TIZ 2. Writing With No Idea

April - June 2022
Mirtha Dermisache, Lectura Pública 7 (Public Reading), 2006
Mirtha Dermisache, Lectura Pública 7 (Public Reading), 2006

This spring, different forms of reading, writing practices and literature gain prominence in the Museo with a second Temporary Intensity Zone (TIZ) opening under the title, aligned with the ideas of poet and historian Ángel González, Escribir sin tener ni idea (Writing With No Idea).

González asserted that art works autonomously from the art theory that attempts to explain it: thus, art is “knowledge that knows as long as it is doing”, but “not what it is saying”. Consequently, “writing with no idea” refers to writing that knows but at the same time does not know and serves different users and people working with literature. Through different textual practices, in the chasm of words or in the Möbius strip that unfolds before the world, “writing with no idea” can entail “writing well”, even very well, but also “writing against”. Thus, “idealess writing” is writing situated in reality before Literature with a capital L and is woven in the loom of many flows of meaning that traverses all language, opposite its privatisation at the service of norms, classes, technocracies and interests.

Writing With No Idea looks to explore how words, narrative, can expand beyond literature and towards new territories of artistic creation and reflection of thought in the contemporary world.




Free, until full capacity is reached, with prior ticket collection on the Museo Reina Sofía website from 10am on the last working day before the activity. A maximum of 1 per person

Actividad pasada Alternate Wednesdays until 29 June 2022 - 5:30pm
Other Books and So
Reading Club

Taking as its reference point the project founded in 1975 by Ulises Carrión, Other Books and So, one of the world’s first bookshops of artists’ publications, this reading club is an initiative open to every type of public and is held within the context of the Museo and scores of actions on contrasting scales — by turns interwoven and distant. A literary proposal that looks to circulate through the Museo transversally, with a view to grasping it from different gazes, questioning, inhabiting and accompanying it in its changes. That is: understanding the book not only as a literary possibility, but also an historical, artistic, social, political and exhibition possibility, and creating a space so between us we can evolve in the process. The programme comprises four interconnected blocks that explore different themes from four publications and includes different activities, gatherings and activations.

Coordinated by: Alberto Medina and Daniel Pecharromán
Organised by: Museo Reina Sofía
Collaboration: Asociación de Mediadoras de la Comunidad de Madrid (AMECUM)

Nouvel Building, Library and Documentation Centre

12 people


Free, until full capacity is reached, with prior registration by filling out the following form

Registration closed


Actividad pasada Every Tuesday, from 5 April to 31 May 2022 (except 12 April) - 6pm
Listen Up: A Contemporary Challenge
Reading Workshop with Amador Fernández-Savater

In recent years, the widespread perception of time speeding up has become apparent, and we commonly note problems with or a lack of concentration, attention deficit in children and having to resort to medication and therapies to “stop our minds” and to learn to live in the here-and-now. What is happening to our attention span? 

In The School of Listening, the Museo’s training programme for teachers, a workshop coordinated by Amador Fernández-Savater puts forward a space of conversation based on the shared reading of a selection of texts that approach the contemporary problem of attention from different fronts, including childhood, care, philosophy, psychology, science, teaching, art and politics. Reading and conversation, experiences which, in their own right, are practices of intimate and relational attention.

Organised by: Museo Reina Sofia

Nouvel Building, Floor 3, Education Area

15 people


Free, until full capacity is reached, with prior registration by writing to escuelas@museoreinasofia.es

Registration closed





what about support and what about struggle

Published by L'Internationale Online and edited by Jennifer Hayashida and Corina Oprea, this digital publication is a collection of poetic responses to one of today’s most pressing issues: How do we survive unnatural disasters? Starting from a collective reading of Francis Marie Lo’s poetry book A Series of Un/Natural/Disasters(Commune Editions, 2016), the poets and artists Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Léuli Eshrāghi, Fernanda Laguna, Napo Masheane, tacoderaya and Merve Ünsal have resituated their critique of catastrophic discourse in other urgent pasts and presents through different poetic, visual, discursive and sound formats. What are the poetics we are left with when the unnatural entanglements of “disaster” are taken apart and reconstructed?

Organised by: L’Internationale
Inside the framework of: Our Many Europes