THOMAS HIRSCHHORN “Energy = Yes! Quality = No!” (Critical Workshop)


ORIENTED TO: The general public
LANGUAGE: English and Spanish
ARTIST: Thomas Hirschhorn
CURATOR: Sandra Guimarães
SESSIONS: Wednesday to Sunday. Morning: 11-14h. Evening: 16-19h. At Bombas Gens Centre d’Art (Gallery 0).
MORE INFO Free activity. No registration is required.

Everybody is welcome  to attend “Energy = Yes! Quality = No!” (Critical Workshop)Everyone, not only those interested in art, is welcome to participate. However, there are three requirements: 

  • To bring a single input, contribution, work (it can be a text, a poem, a painting, a drawing, a song, a collage, a sculpture, a video, etc.) 
  • To engage in common work, discussions, exchange, thinking, judging 
  • To attend a full session (3 hours) 


The goals of “Energy = Yes! Quality = No!” (Critical Workshop) are: 

  • To encourage doing something, a work of one’s own 
  • To be ready to have it judged 
  • To trust one’s own —very own— judgement 


The input of every participant is discussed together in equality, in its outcome and consequences. The work will be judged through questions and debate such as “Is there implication?”, “Is it an event?”, “Are there encounters?”, “Does it create a new term in art?”. 


Both Spanish and English speakers are welcome to participate. There will be a translator present. 


 “Energy = Yes! Quality = No!” (Critical Workshop) is curated by Sandra Guimarães, Artistic Director. 



Artist’s Bio 

Thomas Hirschhorn was born in 1957 in Bern (Switzerland). He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich from 1978 to 1983, and moved to Paris in 1983 where he has been living since. His work is shown in numerous museums, galleries and exhibitions among which the Venice Biennale (1999 and 2015), Documenta11 (2002), the 27th Sao Paolo Biennale (2006), 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburg (2008), the Swiss Pavillion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), La Triennale at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012), 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012), Manifesta 10 at Saint-Petersburg (2014), Atopolis Mons (2015), South London Gallery (2015), Kunsthal Aarhus (2017), Fotogalleriet, Oslo (2017), The National Gallery of Kosovo (2018), MoMa PS1 (2019). 

Thomas Hirschhorn’s ‘Presence and Production’ projects include “Robert Walser-Sculpture”, Biel, 2019, “What I can learn from you. What you can learn from me (Critical Workshop)”, Remai Modern, Saskatoon, 2018, the “Gramsci Monument” in the Bronx, Dia Art Foundation New York, 2013, “Flamme éternelle” at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2014, “Sperr” at Wiesbaden Biennale 2016 and the “Bijlmer Spinoza Festival”, Amsterdam, 2009. 

Selections of his writings are published in English: “Critical Laboratory: The Writings of Thomas Hirschhorn”, MIT Press (October Books), 2013, and in French: “Une volonté de faire, Thomas Hirschhorn” Macula, collection Les in-disciplinés-e-s, 2015. The book “Gramsci Monument” was published in 2015 by Dia and Koenig Books. 

With each exhibition in museums, galleries and alternative spaces, and in his 70 works in public space, Thomas Hirschhorn asserts his commitment toward a non-exclusive public. 

Thomas Hirschhorn has received awards and prizes, among which: “Preis für Junge Schweizer Kunst” (1999), “Prix Marcel Duchamp” (2000), “Rolandpreis für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum” (2003), “Joseph Beuys-Preis” (2004), the “Kurt Schwitters-Preis” (2011) and the Prix Meret Oppenheim (2018). 



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Thomas Hirschhorn. Foto: Alexander Bikbov


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Photo credits: Thomas Hirschhorn, “Energy = Yes! Quality = No!” (Critical Workshop), Bombas Gens Centre d’Art (València, Spain), 2021




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