The creative and research tasks of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Pontevedra will be moved to San Simon Island on Thursday for a conference which will be both educative and entertaining, wherein the “Baliza Project” will be launched. This project, which is embodied within the framework of the Campus do Mar, has been promoted by the Faculty lecturers. “And is a line of work dedicated to art by the International Campus of Excellence”, explained the Dean of the FACULTY, Mr. Juan Carlos Meana, who decided to organise this event to inform PhD students about the current research interests at the Faculty of Fine Arts.
Although the conference starts this Thursday with several training workshops for new research personnel, the high point of this conference will be held on Saturday 23rd June, when the Baliza Project will be officially presented to the Campus do Mar Advisory Board and to researchers from this grouping, with a view to “establishing first contacts for starting up joint projects”, said Mr. Meana. This initiative arose following a public announcement by the Ministry of Education “for Campuses of Excellence to look into boosting other non-scientific and technological fields” that they approved of. Although this course will actually start rolling in the next academic year, its lines of action have already been defined, amongst which worth mentioning are: the creation of a database, carrying out of research projects that appraise contemporary art with the coastal zone, organisation of workshops on artistic transversatility and the creation of a publication to make results obtained more visible.
Besides this innovative component, Saturday will also be highly interesting to students that have just completed their Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in arts and humanities because the educational team will be presenting the Faculty’s current lines of research at 11:00 hours. The Dean furthermore added: “This event is essential given the lack of information presently available to future PhD students and will help them to properly choose their future training in the most appropriate field”.
San Simon Island – An “ideal” setting
The Deputy Vice-chancellor of the Pontevedra Campus, Ms. Antonia Blanco, will be presenting this conference at 13:00 hours to the public and also to the university community that is keen on art. A conference cycle will be held during the day and will be inaugurated by Professor Juan Luís Moraza, with a view to converting “delving into great depths in art” into a criteria at the International Campus of Excellence. The evening session will be taken over by Kerin Ohlenschläger, a critic and exhibition organiser specialised in contemporary art and new technologies, who will then pass the floor to Ms. Salomé Cuesta, lecturer at the Universidad del País Vasco, who will share her experience in the Laboratorio de Luz Project with the audience and close the session.
For Mr. Juan Carlos Meana, the San Simon island is a perfect setting “since it is closely related to the sea scope” and ideal for holding such work events “which can simultaneously be entertaining and relaxing”. And just as announced by the Dean’s Office, there will be a boat service that will depart from San Adrián de Cobres harbour at 10:30 am and will return in the evening after the conference cycle is over.