Rendez-vous with Manuel

{A Coruña, Spain, 1977}

Manuel Segade is the tutor of l’école du MAGASIN since 2014. Through the meetings between the session and Manuel, the participants will improve critical thinking on curatorial practice. Manuel’s advices represent some important starting points and basis on which the young curators have to develop their own ideas. The goal of these encounters is to experiment the collective work that is fundamental to achieve the final, main project all together.

Manuel Segade has a BI in History of Art from the University of Santiago de Compostela. His dissertation was a review on theatricality and allegorical linguistic structures in the sculpture from the 1980s through the work of Juan Muñoz. Since 1998 he works in fragments of a cultural history of aesthetical practices of the end of the XIXth Century, around the production of a somatic and sexualized subjectivity, about what he published the essay “Narciso Fin de Siglo” (Melusina, 2008).

In 2005 and 2006 he served as content coordinator for the Metrònom Fundació Rafael Tous d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona. From 2007 to 2009 he was a curator of the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea in Santiago de Compostela. In 2009 he resumed his freelance activity producing and curating projects for La Casa Encendida, ARCO, MUSAC or Centre d’Art La Panera in Spain, Pavillon Vendôme in France or TENT in The Netherlands. He has also been teaching curatorial practices in different postgraduates and MA programs, as in Honnours in Curatorship of Michaelis University of Cape Town or the Independent Studies Program of MACBA in Barcelona, and now being the anual tutor profesor of École du Magasin in Grenoble.
In his last projects tries to offer gestural approaches to curating as other ways of discursive distribution, in formats of pedagogy and education and in curatorial actions closet o performance.
Currently based in Madrid, he is director of Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Móstoles, Madrid (ES).

My written and curatorial practice focuses largely on the circulation of critical discourses on representation. My basic interests are: the aesthetical construction of subjectivity, the ways in which a community is developed, the history of subjectivity, the complexity of lifestyles, Queer theory or language performativity, intertwined by an essentially political task.

To write is to produce meaning. It involves taking stands in order to enable discussion with others, but most important, it allows us time to think beyond consumerism’s speed and redundancy. Curatorial projects are frames for discursive production as well as proximity contexts, a network of references related to a meeting point. The task of the curator is essentially nodal and it is crossed by discourses, texts, people, affections, tastes, desires…

It is the pleasure of this shared space, the announcement of a possible community or of multiple crossing ways of sharing, the suspense of an open-ended narrative that anticipates a structure even —, même — beyond myself.