A group of researchers could reveal what up to now appeared as one of the best preserved secrets in the history of tango. Based in interviews, old documents, antique scores and worn pictures which remained hidden for years, they confirmed scientifically the black influence in the origin of the most representative musical genre in Argentina.
A group of researchers analyzes the communicational Exchange between dancers and people who were not trained in this artistic discipline. Through the application of new compositional methods in dance, the professionals study the effects of the integration of people foreign to the world of dance at the moment of artistic creation. The reflective capacity of dance to “open doors” to other spheres of life and its connection with every day social practices.
Professor Dominique Maingueneau, author of fundamental texts for Semiotics, Rhetoric and Discourse Analysis visited Buenos Aires to give a conference. The Area of Art Critic had a meeting with the prestigious author to revise his career in the intellectual field, the role of arts’ criticism in society, the media and the crisis of university teaching.
In the different research fields there are problems which require specific methodologies to be solved. The slipping of the research “about” arts towards a perspective “in” arts, the determination and reach of this disciplinary field, the resulting artistic productions and the generation of new knowledge were some of the debates given during a meeting of researchers organized by the IUNA.
Cinema was born as a technological invention and it has come closer to sciences as a registration or popularization tool. However, scientific cinema is a medium with its own language and regulations. The expansion of specific spreading channels, such as digital TV, the State’s support through public policies and the new Media Law were some of the topics dealt with by specialists who integrated the international jury of the Scientific Film and Video Festival of the Mercosur Cinecien, organized by the IUNA.
After a year of the earthquake occurred at Port Prince, the BS in Restoration and Conservation Viviana Domínguez directed a team in charge of restoring three murals of religious topics which survived to the catastrophe. The specialist trained local artists and carpenters in order to make conservation tasks on the murals, considered as a landmark for representing Haiti’s pictorial culture, which gathers characteristics of African and Creole art of the Latin American Caribbean.
Patricia Ávila is a plastic artist which runs a research project about the topic of the extraordinary in the contemporary art. In a dialogue with InfoUniversidades, the teacher and researcher of the Arts’ School defines her object of study and recovers a working experience in the penitentiary of San Martín in the city of Córdoba. By means of the recount of this work she explains how the unexpected emerges, the breaking in a strongly homogeneized context from the institutional.
In a globalized society, the university is a key piece in the processes of economic and social modernization, an active agent with the mission of generating and transferring knowledge. This was indicated by Dr. Rogelio Conde Pumpido, director of management and assessment of Research and Development by the University of Santiago de Compostela, who offered a workshop in the IUNA and stated the necessity of re-thinking the role of universities.
The advent of reality shows produced a cult of the trivial. The genesis of this phenomenon can be traced in the burst of every day life in Art during the twentieth century and in the blurred limits between the media and Art. In a conference offered in the IUNA, the well-known researcher of the media François Jost, analyzed the possible links between TV-reality and artists such as Warhol and Duchamp, the redefinition of “the real” on TV and the role of politicians as “heroes of the reality show”.
The 25th of March, 2011 died Hugo Midón. Actor, author and director, he was the founder of a new theatre for children which turned him into a referent of the infantile scenario. He worked with every day objects to which he gave the magic of turning them into works of art. The creator of the school of theatre Río Plateado and source of inspiration of the awards “Hugo” to music hall leaves a prodigious legacy.
Arts Therapy takes tools of visual arts to form group workshops with therapeutic aims. This discipline implies an approach through which the patients build a positive and confidence bond to communicate their problem, which helps them to find creative spaces and ways of expression. In the IUNA there is a post graduate course of specialization in this practice, which includes experiences in the day hospital “José T. Borda”.
Teachers and students of the National University of Cuyo develop a technique to elaborate handmade ecologic paper with natural products of the area and investigate what are the most adequate methods to give it color and durability. The handmade system is based on a historical technique applied by Chinese people 2000 years ago. The participants of the initiative project to build a handmade paper plant with production and selling of all the materials.
In the location of objects in a house, in the decorative plan of any space or in the disposition of a set table there are a group of practices which can be understood as aesthetic. That is why a research project from the IUNA investigates the spaces where objects are not exposed in terms of art or artistic product, but constitute everyday life’s aesthetic practices.
Researchers carry out a project which analyzes the ergonomic design conditions of the classrooms’ equipment to obtain models which permit a healthy posture and better school performance. The work has as its main objectives to avoid posture defects such as the spine curves’ ciphosis in children in developing age and bone growth at the same time as rising conscience and train parents, teachers, students, furniture manufacturers and government organisms.
From a research project there were built packing boxes with multiple uses which consider the current standards for conservation, exhibition and transport of valuable objects and art pieces. The designed boxes have a humidity indicator which permits to control the ideal conditions, displays to observe the conditions of the works’ contents and removable trays for carrying them to the place where the material will be consulted.