Public Program Liquid Intelligence
December 14, 2023 – January 28, 2024
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Photo: Roberto Ruiz


Does Intelligence Belong to Us?

With this overarching title, we'd like to introduce a series of conversations and activities aimed at imagining non-human forms of intelligence. We're talking about decentralized intelligences, subatomic—and subcutaneous—intelligences capable of activating the world under interests distinct from those of the human species. Alex Jordan, one of the participants, often emphasizes the need to describe scientific processes differently to facilitate new images of life. Evolution, he says, shouldn't be thought of as a line but more like water. Changes alter a course, but, like in water, life loops back and continues.

In these conversations and activities, we aim to promote a shift in narrative forms. Exercising collectively a way of feeling and thinking that leads us to encouraging scenarios is fundamental for the establishment of sensible and gradual changes capable of improving life.

Does Intelligence Belong to Us?
December 14, Thursday at 7:00 pm.
Conversation between Chus Martínez, curator of the exhibition, and Filipa Ramos.

Humans have a hard time imagining other forms of life possessing intelligence. How is de-centralized intelligence possible? How is intelligence possible when there is no brain, no centre, no consciousness even? We propose a conversation on those topics between Chus Martinez, curator of Liquid Intelligence and associate curator of TBA21 and Filipa Ramos, lecturer at the Institute Art Gender Nature, curator and writer whose research focuses on how culture addresses ecology. 

Location: Auditorium of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales of Madrid.
C/ José Gutiérrez Abascal, 2. 28006 Madrid.
Free entry until full capacity.

Exercises to Become a Fish
January 11, Thursday at 6:00 pm.

A conversation between Alex Jordan and Ingo Niermann moderated by Chus Martínez, curator of the exhibition Liquid Intelligence. This will be followed by a perfomative workshop by Alex Jordán.

Alex Jordan is a behavioral etologist at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Konstanz, Germany. His main interest is understanding why animals do what they do. Ingo Niermann is a writer and professor at the Art Gender Nature Institute at the HGK in Basel. His book "The Monadic Age" is about to be published by Sternberg Press.

Location: Aula circular of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales of Madrid.
C/ José Gutiérrez Abascal, 2. 28006 Madrid.
Free entry until full capacity.

The Song of the Sea
January 20, Saturday at 6:30 pm. Screening, performance, and conversation.

"ancestral breath of the sea,
that seems to blow only
for the first rocks,
tearing the high space
from here and its vastness."
Rainer Maria Rilke

Screening of the film 'Anoxia' by artist Fito Conesa about the Mar Menor and performance by Claudia Schneider, an opera singer. A conversation will take place after the screening.

Location: Auditorium of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Journey to the Heart of a Great Change
January 25, Thursday at 6:30 pm. Conversation and screening.

Screening of the film by Fabrizio Terranova 'Isabelle Stengers, Fabriquer de l'espoir au bord du gouffre' (Original Version with Spanish subtitles) and conversation between Professor Anna Secor and David Peña-Guzman moderated by María Montero.

In this conversation, feminist and political geographer Anna Secor questions us about the materiality and spatiality of dreams when addressing ecological decolonization, while philosopher David Peña-Guzmán teaches us about the liquid world of dreams of aquatic animals. After their conversation, the latest film by Fabrizzio Terranova, a documentary portrait of philosopher of science and feminist Isabelle Stengers, will be presented for the first time. Between dreams and hopes, we imagine and respond to a shared ecological future.

Location: Auditorium of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Liquid Intelligence is part of a series of projects by the Foundation aimed at understanding and discussing various topics related to the knowledge and care of the ocean proposed by the exhibition. Liquid Intelligence is not just a unique exhibition in Madrid but also seamlessly integrates into the fabric of Organism | Art in Applied Critical Ecologies, an independent study program co-designed with the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. It brings together artistic, scientific, and social intelligences that seek to explore, understand, and preserve our oceans.

Liquid Intelligence: How intelligence surpassed the human body to become plural and embrace the values of the Ocean

Liquid Intelligence curated by Chus Martínez with Soledad Gutiérrez and María Montero Sierra. You can visit it until January 28th. 
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and other locations in Madrid