About

Lara García Díaz is a cultural activist and a social theorist at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA) and the University of Antwerp (UA). Since 2016, and thanks to the prestigious Odysseus Grant of the Flemish Scientific Fund (FWO), she is investigating politics of precarity and cultural practices with commons-based approaches through the lens of feminist theories. Lara is part of the Culture Commons Quest Office (CCQO), an interdisciplinary research team that focuses on the commons in cities as a pivotal resource for a sustainable creative labour. She is also one of the members of the collective Larre, which aim is to develop and put into use, together with other agents, critical tools and feminist practices with which to reconstruct theories and modes of operation in the current cultural sector.

Publications

‘Por amor al arte’ (2020). In: Ángel Calvo Ulloa (ed.), La cuestión es ir tirando, (pp.15-19). Madrid: La Fábrica.

‘The potency of Commoning’ (2020). In: Dorothée Dupuis & Diego del Valle (ed.) No Money, No Problem (issue 17) Terremoto, (pp.33-39). México: Motto Books.

‘On Forms of Engagement’ (2019). In: Ada Reinthal & Maike Statz & Aimée Theriot & Theresa Büchner & Maria Muuk (ed.), From Precarity: PUB Journal #2 , (pp.33-38) Amsterdam: Sandberg University Amsterdam.

‘Precarious Recipes: Networks of Subsistence’ (2018). In: Concepción Elorza & Arturo Cancio & Beatriz Cavia (ed.) Prekariart. Labour in Contemporary Art: precariousness and alternatives (pp. 235-258) Bilbao: University of Bilbao.

`Precarity as a common foundation for Networks of Subsistence´(2018) In: Precarious Condition and Art (Vol.19 ) Art and Identity Politics . Murcia: Universidad de Murcia.

‘Precariat – A revolutionary class?’ (2018). In: Pascal Gielen & Nico Dockx (ed.) Commonism: a new aesthetic of the real (pp.169-181) Amsterdam: Valiz.

‘Induced legality and the art of building common infrastructures’ (2008). In: Pascal Gielen & Nico Dockx (ed.) Commonism: a new aesthetic of the real (pp.253-264) Amsterdam: Valiz.

About microorganisms and last word(s)…’  (2018). In: Ariadna Rodriguez & Iñaki Álvarez (ed.) It is the microorganisms that will have the last word (pp. 48-53) Barcelona: La Capella.

Precarity as an Artistic Laboratory for Counter-Hegemonic labour organization’ (2017). In: Frame: Journal of Literary Studies Issue 30:2 (pp. 41-59) Utrecht: Utrecht University.

‘Pla Macià, The GHarden City Movement and its afterlife’ (2016). In: Nick Aikens & Thomas Lange & Jorinde Seijdel & Steven the Thije (ed.) What’s the Use? (pp.78-91) Amsterdam: Valiz

Cultural Policies: Agendas of Impact (2016) Lara García Díaz, Cristina Marques Moran (ed.). Kunstlicht magazine Issue 37:1. Amsterdam: Vrije University.

Conferences

Biting the Order (2020). As part of the public program of ZonaMACO’20 (México)

Chapter 1 #Art production within a locality (2019). As part of the public program of the Oslo Biennial (Oslo)

Life on Mars, Towards a Metamorphosis? (2019). As part of the public program of L.I.V.I.N.G (Milán).

What is Care worth giving? (2019). As part of the international Conference Historical Materialism, in Nau Bostik (Barcelona).

Doing the Dirty Work (2019). As part of the public program of the exhibition Maintenance, in De Ruimte (Gent).

Metodologías Sub-alternas y Conocimiento(s) Situados (2019). Key lecture in Escola Massana Art i Disseny de Barcelona (Barcelona)

An Act of Love (2019).As part of the public program This Design Dialogue, Ghostwriting Files x Onamatopee, in Het nieuweinstituut (Rotterdam)

Who Cares while imagining the Impossible? (2019). As part of the international conferenceIntegrated: Radical Imagination, in De Singel (Antwerp)

 (Des)inhabiting theory that (des)inhabits me (2019). As part of the academic conference Living Research: the urgency of the Arts, in Royal College London (London)

Imagining new ways of Living together (2019). As part of the public program of Culture for Solidarity (Seville)

Prologue Symposium (2019). As part of the public program of the Oslo Biennial (Oslo)

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

Grey Zone (2018).  As part of the public program of the exhibition Civil disobedience, in De Ruimte (Gent)

A more-than-human Economy. Anxiety, precariousness and affective struggle (2018). As part of the public program of Precarious Pavilion, Don’t Eat The Microphone  (Gent)

A field of Equivocations. Embodied Uncommons (2018). As part of the public program of the exhibition Wellness Future Proof in the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (MuHKA) (Antwerp).

Silent discussion, (2018). As part of the public program of the exhibition Wellness Future Proof in the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (MuHKA) (Antwerp).

On Forms of Engagement (2018). As part of the conference This is (not) a love song in Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam)

Precarious Recipes: Networks of Subsistence (2018). As part of the 1st International Conference Prekariart (Bilbao)

What Space does art need? (2018). As part of the public program of Campamento Base, a project by FirePlace Project (Barcelona).

Precarious revolutionary agencies in common: beyond the proletariat and the precariat, (2018). As part of the academic conference The reBirth of Marx(ism): Haunting the Future (Dublin).

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

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

Collective Architecture (2017). As part of the international Conference Integrated. Between Creativity and Criminality, in DeSingel (Antwerp)

Artistic Constitution of the Commons City (2017). Group Discussion, with Lies Michielsen (Antwerp), This is Tomorrow (Dit is Morgen), Thomas Decreus (Brussels), Swinnen (Ghent), Kobe Matthys (Brussels) and moderated by Lara García Díaz (Barcelona) & Sara Weyns (Antwerp). (Antwerp).

 Re-mediation (2017). As part of the International Symposium Future Proof?!, in Stedelijk Museum Schiedam(Rotterdam).

Giving sense to the Utility of Art (2015). Key lecture in the study program Dog Time at the Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam).

Parrhèsia, or fearless speech in a Transparent Society (2015). Group discussion as part of the ‘Think Tank Labs’ of Parrhèsia, a project by SIGN+ and Minerva Art Academy (Groningen).