The cultural researcher Rosa Pera, new head of studies for the Bachelor’s Degree in Design
BAU has just appointed the curator, researcher and BAU professor Rosa Pera as the new head of studies of the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, a position that until now was held by Dr. Marta Camps, who will assume the pedagogical direction of the three university cycles of the centre (Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD, a unique proposal in Spain in the field of Design.
A graduate in Geography and History with a specialism in Art History (UB), Rosa Pera (Barcelona, 1966) has extensive experience in the fields of contemporary arts and culture. She has curated exhibitions independently and has collaborated with the country’s leading cultural institutions, such as La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, MACBA, CCCB, CaixaFòrum, Disseny HUB, La Capella, Bòlit Centre d’Art Contemporani Girona (of which she was founding director) and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville).
She also works as an art critic and consultant, and is the curator of the future Espai Gerhard in Valls (Tarragona) and of the exhibitions Dominar l’art de viure at the Palmadotze gallery (el Penedès, Barcelona) and Curiosidad Radical – En la órbita de Buckminster Fuller at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid. She is currently a PhD student of Cultural Studies at UVic with the thesis La Institución Híbrida: el diseño como vaso comunicante con la ciència, el arte contemporáneo y la arquitectura (The Hybrid Institution: design as a communicating vessel with science, contemporary art and architecture).
With the incorporation of Pera, the BA degree consolidates its contemporary, transdisciplinary and experimental character, and reinforces its commitment to social transformation. At the same time, it enriches the four existing mentions – Graphic, Fashion, Spaces and Audiovisual.
The new head of studies sees this professional stage as «an opportunity for BAU to strengthen the links between education, culture, science, art and design and to continue learning from different perspectives», and points out that «BAU is an ideal space for developing concerns and building new channels for research, experimentation and the strengthening of contemporary culture».
In a global context of uncertainty and expectation, Pera believes that «design should allow us to transform structures, processes and systems through reflection, research and action».
When it comes to projecting the designers of the future, the new head of studies imagines «people with infinite curiosity, very flexible and versatile, capable of listening and working in teams and of contributing to the wellbeing of society through creativity, a proactive attitude, a critical spirit and the power of resilience».
In line with BAU’s open and transversal nature, Pera is committed to creating «totally transdisciplinary teams, capable of working with different sensibilities, with a broad vision and a lot of ambition».