About

Lara Garcia Diaz is a cultural activist and PHD researcher at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA). Since 2016, and thanks to the prestigious Odysseus Grant of the Flemish Scientific Fund (FWO), she is investigating cultural practices with commons-based approaches. She is part of the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO), an interdisciplinary team directed by sociologist Pascal Gielen. Lara has published in Academic journals such as Frame: Journal of Literary Studies (2017) or Art and Identity Politics (2018). She has moreover contributed in books such as What’s the Use (Valiz, 2016), It is the microorganisms that will have the last word (La Capella, 2018), Exploring Commonism (Valiz, 2018) or Prekariart (Universidad del País Vasco, 2018). She often collaborates in exhibitions and conferences as lecturer/researcher such as Prekariart (Bilbao, 2018) The reBirth of Marx(ism): Haunting the Future (Dublin, 2018) Wellness Center Future Proof (Antwerp, 2018), This is not a Love Song (Amsterdam, 2018), Commonism. On Cohabitation (Venice, 2018), Maintenance (Gent, 2019), Living Research: the Urgency of the Arts (London, 2019) or Culture for Solidarity (Seville, 2019).

2019…

Publications

Precarity as a common foundation for `Networks of Subsistence´ in the Academic Journal Art and Identity Politics , Vol.19 titled Precarious Condition and Art (Universidad de Murcia, January 2019)

Precarious Recipes: Networks of Subsistence in the book Prekariart. Labour in Contemporary Art: precariousness and alternatives (University of Bilbao, January 2019).

On Forms of Engagement in the issue From Precarity: PUB Journal #2 (Sandberg University Amsterdam, April 2019)

Symposium –  Conferences

Imagining new ways of Living together, Culture for Solidarity (Zemos98, Seville, April 2019)

Prelude Symposium, Oslo Biennial (Oslo, May 2019)

Key Lectures 

(des)inhabiting theory that (des)inhabits me in the Conference Living Research: the urgency of the Arts (Royal College, London, March 2019)

Doing the Dirty Work, Maintenance, De Ruimte (Gent, February 2019)

Metodologías Sub-alternas y Conocimiento(s) Situados, Escola Massana Art i Disseny de Barcelona, (Barcelona, March 2018)

Exhibitions

Maintenance, De Ruimte (Gent, February 2019)

Dispositivo Sudoroso, Museo de Torelló (Barcelona, May 2019)

Tarot, Chiquita Room (Barcelona, April 2019)

2018

Publications

`Precariat-A revolutionary class?´ in the book Commonism: a new aesthetic of the real edited by Pascal Gielen and Nico Dockx (Valiz, September, 2018).

`Induced legality and the art of building common infrastructures´ in the book Commonism: a new aesthetic of the real edited by Pascal Gielen and Nico Dockx (Valiz, September, 2018).

`About microorganisms and last word(s)… ´ in the book It is the microorganisms that will have the last word edited by Ariadna Rodriguez and Iñaki Álvarez (La Capella, June, 2018)

Symposium –  Conferences

Precarious Recipes: Networks of Subsistence, 1st International Conference Prekariart (Bilbao, January 2018)

CCQO public presentation (Berlin, February 2018)

Culture for Solidarity (Seville, March 2018)

CCQO public presentation (Amsterdam, March 2018)

What Space does art need? (Barcelona, March 2018)

Precarious revolutionary agencies in common: beyond the proletariat and the precariat, The reBirth of Marx(ism): Haunting the Future (Dublin, May 2018)

Silent discussion, Wellness Future ProofMuseum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (MuHKA) (Antwerp, June 2018)

Swamp Pavilion, Commonism. On Cohabitation. Exploring Assembly, next to Emma Thurlow and Juliana Simoes, 16th Mostra Internazionale di Architectura, (Venice, September 2018).

Key Lectures 

Precarisation – Forms of coalition and struggle in Common, Escola Massana Art i Disseny de Barcelona, (Barcelona, March 2018)

Grey Zone, Civil disobedience, De Ruimte (Gent, May 2018)

A more-than-human Economy. Anxiety, precariousness and affective struggle. Precarious Pavilion, Don’t Eat The Microphone (DETM) (Gent, June 2018)

A field of Equivocations. Embodied Uncommons. Together with curator Juan CanelaMuseum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (MuHKA) (Antwerp, June 2018)

This is (not) a love song, Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, October 2018)

Exhibitions

La Musea, Can Felipa (Barcelona, May-August 2018)

A more-than-human Economy. Anxiety, precariousness and affective struggle. Precarious Pavilion, Don’t Eat The Microphone (DETM) (Gent, June 2018)

Long term Research

CCQO – Sustainable Creativity in the Post-Fordist City

2017

Publications

Precarity as an Artistic Laboratory for Counter-Hegemonic labour organization in the Academic Journal Frame: Journal of Literary Studies (Utrecht -Netherlands, 2017)

Symposium –  Conferences

Integrated. Between Creativity and Criminality, (Antwerp, November 2017)

Convergent Spaces, (Madrid, October 2017)

Artistic Constitution of the Common City, (Antwerp, March 2017)

Future Proof?!, (Rotterdam, February 2017)

Key Lectures 

Universitat de Belles Arts de Barcelona (Barcelona, 2017)

Escola Massana Art i Disseny de Barcelona (Barcelona, 2017)

Long term Research

CCQO – Sustainable Creativity in the Post-Fordist City

Precarious and (self)organized: and action framework for counter-hegemonic labour organization (Working title)

Institutional (Art) Ecosystem – next to Quim Packard, Angela Palacios, Caterina Almirall and Ariadna Rodriguez

Unfold: Mediation by Reinterpretation

2016

Publications

The Garden City Movement and its Modern Afterlife: Pla Macià

Cultural Policies: Agendas of Impact

Key Lectures

Dog Time – Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam, October 2016)

Long term Research

Unfold: Mediation by Reinterpretation

2015

Key Lectures

Dog Time – Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam, October 2015)

Long term Research

Parrhèsia, or fearless speech in a Transparent Society

Método Móvil – Campo Adentro (INLAND)C

2014 

Long term Research – Exhibitions

White Paper: The Law

Arts Collaboratory