Public action for Really Useful Knowledge

October 28, 2014 - February 9, 2015
Diego de Pozo, Whisperers, 2014
Diego de Pozo, Whisperers, 2014

free, until full capacity is reached. Access to all activities taking place in the galleries of the exhibition is by the entrance of the Sabatini Building, 30 minutes before the start of each activity, picking up an entry in the information desks. No need to go to the Ticket Offices. For the workshop Possible care and domestic struggles prior registration is needed

Really Useful Knowledge exhibition galleries
Other spaces:
Conversationalists A, Sabatini Building, Auditorium
Conversationalists B, Cuesta de Moyano, booth 20
Instigators C, Eskalera Karakola

A programme of actions and activities within the context of the exhibition Really Useful Knowledge, devised by the collective Subtramas (Diego del Pozo, Montse Romaní and Virginia Villaplana). These actions take place inside the galleries of the exhibition and feature participation from different social and cultural collectives.

The programme is made up of three types of actions, grouped under the name Conversationalists, Narrators and Instigators. Each typology encompasses actions linked, respectively, to the four questions that activate the mediation itineraries proposed by Subtramas: Why is learning together useful? (Route A), How do we activate our imagination to create happiness that differs from the one organised by capitalism? (Route B), What learning comes out of social movements? (Route C) and What can politically activate images? (Route D).

The Conversationalists present a series of conversations concerning the collective production of knowledge and experiences and their conflicts and effects.

The Narrators relate stories and text readings that compile a critical memory with the knowledge established.

The Instigators recount the conquests of social struggles via the strategies of representation used in present-day campaigns and citizen mobilisations.

The exhibition Really Useful Knowledge has been organised by the Museo Reina Sofía within the framework of the project “The Uses of Art” from the European network of museums L’Internationale.


Actividad pasada 28 october, 2014 - 22 january, 2015

Conversationalists A

October 28, 2014 - 6:30 p.m., Sabatini Building, Auditorium
What, How and for Whom (WHW), Subtramas (Diego del Pozo, Montse Romaní, Virginia Villaplana) , João Fernandes and Jesús Carrillo discuss art as really “useful” knowledge.


What, How and for Whom (WHW) is a curatorial collective founded in 1999. Based in Zagreb (Croatia), its members are Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović, curators of the Really Useful Knowledge exhibition.

Subtramas (Diego del Pozo, Montse Romaní, Virginia Villaplana) is an art research project concerned with digital visual culture and collaborative production. Its members participate in the exhibition as artists and have devised the programme Action for Really Useful Knowledge and the itineraries of the exhibition’s mediation programme.

João Fernandes is the Deputy Director of Art at the Museo Reina Sofía.

Jesús Carrillo is the Head of Cultural Programmes at the Museo Reina Sofía and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art History at the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Conversationalists B

November 20, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Contrabandos (the Independent Publishers Association of the Political Book) and the open and collaborative library Bookcamping engage in an open dialogue with the audience on the possibilities of publishing on the fringes of cultural industries.

On the same day, at 4.40 p.m., both collectives will construct, with the help of those in attendance, a book “tree” on new political imaginaries. Location: Cuesta de Moyano, booth 20, Madrid.


Contrabandos is an independent publishers association focused on the promotion of texts and materials with a strong political and social focal point: Tierradenadie, Proteus, Hiru, Pol-len, Bellaterra, El Viejo Topo, Txalaparta, Ned, La Oveja Roja, Octaedro, Icaria, Laertes and Ediciones del Oriente y del Mediterráneo.

Bookcamping is an open and collaborative digital library for reviewing and downloading content in diverse formats. It aims to socialise reading and encourage a culture of sharing.

Conversationalists C

January 10, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.
Esta es una Plaza (Madrid), El Patio Maravillas (Madrid), La Casa Invisible (Málaga) and Observatorio Metropolitano de Barcelona will discuss the learning that emerges from socio-cultural experiences, politics and knowledge revolving around a new citizenship.


Esta es una Plaza is an association set up around a public space, managed by local residents, where alternatives for outdoor leisure, exchange and socialisation are put forward.

