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Los Encuentros de Pamplona 72-22 parten de la necesidad de crear un «manual de urgencia» que invite a un debate riguroso sobre los temas centrales de la contemporaneidad. De esta forma, la programación se presenta organizada en torno a grandes bloques temáticos como son el devenir del siglo XXI, la deriva de Europa, las nuevas tecnologías, los discursos sobre el odio, los feminismos y la capacidad transformadora de “los otros lenguajes” como son el arte, la música, la literatura y el cine.

thinking the 21st century

The role of new technologies, thinking about the situation of humanity, a new approach to the concept of time and the meaning of history, analysing the environmental situation brought about by the over-production of unnecessary goods and a failed economic globalisation are just some of the many questions raised in this Thinking the 21st Century.

Discurses against hate

Intolerance today can be seen as the result of an increasingly complex world in which the concept of the "fellow creature" has lost its weight, identity and meaning. Hence the sustained rise of racism, moreover instigated by the populist parties that are shredding democracies, and not only in Europe.


Bold installations, performances and making a work of art a living thing, the use of new technologies contrasting with that of raw materials, have led to a new concept of art and a body of theory that even questions the validity of museums and galleries as a meeting place for creativity.

Film when it's film

Where is film? Can this question be answered? What has happened in the field of the visual arts and music is now happening in film. Is it really in cinemas? Do big productions make any sense? These are the questions that have been raised by the most advanced, radical film-makers today.

Europe's drift

Is Europe really possible? Or can it only subsist as a satellite of the USA? Is the European Union project effective? Or to put it another way, is its approach the right one? Nietzsche described Europe as terminally ill - is this really the case? Is it true that Europe is the domain of nihilism?

music and its contemporary expression

Ernst Bloch remarked several decades ago that music was the way "towards ethical effectiveness". This is a possible definition of the role of an art form that has a technological potential which has opened up avenues for new kinds of expression. Seldom has music forged such a close alliance with thought, resulting in such a refined expression of the feeling of our time.

Questions about technology

The technological revolution that is currently speeding up more than ever has led us to reformulate everything. It is legitimate to ask whether our ways of life, which are being altered by cybernetic monitoring, our relationship with work, means of production, the pressing environmental emergency and population issues in fact go against ethics, which form the glue that holds any society together.

variations FROM THE GENRE

Feminist propositions are not limited to a single discourse: they are plural. In the seventies, feminism was a "revolution without a model" that went beyond the legacy of Enlightenment ideas and modern revolutionary emancipation movements. This was when dimensions of private life began to be politicised, questioning hierarchy and the binary opposition of the sexes. It was an explosion of liberty.


Now, in the 21st century, literature has been forced to survive the impact of technology. It is not that literary creativity is suffering from an identity crisis - or perhaps it is - but whether indirectly through the narratives of the I or by opting straight for globalist forms of writing, literature has had to rise to avoid being taken as a mere appendix of the new flows of communication.


Artistic practice in all its forms and disciplines is an activity that explores reality, both internal and external, through matter, image, movement or sound. Pamplona will be a city open to a gathering of the arts and of people, to welcoming difference and diversity. The city as a place for hosting and reflection on the basis of artistic practices. Creating, looking, listening to the world not as a form of leisure, but as a factor for change and thought.