28, the group Tercerunquinto had the first meeting with students of Visual Arts, of the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) as part of the Workshop they will carry out during their stay in Havana. Here we leave some images of the workshop and the artists' journey through the 5 schools that make up the University of the Arts.
Artista X Artista organized a studio visit for the jury in charge of selecting the resident that will be travelling to Bilbao in autumn this year, apart of the collaboration agreement between Artista X Artista and Azkuna Zentroa. The artist were previously selected by a Nomination Committee, integrated by Orlando Hernández, Iván de la Nuez, Abel González and Lillebit Fadraga.
As part of her residency in Artista X Artista, Cristina Garrido did a couple of studio visits of different artists and agents of the art field.
Among these where the writer, curator and art critic Orlando Hernández, who did a personalised visit for Cristina of his popular art colection, and also he had a working sesión with her, reviewing her portfolio and exchanging ideas about her work and the investigation that she carried on during her time in Havana.