Saturday, 16 April 2011


CIA house, school, and artist residency

entrance lobby

living room at the artists' residence

basement for talks and workshops

CIA's rooftop

CIA/Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas, Buenos Aires
El Centro de Investigaciones Artísticas, founded by Graciela Hasper, Roberto Jacoby and Judi Werthein, is a non-profit organization under the legal umbrella of the Start Foundation. In the begining of 2006, during the International Residence for Argentine Artists (RIAA), these three artists engaged in an exhaustive discussion on art education. Since then, they investigated a number of teaching models and possible education environments. It took three years to analyze and find the means to realize a project that would establish a dialogue that could go beyond disciplinary and geographical frontiers. By the middle of 2009, CIA's infrastructure and project launch plans were in place. The development and continuity of this project depends on the engagement of artists, scholars, cultural private and public institutions and enterprises, as well as philanthropic organizations and individuals.

EL Centro de Investigaciones Artísticas is a physical and virtual space of interaction and debate for artists and thinkers from around the world, particularly but not exclusively, those in Latin America. The purpose of CIA is to provide critical tools for the formation and development of the artistic community in order to intervene in the constantly redefined cultural map of the moment. The work of CIA goes beyond the frontiers of genres and disciplines, with an emphasis on those that expand the borders of practice, genre and media; those that propose new ways of production, of exhibition and exchange; those that explore broader social contexts than the institutionalized one. Writers, musicians, philosophers, architects, designers, film-makers, historians, psychoanalysts, technologists, performers, photographers, visual artists, and theatrical artists, among many others, converge at CIA. The activities have a strong pedagogical component based on historic research and art theory conducted virtually and physically. A wide-ranging program of courses, workshops, seminars, presentations and conferences takes place at CIA's headquarters.

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