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iD Barrio. Social creativity, collective action and artistic practices.
International seminar + workshops | Calaf and Barcelona

iD Barrio | Calaf
Seminar: November 14 & 15, 2009.
Workshop Horitzó TV: November 6, 7 & 13, 2009.

iD Barrio | Barcelona
Seminar: November 27 & 28, 2009
Workshop KUNSTrePUBLIK: November 30 - December 4, 2009
Workshop Traces of Autism: November 30 - December 4, 2009

Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Deadline: October 31 for Calaf seminar and workshop, and November 12 for Barcelona seminar and workshops.

iD Barrio is an iD#5 project that explores the idea of neighbourhood from an urban and extra-urban perspective through the relationship between social creativity, transformation of the environment and artistic practices. iD Barrio consists of three interrelated parts: a seminar, workshop, and exhibition. Developed between Calaf and Barcelona, iD Barrio allows setting the subject of neighbourhood in the context of small and medium cities in rural areas and in relation to the urban areas.

iD Barrio through the seminar of Calaf and Barcelona proposes that art can be an innovative factor in the processes of urban and social transformation, since it is capable of bringing to the surface latent social creativity and developing it through collective actions. The seminars ' participants are: Sergi Alegre, Amasté Collective, Daniel G. Andujar, Basurama Collective, Paola Di Bello, Viviana Bravo, Joan Caballol, Casal de Calaf, Hans D.Christ , Santiago Cirugeda, Francesca Comisso, Manuel Delgado, Iris Dressler, Paula González, Horitzó TV, LUL Collective, KUNSTrePUBLIK Collective, Fadhila Mammar, Josep-Maria Martín, Gary W. McDonogh, Francesc Muñoz, Oriol Nel.lo, Jose Luis Oyon, Martín di Peco, Martí Peran, Plataforma Tenim un Problema, Josep Puigpelat, Marta Ricart, Montserrat Santolino, Sin|studio Collective, Traces of Autism Collective, TUP Collective, Jordi Vidal, Loïc Wacquant .

The workshops will be led by HoritzoTV [Calaf] | KUNSTrePUBLIK Collective and Traces of Autism [Barcelona].

Who can participate: The seminars and workshops are open to artists, designers, architects, educators, cultural managers, sociocultural coordinators, socialworkers, students in sociology, anthropology, art, design, architecture, education, as well as to a public that lives and participates in neighbourhood projects.

iD Barrio. Social creativity, collective action and artistic practices.
International seminar + workshops | Calaf and Barcelona


Social creativity, collective action and artistic practices
In terms of space the neighbourhood is a fragment of a more extensive urban area. This area is a social, political, economic and cultural construct which, when concentrated, takes shape as a city. The neighbourhood can be understood as a metaphor of what is local in a globalised context defined by the accelerated flow of people, capital and information, where the city exists. Even if the neighbourhood is a fragment of the city, and the city does not escape from the complex dynamics affecting the planet, the neighbourhood, on a more reduced scale, will reproduce the changes, visions and projections that the city is suffering.
The neighbourhood, like the city, has not only inhabitants, it has visitors, workers, tourists, dynamisers, speculators, politicians, etc; users more or less identified with the territory and its culture. The neighbourhood as a fragment of the city produces connections and collaborations, conflicts and dissidences among its neighbours and among the flows produced there. In the neighbourhood important activities are channeled, and have been channeled, vindicating and positively beneficial primarily to the neighbours, but which instantly pass to become part of the complex collective build of the city. These actions, in many cases, have been a fruit of necessity combined with creativity. This applied creativity, with the purpose of transformation in the social context, we may define as social creativity .
Social creativity is triggered when there is the possibility to impact in the neighbourhood through creative activities. It consists of detecting possibilities to bring innovation to the social context. Collective action is created when this latent creativity of context or territory is put to practice by a group of people.
The relation between social creativity and collective action allows cultural activities to be launched based on a sort of “open code” in which anyone can participate by providing content, modifying it or using it, promoting or taking part in mechanisms of activation, reinventing elements of interpretation or redesigning devices of representation.
The people using the neighborhood (to live, work, visit, etc) can take part, or open new creative practices bringing new elements into play, in order to generate processes for collective benefit and to impact in the place.

