Plastic artist, theorist, design pedagogue, and semiologist
This year, in the “El Maestro” section,produced by Vicent Almiñana, we will be honored to welcome Jordi Pericot (El Masnou, 1931).
Jordi is a plastic artist, theorist, design pedagogue and a semiologist. He studied at the Normal School, the Faculty of Arts of Barcelona, and the School of Fine Arts of Toulouse. He graduated in philosophy (1975) and doctorated in art history (1984) from the University of Barcelona. He was one of the main introducers of the kinetic art to the Spanish State and a renovador of the artistic scene with initiatives like the MENTE group (Spanish Sample of New Aesthetic Tendencies). In 1972 he participated in the XXXVI Venice Biennial and exhibited in several cities.
He has been director of the design school Elisava (1967-80), where he began a long research on visual communication and a task of disseminating this discipline.
In 1978, he had a decisive participation in the transformation of the old School of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi in Barcelona in the new Faculty of Fine Arts of the UB, where he introduced new fields of study, especially design and visual communication. Incorporated in 1992 to the foundational project of the Audiovisual Communication Studies of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), of which he was a professor, emeritus since 2002, he participated in the development of the syllabus of this degree. He founded in 1987 the magazine Temes de disseny, of which he is director.
He is a founding member of the Design Council of the Generalitat (1981-85) and of the Managing Commission for the preparation of the White Paper on Design Education in Catalonia (1982), of the Catalan Society of Communication (1984) and vice-president of the Division of Human and Social Sciences of the UB (1989-99).
He is also a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary in Seville (1988) and the Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi (2008). Gold medal for cultural merit of the Barcelona City Council (2007).