El Patio Maravillas is a self-managed space located in the Malasaña neighbourhood of Madrid. It works towards a system of citizen participation and sets out to be a tool with which to build a new democracy. Different collectives are involved and offer diverse activities based on cooperation.

La Casa Invisible is a Social and Cultural Centre Managed by Citizens. Located in Málaga, it offers a space for cultural experimentation, training and new models of citizen management.

Observatorio Metropolitano de Barcelona is an open research group providing a critical analysis of urban commercialisation and the development of the public sphere in Barcelona.

Conversationalists D

January 22 enero, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
Las Lindes (CA2M), the collective Cine Sin Autor and staff from the Museo Reina Sofía’s Education Department discuss the development of audiovisual prototypes in the spheres of education and creation.


Las Lindes (CA2M) is a research and action group that works on ways of creating a new narrative of critical education practices, centring its research on education, art and cultural practices.   

Cine sin Autor is a collective devoted to filmic art practices that sets out a new model of horizontal production for collective creation and without the authorship of film works.

Actividad pasada 30 october, 2014 - 7 february, 2015

Narrators A

January 17, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
The research and artistic production collective Declinación Magnética considers action that highlights popular and illegitimate knowledge.

Declinación Magnética is a research and artistic production collective made up of visual artists, theorists and curators. Its activity focuses on audiovisual production – between fiction and essay – as a tool for reflecting on the colonial past and present within the framework of the current global crisis.

Narrators B

January 16, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. Jam Session Body-to-Body Readings
January 23, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. Improper Acts
February 6, 2015 - 7:00 p.m. Workshop on the manufacturing of DIY happiness
somatecxs. Research/production group
n acciones. bodies, narratives and memories

Jam Session Body-to-Body Readings
Friday 16 January, 7 p.m.
Chto Delat Room

The Jam Session is an act of readings, both interlocked and polyphonic, that follows an open score. It sets out from the idea that narrations are not limited to orality, meaning that the body and bodies are not just one theme to read and enter into dialogue about, but instead participate in the reading. Everyone attending this activity is invited to explore the space, bodies and words, or the absence of them.

Improper Acts
Friday 23 January, 7 p.m.
Subtramas Room

Improper Acts are the last words in an old conversation, a dialogic project through the choreography of gestures, actions, sounds and experiences that question the long and complex journey undertaken by the Museo Reina Sofía as disciplinary architecture. By understanding the bodies and spaces in the museum diachronically, improper acts and forms of presence are evoked from the primitive hospital complex which are alien to its current use as an arts centre, but nevertheless, form part of the normative genealogy that constructs the edifice and its memory.

Workshop on the manufacturing of DIY happiness
Friday 6 February, 7 p.m.
Subtramas Room

Faced with the question posed by the Subtramas collective, How do we activate our imagination to create happiness that differs from the one organised by capitalism? Somatecxs offers a do-it-yourself manufacturing workshop of devices and prostheses facilitating happiness that appeals to creative thought.

To register, please send an email to If you think of any device or prosthesis manufacture, you can tell us. A good-mood viewfinder? A holiday-weather simulator?  An affection dispenser? A noise or complaint attenuator? Gluten- and glucose-free happiness pills? The most colourful prototypes will be chosen and built collectively.

somatcxs is a project stemming from the Museo Reina Sofía programme of Critical Practices “Somatheque. Living and Resisting in the Neoliberal condition”, run by Beatriz Preciado, in what is an approach to the modern body as a political and cultural archive.

Narrators C

January 31, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
Me acuerdo… is a memorial collective in which diverse feminist and queer groups narrate the conquests of sexual diversity rights and the political learning processes in recent decades in Spain.


Fefa Vila, cultural manager, social researcher and coordinator in the Department of projects and research within the EU at the Fundación FOREM. Her work is developed around the construction of gender in present-day societies from critical feminist positions. She also currently forms part of the queer work group in Madrid.

Elvira Siurana, secretary for the Spanish Feminist Party, co-director of the Publishing House "Vindicación Feminista" and editor of the theorist publication “Poder y Libertad”.

Guest artist

Floy Krouchi is an artist and electroacoustic composer that experiments with the sounds and silences in the world.

