Blanca Bercial, b. June 6, 1988, Madrid, Spain, works in the field of Contemporary Art practices and Sound Studies. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Master of Arts in History and Theory of Contemporary Art, which culminated with an Outstanding Thesis Award from the institution. Based in San Francisco since 2018, when she started her research on the sonic landscape of this city. From 2013 to 2016, Blanca worked for different non-profit art institutions in Beijing, China, where she gained art management professional experience for her career as a curator and art writer. Bercial writes poetry, fictrion, and essay for different publications and has recently published an artist book Trash Poems with La Granja Editorial (Spain). Bercial is also an art practitioner, in her work, she uses language and sound as an inquiry about the ways we ignore and overlook common yet unexplored spaces, unutilized hideouts embedded within language, space and sound.
MA in History and Theory of Contemporary Art
San Francisco Art Institute
BA in Media Studies, Advertising and Public Relations
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Chinese Language and Culture
Beijing Language and Culture University
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Outstanding Thesis Award 2020, San Francisco Art Institute, MA History and Theory of Contemporary Art
Anne Bremer Memorial Library's 37th Annual Artists' Book Contest
Anne Bremer Memorial Library's 36th Annual Artists' Book Contest
2022 Artist in Residence at Tsonami Arte Sonoro, Residencia B.A.S.E., Valparaíso, Chile
SYMPOSIUMS AND CONFERENCES
2021 ReVIEWING Black Mountain College. International Conference co-hosted by Black Mountain College Museum and UNC Asheville. November 12-14, 2021, Asheville, NC.
2021 “Listening to silence—a state of attention,” Where Is the Other? Sound-based Epistemologies and Sonic Imaginations, 2nd International Conference on Sonorities Research, Grupo de Estudos em Imagens, Sonoridades e Tecnologias (GEIST), UFSC, UFES, IFRS, UFRGS, UNISINOS and UFF, Brazil.
2020 “The Paradox of Silence withn a Social and Artistic Framework,” Paradoxes and illsuions: an evening about innovative and disruptive concepts of art, Leonardo Art and Science Rendezvous (LASER Talks), Stanford University, CA, USA.
2020 “Listening to the Inframince—An Artistic Sensibility to Listen to the Liminal Crossings of Sound,” Master of Arts Symposium, Moderated by Nicole Archer, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA.
INTERVIEWS AND MEDIA
2022 “Espacio Imprevisto—Blanca Bercial” Radio Tsonami. Interviewed by Pablo Saavedra, Hosted by Rodrigo Ríos Zunino
2020 “Blanca Bercial—Sound & Silence,” Audium Listens #2. Podcast. Interview by David Shaff.
2020 “Blanca Bercial, A Silence Hangs in the Air,” SFAI Sessions Vol. 2, Interview by Miles Stemp.
2020 “Blanca Bercial-Elogio de la Basura,” Interview by María Fuentes, METAL Magazine, Barcelona, Spain.
2020 “Trash Poems, by Blanca Bercial,” Neo2 Magazine, Spain.
2020 “Trash poems’ de Blanca Bercial, nueva publicación de La Granja Editorial,” Graffica, Spain and Latin America.
2020 “BookTues Una reseña de «TRASHPOEMS» de Blanca Bercial.” By Inés Belmonte. Dare to be One of Us, Girl, Spain.
At Audium Theater (Photography by David Shaff )