Open call: from 15 July to 15 September, 2020.

The Papers of the Exhibition (1977-2017) is a collaborative project between Bulegoa z/b and Azkuna Zentroa which aims to study certain exhibitions that took place between 1977 and 2017. To that end, different international encounters will take place, each one focused on a particular decade.

So far, three meetings have been held. The first one in 2016 in Prologue format, and the other two in 2017 and 2019, focused on the decades between 1977 and 1987 and between 1987 and 1997, respectively. The next meeting will be held on 21 and 22 October 2020, in an online and in-person edition, where cases from the 1997-2007 decade will be studied.

In addition to the guest talks, four communications will be presented, selected from those submitted between 15 July and 1 September. The papers will be chosen following a review of the abstracts by the selection committee made up of members from Azkuna Zentroa, Bulegoa z/b and the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea.

The symposium will be preceded by a workshop, in which materials relating to the symposium contents will be worked on. The workshop will take place on 6, 7, 13 and 14 October. Peio Aguirre will direct one of the sessions.

Guest speakers: Yaiza Hernández, Lisette Lagnado, Maria Lind, Ruth Noack, Azucena Vieites, WHW.

An exhibition is a set of objects assembled in a specific physical space. Anyone visiting the exhibition discovers shapes, artefacts which occupy the same space-time framework in which the visitor finds herself. This circumstance enables the viewer to walk and trace itineraries through the space, to access a direct, although mediated, encounter between her body and those objects.

An exhibition is also a device which enables displays and overflows from that same given space-time framework. The years encompassed by this fourth meeting coincide with the turning point in the development of digital technologies and the acceleration of globalisation processes, as well as their effects on the context of art. During this decade some exhibitions will put the potential of the exhibition device into practice. Held within the context of the New Normal, this fourth meeting presents some of those practical implementations as examples in which the exhibition is shown as a critical instrument, a discursive tool that intends to produce public space.

Proposals should be sent to along with the following documentation:
Personal information
Brief curriculum vitae (maximum one page).
Summary of the proposed paper (maximum 1,000 words).

– 15 July to 15 September: submission of proposals.
– 7 September: publication of accepted proposals.
– Until 18 September: submission of complete papers.
– 21 September: evaluation of papers.
– Until 5 October: review.