2018

David Vidal

Professor at the UAB, Writer and Journalist

Barcelona (Catalonia)

From September 18 to September 24, 2018

Biography —

Journalist and writer, doctor in Communication, he has been awarded the prize for non-fiction narrative of the Diputació de Lleida for La fulla a punt de caure (2007) and the essay prize of the Audiovisual Council of Catalonia for El malson de Chandos (2003). Professor of cultural journalism at the UAB, where he directs the doctorate in Communication and Culture and coordinates the master’s degree in Literary Journalism, Communication and Humanities. He also collaborates as an analyst in Catalunya Migdia of Catalunya Ràdio and in Ara newspaper, where he publishes literary criticism. A founding member of the SomAtents collective, he has worked as a journalist for the newspaper Avui (1992-1998) and has written dozens of articles, books and book chapters on journalism, literature and communication, such as the one  dedicated to the interview with Cátedra (La entrevista en radio, prensa y televisión). He has been coordinator of the Journalism degree (2003-2005), vice-dean of the Faculty of Communication of the UAB (2005-2009) and assistant to the direction of Vicenç Altaió in the Arts Santa Mónica (2010-2013), where he curated various exhibitions and projects, such as MèdiaQuiosc with the CCMA. With SomAtents, in 2015 he made the short film La roba estesa and in June 2018 he premiered, as a scriptwriter for the director Carles Bosch, the documentary film Petitet.

Project —

During my stay I will work on three projects:

An individual project, which will be an academic article on the relationship between truth, language and journalism.

A project with SomAtents, the collective of journalistic action, with whom to develop some of the projects that we have in progress taking advantage of the stay at Faber (and I will take this opportunity to tell other residents and to return to the social environment of Olot if it is deemed appropriate). The journalists involved will participate in Retrats paral·lels photojournalistic project and the project to recover the collective memory of the Presó de dones. The whole group will also take advantage of this opportunity to hold a kick-off meeting in Olot.

Finally, to work on a master’s degree project in Literary Journalism, Communication and Humanities at the UAB. After six editions and more than a hundred students, we will be reunited at Faber with some of them who have excelled, returning to their countries —dozens of different countries— in the cultivation of literary journalism. We would like to take this opportunity to lay the foundations for an international network of literary and narrative journalists who work on a project-by-project basis and who can collaborate internationally.