This month, Modern Languages and Cultures hosts a day-long workshop on hybridity and new networks in Basque cultural material. This event will explore contemporary collaborative artistic productions among Basque creators, addressing in the first instance, the importance of hybridity in cultural production by studying the merging of the old and the new in contemporary Basque culture. Second, it will study the collaboration between arts in an expanding field since the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in 1997 in Bilbao up to and beyond the launch of the new centre for contemporary culture, Tabakalera, in San Sebastian in 2015.

Oskar Alegria

Film director Oskar Alegria

The symposium, co-organised by Dr Nerea Arruti, Visiting Fellow in Basque Studies, and Dr Gorka Mercero, opens with a screening of the 2012 film, The Search for Emak Bakia, in the presence of its director, Oskar Alegria, who will then participate in a question-and-answer session. The film asks key questions about creativity in connection with the modernist archive.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity for leading artists and thinkers in the Basque context to review the state of the arts – Nerea Arruti

Iziar Rozas, author of Beltzuria

Iziar Rozas, author of Beltzuria

Alegria’s film is complemented by the discussion of Ixiar Rozas’ hybrid text, Beltzuria, (2014), which sets out in search of a word and thinks through the connections between voice, body, and creativity. Rozas will read from her text at the end of the day. The event takes place across the South Campus of the University of Liverpool on 11 March 2016, and full details can be found here.