Tabakalera inaugurates its new central theme, 'Exercise', with a 'Great Conversation' | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián
06-02-2018 09:30

Tabakalera inaugurates its new central theme, 'Exercise', with a 'Great Conversation'

This day of reflection and debate around the concept of 'exercise' will gather voices that come from critical theory, artistic practices, sports or pedagogy. The great conversation is the prelude to the project Exercise: the second breath which Tabakalera will work on during 2018-2019 with conferences, seminars, exhibitions and film and music seasons.

Ariketak: la segunda respiración (Exercise: the second breathing)  is the new thematic focus that Tabakalera offers for 2018-2019. An extensive programme will be created to include conferences, seminars, exhibitions and film and music seasons, in the same way as the project of the two previous years, Stimulants: circulation and euphoria.

This new project is long in scope and its starting point will be the concept of ‘exercise’ in its broadest meaning: ‘all those procedures that contain, for the person engaging in them, the objective of improvement’.

It will be based on the premise that the dichotomies that have historically defined Western thinking have to do with the separation between corporal exercise and mental exercise. A division that puts the body before the soul, the psychic before the somatic, emotion before reason.

The project will start on Saturday, February 10, with The Great Conversation, an intense day of debate that will bring together people from different areas such as critical theory, artistic practices, sports or education, with the aim of discussing if it is still possible to understand culture as a tool with the capacity to transform.



The session will begin at 11:00 am and end at 9:00 pm. It will take place in Room Z at Tabakalera, and will have three work groups. In each one, five people will participate by giving an initial presentation and then later taking part in a joint debate at the end of each block.

The first work group (11:00-13:30), titled ‘Dejarse hablar’/’Let yourself talk’, is based on the premise that, unlike other animal species, human beings are characterized by entrusting the totality of their existence to language. In this block, reflections will be made on the relations and tensions that arise between text and voice, means and ends, art and life, exercise, essay and completed work. Jon Mikel Euba(artist), Juan Carlos Rodríguez Delgado(philosopher), Ainara LeGardon (artist and musician), Tomás Pollán (philosopher) and Joaquín Vázquez Ruiz de Castroviejo(cultural producer) will participate in this work group.

After a small break at noon, the session will resume with the second work group (15:30-18:00), entitled ‘Andar contando’/'Count as you walk', which will focus on walking, the free activity par excellence and at the same time a method to promote reasoning and a way to identify the human condition in a gesture. María Belmonte Barrenetxea (writer), Gerard Horta (anthropologist and poet), Itziar Okariz (artist), Luis de la Cruz Salanova (historian and librarian) and Julio Villar (traveller, writer and mountaineer) will discuss this idea from their personal and professional point of view.

Finally, the session will end with a third work group (18:30-21:00), ‘Coreografías, mecánicas y movimientos’/'Choreographies, mechanics and movements', which will propose that new economic models demand a growing emotional attention and involvement, which has caused some thinkers today to speak of a tired society, unable to find any motivation. Ainara Elgoibar (artist), Amador Fernández-Savater (independent researcher and editor), Juan Gorostidi (tai chi teacher, writer and music critic), Juan Luis Moraza (artist) and Estibalitz Ezkerra (literary critic) will discuss this approach