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Cristina Ribas's MPhil/PhD Art research project

Schizoanalytical Cartographies, Aesthetic Processes and Research: Becomings... Cartographer, Researcher, Feminist, Mad…

The concept of “schizoanalytic cartography” is central for the work of Félix Guattari together with Gilles Deleuze. “Cartographies” have been developed extensively in Brazil since the 1980's, stemming from the theories and practice of Félix Guattari and from French and Italian institutional analysis. The schizoanalytic cartographies can be understood as a methodology, a particular kind of research process that works transversaly in the processes of subjectivation. It works as a tool for accompanying processes, but it also interferes in these processes. As a methodology cartography can serve both academic research and autonomous research processes, such as militant and participatory research. The cartographies, however, don't build a fixed methodology, for they emerge from and make emerge singular processes.

This PhD examines a particular genealogy of schizoanalytic cartographies as a way to understand transversal practices in the fields of arts, anti-psychiatry, feminist struggles and militancy, paying attention to the expressive modes of these social practices; at the same time paying attention to its specific forms of creativity and knowledge. The notion of research is brought up in its processuality, in its relationship with the aesthetic processes, and with the production of subjectivity.

The aesthetics and the semiotics that emerge from the schizoanalytical cartographies search for extrapolating linguistic and significant aspects, creating space for the investigation of multiplicitary subjectivities, in collective assemblages. This PhD desires to contribute to processes and strategies that affirm creative and research processes in its relationship with the unknown, the unfinished, the inventivity, the loss of equilibrium, among others; searching for and opening new paths for the crossing of practices and struggles that resist the alienation and oppression that infiltrates our lives; as well as searching for ways to 'de-functionalise' creativity and inventivity bringing it together to the collective assemblages that put our lives back in motion.

The PhD analyses becomings, ie transformative processes in course, accompanying movements in three case studies: Contemporary Subjectivity Working Group and other research groups in Brazil (1998 to the present); Ueinnzz Theater Company (Brazil); Precarias a la Deriva, Vidas Precarias (Spain) and contemporary feminist struggles.


Cristina Ribas works as an artist and researcher, not very often as a curator. She had organised residencies for artists and several interdisciplinary projects. Cristina created the open platform, which give access to documents, articles and images around the production of collective and common artistic and non artistic practices in Brazil. Her practice in the broadest sense provokes articulations between cartography, memory, history, archives, politics and the common. In 2014 she conceived the project and book “Political Vocabulary for Aesthetic Processes” to which twenty professionals were invited (including teachers, artists, performers, researchers, sociologists, historians and philosophers). She was born in 1980. She is brazilian and mother.