Beatriz Novaro Writer, scriptwriter (Mexico)
Ana Casas Broda | Author and, editor (Spain/Mexico)
Synapses refers us to the union, the link between separate bodies, alien to each other, isolated. Or better still, asleep. During the synapse, a link, a bridge, a bond is created. In the case of creative laboratories, dormant areas are awakened, sparks are produced that illuminate by contrasting ideas, points of view, influences; a series of sparks that, thanks to collective reflection, end up unravelling a work. 

The idea of this laboratory is to challenge our own perception until we go deeper into the work, to give it shape, to give it momentum while we recognise our singularity and acquire different tools and technologies. To dedicate time and space to give shape to that project that we know is waiting for us somewhere. 

The aim will be to find the voice, to sharpen the eye and the ear. Dynamite the fixed ideas, the misunderstandings. Nourish yourself with other genres, other artistic experiences that can recharge your creative energy.


Bruno Ceschel | Art director and designer (Italy/Spain)
Jamie Allan Shaw | Art director and designer (Italy/Spain)
Ramon Pez | Art director and designer (Italy/Spain) 
Juan Valbuena: Author and publisher PHREE (Spain) 
Yumi Goto: Curator and editor (Japan) 
Joan Fontcuberta : Artist, curator and theorist (Spain) 


Karen Cordero | Philosophy and Image Analysis 
Sofía Carrillo : Animation
Andrés Franco Medina-Mora | Sound Walls 
Lila Avilés | Theatre and cinema
Carlos León : Dissertations on contemporary photography 
Koral Carballo | Documentary Narratives

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Get to know the work of some of the teachers invited to SINÁPSIS who work in different media of the art medium, from literature, film, animation, photobooks, sound, image theory, photography and installation.



In this laboratory, importance will be given to writing and dialogue. The word serves us both for reflection and to stimulate the imagination, but also to find the ideal order of a text, the narrative structure of a book, the writing; to inspire us, to listen to ourselves aloud in the face of the critical curiosity of others. Writing will be important to observe objectively what we think and to polish a text until it finds its full potential. 

How to revive dormant memories, how to provoke new paths, how to unblock. The idea of my workshop is to bring different points of view together, like a mirror, to observe what one does from another place; to provoke the participants both collectively and individually. To bring together new influences from different artists, thinkers and theorists, polemical, even antagonistic. 



The photo, like the word, is thrown into time. The photo is a projectile, it goes beyond the stage of each image. It continues in time, it is mobile and is activated in the gaze of each spectator. The self is not a space, it is an apparatus that constantly produces new content. Emotion is an event. Emotion makes us uncomfortable, it takes us out of our comfort zone. The event is that which bursts in and cannot be predicted out of the blue, unpredictable, unknown. And it only becomes an experience when it is shared.

Photography is intimately linked to experiences, emotions, to our identity, to memory and to the way we connect with the world. Images move us, surprise us, frighten us, and remind us. In this workshop we will work with the power of that which detonates the image, from old photos that launch us into time, to the photographic act whose subject matter is the present and action, as a way of revealing and provoking essential aspects of our relationship with the world and those around us. 

This workshop proposes individual and group work centred on photography as a point of dialogue, encounter and action, photography as a detonator of personal processes deeply linked to identity from different perspectives. The development of a photographic work will be approached as an internal, personal, intuitive work, which at the same time is completed in the collaborative process and in the reflection and dialogue with others. 

In order to construct a body of work, it is essential to situate it in the context and history of the medium with which we are working. We will review different authors from the history of photography, as well as contemporary ones. In addition, the participants' projects will be analysed in groups and in individual consultancies. We will look at different ways of creating narratives, and different ways of giving form to a project, from exhibitions to photobooks. 

Ana Casas's tutoring will be focused on supporting each participant in the development of their own creative process, helping in the reflection of individual and group needs, so that the work on the projects is coherent for each author. But above all, it will seek to help each participant to synthesise the large amount of information that they will receive from the classes in a way that will be useful for their own project. 

registration and costs


17 participants


Registration | $5,000.00 mxn
 (You can cover the fee in two parts)
March 2018: $3,000.00
April 2018: $2,000.00
+8 payments | $2,800.00 mxn


March 2019 to June 2020


11 am - 3 pm and/or 4 - 8 pm 
(Depending on the workshop)
(20 to 24 hours per module)


To participate in this program it will be necessary to carry out a selection process. The projects of those interested will be evaluated individually, so that each one will be assessed on its requirements and individual potential. Projects of various kinds may be submitted: a body of work already completed, or projects in progress. Projects may contain images and text. There are no limitations in this regard and they are not expected to have predetermined characteristics such as uniformity, technique, theme, among others. The aim is to find proposals from authors that have a potential for development throughout the programme process. 

Phase 1 | until March 15th - Fill in the CORTEX registration form and send it to - Send a minimum of 10 images to the email: - Send to the email a text of at least one page about the project explaining the theme, the motivations and answering the questions of the specific registration form for this program. 

Phase 2 | March 19th and 20th - Interview in person or via skype 

Registration from March 21 to 22, once selected, the participant must cover the registration fee for the program. Because the guests for this workshop are from different countries and we must reserve their participation in advance, it is necessary that participants guarantee their participation when they are selected.

We offer 2 half scholarships. You can apply to them by means of a letter explaining the reason for the scholarship application.