iD Barri through the seminar of Calaf and Barcelona proposes that art can be an innovative factor in the processes of urban and social transformation, since it is capable of surfacing latent social creativity and developing it through collective actions. This affirmation raises a series of questions that will be discussed in the context of the seminar and the linked workshops:

How is art related to processes of urban and social transformation? What role and function have processes of participation? How can social creativity be triggered in a particular environment? In what way can creative processes have an effect on a local environment? How can one become involved in the sphere of collective action?Is the transformation of the city open to projects? What relationship exists between cultural policies and territorial planning? Can local contexts be part of the global cultural speech?

iD Barrio | Calaf
Place: Espai HivernacleCultural, c. Francesc Macià, 8. 08280 Calaf
Seminar: November 14 & 15, 2009.
Workshop: November 6, 7 & 13, 2009.

In Calaf, a two-day seminar about the idea of neighbourhood will take place,analyzing the capacity of urban and social transformation in the neighbourhoods starting with creativity, participation and artistic practices and bringing together artists, experts in processes of transformation of small and medium cities and active projects in the local context.
In the last ten years, Idensitat has developed in Calaf projects that bring together territory in its physical/ social dimension and art. Since Calaf wishes to reform its old city centre having approved its project to be part of the funding offered by the Llei de Barris (A Catalan Statute aiming to improve certain urban and rural areas ), this seminar will put forward subjects based on the relationship between social and urban transformation and the influence of art and culture to generate creative actions of local context but open to connections and exterior projection.

Contents and participants

Saturday November 14

Creativity and participation. Art and cultural projects with active collective practices.
AMASTÉ. Amasté is a collective specialized in the creation of participation processes that trigger the imagination, active thinking and critical mind.
Marta Ricart Massip. Artist, researcher and educator. Cofounder of the Artibarri network and Àtic, Creative Communities for social change.
Casal de Calaf. Non-profit association that develops cultural activities in Calaf.

Creativity and space. Intervening in the territory.
Josep-Maria Martín. Artist. Professor at the Pole Arts Actión, HEAD (Haute École d’Art et de Design, Geneva University of Art and Design) Switzerland and L’École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Perpignan, France. In collaboration with Paula González, cultural manager.
LUL Landscape Urbanism Labs. Multidisciplinary collective, composed by artists, landscape architects and curators.
Josep Puigpelat. President of COPAC. (Calaf and region Agriculture Cooperative).
Tenim un Problema Platform. Local action group that organizes meetings for critical debate about glocal issues.
Sunday November 15

Urban transformation and creativity. Neighbourhood, city and territory.
Oriol Nel·lo. Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Secretary of Territorial Planning of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Author of various books and articles about the administrative organization and planning of territory.
Francesc Muñoz. PhD in Geography, professor and director of the Observatorio de la Urbanización at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Specialized in urbanism and design of territorial strategies.
Joan Caballol. Deputy Mayor and chief of the urban development unit of Calaf City Council.
Gaspar Maza. Anthropologist, professor at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili de Tarragona. His main works have been about social exclusion, the uses of public space and development of community projects in different neighborhoods and cities.

Workshop Horitzó TV: 6, 7 & 13 November 2009.
Recipes for internet television. Workshop to learn audiovisual and digital technologies to spread content across the web. The workshop will be carried out by the collective Horitzó TV who developed the Plató Volant project in Calaf. The workshop consists of three main parts: streaming, web formats and possibilities for local television projects and free software.

iD Barrio | Barcelona
Place: La Capella. C.Hospital, 56. 08001 Barcelona. Tel 93 442 71 71
Seminar: November 27 & 28, 2009
Workshops: November 30 to December 4, 2009
Touring Device Exhibition: November 27 to December 8, 2009

In Barcelona, a two-day seminar will take place, centered on the urban environment from the starting points of creativity, participation and artistic practices . The workshop will place special emphasis on participative processes management, the dynamics of work in local environments in relation to processes, and trans-local issues. Artists, cultural agents, experts and researchers of the processes of city transformation and active projects in specific neighborhoods will come together to analyse differences and draw points of connection from their fields of action

Contents and participants

Friday November 27

Local context and global dynamics in the cultural institutional space.

