The CCCB travels from Earth to Mars and from the Ku Klux Klan to the Pussy Riot


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Science and culture, reality and fiction, going to Mars to return to earth and tracing the history of the 20th century from behind a mask, another portion of science tied this time to fiction, the forced coexistence with other species … At first glance, the ingredients are what one would expect in the programming of a cultural facility with the vocation of «agora to share knowledge» such as the Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture (CCCB), But it is impossible not to perceive in almost every detail, in every exposition and debate, the deep and slimy imprint of the coronavirus. And not only for more or less prosaic issues such as the allowed capacity, the uncertainty about what will happen the day after tomorrow and those three months of delay that the programming accumulates.

That, of course, would be the practical part, but at a theoretical level the CCCB It also wanted to respond to the pandemic and the new challenges associated with the health crisis with a transversal reflection focused on concepts such as symbiosis, interdependence and coexistence. “Against fear, isolation, bubble groups or digital bubbles, it is important to vindicate living together and culture as a response,” claimed the director of the center, Judit Carrera, during the presentation of a season that seeks to make the “link with the others and living together »a central axis from which to deploy a kind of world map to deal with the uncertainty that is to come. “Between the world we have and the one we face does not exist, a gap opens where culture has a fertile field to elaborate the meaning of human experience and imagine new possible futures”, added Carrera.

In the exhibition halls that future will arrive soon, at the end of February, hand in hand with a great exhibition that approaches Mars from all possible angles and interpretations. In this way, science, mythology, economics, science fiction, environmentalism, pop culture and intergalactic speculation come together in an exhibition curated by Juan Insua and which presents the Red planet as a “mirror to continue investigating our condition and our future as a species.” The exhibition, which should have opened last November, takes on a new meaning in the midst of the pandemic. “Mars in the Anthropocene is a reading of what is happening to us”, Insua pointed out.

Mars will be the great claim of the start of the season
Mars will be the great claim of the start of the season – CCCB

«Friction science», dedicated to the dialogue between species and the crossing between sciences and humanities; Y «Urban Nature», a Rimini Protokoll project that explores the different models of life that coexist in a city, complete the central section of a program that, from Mars to earth, will close the year with a reflection on the concept mask. A timely look at a “ritual object turned into a political instrument of the first order” with which Servando Rocha travels through the 20th century jumping from the Ku Klux Klan at Pussy Riot, from Fantomas to the avant-garde of the 20th century and from Guy Fawkes to the omnipresent mask of 2020. An underground story based on the book Some dark and dangerous things. The book of the mask and the masked men », from Rocha himself.

With a budget of 10.8 million, 4% less than in 2020, and a firm commitment to presence, the CCCB also maintains its commitment to events such as Kosmópolis, Primera Persona or Orwell Day and wants to reinforce, through the area mediation, its role as an open space both to its neighbors in Raval and to different disciplines and generations.

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