Financial support from the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation was the boost that Casa Planas needed in order to continue delving more deeply into the collective doctorate, started in 2017, exploring the impact of tourism on territory and human life. 

An ambitious project that gathers interdisciplinary knowledge from academic and artistic research, defining the Planas Archive clearly as a space for cross-cutting knowledge and reflection on tourism.

Casa Planas is a cultural association with a mission to foster creation and collective memory. It has studios for artists and an archive with over 3 million images documenting the history of tourism.

Through the project COSTA // Observatory of Sustainable Tourism and Culture 2024-25, a programme is to be developed with the aim of studying the ecosocial transformation of tourism. Casa Planas will create a platform for collective encounter and knowledge sharing in the form of an interdisciplinary study group, as well as facilitating the development of artistic and academic research residencies using material from the Planas Archive.

Subsequently, in 2025, the first international congress will be organised to share, discuss, and disseminate the results obtained from this interchange of knowledge.

Sessions of the collective study group will involve the participation of organisations such as GOB, Alba Sub, CSIC (Fossil Aesthetics Study Group), UIB (GIST Study Group), 1+2 Photography & Sciences (France), INLAND, Blanca de la Torre, among others. The sessions will be open to the public in order to facilitate an exchange of perspectives.

The study sessions will be complemented by artistic research projects developed through residency programmes. Artists/researchers will develop a creative “essay” around the history, landscape, and transformation of the Balearic Islands influenced by the construction of a newly imagined tourism created by Casa Planas.

These programmes are supported by the Goethe-Institut Foundation, Euroregion Pyrénées-Méditerranée, Teatre Principal Foundation, and public funding bodies of the Balearic Islands.

This project is part of Uncovering Archive. A collective creation and thought project based on the interpretation of tourism and the archival turn, directed by Marina Planas.

The constellation of projects linked to Uncovering Archive constitutes a new collection of perspectives with new discursive frameworks that gather testimonies of collective memory from over 30 projects by artists and researchers such as Joan Fontcuberta, Pedro G. Romero, Antoni Muntadas, among others.

Collective research group

The group, open to anyone who is interested, will meet monthly during 2024 and 2025, with the aim of reflecting on the impact of tourism on the territory and on life through contemporary images, crossing knowledge between artists, researchers, scientists, etc. If you are interested in participating or have a related project, please contact us at

18.01.24 – 5 pm  Sustainable Archives. With the participation of Jorge Blasco Gallardo.
01.02.24 – 5 pm  Image and Climate. With the participation of Carlos Alonso, CEO of WDNA.
07.03.24 – 5 pm  Overtourism. With the participation of Guillem Colom.
11.04.24 – 5 pm  Turisculture and purple economy. With the participation of Jaume Reus.
09.05.24 – 5 pm  From more to better. Transformation and circular progress of the Mallorcan hotel sector. With Maria Frontera (FEHM).
04.06.24 – 07.06.24  Conferences 2024. With the participation of GOB, Alba Sub, CSIC (Study Group: Fossil Aesthetics), UIB (Study Group: GIST), 1+2 Photographie & Sciences (France), INLAND, Blanca de la Torre.
05.09.24 – 5 pm  Narratives of water and Leisure. With the participation of Laia Ventayol.
18.10.24 – 5 pm  Photography and metadata.
07.11.24 – 5 pm  Environmental anthropology.

11.04 Tourisculture and purple economy

With the participation of Jaume Reus, art historian, cultural manager and PhD in art history. He was Director of the Institute of Cultural Industries of the Balearic Islands in Palma, and Director of the Center for creativity Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona.

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09.05 From More to Better
Transformation and circular progress
of the hotel sector in Mallorca

With the participation of Maria Frontera, president of the Hotel Business Federation of Mallorca since 2018. In December 2021 she revalidated her leadership by starting her 2nd term at the head of the association that represents 860 hotel establishments and 200,000 hotel beds in Mallorca, the pioneer of tourism associations at a national level and with almost 50 years of experience. 

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07.03 Overtourism

With the participation of Guillem Colom-Montero professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Glasgow, where he researches and teaches contemporary Catalan literature and the relationships between tourism, culture and community in different overtouristy European destinations. He is the author of the book Quim Monzó and Contemporary Catalan Culture (1975-2018): Cultural Normalization, Postmodernism and National Politics (Legenda, 2021) and several academic articles and publications. He has also published articles in BabeliaQuadern El PaísNúvolNosaltresBrave New Europe The Literary Encyclopedia.

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01.02 Image and Climate

With the participation of Carlos Alonso Laita, CEO of WDNA, a technological business group committed to innovation dedicated to real-time meteorological solutions for the observation, prediction and early warning of natural phenomena. o basada en la sensorización inteligente para la gestión del agua o la gestión de residuos, entre otras. 
Licenciado en Física, con casi 20 años de experiencia en meteorología y cambio climático, puso en marcha una de las primeras estrategias regionales de cambio climático españolas en la primera Oficina de Cambio Climático regional.

© Sergio Monje

18.01 Sustainable Archives

On how archives can be managed in a sustainable way from the artistic practice and the archival turn.
With the participation of Jorge Blasco Gallardoresearcher, writer and independent curator who has devoted most of his career to the study of archives and their activations, and everything that has to do with the verb "to do with the verb to archive.

© Corentine Le Mestre