Esther Planas, Barcelona 1960, is an independent artist and researcher with a recent MRes in Art Theory and Philosophy from CSM, UAL, London. Her research focuses on self-instituting practices during hostile times/spaces and the power of critique for producing the utopian. She works with her project Escuela de Calor/School of Calidity that generates a series of ongoing situationist process where encounters happen in ephemeral contingencies and alienation is explored.

She published, edited and contributed the magazine V.O. in 1984/5 in Barcelona now archived at MACBA Arxius, Barcelona. Her practice is strongly informed by her background on dance and theatre. She studied contemporary dance at Anna Maleras, Barcelona 70’s, The London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) London, El Institut del Teatre and at Area, Spai de Dansa, Barcelona 1980/1996.

Her works as installations, film, lectures, performances or sound interventions, have been presented internationally including at South London Gallery, Beaconsfield, and Tate Britain Clore Auditorium, London, MACRO Museo Rome, Matadero Madrid, BCNProducció\10 Barcelona and at various independent spaces as Proyectos Ultravioleta Guatemala, Helena Producciones, Cali Colombia, Aformal Academy -digital dialogues Hong Kong-Shenzen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, eme3 International Architectural Festival Barcelona, Artlicks Festival London, INCA Detroit, USA or Alkovi gallery, Helsinki.

She has interviewed or reviewed artist works and published in cultural magazines, art catalogues or fanzines as The Critical Friend and /Seconds, London, “Description of a Dance” collaborative text with Theo Cowley, London, Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporaneo, CGAC, España, Paesaggio, Blauerhase Venice, Manifestaciones Públicas de Afecto editor Florencia Portocarrero (Proyecto AMIL, Lima) and has a published fiction Novella at FROZEN TEARS a publication and writing based project by artist John Russell with Cabinet Gallery London 2004. Her DIY fanzine Dark Star/1998/2002 is part of MACBA Arxiu and PABD archive.

Esther Planas is a long-term contributor and ongoing member of the artist lead co-operative project, Five Years London based, since 1999. Recent works featured at online curatorial project Performing Borders in Jan 2018 and was guest artist at project curated by Clare Caroline Spectres of Modernism at Raven Row, London, 2 February 2018

Planas was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Price, London in 2014