Hans D.Christ, Iris Dressler. Directors of WKV Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart. Have curated various projects, amongst others, On Difference. Politics of Space.
Daniel G. Andújar. Founder of Technologies To The People and director of various internet projects like art.net.dortmund, e-barcelona.org or e-valencia.org. His work questions the democratic and egalitarian promises of new communication technologies.
Jordi Vidal. Director of HEART, Haute École d’Art de Perpignan, France. Among his books are worth mentioning Résistance au chaos; Traité du combat moderne: Films et fictions de Stanley Kubrick; Servitude et simulacre en temps réel et flux constant y L’Extinction des Lumières to be published in 2010.
Judi Werthein. Artist. Her work has been shown in the Tate Modern, the Centrum Beeldende Kunst in Rotterdam, Stichting de Appel in Amsterdam, Museo del Barrio in New York, amongst others. She has also participated inSite_05 and Manifesta7.

Active architecture and cartography. Spaces for exchanging experiences.

Basurama. Collective dedicated to research and cultural management which has focused its area of study and performance on productive processes, the generation of waste involved in them and the creative possibilities which arise through this contemporary situation.
Santiago Cirugeda. Architect. Carries out subversive art project in different areas of the urban environment. He is currently working on self-construction projects in various Spanish cities, in which groups of citizens decide to create their own urban public spaces.
Martin di Peco. Architect, graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is a member of various collectives of experimentation and research on society – art – territory.
Sin|studio. Group of emerging creators dedicated to research on the link between architecture, art and other subject areas. They carry out interventions in public spaces, with the objective to work with specific social contexts.
Traces of Autism. Interdisciplinary collective that works with the analysis and cartography of territory, by doing long walks in the public space in order to produce an archive of the elements they find, converting it into maps, texts and videos.
Martí Peran. Independent curator and professor of art theory at the Universitat de Barcelona. He has recently curated the project Occasional Cities and Architectures Without Places. He is a member and editor of “Roulotte” and collaborates with various art magazines (Exit Express, Artforum International).

Opening of the Touring Device exhibition.

Saturday November 28

Creative mediation and neighborhood in artistic intervention processes.

Francesca Comisso. Curator and member of the a.titolo collective, dedicated to artistic practices that tackle the social and political dimensions of public space. She is a professor at the Turin Polytechnic.
Paola di Bello. Artist. Photography professor at the Brera Academy of Arts, Milan. Her work explores socio-political problems that define the contemporary city.
Viviana Bravo. Visual artist specialized in Integration between Art and Architecture. She carries out collaborative projects and interventions in conflictual public spaces. Professor at the Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo de la Universidad de Chile and the Escuela de Artes de la Universidad del Desarrollo.
KUNSTrePUBLIK. Collective that produces in situ projects and strategies for public spaces that are unused or undergoing changes.

Neighborhood, participation and difference management.

Gary W. McDonogh. Anthropologist. Professor and Chair of the Growth and Structure of Cities Program at Bryn Mawr College. Philadelphia.
Fadhila Mammar. Graduate in Spanish Philology from the Universidad de Grenoble (France) and Tunisia. Master in Migrations, Refuge and Intercommunity Relations. She is a mediator, and expert in Intercultural Mediation.
José Luis Oyon. Architect, professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Among his books are: Atlas histórico de ciudades europeas; Barcelona, 1930: un atlas social; El cinturón rojinegro and La quiebra de la ciudad popular.
Montserrat Santolino. Journalist. Representative of the Associació Cultural Florida-Waslala that has participated in the Plan de Desarrollo Comunitario of the neighborhood and in the process of defining the Plan Integral, extended as a result of the Ley de barrios.
Sergi Alegre Calero. Deputy mayor of Urbanism, Territory and Environment and councilor of Plan de Actuación de Sant Cosme, Ayuntamiento del Prat de Llobregat.
Loïc Wacquant. Sociologist. Author of “Urban Outcasts”. He has analyzed the suburbs of Paris and different American cities. Teacher of sociology at the University of California, Berkely. [He participates in the seminar with a text that will be distributed to the assistants].

