The political imagination and the collective intelligence


The political imagination and the collective intelligence

a workshop by Jennifer Flores Sternad & Fran Ilich 

This workshop will explore questions related to the potential of the space of production, as well as the cultural practices involved in social transformation and the creation of radical political projects (and ther imaginaries). Taking into account the place cultura occupies in contemporary social orders (and the one they could have in possible social orders) can open possibilities for creation that are innovative, artistically creative, as well as engaged with the present. 

 In Friday's public session (5pm - 8pm) the participants will be:

 Jennifer Flores Sternad, Alberto HIjar, Cristina Hijar and Fran Ilich, with Inti Meza Villarino as moderator

We will take a look at a broad range of paradigms and methodolofies that connect practice and theory of art to the political and micro-political, including case studies of work generated by the workshop coordinators in México, Latin America, USA, Europe and South Korea, and we will also have distinguished guests in our sessions, who are active at the intersection of art and activism in mexico.

During saturday's session (11 am - 5pm) we will focus in questions of political narrative, aesthetical innovation (and continuities), the work of artists within social movements, sustainable engaged practices and the question of how to bring the formal and conceptual into the actual practice.

Among our guests will be:

 Mina Navarro <>

Gregory Berger <>

 Sunday's session (11am-5pm) will deal with militant research and creative means to sustain a translocal network, cells that connect to networks and counter-public spheres. One of the case studies will be the CIA (Collective Intelligence Agency), a platform and archive for militant research started by the workshop coordinators. We expect some of the participants of the workshop will join the CIA ranks. 

Among our guests we will have:

León Felipe Echenique <>

Comité Cerezo <> <> 


Friday, October 14, 17:00 - 20:00
Saturday, October 15, 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday, October 16, 12:00 - 17:00
Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Mexico City

the not i project is made possible with support from : Celeste, Patronato de Arte Contemporaneo A.C. , Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Difusión Cultural UNAM, Grupo Habita and U.S. Embassy.

el instituto, currently headquartered in Mexico City, is a not-for-profit organization that generates exhibitions, conferences, workshops, courses and platforms for other events. el instituto is committed to the exploration of the overlap between art, culture, politics, activism and human rights theory and practice, both locally and internationally. Having no physical site of its own, el instituto functions symbiotically, hosted by cultural or academic institutions, while also operating in less official spaces and capacities. 

Spatial Practices in Revolution is the second series of public events in the ongoing research project Not I: The Performative Speech Act and the Sovereign Subject. The performances and workshops are organized by el instituto and will take place atCCU Tlatelolco, UNAM and Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola .

People: Fran Ilich