Baler is a fiction writer, journalist, and art critic who teaches
Spanish and Latin-American literature, as well as Visual Arts, Literary
Theory, Critical Thinking and Creative Writing.
In addition to his academic work as teacher and scholar, Baler has
published extensively in newspapers and magazines, for the most part in
Argentina and the U.S. (Sculpture, Clarín, Museum, Buenos
Aires Herald, and La Opinion among others) and has worked as
news-writer for Univision/San Francisco. As a fiction writer, Baler was
awarded two national literary prizes in Argentina for his novel Circa
(Buenos Aires: Ed. Galerna, 1999) and has received recognition in
Argentina, Spain (Círculo Cultural Faroni), and Chile
(Revista Ciudad Invisible) for his short stories; some of which were
anthologized in Ramuri
Magazine (April 2009,
translated into Rumanian by Tudora Şandru-Mehedinţi), Golden
Handcuffs Review (2008,
translated into English by Matt Losada), Quince Líneas
(Barcelona: ed. Tusquets, 1996), and Nuevos Cuentistas Argentinos
(Buenos Aires: ed. Red Literaria Sur, 1995).
Theory, Aesthetics, Literature and Philosophy,
The Avant-garde, 20th and 21st
century Latin-American short story, History of the Spanish American
novel, Creative writing and Creative reading, Spanish Journalism,
Visual and Cultural criticism, Baroque and Neo-baroque aesthetics.
focuses on 20th century Latin American literature and visual culture
with a strong emphasis on theoretical issues pertaining to philosophy,
aesthetics, and the history of ideas. Baler’s doctoral
dissertation, later published as Los
sentidos de la distorsion: fantasias epistemologicas del neobarroco
latinoamericano (Senses of
Distortion: Epistemological Fantasies of the Neo-Baroque - 2009 Ed.
Corregidor), explores the ruptures and continuities linking the
decentered dynamics of the 17th century (Quevedo, Góngora,
Bernini) to the logic of instability that permeates 20th century visual
and literary production in Latin America (Huidobro, Borges, Sarduy).
de la distorsion corresponds to
a broader interest in the origins and implications of representational
crises. In that sense, Baler’s current research further
inquires into a wide range of aesthetic problems and solutions brought
about by the shattering experience of violence (war, torture,
terrorism, martyrdom) as reflected in theatre, cinema, and the visual
arts in the context of the Americas of the 20th and 21st century.
Connected to this interest in the dynamics of representational crises
and artistic revolutions, Baler is exploring and assessing the scope of
current trends in the art world. As part of this project focused on art
criticism, history of ideas, and cultural theory, Baler is currently
editing a collection of essays written by a broad range of authors that
will offer different perspectives and insights into the aesthetic
sensibility that is starting to define the 21st century. This book,
Next Thing: Art in the 21st Century
will be a collection of contestable "prophecies" about the sensibility
that will define our time.
“La maduración del
Book review. El Escritor, el
Amor y la Muerte de Enrique
University of California, Berkeley. Volume 12, Spring 2001: 127. Also in BUENOS
AIRES HERALD, 28-III-1999.