The Cultural Negotiation of Science  
Department of Arts  
Northumbria University 

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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Blanca Pujals

Blanca Pujals is an architect, spatial researcher and writer whose work examines the material conditions of representation through a wide approach to the idea of architecture. She got her BA in Architecture at Barcelona School of Architecture. She completed her studies with a MA in Critical Theory and Museum Studies at the Independent Studies Program of MACBA Museum tutored by the philosopher Paul B.Preciado. She was recently a postgraduate at the Centre for Research Architecture (Visual Cultures Department) directed by Eyal Weizman and Susan Schuppli, at Goldsmiths University of London.

 

She is currently developing her practice-led PhD in Arts and Sciences at the BxNU Institute (Baltic Center for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University) and Cultural Negotiation of Science research group, about the geopolitics and aesthetics of the Fundamental Science infrastructures, based at Baltic 39. Her project A Synthetic Universe. The Unmaking of Microscopic Bonds in Transnational Space, proposes an artistic reading of these new architectures for containing and artificially reproducing the fundamental laws of nature while questioning how they amplify political and new material interactions. These hybrid urban environments are comprised of a number of scientists, particles, politics and technologies working together for the production of knowledge, and to translate a world not perceptible to humans. Thus, elementary particles laboratories are producing hybrid systems of transnational and transhuman collaborations. The project aims to explore particle physics and its infrastructure, that is, the physical and spatial articulations of contemporary science.

 

Her research is let through a critical spatial practice as a form of research to engage with questions of contemporary culture, philosophy of science and transnational politics, developing tools for undertaking analysis through different visual and sonic devices. Her work encompasses film, architecture, lectures, curatorial projects and critical writing. Her last recent film projects are ‘Specular Technologies’ (2015), ‘Bodily cartographies: Pathologizing the body and the city’ (text published in The Funambulist nº7, 2016) and ‘A Synthetic Universe’ (2016. Text Published in The Live Creature and Ethereal Things: Physics in Culture, by Arts Catalyst, 2018), and the curatorial project ‘Geographies and forms of power’ in Tabakalera (2017-2018). Currently, she teaches ‘Design and Politics’ at the MA and Grade in Critical and Experimental Design at BAU University in Barcelona.

Contact: blanca.pujals@northumbria.ac.uk