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CCCB Interviews

We speak with some of the most important names on the international cultural scene to get their ideas and thoughts out to you in an enjoyable and informative way. Each month, we publish a round of “CCCB Interviews” about the internet and digital culture, feminisms, climate change, science and the humanities, cities and public space, philosophy, language and literature, populisms and post-capitalism, as well as many other topics.

 

N. Katherine Hayles: “We need a more comprehensive view of cognition”

Katherine Hayles is one of the most relevant authors in the field of posthumanism. Her work places the focus on materiality and cognition and criticises the understanding of humans as autonomous and independent subjects. In the age of AI, her ideas lead us to a new vision of human evolution. Read ...

Alana Portero: “Cynicism is reactionary”

After the success of her first novel, the writer Alana Portero says she feels herself to be in a privileged position. But the road has not been easy: Bad Habit comes after years of work done between care, poems and media columns. Between fiction and activism – this ...

Lea Ypi: “My idea of freedom is a moral idea”

Lea Ypi was eleven years old when her country, Albania, began to transition from communism to a liberal democratic system. With the fall of the regime, the idea of having grown up in a free country also evaporated, while at the same time she realised that the freedom of capitalism was another ...

Cas Mudde: “The far right is normalised”

Cas Mudde is one of the world’s leading experts on the far right, a movement about which he has written seven books and has been following closely from a young age. His contribution helps us to put into context and understand what stripe of far right we’re dealing with at a ...

Cristina Rivera Garza: “To write is to create empty space”

In this interview, Cristina Rivera Garza, director of the Ph.D. in Creative Writing in Spanish at the University of Houston – the first Ph.D. of its kind in the United States – gives us a master class on writing as a process and as a collective act of accompanying readers. Read ...

Anil Seth: “Reality is a controlled hallucination”

With his tireless activity as a science writer and theories such as the predictions our brain makes when it perceives reality and configures our experience of it, the British neuroscientist Anil Seth has become one of the most representative and authoritative voices in the study of consciousness. He is the author of numerous important articles and of a best-selling book in which he tries to explain the meaning of what it feels like to be ourselves: he doesn’t talk about identity, but encourages us to be aware of the privilege of being an organism that is alive and knows it. ...

Judit Carrera: “The purpose of cultural centres is to generate connections”

Interview with Mathieu Potte-Bonneville and Judit Carrera

In a world affected by the pandemic, the climate crisis, technological transformations and war, museums and cultural centres are re-examining their role and involvement in society. In this conversation, Mathieu Potte-Bonneville, Director of the Culture and Creation Department at the Centre ...

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Boris Lehman: “For me, life and film are indivisible”

Despite a prolific career and a strong presence in arthouse cinemas and festivals, Boris Lehman is unknown to the general public. His experimental films are made at an unhurried pace, working with few resources and non-professionals. Films full of simplicity and everydayness, where the work ...

Jason Y. Ng: “Violence will only lead to more escalated violence”

Hong Kong has become the canary in the coalmine in a world marked by the tensions between the demands of complex societies and the power structures incapable of fitting in with them. We talk with Jason Y. Ng about what makes Hong Kong a case to be followed with attention. Read the full article