In this fourth programme of Culture Pop Trenches, Elisa McCausland and Diego Salgado will talk about the transformations of the public space related to the culture or the theme parks and the amusement parks. Not only we will talk about places, but also about shapes, life styles. We will talk about idyllic imaginaries. Those are, at the same time, as tangible as Disneyland or the Playboy pornotpia. Those examples are important in order to understand how we have turned into constant simulation consumers, or, it will be better to say, how we have done our day-to-day a simulation itself. 




Sharona Ben-Tov, El Paraíso Artificial: La ciencia ficción y la realidad americana - https://books.google.es/books?id=AtLBNHh6WWwC&;printsec=frontcover&hl=es#v=onepage&q&f=false.

Paul B. Preciado, Pornotopía: Arquitectura y sexualidad en Playboy durante la guerra fría - https://perio.unlp.edu.ar/catedras/system/files/preciado_beatriz_-_pornotopia_parte_1.pdf.

Pablo Barbero, Un ritual para superar el trauma del Muro de Berlín - https://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2018/08/29/5b856c9ae2704ed81d8b461d.html.
Bansky y Dismaland - https://www.elperiodico.com/es/ocio-y-cultura/20150821/banksy-inaugura-dismaland-4445835.

Las posesiones Disney - https://www.titlemax.com/media/every-company-disney-owns-13_pageversion.jpg.

Cómo Disney vino a definir lo que constituye la experiencia estadounidense - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-disney-came-define-what-constitutes-american-experience-180961632/#71Oqr1dvPo861xM6.99.

Atracciones Disney que no fueron nunca construidas - https://mentalfloss.com/article/31873/12-proposed-disney-attractions-were-never-built.


In this third chapter of Pop Culture Trenches, Elisa McCausland and Diego Salgado talk about the resurrection of music videos; audio-visual’s trope which has been institutionalised for forty years. It has experienced a lot of ups and downs inside popular culture. Recently, the impact of some music videos like Childish Gambino´s, Beyoncé and her couple´s, or in our country, Rosalía´s videos invite to think about the validity of this format which changed the way to whach TV and teenagers´ habits. Some platforms such as Youtube have reach to become music videos a global phenomenon.


I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, de Craig Marks y Rob Tannenbaum (fragmento),https://www.npr.org/books/titles/141992656/i-want-my-mtv-the-uncensored-story-of-the-music-video-revolution#excerpt

"Del videoclip al largometraje: Spike Jonze y otros visionarios", Eduardo Guillot en Valencia Plaza, https://epoca1.valenciaplaza.com/ver/120996/-del-videoclip-al-largometraje--spike-jonze-y-otros-visionarios.html

"Youtube (Dind't Kill the Video", en la página oficial del Macba, https://www.macba.cat/es/youtube-didnt-kill-the-video

"List of most-viewed YouTube videos", en Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most-viewed_YouTube_videos

"The Power and Paradox of Beyoncé and Jay-Z Taking Over the Louvre", Doreen St. Félix en The New Yorker, https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/what-it-means-when-beyonce-and-jay-z-take-over-the-louvre

"Los mensajes de la industria musical: La dictadura del videoclip, de Jon E. Illescas", José Durán Rodríguez en Diagonal,https://www.diagonalperiodico.net/culturas/29083-la-dictadura-del-videoclip.html

"Reseña de ¿Cuánto vale el arte?, de Isabelle Graw", Ariane Díaz en La Izquierda Diario, https://www.laizquierdadiario.com/ideasdeizquierda/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GRAW-Untitled-Extract-Pages.pdf

"MTV cumple 35 años: la señal que instauró la cultura del videoclip", de Augusto Dorado en La Izquierda Diario, https://www.izquierdadiario.es/MTV-cumple-35-anos-la-senal-que-instalo-la-cultura-del-videoclip

"Malamente", videoclip de Rosalía, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rht7rBHuXW8

Perros Verdes 1x01: Imágenes en duermevela (los videoclips de Lady Gaga), https://www.perrosverdes.es/2017/02/1x01-imagenes-en-duermevela-11042016.html


In this second programme of Pop Culture Trenches, Elisa McCausland and Diego Salgado analyse the sense of the mainstream culture nowadays, in light of artistic and media phenomenon. ¿Is it still the culture the nexus between consumption and the necessity of expression? ¿Do we still pretend to be aware of reality´s network? ¿Or it is a mixture between proselytism and auto-fiction based on our aspirations?


Entrevista de febrero de 2017 en The Guardian con Emil Ferris, autora de la novela gráfica Lo que más me gusta son los monstruos: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/20/emil-ferris-my-favorite-thing-is-monsters-graphic-novel

Fragmento de la serie de Paolo Sorrentino El joven Papa (2016): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5srLKYRfX9U

Reseña de El entusiasmo, de Remedios Zafra, por Elisa McCausland, para el número 171 de la revista Profesiones: https://issuu.com/unionprofesional/docs/profesiones_n171/47

Entrevista radiofónica en Melodia FM con Alberto Santamaría, autor de En los límites de lo posible: Política, cultura y capitalismo afectivo: https://www.akal.com/media/akal/files/book-attachment-1118.mp3

Perro muerto en tintorería: Los fuertes (2007), texto teatral de Angelica Liddell (pdf, 71 pp.): https://www.ivoox.com/link_i3_1.html?url=https://artesescenicas.uclm.es/archivos_subidos/textos/241/Angelica%20Liddell%20-%20Perro%20muerto%20en%20tintoreria.pdf

What if an illness takes you away the ability to write, read, talk and reason?

