Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 80


New York

Performing.  New York,  17/01/2018

Pro Helvetia and IRL Artists Salon at Gibney Dance

On January 15, four Catalan artists and four Swiss artists will present their work in New York. Lali Álvarez, Claudia Cedó, Xesca Salvà, and Ariadna Peya, as well as the curator Anna Giribert (Fira Tàrrega) will attend an Artist Salon organized by Pro Helvetia (IRL’s Swiss counterpart) and Institut Ramon Llull at the Gibney Dance Center in Manhattan. Besides the presentation at the Gibney Dance Center, the artists will scout NYC locations from January 13 to 17.

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Performing.  Montreal,  10/01/2018

Montreal Bookstore Hosting Three Mercè Rodoreda Plays

From January 5 to 10, three plays by Merce Rodoreda, Death in Spring, Camelia Street, and In Diamond Square, will be performed at the l’Euguélionne bookstore in Montreal. 

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Thought.  Catalonia,  15/01/2018

Harvard Students in Catalonia!

Students enrolled in the Catalan studies program at Harvard University will participate in a seven-day trip to Barcelona, gaining direct contact with the language and culture they have been learning in the classroom. 

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Performing.  New York and New Jersey,  20/01/2018

Dreams of Sand by Sand Artist Borja González in New York and New Jersey

Borja González tells us, with only a little bit of sand and his hands, the story of two people throughout their lives, from the dreams that start building up during their childhood, through the experiences of their adult life. This nonverbal story carries audiences to moments filled with emotions. This show is accompanied by beautiful live music.

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Visual Arts.  San Francisco,  12/02/2018

Aída Miró: Tribute Paintings at the Roll Up Gallery

Using a combination of spraypaint, acrylics, and oil paint, Aída Miró has created portraits of Michael Jackson, James Brown, David Bowie, Jimmy Hendrix, Erikah Badu, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Mos Def, Jay Z, as well as Basquiat, Picasso and Frida Kalho. 



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The VI Ramon Llull Foundation Awards in Andorra

On December 4th in Andorra, the Ramon Llull Foundation presented its awards to honour people or institutions from outside of the Catalan linguistic domain who have worked to drive the international promotion of Catalan language and culture. The award winners at this sixth edition are Romanian translator Jana Balaccui Matei; Andalusian cultural producer Manuel Llanes; and linguist John Landaburu. This last individual has been awarded with the Ramon Llull International Award for Catalan Studies and Linguistic Diversity, which is awarded jointly by the Institut Ramon Llull and the Congress Foundation of Catalan Culture.

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Literature.  California,  31/12/2017

Catalan Futurist Manifesto digitized

Last fall the UC Berkeley Library became one of three libraries outside of Spain to own an original broadside of Contra els poetes amb minúscula: primer manifest català futurista (Against the poets in lowercase: the first Futurist manifesto) published in 1920 and is now the first institution in the world to have digitized it. Salvat-Papasseit’s famous collection of poems L’irradiador del port, i les gavines (1921), now housed in The Bancroft Library, was featured in the exhibition No Legacy || Literatura Electrónica installed in Doe Library’s Brown Gallery last year.

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Visual Arts.  Boston,  30/03/2018

Culture, Technology, and Society Collide: Big Bang Data at MIT Museum

The data we generate on our phones, sensors, social networks, photographs, and purchases can be stored and processed to reveal patterns. But what are they for? And who uses them? Big Bang Data explores social and technological innovation in the face of today's political, economic, and cultural challenges. 

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