Marco Baravalle in conversation with Manuel Borja Villel Episode #3 of the podcast series No Land Ahoy! Drifting Conversations on Radical Art within the framework of The School of Mutation

Marco Baravalle talks to artists, curators and activists. From the phantom archive of activist art to the museo situado, from Afrofutirism to decolonisation of neoliberal museums, these constellations of radical art may help us trace possible routes through the drift of the present.


Borja Villel addresses his critical practice as a museum director. How to transform from within the neoliberal structure and functions of an art institutions? How to work with concepts such as “Museo situado”? How to create alliances with the subalterns instead of the wealthy? How to break the cause-effect relationship between museums and gentrification? How to dialogue with examples of radical art from the Global South avoiding cultural extractivism? How to work on an epistemological revolution of collections?


Manuel Borja-Villel is Director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) in Madrid and is one of the institutional agents of Spanish culture. Borja-Villel has directed three of the major art institutions in Spain: Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona (1990–1998); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, 1998–2008); and Museo Reina Sofía (2008–present). He has curated solo exhibitions of some of the most important artists of the last century: Marcel Broodthaers, Lygia Clark, James Coleman, Óyvind Fahlström, Luis Gordillo, Hans Haacke, Lygia Pape, Antoni Muntadas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Nancy Spero, Antoni Tàpies, Krzysztof Wodiczko, amongst others. His most recent book is titled Campos magnéticos: Escritos de arte y política (Arcadia, 2020).

ART FOR UBI (Manifesto) #3 | Assembly

Art for UBI Terraforming, courtesy of Emanuele Braga

Location / Lugar Museo Reina Sofia, Edificio Sabatini Jardin Date / Fecha: September 17 19:00

with Andy Abbot, Emanuele Braga, Marco Baravalle, Érik Bordeleau, Ilenia Caleo, Anna Cerdà Callís, Kuba Szreder.

Third public assembly organized by the ART for UBI (Manifesto) an initiative born within the framework of the activities of The School of Mutation by the Institute of Radical Imagination. The Pandemic of Covid19 has been correctly defined as a syndemic. The term clearly shows how pre-existing conditions of social, race, gender and environmental asymmetries, influenced the impact of Covid19, exposing to serious consequences poor and precarious workers, women and lgbtqia+ subjectivities, racialized and indigenous people and those living in areas more subjected to pollution and extractivism. In Europe (and elsewhere) thousands of billions of Euros are allocated to respond to the crisis. Unfortunately, at least from European perspective, it looks like the vast majority of these funds will go to the supply side, in the vain hope that financing private companies will have an overall positive impact on society. The result will be a further polarization of global richness, and the progressive impoverishment of millions of people. Contrary to this option, It is time to support the implementation of forms of universal, basic and unconditional income. We believe UBI is a struggle of primary importance in order to finally achieve a fair remuneration for the value freely extracted from our lives on a daily basis (for example through platform capitalism and through the still invisible care work performed mainly by women). We believe UBI will have a radical impact on social life, not only in terms of reducing poverty and precarity, but also freeing time and energies to build worlds where care, mutual aid and the commons become priorities.

Using the ART FOR UBI [Art for Universal Basic Income] Manifesto as its starting point, the IRI has been proposing discussions on the role that art and the world of cultural production should play in the fight for financial redistribution based on mutualism, methods of self-management of resources, access to the means of production and other solidarity practices. This activity begins in the Museum’s Sabatini Garden, with a “performative round table” based on the proposal of the artist Anna Rispoli, who regularly works on topics such as remuneration, income and the UBI (universal basic income), mixing performance, social research and conducting real experiments on how to share assets and financial resources.

