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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Zurbarán Fellow Public Lecture: New literacy in audiovisual and transmedia languages

18th February 2020, 18:30, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College, Elvet Hill Road, Durham University, DH1 3LR, Santiago Garrido Rua

The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art is delighted to welcome Santiago Garrido Rua as our latest Zurbarán’s Artist in Residence Fellow.

Santiago is a filmmaker, writer and editor who works on mainstream commercial cinema, art house cinema, television, video and the internet. He has taught film, media arts and technologies in taught and research programmes in various universities in Barcelona and also at primary and secondary school level in Sardinia since 2002.

He trained with iconic Spanish filmmaker Bigas Luna, attending his famous Taller (workshop) in 2001 and collaborating in major projects which have included the films Yo soy la Juani/My Name is Juani (2006), advertisements for Spanish television and the posthumous documentary BigasxBigas (2016) based on over 600 hours of video diaries which he edited and directed. He has recently completed the restoration and edition of Mouche d’amour, an unfinished videoart piece produced by Bigas Luna that will be premiered in Spain in 2020 before touring exhibitions around the world.

Santiago’s current focus is on visual technologies (including virtual and augmented reality), image narratives and audio-visual language pedagogy.

The first part of this lecture will explore the extent to which collective practice and research may improve transmedia literacy in visual culture students. Using his own experience in learning and teaching visual culture throughout the last 20 years in Spain and Italy as a case study, Santiago Garrido Rua will showcase a methodology based on the evolution of audio visual language from the Lumière brothers to Virtual and Augmented Reality, from 1895 until today.

The second part will consist of a conversation with Santiago Fouz Hernández (School of Modern Languages and Cultures) about Garrido’s work with Spanish filmmaker Bigas Luna (1946-2013) with whom he conceived the methodology discussed in part 1. The talk will cover aspects of our long-term collaboration which included the production of feature films, advertising and video art.

Attendance is free but registration is essential. To book a place email

A poster of all events can be found here