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Visual British Hispanism and the Puerto del Rosario "parque escultórico"

Evans, JM; (2015) Visual British Hispanism and the Puerto del Rosario "parque escultórico". Bulletin of Spanish Studies: Hispanic studies and researches on Spain, Portugal and Latin America , 92 (3) pp. 453-479. 10.1080/14753820.2015.1003765.

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Abstract

This essay takes José Ortega y Gasset’s famous comment ‘yo soy yo y mi circunstancia’ and Kaja Silverman’s view that perception is always ‘propped’ on things we have seen before and retraces the ‘circunstancias’ of the development of visual studies within British Hispanism, then considers the making of the ‘parque escultórico’ in the Canary Island of Fuerteventura. Linking the development of the this sculpture park to Unamuno’s exile on the island, when he took to walking around the capital, then known as Puerto de Cabras, this essay takes a contemporary viaje al azar around the public art that is now located in the present-day capital, now known as Puerto del Rosario. It argues that the creation of the ‘parque escultórico’ is an attractive contemporary visual case study: as an example of how far the discipline has developed since the time when writers like Unamuno and Ortega y Gasset were the mainstay of the Hispanic Studies literary curriculum; as an example of what can be achieved when the ‘circunstancias’ of local government, artist and viewer are embraced from the start; and as a model for sustainable cultural development in times of economic recession.

Type: Article
Title: Visual British Hispanism and the Puerto del Rosario "parque escultórico"
DOI: 10.1080/14753820.2015.1003765
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14753820.2015.1003765
Language: English
Additional information: Special Issue: Inaugural Hispanic Visual Studies Issue: Territories of the Visual
Keywords: Puerto del Rosario, sculpture park, Ortega y Gasset, Unamuno, exile, public art, gaze studies, Antonio Patallo, economic recession, sustainable cultural development
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472525
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