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Location / Lugar: Museo Reina Sofia, Jardin Edificio Sabatini Date / Fecha: September 17, 18:00 Language / Idioma: Español Access / Entradas: Free until full capacity, free tickets available from Reina Sofia Museum website (here) from September 15

the performance introduces the Art for UBI #3 | assembly at 19:00

Using the ART FOR UBI [Art for Universal Basic Income] Manifesto as its starting point, IRI has been proposing discussions on the role that art and the world of cultural production should play in the fight for financial redistribution based on mutualism, methods of self-management of resources, access to the means of production and other solidarity practices. This activity begins in the Sabatini Garden of the Museum, with “One income many worlds” performative round table based on the proposal of the artist Anna Rispoli, who regularly works on topics such as remuneration, income and the UBI (universal basic income), mixing performance, social research and conducting real experiments on how to share assets and financial resources.

In the performance Una Renta, Muchos Mundos (One Income, Many worlds) a diversified group of people will perform a fictional assembly in the form of a public coral speech, where the hypothetical impact on their lives of a universal, basic and unconditional income is analyzed on the background of the current pandemic crisis. Is UBI a “simple” financial measure, or is it an essential tool for a radical alternative to the neoliberal reality we are experiencing? What about earning money unrelated to jobs and working hours? What about the possibility to say no to the blackmail of precarity? What about putting and end to race and gender asymmetries so common in today’s labor market? What about detoxing the planet from ecologically dangerous jobs? What about care and mutual aid in front of the endless invitation to be competitive individuals? These are some or the questions inspiring the public dialogue.The performance will be followed by the panel Art For Ubi #3 at the Museum Reina Sofia. 

On this occasion, an IRI team has worked to adapt Rispoli’s proposal and carry out a dramaturgy that takes up these lines from dialogue with a group of people who live and work in Spain, and who have participated in a series of interviews that have given rise to the dramaturgy of this performance. This research phase is part of the DESVÍO Open Program, a tool for dialogue and collective work promoted by hablarenarte / Planta Alta that aims to actuate and affect our immediate context.

Con el Manifiesto ART FOR UBI [Arte por la Renta Básica Universal] como punto de partida, el IRI viene proponiendo discusiones sobre el papel que el arte y el mundo de la producción cultural deben tener en la lucha por una redistribución financiera basada en el mutualismo, los métodos de autogestión de recursos, el acceso a los medios de producción y otras prácticas solidarias. Esta actividad comienza en el Jardín de Sabatini del Museo, con “Una renta muchos mundos” mesa redonda performativa basada en la propuesta de la artista Anna Rispoli, que trabaja regularmente temas como la remuneración, los ingresos y la RBU (renta básica universal), mezclando performance, investigación social y realizando experimentos reales sobre cómo compartir bienes y recursos financieros.

En la performance Una Renta, Muchos Mundos (One Income, Many worlds) un grupo diversificado de personas interpretará una asamblea ficticia en forma de discurso público coral donde se analiza el hipotético impacto en sus vidas de una renta universal, básica e incondicional en el contexto de la actual crisis pandémica. ¿Es la RBU una medida financiera “simple” o una herramienta fundamental para una alternativa radical a la realidad neoliberal que vivimos? ¿Qué pasa con ganar dinero no relacionado con el trabajo y las horas de trabajo? ¿Y la posibilidad de decir no al chantaje de la precariedad? ¿Qué hay de poner fin a las asimetrías de raza y género tan comunes en el mercado laboral actual? ¿Qué hay de desintoxicar el planeta de trabajos ecológicamente peligrosos? ¿Qué pasa con el cuidado y la ayuda mutua frente a la interminable invitación a ser individuos competitivos? Estas son algunas de las preguntas que inspiran el diálogo público La actuación será seguida por el panel Art For Ubi # 3 en el Museo Reina Sofía.

En esta ocasión, un equipo del IRI ha trabajado para adaptar la propuesta de Rispoli y realizar una dramaturgia que retome estas líneas a partir del diálogo con un grupo de personas que viven y trabajan en España, y que han participado en una serie de entrevistas que han dado lugar a la dramaturgia de esta performance. Esta fase de investigación, se enmarca dentro del Programa Abierto de DESVÍO una herramienta de diálogo y trabajo colectivo impulsada por hablarenarte / Planta Alta que se propone accionar y afectar nuestro contexto inmediato.

