Catz Fellow speaks at V&A Friday Late

Catz Fellow speaks at V&A Friday Late

Catz Fellow and Tutor in Spanish, Dr Ben Bollig, took part in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Friday Late event ‘Journeys from the South’ on 31 July 2015.

The July Friday Late event focused on Argentina, specifically the tradition of craftsmanship there, and how this has influenced the country’s contemporary art and design. In addition to a tapestry installation, there were a variety of events celebrating Argentina’s design, art, and music.

Ben’s talk, entitled ‘A Literary Experiment: Cortazar’s Hopscotch’, took place in the National Art Library – the V&A's curatorial department for the art, craft and design of the book. He spoke about Julio Cortázar’s novel Rayuela (Spanish for Hopscotch), which was written in 1963 and was a landmark in Argentinian Literature having been published during the boom in fiction writing from Latin America at the time. Ben explained Cortázar’s work and explored his creative encounters with cinema, comics, and other visual arts.

Commenting on the event, Ben said: ‘It was a pleasure to take part in the V&A’s celebration of Argentine arts and culture, and to see such a large and enthusiastic audience present for the occasion. My own contribution was a talk in the National Art Library on Julio Cortázar and his novel Hopscotch. Outside the window, in the courtyard below, we could see the hopscotch installation by the Argentine artist César Baracca, a visual reminder of the playful aesthetics of Cortázar’s work.’

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