MANUEL ANGEL MACIA
I recently completed a PhD in the Art Department at Goldsmiths, University of London (2016). My practice-based project, titled Heterarchies and Missed Encounters, explores affects and effects of epistemic confusion through the speculative figure of the missed encounter. The project proposes a new performative term for debates on contemporary artistic practice and knowledge production: the missed encounter does not signal a lack of encounters, nor an encounter that should have taken place and/but/or did not for an (un)expected reason. The missed encounter is unstable, it can operate as: a missed prescription, the sad outcome of a failed meeting, a quarrel or a disagreement.
Drawing on diverse materials spanning conceptual art, science fiction, paraliterary production and European and Latin American philosophy the project performs and explores such missed encounters. The material brought into play in this project engages with the performative and self-actualising dimensions of textual production, tackling linguistic surpluses and the limits of knowledge products. Following this thrust, the project probes the productive ranges of a writing of the missed encounter.
My artistic work engages with graphics, textual practices, and formats of collaborative knowledge production. I have a long-standing interest in self-organised models of knowledge exchange in local artistic milieus.
My practice currently consists of: textual practices, installations, image manipulations, lecture-performances, and formats of collaborative knowledge production; these have been presented in the UK, Europe and Colombia.