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Guide to following Kosmopolis live on Internet

March 11th, 2013 1 Comment

Because Kosmopolis is amplified literature and because we want the festival to reach you wherever you are, we’re streaming some of the talks and activities. We’ve also programmed online coverage of the festival on Twitter so you at home can follow us and take an active part in the conversation # Kosmopolis.

And, if you can’t follow Kosmopolis live, after the festival we’ll be publishing videos of the principal talks and interviews with participants on the festival’s website. A team of K chroniclers will be covering the activities theme by theme to convey the atmosphere and give us summaries of the highlights.

Live programming on the Kosmopolis web

You can follow Kosmopolis live here or amplify Kosmopolis embedding the streaming code in your blog or web.


7 p.m. – Opening of Kosmopolis with Jaume Cabré

8.30 p.m. – Bolaño on stage: dramatized reading and debate with Àlex Rigola, Pablo Ley


6 p.m. – Martian time slip: talk with Fernando Abilleira, Jacinto Antón, Lara Saiz

7 p.m – Roberto Bolaño: gestation of a myth – debate with Jaume Vallcorba, Jorge Herrralde, Pere Gimferrer, A.G. Porta and Juan Antonio Masoliver Ródenas

8 p.m. – Pages written on Jacob’s ladder: poetry reading in tribute to Roberto Bolaño with Olvido García Valdés, Chefa Alonso

8.30 p.m. – Talk by Dave McKean: the blue tree

#KOSMOPOLIS on Twitter

Once again, at @KosmopolisCCCB we explain the festival’s functioning, give information about times, and publicise the highlights and the public’s comments.

To follow us and take part in the Kosmopolis conversation with comments and questions for speakers, use these hashtags:

#K13 and #Kosmopolis – General information about all the activities at the festival

#BCK13 – Tweets about Kosmopolis BookCamp

#LiterDig – Tweets about the meeting of digital magazines being organized by Revista de Letras

The @cececebe and @CCCBlab accounts will provide further practical information about the festival.

Kosmopolis Web: news, videos and chronicles of the festival

We’ll be updating the festival website daily with the latest photos and news. This year, bloggers and experts in the various themes will be collaborating with Kosmopolis to cover activities. And, when Kosmopolis ends, we’ll give you the festival chronicles, with videos of interviews and talks.

The K13 chroniclers are:

Albert Forns, journalist and writer, covers Kosmopolis BookCamp.

Marta Palomo and Jesús Méndez, a biologist and a Medicine graduate, and authors on the popular science blog DixitCiencia, will be following all activities related to science and literature.

Breixo Harguindey, collection director at Rinoceronte Editora and comic expert, will be following the trail of Dave McKean and Paul Gravett.

The CCCB’s team will be following the rest of activities: Lucía Calvo chronicles the activities in tribute to Roberto Bolaño, and Alba Conesa, Clara Bofill, Maria Farràs and Eva Rexach will be managing the CCCB’s various Twitter accounts during the festival.

Visible Bolaño: «Bolaño Archive: 1977-2003» reveals the writer’s creative timeline and unpublished work

January 18th, 2013 5 Comments

Perhaps being invisible to the world for a time would make us freer and more creative. In a world like today’s where showing yourself on earth, sea and Twitter is now the norm, social isolation as a form of creative escape is becoming a real experiment. By observing the work of Roberto Bolaño and calculating when he wrote it, where he lived and the writer’s degree of public visibility during his prolific literary life, one realises that for Bolaño, being invisible to the world – especially to the world of publishing – enabled him to work at becoming a major narrator and poet of the 21st century.

The exhibition «Bolaño Archive: 1977-2003», which the CCCB will inaugurate on 5 March 2013, presents the creative chronology of Roberto Bolaño from the time when, having left behind Chile and Mexico, he went to live in Catalonia: Barcelona (1977-1980), Girona (1981-1985) and Blanes (1985-2003). These are the three places where the author only let himself be seen among neighbours and friends. He lived far removed from the big prizes and offices and devoted himself fully to his writing («The voyage of literature, like that of Ulysses, is only one way») and his family («My two children are my only homeland»).

Video inspired in the post-escriptum of the novel Amberes, written in Barcelona in 1980, with a drawing of Bolaño.  Author: Toni Curcó, 2013, CCCB

Evidence of Bolaño’s intense literary activity lies in the 230 manuscripts – most of them originals – that the exhibition presents, along with personal items, books, unpublished family photographs which will be a treasure trove for Bolañistas and a way for the public less familiar with the author to immerse themselves in the Bolaño universe. The chronological itinerary is completed with a prologue, an essential reference to the years Bolaño lived in Mexico and an epilogue that closes the exhibition and analyses Bolaño’s influence on the literature of the 21st century.

Valérie Miles, co-editor of the magazine Granta and Juan Insua, director of the CCCB Lab  and creator of other CCCB exhibitions dedicated to other literary geniuses such as Joyce, Kafka and Borges, are behind this exhibition project which makes use of themes and resources from Bolaño’s literary kitchen (play, humour, enigmas, detective-style investigation, the kaleidoscope) to make up the route to be followed by visitors at the exhibition.

Novels, short stories, interviews, notebooks (with flawless handwriting!), correspondence and strategy games (in which Bolaño was a brilliant specialist)  make up what is only a first exploration of the personal archive of the writer which his widow Carolina López has ordered and preserved since Bolaño died ten years ago.

«Bolaño Archive: 1977-2003» is a tribute to the author of such literary masterpieces as «Los Detectives Salvajes» (The Savage Detectives) and «2666» which features the participation of some of his friends. In the exhibition catalogue, we find fascinating accounts by A.G.Porta, Javier Cercas and Enrique Vila-Matas about the relationship each had with Bolaño, a great talker, happy reader and impassioned bibliophile. “A writer of yore,” writes Vila-Matas. Articles by Valérie Miles, Juan Insua, Olvido García Valdés, Barbara Epler and Patricia Espinosa complete the catalogue.

One week after the exhibition’s inauguration, from 14 to 16 March, the CCCB will be hosting Kosmopolis, the Amplified Literature Fest, which has programmed a series of activities to complete the tribute: a poetic recital with Olvido García Valdés, who will recite a collection of her own poems crossed with verses by Bolaño; the discussion “Roberto Bolaño: the gestation of a myth” with A.G. Porta, Pere Gimferrer, Jaume Vallcorba, Jorge Herralde and Juan Antonio Masoliver Ródenas and the premiere of Il Futuro, a film by Alicia Scherson based on Bolaño’s book “Una novelita lumpen”. Dramatists Àlex Rigola and Pablo Ley, who signed the stage adaptation of «2666» for the Teatre Lliure, are also planning to take part in Kosmopolis with a special activity.