With the participation of: Ada Vila, Ana Rossetti, Anna Mezz, Begoña Marugán, Begoña Pernas, Carmen Jiménez, Carmen Romero, Cipri Martín, Cris del Toro, Empar Pineda, Esther Ortega, Eva Corredera, Flor Martínez, Isabel Cadenas, Isabela Vázquez, Izaskun Sánchez, Lucas Platero, Nieves Salobral, Rocío Lleó, Susana Sánchez, Tere Maldonado, Teresa Labrador.

Narrators D

All Thursdays and Saturdays - 7:00 p.m.
Readings and interpretations of a selection of incident reports on surveillance and mediation, along with reports on complaints, suggestions and congratulations compiled by the Museo team. These actions make the social dynamic that takes place in the exhibition space visible through the collection of multiple voices that pass through the museum. The diversity of visitors’ attitudes and the role of the museum staff identify them as receptive and active agents in the exhibition process, always placing them at the centre of this experience. In each session, due to take place in different exhibition halls, a range of combinations and variations will be carried out on the texts by students from the Museo Reina Sofía Study Centre.

Actividad pasada 30 october, 2014 - 15 january, 2015

Instigators A

January 17, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.
The collectives Cidespu, EnterArte and Acción educative, connected to the Marea Verde, carry out an intervention in defence of state education.


Cidespu is an association of Citizens in Defence of Public Education in Móstoles (Madrid) that aims to safeguard the quality of public teaching in the local area.

Acción Educativa, made up of professionals from the sphere of education, works towards critical and creative education as a method of renewed teaching.

EnterArte is a work group comprised of teachers and an initiative that aims to bring art and schools closer together, introducing art education as an active learning method in the classroom.

Instigators B

December 14, 2014 First round: 11:00 a.m. Second round: 12:30 p.m.
MEDSAP-Marea Blanca from Madrid recount collective learning in their assertions in defence of public healthcare.

MEDSAP (a Table in Defence of Public Healthcare in Madrid) is made up of a series of collectives and associations that uphold the defence of public healthcare and the active fight against the processes of privatisation in the Madrid healthcare system, demanding changes to the social and economic model.

January 8, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
Yo SÍ Sanidad Universal (against healthcare exclusion and in favour of the collectivisation of knowledge) invites everyone to their monthly Agora , on this occasion about “Ethical and practical health”.

Yo SÍ Sanidad Universal is defined as a movement of civil disobedience comprised of workers and patients from the National Healthcare system that demand universal health care and provide support for cases of healthcare exclusion.

Instigators C

November 22, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Eskalera Karakola. C/ Embajadores nº 52, Madrid.
The Possible care and domestic struggles workshop with the groups Senda de cuidados and Territorio Doméstico.

Limited places. Further information and registration at:

February 1, 2015 - 12:00 p.m.
The groups Senda de cuidados and Territorio Doméstico carry out an action for the social reorganisation of care.


Senda de cuidados is a non-profit organisation aimed at building alternative decent work in the field of care. They use the idea of Cuidadanía, which in Spanish plays with the words Citizenship and Care, as they work towards building new lifestyles based on collective care.

Territorio Doméstico is made up of women from SEDOAC (Active Domestic Service), the Cita de Mujeres de Lavapiés group and the Agencia de Asuntos Precarios, who have found a space for sharing, analysing and proposing new forms of organisation among those that form part of domestic staff.

Instigators D

October 30, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.

María Laura Rosa holds an intervention on the artistic and activist practices  (Argentina).

María Laura Rosa is a researcher, teacher and specialist in art and gender. She is part of the research group “Women, politics and diversity in the ‘70s”, from the Interdisciplinary Institute of Gender Studies at the University of Buenos Aires, and the Argentinian Association of Art Critics.

February 4, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.

Edificio Sabatini, Sala Bóvedas
Acces through Calle Santa Isabel, 52
The group Península. Procesos coloniales y prácticas artísticas y curatoriales holds an activity on the critical questioning of colonial images.

Limited seating. Registration in

Península is a debate platform on art, coloniality and curatorship related to Spanish and Portuguese history, their colonial processes and the latency of their power relations in the present.