Based on an idea by / Basado en una idea de Anna Rispoli, Einkommen. Die Bedingugslose Rede, Wiener Festwochen 2021 Concept Concepto Marco Baravalle, Elena Blesa, Emanuele Braga, Sara Buraya Boned, Gabriella Riccio, Anna Rispoli Text / Texto Marco Baravalle, Elena Blesa, Emanuele Braga, Gabriella Riccio, Anna Rispoli and 14 citizens of Madrid and Barcelona Direction / Dirección: Gabriella Riccio Research & Interviews / Investigación y Entrevistas: Gabriella Riccio with the collaboration of Ana Campillos, Maite Gandulfo, Maria Mallol, Celina Poloni – With the support of / Apoyan Hablarenarte / Planta Alta

With the participation of / Con la participación de: Miguel Ángel Álvarez Tornero, Andrei Alexandru Mazga, Sara Babiker Moreno, Elena Blesa Cabéz, Amalia Caballero, José Antonio Campillos Martín-Consuegra, Constanza Cisneros, Ana Gutiérrez Borreguero, Sebastián Laina, Mar Núñez, Lucía Núñez Ortega, Gabriella Riccio, Juan Manuel Rodriguez, Hella Spinelli

A production by / Una producción de: Institute of Radical Imagination, FfAI Foundation for the Arts Activities / Museo Reina Sofia


Anna Rispoli is an Italian artist and director, who lives and works in Brussels. Anna created Income. The Unconditional speech commissioned by Wiener Festwochen Festival 2021. She was a member of the artists collective ZimmerFrei, who participated in international festivals and exhibitions such as the 50th Biennale di Venezia, Manifesta 07, Biennale Valencia, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Visions du Réel Nyon, Festival Internationale del Film di Roma, Torino Film Festival, or Film Fest Gent. Anna Rispoli works across the boundaries of the artistic creation with civil space, making a performative use of the urban fabric in order to explore the relationship between humans, cities, and identities. Her works include Les Marches de la Bourse in which she reunited political activists of the last fifty years in a meta-demonstration claiming the right to demonstrate, her series of light shows Vorrei tanto tornare a casa about an apartment block’s residents’ attitude towards cohabitation, and the Waterfront Cycle with pieces produced in Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Kortrijk and Abu Dhabi. In the 2020 project A certain value, Rispoli developed a participative performance out of her research exploring mutualization practices developed by five European communities. Anna Rispoli is part of Common Wallet, a union of Brussels-based artists with a practice of economic solidarity.


Gabriella Riccio is artist-choreographer, curator, activist and researcher based in Madrid and Naples. She is artis in residence at Planta Alta / Hablarenarte, Madrid in the framework of Desvío 2021 and in this framework she is researcher and director of the performance “Una renta, muchos mundos”. With a professional career as author-choreographer with over 14 creations – ciagabriellariccio.com – and a background in political studies, cultural management and human rights she focuses on artistic production in its political dimension at the intersection with activism. Active in the movement for the commons and the Italian Movement of Self-Governed Cultural Spaces, as resident member of L’Asilo in Naples, she is speaker in numerous international conferences on cultural commons and participatory democracy and published essays – gabriellariccio.academia.edu – on the relationship between dance and philosophy, as well as on the intersection of ethics, aesthetics and politics.


Emanuele Braga co-founder of Macao center in MIlan. He is artist, researcher and activist. In addition to his work at Macao, he co-founded the dance and theatre company Balletto Civile (2003), the contemporary art project Rhaze (2011), as well as Landscape Choreography (2012), an art platform questioning the role of the body under capitalism. His research focuses on models of cultural production, processes of social transformation, political economy, labor rights and the institution of the commons.