In 1983 Octavia E. Butler wrote the science fiction tale “Speech Sounds”. It is an story about an illness which suddenly affects the ability to speak and/or read, write and reason; mainly to right handed and men. In a defeated civilisation, Butler tells the story of Rye, a woman who tries to cross the 20 miles to Pasadena among people whose only reliable forms of communication are groans and violent, obscene and unintelligible gestures.

We based on this feminist science fiction text to create our Radio Show consonni with AZ “Speech Sound”, the last 31st of May inside Prototipoak, the international meeting of new artistic forms curated by Rosa Casado and Mike Brookes.

We invited different people to read, listen, interpret, analyse, draw, sing and dance this chilling inspirational text by a must-read author for feminist science fiction and afrofuturism. Within the context of feminism, anthropology, psychology, sociology, radio theatre, berstolaritza (Basque improvised poetry), activism, dance, music, sign language, and performance, etc.


Prerecorded voices, voices without body, Sonia Fernández Pan´s voice (researcher and creator of the editorial project Esnorquel), the voice of Octavia Butler herself, a radio version of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Em (Zaragoza), the voice of the translator and specialist in feminist science fiction Carla Bataller and the voice of Valeria Surcis from Radio Vallekas.


Analytic and rational voices take shape in this second part with the professor and researcher Iñaki Martínez de Albeniz, the feminist and social worker Hilaria Vianeke and the journalist and feminist activist Irantzu Varela. The intermedia artist Jonathan García a.k.a. Tunipanea, provides a sonorous intervention in which he translate words into a sonorous space. Also we have the version of the second part of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Fm (Zaragoza).


The sociologist and specialist in Donna Haraway and Ursula K. Leguin, Helen Torres analyses and contextualises the text in relation to other authors; the bertsolari (Basque improvised poetry) Nerea Ibarzabal sings the text, the choreographer Eulàlia Bergadà with the musician Marc Naya and the collective Horman Poster with the Senegalese musician and dancer MBaye Sene, dance the text. We have the version of the third part of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Fm (Zaragoza).


Voices disappear, as on the world Butler describes; there are only gesticulator bodies, screams, noises but no analytic voices. We close with the illustrator and painter Pablo Gallo painting blindly, the musical project Okkre by the compositor Uge Pañeda (in collaboration with Eomac), the dancer and choreographer Bea Fernández and the performer Myriam Rzm. Lastly, the version of the fourth part of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Fm (Zaragoza).


Inside the Radio Show consonni with AZ, Miguel Deza, Stel García and Chusé Fernández from the radio-school TEA FM realised this version of the story “Speech Sounds” for the radio.


Here there are all images of the Radio Show

Video of the Radio Show by Bufalo Produkzioak


From the bosom of the editorial consonni, it starts up a new radio experience: Pop Culture Trenches, podcasts in which the critics Elisa McCausland and Diego Salgado tackle different sides of mainstream culture. As its tittle says, Superheros, Superproducts, this first programme is dedicated to the boom of superheroes have had in audio-visual productions. Recently, the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War has become a global hit. Diego and Elisa question themselves about thematic, expressive and economic keys of this phenomenon, already analysed by them and many other journalists and essayists. Some of them are quoted in this podcast; so that we attach a bibliography below.


Debate en torno a las formas del audiovisual contemporáneo de superhéroes (2016), Elisa McCausland y Diego Salgado: https://cuadernosdecomic.com/docs/revista6/Debate%20en%20torno%20a%20las%20formas%20del%20audiovisual%20contemporaneo%20de%20superheroes.pdf

El superhéroe en el diván (2016), Elisa McCausland: https://www.diagonalperiodico.net/culturas/30334-capitan-america-civil-war-superheroe-divan.html

El nuevo cine de superhéroes (2016), Diego Salgado: https://www.cineparaleer.com/punto-de-vista/item/1889-el-nuevo-cine-de-superheroes

Superheroes Aren’t Modern Myths (They’re Melodramas) (2016), Noah: https://randomnerds.com/superheroes-arent-modern-myths-theyre-melodramas/

The Hollywood superhero as brand manager: an allegory of intellectual property (2016), Ezra Claverie: https://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc57.2016/-ClaverieSuperheroIP/index.html

Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and the critique of pop culture (2014), Alex Ross: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/15/naysayers

The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books (2012), T.R. Wandtke https://zodml.org/sites/default/files/%5BTerrence_R._Wandtke%5D_The_Meaning_of_Superhero_Com.pdf