Video screening about collective actions in a neighborhood context. Carried out by Manuel Delgado, anthropologist and professor at the Universitat de Barcelona.

Friday December 4

Presentation of projects of the KUNSTrePUBLIK workshop.
Presentation of the project Històries i Llocs (Stories and Places) by Sans Façon, promoted by Idensitat and Priorat Centre d’Art with the participation of DO Montsant and in collaboration with El Maisrog and Aibar wineries. Wine tasting of DO Montsant.

Workshop KUNSTrePUBLIK: November 30 – December 4 2009

This workshop will be carried out by KUNSTrePUBLIK Collective [Markus Lohmann, Harry Sachs, Philip Horst, Daniel Seiple, Matthias Einhoff]. The workshop will propose specific work aiming to relate the exploration of territory, the analysis of space, with socio-cultural activism and participation. The workshop is open to different disciplines, gathering people working in neighborhoods with architects, designers, and artists. Authors of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, http://www.skulpturenpark.org/

Workshop Traces of Autism: November 30 – December 4 2009

This workshop will be carried out by Traces of Autism [Jozua Zaagman, Maartje Dros, Jacqueline Schoemaker]. Interdisciplinary collective that works with the analysis and cartography of territory, by doing long walks in the public space in order to produce an archive of the elements they find, converting it into maps, texts and videos. The workshop will apply this working method in a neighborhood in Barcelona.

Directors of the seminar: Gaspar Maza, anthropologist, teacher at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona and Ramon Parramon, director of Idensitat and teacher of Elisava.

Registrations are free. To take part in the Kunstrepublik and Traces of Autism workshops in Barcelona or Horitzo TV in Calaf a covering letter, stating why you would like to join, and a curriculum must be sent. To confirm an email message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. must also be sent. The deadline for registration ends on the 31st October. In the case of the seminars places are limited . In the case of the workshops participants will be selected according to the presented documentation.

Places and dates
iD Barrio | Calaf.
Place: Espai HivernacleCultural, c. Francesc Macià, 8. 08280 Calaf
Seminar: November 14h-15th 2009.
Workshop: November 6th, 7th and 13th 2009.

The facilities of the IES Alexandre de Riquer in Calaf will be available to lodge the weekend of the 13th -15th of November under previous request.

iD Barrio | Barcelona.
Place: La Capella. C.Hospital, 56. 08001 Barcelona. Tel: 93 442 71 71
Seminar: November 27th-28th 2009
Workshop: From november the 30th to december 4th 2009

Touring Device exhibition: November 26 - December 8, 2009

iD Barrio | Calaf is an IDENSITAT proposal in collaboration with the Town Council of Calaf and is part of the project ARTWORK'09 of Diputació de Barcelona. Funded by the program Projectes Innovadors (innovative projects according to Ordre TRE/337/2008, sponsored by Servei d'Ocupació de Catalunya and supported by the European Social Fund.

iD Barrio | Barcelona is an IDENSITAT proposal for La Capella. Ajuntament de Barcelona with the collaboration of the Goethe Institut and the Netherlands Consulate in Barcelona.


IDENSITAT is an arts project that investigates ways to impact the public sphere through creative proposals that work with place and territory exploring their physical and social aspects.IDENSITAT positions itself as a networked production and research space, developed in the field of art, to experiment with new forms of involvement and interaction in social space. For the last 10 years, it has been developing artistic projects in Calaf and recently works in various urban contexts.

The projects developed in the workshops will be part of Idensitat's archive with the will of finding mechanisms of production for those that fit to specific dynamics linked to the local context.

IDENSITAT is a project supported by Ajuntament de Calaf, Ajuntament de Manresa, Departament de Cultura i Mitjans de Comunicació de la Generalitat de Catalunya i Diputació de Barcelona. With the participation of Can Xalant, Centre de Creació i Pensament Contemporani de Mataró, Priorat Centre d’Art, Ajuntament del Prat de Llobregat, Consonni (Sondika), La Capella (Barcelona) and Hangar (Barcelona). It is a member of the network of production spaces Xarxaprod.