The Making // Un-Making of the Real

Felipe Castelblanco

Event Series

learning for life

Field of Study


Date & Location

Mon, 05 Nov 2018, 11:00–16:30 –
Fri, 09 Nov 2018, 10:00–18:00

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Motiv: Florian Model

Reality is none other but what we do together

Since 2016 the Media has been questioned as the main regulator of truth, placing our political and institutional reality under a shadow of doubt. In other words, what we consider as ‘real’ these days is merely a matter of sources, context and narrative tactics adapted to increase credibility.

During this week-long workshop, together we will explore several ways to affect the real, or the deep trust that a community places on well-grounded believes. Using the News as a point of departure, we will take a critical look at the tools used in Media for ‘make believe’. By switching sides, telling stories from a number of characters in a story and even, enacting or performing the News, together we will create plausible scenarios from a not-so-distant future to challenge, reimagine of even propose speculative solutions for complex global issues.

Throughout the workshop we will experiment with staging and newsroom studio techniques, storytelling, editing and live streaming as new tools for creative interventions leading to a last performance on the closing day.

Felipe Castelblanco is a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of socially engaged and Media art. His work explores participation, institutional forms and new frontiers of public space, enabling coexistent encounters between unlikely audiences. Felipe is a PhD Candidate at the ECAM Graduate School, holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and a BA from Javeriana University (Colombia). His work has been exhibited at museums, galleries and festivals in Europe, Asia, North and South America, including upcoming Quebec Biennial (2019). Felipe has been the recipient of several international awards, including the Starr Fellowship at the Royal Academy Schools in London (UK, 2015) and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (USA, 2018). In 2014 he served as a Cultural Emissary for the USA State Department to the Philippines.