‘Eixample Interior’
#RegalosUrbanos (Barcelona)

 — Exposiciones

8 postcard series of interior façades of the Barcelona’s Eixample, showing several examples of appropriation of terraces, balconies and galleries. The postcards, combined with each other and creating a fictitious façade, are left in a public central site of the city and offered to the pedestrians. On the back of each postcard is written “Any form of self-construction represents an untransferable way of settling in the world. Represents a (conscious or unconscious) act of resistance towards the hegemonic”. ‘Eixample Interior’ is an intervention for #RegalosUrbanos (‘Urban Gifts’) curated by La Galeria de Magdalena and Periferia Doméstica for the Eme3 festival (Barcelona)

Attempt of merchandise revaluation
Mercat dels Encants (Barcelona)

 — Proyectos

Second part of the international exchange between the contemporary art centres Hangar (Poblenou, Barcelona) and CeroInspiración (La Floresta, Quito). The work continues exploring those forms of urban selling equidistant between the formal and the informal. In the Poblenou neighbourhood of Barcelona, we focus on the Mercat dels Encants, the main second hand market in the city that we’ll be soon moved to a new building. In order to reflect on the aesthetic, hygienic and functional changes that this move will involve, we decide to carry out the following action: To acquire an entire chaotic plot in the market’s morning auction and, two weeks later, to re-sell it right there after cleaning, sorting and carefully classifying all its elements. Taking as a point of departure the presumable revaluation of the Encants market when moving to its new site, our exercise wants to check if by modifying (improving?) the appearance of a lot its value will increase. The final result ends up being the contrary. The lot is devalued. We get to understand that in the morning auction, value does not depend on its presentation. In our case, what devaluated the lot was not its changing aspect, but mainly our inexperience when negotiating the final stages of the transactions, both the buying and selling. Beyond the specific conclusions of this particular action (which will be developed in a future publication next to our work in Quito) this exercise allowed us to understand ‘from the inside’ the buying-selling dynamics of this peculiar market.

‘Prosthesis for a walker’
‘Puerto de las Artes’. Huelva (Spain)

 — Talleres

‘Prosthesis for a walker’ is a workshop led by Domènec, Pere Grimau and Pau Faus, within the 8th contemporary art festival ‘Puerto de las Artes’. The workshop proposes a collective exploration on foot through the city of Huelva and its urban environment, with a special emphasis on its areas of conflict. Our ultimate goal is to develop critical actions on the territory through the use of ‘prosthesis’, understood here as auxiliar elements to interpret the urban environment where they are applied.

After two days exploring and getting to know the city, we decide to try two approaches. Both share the desire of ‘making visible what is invisible’. On one hand, we make a signaling action by opening symbolically two smoke pots at the entrance of the phosphoplaster deposits of the city. These huge ponds of toxic waste are easily visible from above, but imperceptible from a flat point of view. In addition, we readapt a touristic postcard of Huelva that we have bought by showing there some parts/themes of the city ignored by its official representation. A thousand copies will be printed and sent to various institutions, groups and inhabitants of Huelva.

The ‘ephemeral’ advertisements in Polish cities

 — Personal

The presence of street advertisement in cities such as Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan or Lodz, helps to understand the way Polish urban space had to be adapted, in the last two decades, to the consumption needs of its new economic system. As part of this transformation, a high amount of ephemeral advertisement formats arouse in the public space. Many of them, beyond their supposed provisional nature, ended up staying indefinitely in the Polish urban landscape.

‘Signtaping’ the public space. Munich (Germany)

 — Talleres

Actions carried out during the second part of the ‘UrbanBody’ workshop. The use of warning tape allows us to delimit, add or underline several activities in Munich’s public space.

Workshop . Munich (Germany)

 — Talleres

Second part of the ‘Urban Body’ workshop in the i-camp theater of Munich (Germany). Included in the ‘Body Territories’ laboratory, by the choreographer and dancer Monica Gomis, the workshop continues the work developed in the first part, during the month of April.

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