Circular Tides. Encounters in Mediterranean Timescapes

05 Apr / 06 Apr, 2024
La Escocesa - Barcelona
English, Spanish

Catching a glimpse of un/desirable futures while standing on a lost shore, feet deep into a past that resurfaces without ever truly departing.

The two-day programme Circular Tides. Encounters in Mediterranean Timescapes invites to embark on a small tidal exploration of the temporalities woven into the fabric of the Mediterranean Sea, encountering some of the histories and stories carried within its waves.

Through their contributions, invited artists and researchers HUNITI GOLDOX, Mafe Moscoso & Helios (Ilyas) F. Garcés compose a narrative mosaic that delves into the viscosities of the historical Mediterranean – the seascape where Europe's colonial ambitions were first conceived and realised, and in which the West's imperial aspirations continue to manifest and act– to extend into speculative projections of deep post-human futurities. Inscribed in a space of open exchange, adopting the interlacing languages of sound, performativity and informal commonality, this gathering seeks to disrupt linear approaches to understanding the Mediterranean as a territory of worldmaking and resistance.


Free and public activity in English and Spanish.
Prior registration needed until full capacity.
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Friday 5th April

19:00h - La Escocesa

Presentation of the cycle Circular Tides. Encounters in Mediterranean Timescapes

The curator Chiara Cartuccia will introduce the event and talk with HUNITI GOLDOX, Mafe Moscoso and Helios (Ilyas) F. Garcés, artists and researchers invited to the programme.

19:30h - La Escocesa

HUNITI GOLDOX presents a screening lecture that unveils new or hidden terrains that make or unmake geographies and their material composition and resistance. Set within a fictional laboratory framework, in response to a request from future inhabitants of the earth, the artists created an archive of digital and physical samples which they will traverse through stories, video screening and matter. Huniti Goldox’s research on ecology, enforced mutation and water politics of the last 5 years across Jordan, Tunisia, Germany and Albania will guide the different touch points of the journey. This frame will offer insights into the interconnectedness of ecological and geopolitical realities, intervention and violence inherent within.

This session will be in English. A written transcript of the presentation in Spanish will be available for those interested.

20:30 - La Escocesa
Dj set - Music session by Serahboo.m

Saturday 6th April

From 11:00 to 13:30h - Barcelona Maritime Museum
The sea in the museum. Fiction and repairing colonial liquid wounds - Workshop by Mafe Moscoso and Helios F. Garcé

If the Mediterranean Sea was a means to explore and colonise other territories, how do colonial narratives take shape in 21st century Catalonia, what is the place of water in the museum, which stories are told and which are not, what are the crossovers between the Mediterranean Sea and colonial processes, is it possible to find areas of anti-racist resistance inside the Museum, and is it possible to find areas of anti-racist resistance inside the Museum?

The activity is divided into two parts. In the first part, we will take a tour of some of the pieces and objects in the museum. In the second part, we will turn to speculative fiction in order to carry out a writing experiment centred on the Mediterranean Sea, on the possibility of repairing colonial liquid wounds.

Workshop in Spanish.


HUNITI GOLDOX is an artist duo composed by Areej Huniti and Eliza Goldox. The practice of HUNITI GOLDOX explores how political systems, transitions and violence are affecting water bodies and landscapes. Through contextual examinations of geopolitical realities, marginalised oral histories and mythologies they create films, videos, VR-works, installations, conversations, texts, in addition to formats that can involve different voices and beings, such as workshops, excursions and interventions.

Mafe Moscoso works, researches and writes at the crossroads between ethnography and fiction, from an anti-racist and transfeminist perspective. With a PhD in anthropology from the Free University of Berlin, she is currently a lecturer and researcher at BAU. She is a member of Gredits, the Euraca Seminar and is a member of LAAV_ (Laboratory for Experimental Visual Anthropology). Her main lines of research are memory, colonialism and migrations, water and ethnographic fiction. She has written the fiction book La Santita (Consonni, 2024), the essay Hostal España, el gesto hospedante, una etnografía hospedante (ed. Griffin, 2024), Biografía para uso de los pájaros: infancia, memoria y migración (2013), and the poetry book Desintegrar el hechizo. Versitos anticoloniales (2021), among others.

Helios (Ilyas) F. Garcés has written for the media and critical journals such as Diagonal, El Salto, La Marea, Ctxt and Tabula Rasa. As an activist, organiser and trainer, he has taken part in various political projects in the fight against racism in Spain. He is the author of the book Religión vs. Malcom X, musulmán de la liberación (Bellaterra, 2024).

Serahboo.m researches and uses image and sound as a form of creative documentation. Raised in Libya and currently based in Barcelona, her proposals generate spaces in which to create rooted consciousness in the form of decolonial thoughts, with the objectives of recovering our own narratives, combating dominant ideologies and creating transcultural identities that refuse to be defined in the current repressive context.

Chiara Cartuccia is a curator and researcher based out of London. She is currently engaged in long-term research on the Mediterranean as invented/inventive geography, focusing on the ramifications of practical Mediterraneanism(s) in Euro-Mediterranean contexts. She is Visiting Curator 2022/24 at UNIDEE / Fondazione-Pistoletto, where she initiated and curates the biennial research project Neither on Land nor at Sea.

The programme emerges from a collaboration between La Escocesa and UNIDEE Residency Programs at Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and is part of the research biennium "Neither on Land nor at Sea", a project exploring the risks and possibilities inherent in geographical imagination through a pluralistic and collective analysis of Mediterranean complexities.