Marco Baravalle is a member of S.a.L.E. Docks in Venice a collective and an independent space for visual arts, activism, and experimental theater located in what had been an abandoned salt-storage facility in Dorsoduro, Venice. Founded in 2007, its programming includes activist-group meetings, formal exhibitions, screenings, and actions. In addition to managing the diverse programming at S.a.L.E. Docks, Baravalle is currently a research fellow at INCOMMON (IUAV University of Venice). His fields of research include the relationship between art, theatre and activism, creative labor, gentrification, and the positioning of art within neoliberal economics.


Sara Buraya Boned is part of Museo en Red a Department of Public Activities of the Museo Reina Sofía where she was Coordinator of Cultural Programmes (2013-2015) and Coordinator of International Programs (2016-2019)as project manager for Our Many Europes. Europe’s Critical 90s and the Constituent Museum and The Uses of Art. The Legacy of 1848 and 1989 of European confederation of museums L’Internationale, and the programme Midstream. New Ways of Audience Development in Contemporary Art with the eipcp network. Within Museo en Red she works with platforms and agents of different scales to establishing ties with other communities or other institutional constructions, to produce a network of relationships aiming to generate critical thinking, actions and new forms of institutionality in the field of art, culture and politics. Her research and institutional work is crossed by the proposals of feminisms, other institutionalism, urban commons, archive and memory of social movements and politics of care.  She is currently member of the Editorial Board of L’Internationale online, and she is part of the collective projects Somateca, Archivos comunes and Calipsofacto.


Elena Blesa Cábez is a researcher, artist and cultural mediator based in Barcelona, Spain. Graduated in Fine Arts and master on Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thought, both at Barcelona. Currently, she is completing a masters on Contemporary Art History at Universidad Complutense, Madrid, hosted by Museo Reina Sofía. Her professional career is situated at a point between pedagogy and artistic production. Her research, mainly conducted from collective methodologies and dialectical practice, focuses on strategies that are being adopted from contemporary art to rethink the concept of citizenship in the Mediterranean current context. Since 2018, she’s an artist in residence at FASE, Space for the creation and thought (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat/Barcelona) and part of Espècies invasores collective.

Anna Rispoli es una artista y directora italiana que vive y trabaja en Bruselas. Ana es creadora de Income. The Unconditional speech encargada por el Festival Wiener Festvochen 2021. Fue miembro del colectivo de artistas ZimmerFrei, que participó en festivales y exposiciones internacionales como la 50a Biennale di Venezia, Manifesta 07, Biennale Valencia, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Visions du Réel Nyon, Festival Internationale del Film di Roma, Torino Film Festival , o Film Fest Gent. Anna Rispoli trabaja a través de los límites de la creación artística con el espacio civil, haciendo un uso performativo del tejido urbano para explorar la relación entre humanos, ciudades e identidades. Entre sus obras se encuentran Les Marches de la Bourse en la que reunió a activistas políticos de los últimos cincuenta años en una metamanifestación reivindicando el derecho a manifestarse, su serie de espectáculos de luces Vorrei tanto tornare a casa sobre la actitud de los residentes de un bloque de apartamentos hacia la convivencia, y el Waterfront Cycle con piezas producidas en Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Kortrijk y Abu Dhabi. En el proyecto 2020 Un cierto valor, Rispoli desarrolló una actuación participativa a partir de su investigación que explora las prácticas de mutualización desarrolladas por cinco comunidades europeas. Anna Rispoli es parte de Common Wallet, una unión de artistas con sede en Bruselas con una práctica de solidaridad económica.


