Workshop by Adriana Vila Guevara

WORKSHOP ‘From investigation to biographic creation’

DATES: Friday 9 (16:00-20:00 h) and Saturday, 10 April (10:30-14:30 h / 16:00-20:00 h).
DURATION: 12 hours
SPACES: To guarantee social distance and facilitate compliance with the norms of cleanliness and hygiene, spaces are limited to 12 people.
PLACE: Museo do Pobo Galego


Throughout its history as a discipline, anthropology has dedicated itself to the complex task of understanding the Other, coming face to face with the contradictory condition of the influence of the researcher’s own presence. In the same way, in the creation of documentary films (and even other artistic disciplines interested in the Other/Self relationship), the approximation and development of relationships and the understanding of the characters one wishes to portray, places the creator in a constant debate about the form and content that guide these processes. How does it begin? The first contact… Where should we go? What questions to ask, what questions not to ask, what position to take, how much to register, how to register it?

This workshop aims to create a space for discussing these and many questions that surround the principle and development of an approximation. Without pretending to give unique answers, it focuses on introducing a variety of methods, resources, principles, arguments and questions from an ethnographic foundation, but also cinematographic and creative, to come closer to this complex –although also enthralling- the work of understanding the Other. In the effort to create one of so many possible representations of someone who has gone, while in the present, or even looking toward the future. Between constructing life story, biographies, portraits or simple scribbles. Where, moreover, the author, without meaning to, ends up showing the presence of his or her own slippery I throughout the whole exploration process.


Everyone interested in these topics, whether out of personal interest, as part of a research project in the social sciences, humanities or other disciplines, and in particular artists and film-makers who want to enrich their creative and exploratory processes.


  • To introduce a series of ethnography-based tools for research, documentation and audiovisual recording of life stories or biographies, also useful for creating cinematographic/artistic portraits.
  • To foster interest in understanding the other, as a gradual, deep, respectful, and complex discovery process.
  • To also recognize the creative element in all research. The authorial space of the individual who researches and who depicts him/herself.
  • To discuss and develop doubts, questions, insecurities, and failures in process, as well as the value of confessions and illuminations.
  • To pass through the dilemmas and over the bridges between research and the steps toward creating audiovisual pieces according to where they are destined (archive, registry, documentary, artistic piece, or cinematography).


To register, it is necessary to request enrolment by e-mailing, indicating your full name and ID number (state in the subject ‘Taller 16ª MICE Adriana Vila’). Once the e-mail has been sent, it is necessary to await confirmation from the organization in order to carry out the course payment and to confirm registration.

Registration will be open until 30 March


  • General registration: €40
  • Unemployed, students and retirees: €25
  • Members of the Museo do Pobo Galego: €10

All students will receive a diploma accrediting course attendance.


She is a filmmaker, artist and anthropologist. Her work moves between film experimentation, documentary creation and reflective and confessional ethnographic study. PhD in anthropology from the Universitat de Barcelona with a thesis on authorship, biographical construction, imagery and representation in the construction of the film portrait. She is a professor of documentary and experimental cinema at the Escuela Superior de Cine y Audiovisuales de Catalunya (ESCAC), and co-founder of the independent and analog cinema laboratory Crater-Lab, where she combines her curatorial, teaching and experimental filmmaking work. She teaches the series of ‘Cinematographic Artifacts’ of the Xcèntric Archive (CCCB), in addition to collaborating with different training institutions and film centers, with theoretical-practical workshops on cinema and anthropology. She screened her work in numerous festivals and art spaces, including the FID Marseille, the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia and the IFFR Rotterdam Film Festival, among others..