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2020 Programme

Programme 2020 (PDF)


Rehearsing the Future

Imagining, inventing, rehearsing the future: this is the leading thread that runs through the CCCB’s proposal for 2020. We are living in a time of great uncertainty and rapid change, a dystopian present marked by climate emergency and the rise worldwide of a far right set on denying the future. Scientific and technological advances in the field of robotics, artificial intelligence or biomedicine are also raising radical questions about the future of the human condition, and the traditional structurers of individual and collective lives, such as work or gender, are in a state of flux. Meanwhile, our world seems to be dominated by the desire for apartheid and to have lost its utopian drive. Faced with a convulsive social, political and ecological reality, the CCCB sets out to reinvent the future by means of a critical awareness of the present. Because without future there is no freedom, and culture, which is based on freedom of expression and creation, has the potential to emancipate and the strength to imagine other possible futures.

To do so, the CCCB bases its programme on three main projects that address some of the questions with the greatest impact on our lives: our relation with screens, coexistence with the other, and our relationship with the planet. The curtain raiser is an exhibition about videogames that draws on the tradition of the CCCB’s shows about cinema and television to analyse the cultural world concealed behind one of today’s principal means of expression. It is followed by an exhibition about William Kentridge, the artistic voice of the anti-apartheid struggle which, based in Johannesburg, continues to question the world with the truly multidisciplinary approach of this total creator. The year closes with a big project about Mars, the red planet, the god of war turned into a myth of science fiction and literature that has become a mirror of our wounded world.

Throughout 2020, the CCCB will be promoting its programmes of thinking and literature, vindicating the value of the word as a fundamental means of quality public debate that uses freedom of expression, multilingualism and imagination as a way of being in the world. In a society dominated and saturated by images, the CCCB will also consolidate its audiovisual programme as part of a very necessary school of ways of seeing, made up of cinema, photography, series and video creation.

Finally, the CCCB is opening a programme of mediation by means of which it aims to respond to this new context marked by technologies that have radically transformed ways of producing and accessing culture. Cultural spaces have long ceased to be temples of knowledge and need to be rethought, opened up, and new links forged. For this reason, the CCCB will be a centre for trial and experimentation, a place that is open to learning and to the exchange of voices and ways of seeing. We aim to renew our commitment to the present, to the here and now, by forging links and creating spaces for meeting, hand to hand, spaces where it is possible to devirtualise and celebrate the world.

Judit Carrera,
Director of the CCCB