Gabriella Riccio es artista-coreógrafa, comisaria, activista e investigadora afincada en Madrid y Nápoles. Es artista residente en Planta Alta / Hablarenarte, Madrid en el marco de Desvío 2021 y en este marco es investigadora y directora de la performance “Una renta, muchos mundos”. Con una carrera profesional como autora-coreógrafa con más de 14 creaciones – ciagabriellariccio.com – y una formación en estudios políticos, gestión cultural y derechos humanos se enfoca en la producción artística en su dimensión política en la intersección con el activismo. Activa en el movimiento por los comunes y el Movimiento Italiano de Espacios Culturales Autónomos, como miembro residente de L’Asilo en Nápoles Es ponente en conferencias internacionales sobre bienes comunes culturales y democracia participativa y ha publicado ensayos – gabriellariccio.academia.edu – sobre la relación entre danza y filosofía, así como sobre la intersección de la ética, la estética y la política.


Emanuele Braga cofundador del centro de Macao en Milano. Es artista, investigador y activista. Además de su trabajo en Macao, cofundó la compañía de danza y teatro Balletto Civile (2003), el proyecto de arte contemporáneo Rhaze (2011), así como Landscape Choreography (2012), una plataforma de arte que cuestiona el papel del cuerpo. bajo el capitalismo. Su investigación se centra en modelos de producción cultural, procesos de transformación social, economía política, derechos laborales y la institución de los bienes comunes.


Marco Baravalle es miembro de S.a.L.E. Docks en Venecia, un espacio colectivo e independiente para las artes visuales, el activismo y el teatro experimental ubicado en lo que había sido una instalación de almacenamiento de sal abandonada en Dorsoduro, Venecia. Fundada en 2007, su programación incluye reuniones de grupos de activistas, exposiciones formales, proyecciones y acciones. Además de gestionar la diversa programación en S.a.L.E. Docks, Baravalle es actualmente becario de investigación en INCOMMON (Universidad IUAV de Venecia). Sus campos de investigación incluyen la relación entre arte, teatro y activismo, trabajo creativo, gentrificación y el posicionamiento del arte dentro de la economía neoliberal.


Sara Buraya Boned forma parte del Departamento de Actividades Públicas del Museo en Red del Museo Reina Sofía donde fue Coordinadora de Programas Culturales (2013-2015) y Coordinadora de Programas Internacionales (2016-2019) como Project manager de Our Many Europes. Europa crítica de los noventa y el museo constituyente y los usos del arte. El legado de 1848 y 1989 de la confederación europea de museos L’Internationale, y el programa Midstream. Nuevas formas de desarrollo de la audiencia en el arte contemporáneo con la red eipcp. Dentro del Museo en Red trabaja con plataformas y agentes de diferentes escalas para establecer lazos con otras comunidades u otras construcciones institucionales, para producir una red de relaciones con el objetivo de generar pensamiento crítico, acciones y nuevas formas de institucionalidad en el campo del arte, la cultura y política. Su labor investigadora y institucional está atravesada por las propuestas de feminismos, otras institucionalidades, bienes comunes urbanos, archivo y memoria de movimientos sociales y políticas de cuidado. Actualmente es miembro del Comité Editorial de L’Internationale online, y forma parte de los proyectos colectivos Somateca, Archivos comunes y Calipsofacto.


Elena Blesa Cábez es investigadora, artista y mediadora cultural con sede en Barcelona, España. Licenciada en Bellas Artes y máster en Estudios Comparados en Literatura, Arte y Pensamiento, ambas en Barcelona. Actualmente, está cursando una maestría en Historia del Arte Contemporáneo en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, impartida por el Museo Reina Sofía. Su carrera profesional se sitúa en un punto entre la pedagogía y la producción artística. Su investigación, desarrollada principalmente desde metodologías colectivas y práctica dialéctica, se centra en estrategias que se están adoptando desde el arte contemporáneo para repensar el concepto de ciudadanía en el contexto actual mediterráneo. Desde 2018 es artista residente en FASE, Espacio para la creación y el pensamiento (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat / Barcelona) y forma parte del colectivo Espècies invasores.