Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power

 

Edited by Helena Buffery and Carlota Caulfield

 


Publication Date June 2012
Publisher: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Cardiff
Edited by Helena Buffery, Carlota Caulfield
Format: Hardback, 234x156 mm, 304 pages
Language: English

 

About the Authors:

Dr Helena Buffery is a College Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at University College Cork.
Dr Carlota Caulfield is Professor of Spanish and Spanish American Studies at Mills College, Oakland, California.


About the book:

Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power offers a unique approach to the history of the avant-garde in Barcelona, as well as its legacy in the post-war period. This richly illustrated volume brings together fresh insights into the changing urban space of Barcelona from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day.

This richly illustrated volume brings together fresh insights into the changing urban space of Barcelona from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. It focuses primarily on the complicated relationship between environment, identity, and performance as they were seen, explored, and portrayed by countercultural and avant-garde artists and communities from the 1960s to the present day. Drawing crucial links between theory and practice, and aesthetics and environment —and paying particular attention to the role of the avant-garde in challenging and disrupting dominant art forms and uses of urban space— Barcelona Visual Culture, Space and Power presents a variety of perspectives and approaches, drawing on art history, cultural geography, performance studies, and institutional critique.


Editorial Reviews:

Helena Buffery and Carlota Caulfield have assembled an excellent edition that succeeds in pushing on-going discussions of Barcelona, its space, and art in new directions. Through a series of thoughtful essays by leading critics, Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power provides an intriguing interdisciplinary treatment of a city that continues to enthral and challenge both locals and visitors alike. Highly recommended.

—Professor Robert Davidson, University of Toronto


The volume offers a fascinating, visually engaging portrait of how artists from multiple disciplines have employed innovative aesthetic practices to negotiate the urban environment of Barcelona. The included essays will most certainly appeal to readers interested in the relationship between culture and European cityscapes.

—Professor Sharon Feldman, University of Richmond


Book’s content:

General Introduction: Helena Buffery and Carlota Caulfield

Part I: Avant-Garde Histories and Catalonia

Chapter 1: Carlota Caulfield: Breaking Boundaries: A Journey through the Catalan Avant-Garde
Chapter 2: Stephen Forcer: On the starfish road: Surrealism and the Paris-Barcelona connection
Chapter 3: Louise Johnson: The Lyrical Taboos of Guillem Viladot
Chapter 4: Cafè Central: a groundbreaking independent publishing house in Barcelona
Interview with Antoni Clapés by Carlota Caulfield

Part II: Butterflying Barcelona: The Environment

Chapter 5: Maria Paz Balibrea: The case for obsolescence: thinking time and space in Joaquim Jordà’s Numax presenta
Chapter 6: Natalia Nuñez: Whose vanguardist city? The Barcelona urban model as seen from the periphery in José Luís Guerín's En construcción
Chapter 7: Elisenda Marcer: The Raval on Stage: Limits and borders in Juan Mayorga's Hamelin
Chapter 8: Josep-Anton Fernàndez: Translating the Enigma: Ventura Pons’s Barcelona: un mapa
Chapter 9: Lidewij Tummers: Empowerment by visualization: experiences from Barcelona

Part III: Performing Barcelona

Chapter 10: Helena Buffery/ Àngels Margarit: Tracing the City in the URBS project and Solo por placer
Chapter 11: Maria Delgado: Performing Barcelona: cultural tourism, geography and identity
Chapter 12: Cariad Astles: Absent Bodies and Objects
Chapter 13: Anna Wilson: A Broken Mirror? Global/local images of Barcelona
Chapter 14: Carlota Caulfield: Talking about Visual Poetry: Interviews with J. M. Calleja, Gustavo Vega and Xavier Canals

The book is available at Dr Helena Buffery is a College Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at University College Cork.
Dr Carlota Caulfield is Professor of Spanish and Spanish American Studies at Mills College, Oakland, California.
About the book:
Barcelona - Visual Culture, Space and Power offers a unique approach to the history of the avant-garde in Barcelona, as well as its legacy in the post-war period. This richly illustrated volume brings together fresh insights into the changing urban space of Barcelona from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day.
The book focuses primarily on the complicated relationship between environment, identity, and performance as they were seen, explored, and portrayed by countercultural and avant-garde artists and communities from the 1960s to the present day. Drawing crucial links between theory and practice, and aesthetics and environment —and paying particular attention to the role of the avant-garde in challenging and disrupting dominant art forms and uses of urban space— Barcelona Visual Culture, Space and Power presents a variety of perspectives and approaches, drawing on art history, cultural geography, performance studies, and institutional critique.
Editorial Reviews:
Helena Buffery and Carlota Caulfield have assembled an excellent edition that succeeds in pushing on-going discussions of Barcelona, its space, and art in new directions. Through a series of thoughtful essays by leading critics, 'Barcelona: Visual Culture, Space and Power' provides an intriguing interdisciplinary treatment of a city that continues to enthral and challenge both locals and visitors alike. Highly recommended.
—Professor Robert Davidson, University of Toronto
The volume offers a fascinating, visually engaging portrait of how artists from multiple disciplines have employed innovative aesthetic practices to negotiate the urban environment of Barcelona. The included essays will most certainly appeal to readers interested in the relationship between culture and European cityscapes.
—Professor Sharon Feldman, University of RichmondBook’s content:
General Introduction: Helena Buffery and Carlota Caulfield
Part I: Avant-Garde Histories and Catalonia
Chapter 1: Carlota Caulfield: Breaking Boundaries: A Journey through the Catalan Avant-Garde
Chapter 2: Stephen Forcer: On the starfish road: Surrealism and the Paris-Barcelona connection
Chapter 3: Louise Johnson: The Lyrical Taboos of Guillem Viladot
Chapter 4: Cafè Central: a groundbreaking independent publishing house in Barcelona
Interview with Antoni Clapés by Carlota Caulfield
Part II: Butterflying Barcelona: The Environment
Chapter 5: Maria Paz Balibrea: The case for obsolescence: thinking time and space in Joaquim Jordà’s Numax presenta
Chapter 6: Natalia Nuñez: Whose vanguardist city? The Barcelona urban model as seen from the periphery in José Luís Guerín's En construcción
Chapter 7: Elisenda Marcer: The Raval on Stage: Limits and borders in Juan Mayorga's Hamelin
Chapter 8: Josep-Anton Fernàndez: Translating the Enigma: Ventura Pons’s Barcelona: un mapa
Chapter 9: Lidewij Tummers: Empowerment by visualization: experiences from Barcelona
Part III: Performing Barcelona
Chapter 10: Helena Buffery/ Àngels Margarit: Tracing the City in the URBS project and Solo por placer
Chapter 11: Maria Delgado: Performing Barcelona: cultural tourism, geography and identity
Chapter 12: Cariad Astles: Absent Bodies and Objects
Chapter 13: Anna Wilson: A Broken Mirror? Global/local images of Barcelona
Chapter 14: Carlota Caulfield: Talking about Visual Poetry: Interviews with J. M. Calleja, Gustavo Vega and Xavier Canals
The book is available at University of Wales Press and Amazon.com. and Amazon.com.