Blanca Bercial, b. June 6, 1988, Madrid, Spain, is an artist-scholar, curator and writer, working on 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. Originally from Madrid (Spain), she has been living in San Francisco since 2018, when she started her research on the artistic and sonic landscapes of this city. Previously, from 2013 to 2016, Bercial 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 and fiction for independent publications and has recently published a poetry-artist book entitled Trash Poems with La Granja Editorial (Spain). Bercial is also an art practitioner, in her work, she uses sound and poetry as an inquiry about the ways we ignore and overlook common yet unexplored spaces, unutilized hideouts embedded within place, time, and in 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
SYMPOSIUMS AND CONFERENCES
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
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 )