A two-month residency at the art center CSW Zamek Ujazdowski in Warsaw, as part of the ‘air laboratory’ program for foreign artists. The project to develop will be framed inside the ‘Public Air’ festival by the end of July.
Presentation of the publications produced by the Can Xalant Art Center in the last two years. Among them, the book ‘Co-Habitaciones. Patrimonio, taxidermia y autoconstrucción en Valparaíso’ (‘Co-Dwellings. Heritage, taxidermy and DIY in Valparaiso’). This work was made next to Chilean architect Claudio Astudillo, and is the result of the exchange residency program between CRAC (Valparaiso) and Can Xalant (Mataró, Barcelona).
Some traces of the former Berlin Wall have been fixed on the city’s ground. To walk for some hours this ‘line’ (constantly interrupted nowadays) is to witness how extremely artificial can become the idea of border.
As part of the ‘Urban Body’ workshop, several exercises are carried out along the streets of Munich. All of them aim to explore the boundaries between what we understand by public and private. We decide that one of these exercises should be to follow and photograph (without being seen) an anonymous person walking around the city. I choose an elegant old woman that walks calmly eating an ice cream. I turn out to be a terrible ‘pursuer’, not only am I noticed by her many times, I also lose her at the very first moment we enter a crowd. What had to be a half-hour chase in my case doesn’t even last five minutes. I try to restart the exercise with someone else, but nobody is nearly as good as my adorable lady. I then decide to end up my brief and disastrous career as a private detective.
How does the city affect our behavior as bodies? And how, on the other side, does our behavior as bodies affect the shape of the city? This workshop explore the relationship between the body and urban space. The proposal is part of the ‘Body Territories’ laboratory by the choreographer and dancer Monica Gomis at the i-camp theater of Munich.
As part of the workshop ‘Transurbanisms’ a group tour is carried out. We go from Barcelona to Barcelona. Our trip starts taking a train at Sants station (in the center of the city) to Barcelona’s Airport. Then, we undo the 25 minute journey back on foot to the train station for more than eight hours. The goal is to walk that ‘denied’ distance between the airport and the city. Each workshop participant has to develop a personal photographic work about this experience. I work about the physical presence of the group in an urban landscape strange for us. I like to see ourselves as astronauts, as explorers of an everyday-life that today we decide to perceive differently. It is our presence and our way of looking what turns the anonimous environments we walk by into something extraordinary.