All institutions declare the benevolence of their origins: to satisfy a need, to fulfil a just aspiration. Thus, every institution oscillates between need and utopia, forming a complex network of practices and mediums, possibilities and interests, where errors, deviations and perversions are also manifested. Paradoxically, only in this anomalous space can the institution be truly inhabited. Only from inside this mesh can it name a beyond and permeate its limits in the drift towards an extraneous space, towards an exteriority where the institution, which is realised as it dissolves, is no longer able to truly fulfil the destiny to which it supposedly aspires. It is from these premises that ideas reverberate to foster the institutional health set in motion by exiled psychiatrist Francesc Tosquelles. Since December 2022, via the programme Perturbable School II, seminars on political violence and institutions, the work of Margarita Azurdia, and other situated voices, this Temporary Intensity Zone raises questions around the illness and healing of the institutions that shape us and the bodies with which we traverse and make them.
Thursday, 1, and Friday, 2 December 2022 - Check programme
Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200 and online platform
Free, until full capacity is reached, with prior ticket collection at the Museo’s Ticket Offices or on the Museo Reina Sofía website from 10am on the penultimate working day before the activity. A maximum of 2 per person
Nouvel Building, Protocol Room and online platform
Free, until full capacity is reached, with prior ticket collection at the Museo’s Ticket Offices or on the Museo Reina Sofía website from 10am on 5 December. A maximum of 2 per person. Doors open 30 minutes before the activity
Friday, 3, and Saturday, 4 February 2023 - Check programme
Nouvel Building, Workshops and Protocol Room; Sabatini Building, Floor 3
Free, until full capacity is reached, with prior email registration by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, until 28 February, stating personal details (name, surname[s], place and date of birth), personal reasons for participation, places related to mental health approaches i.e. activism, academia, institutions, and so on
Episode 1. Avant-garde Territories: City, Architecture and Magazines
This podcast features an interview with researcher and visual artist María Ruido on her film Estado de malestar (State of Malaise, 2019), which centres on an analysis of malaise and illness stemming from capitalism in the Information Age. The film, structured around the voices of different activist groups in mental health and intellectuals, deals with themes that include overmedication and discourses on danger and security as mechanisms of silencing and maintaining the system of production. Estado de malestar is also part of the final chapter of the rehang of the Museo Reina Sofia Collection: Episode 8. Exodus and Communal Life (Sabatini Building, Floor 1).