Aurkezpenak eta eztabaidak. Azukrea = Presentaciones y debates. Azúcar
To urge on and start this conversation, we have invited people from different areas with different profiles, with the intention of doing a tour of the many directions and junctions along which the subject of stimulants will take us. As stated in the introduction, the subject of stimulants has many nuances and folds: new theories about colonialism, hidden relationships between the biological body and the political economy, appetite and health, modern and contemporary notions of space and the public issue...among others. Tables are organised around various substances: tobacco, sugar, coffee and cocoa. Contributions made by the guests will lead to conversation.
In his memorable essay Contrapunteo cubano del tabaco y el azúcar (Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar), Fernando Ortiz refers to sugar as a stimulant linked to colonial expansion and slavery, processes mechanised by industry and led by the great capitals. The factors surrounding its production system would realise this fact: voluminous physicochemical preparations, a high concentration of labour and land, accumulation of capital and banking organisation, railway transportation systems etc. Since then, the proliferation of sugary food has done nothing more than increase, with the glycemic load in foodstuffs for everyday use intensifying.
A typical example of the "objectification" of goods that started in parallel with the emergence of the consumer. What role do these substances occupy in the construction of the modern subject? What relationships have been established between the body and the economy in a world transformed by this commercial activity? What are the aesthetic constraints that have accompanied this "geography of taste"?
Organizer : CICC - Tabakalera