I was born on February 14, 1978 under the sign of Aquarius.
I studied Fine Arts (UB, Barcelona - ENSBA, Paris) and MA of Theory and Criticism of Contemporary Art (UB, Barcelona). I worked for fourteen years in the field of international fashion in press, consultancy and communication.
I am an art and design teacher and pedagogical researcher at Bau, Design College of Barcelona, where I had the privilege to be its BA Design course leader and Pedagogical Director for ten years, and where I am currently a member of the Pedagogical Board.
I read my PhD thesis "Knowledge in action. Undisciplined pedagogical practices" in the program of Innovation and Educational Intervention (UVIC-UCC). The research, based on pedagogical experiments and methodological challenges, asks about the disciplinary boundaries and the ways of learning/teaching that take place in art and design studies. To this end, it analyses the emergence of academic and knowledge disciplines we have inherited from modernity. It aims at providing an understanding of the dichotomies and splits such as those that divide reason from intuition, science from art, or emotion from the intellect, and the consequences these have in the current education system. It explores forms of knowledge in action, capable of integrating creativity, presence, movement and undisciplined pedagogical practices.
I am co-creator and pedagogical advisor for the Espai Aigua school project, where I provide support in the creation of undisciplined practices and in the teachers learning program. Together with Cris Garcia we explore new practices at the Pedagogical Laboratory.
I'm member of the Research Unit Institute of Political Materialities (IMP), a space born to welcome and promote research and experimentation that accompanies those communities of practice that explore the limits and crossings between design, pedagogy, art, politics, the social, the sciences and contemporary thought. We collaborate with entities such as ABD, Diputació de Barcelona or CRAG (Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics). Together with Jaron Rowan, we explore the legacies of modern epistemology, exploring other forms of thought, feeling and action that let us imagine alternative knowledges.
My life is surrounded by wise and creative women with whom I explore material, emotional, energetic, intellectual and spiritual spaces. Montse Casacuberta, Emma Llorente, Mariona Garcia, Elisenda Fontarnau, Cristina García, Isabelle Bazsó, Mireia Petitpierre, Laura Tordera, Carla Jané, and, of course, my mother Esther Banqué and my daughter Clara, are some of them.
I study and practice Seitai and Keep Moving Method, where I have the privilege of learning directly from the masters Mercè Blanco and Mercedes Boronat.
I have created CREARE a Center for Educational and Creative Practices, an holistic pedagogical support where creative processes become the centre of our teaching and learning practices.
Colour, movement, sound, writing and geometry are my fields of experimentation and transformation. Art is where I embody my know in the act.