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24/9/22  – Video session and activations 

A presentation of projects, carried out during the Transversal Aesthetics residency for the Ecosystems of leisure and Ecosystems of fiction editions, on 24th September at the Molino San Andres in Villava.

12.00 p.m.: "Poemas de descenso" alfonso borragán
12.30 p.m.: Screening of "La guaca" by alfonso borragán, and a dialogue between the artist and various collaborators.
1.00 p.m.: Video-performance "De perdidos al río" by Joana Capella and Roc Domingo

Transversal Aesthetics offers a place of confluence among artistic practices as a vehicle for critical research; among cultural mediation activities as a vehicle for the production of content, interaction and knowledge transfer; and the urban context as a vehicle for connecting specific themes of work to a specific active social space to these themes. 

In the 2019 and 2021 editions, various aspects of the river were explored from the perspective of leisure activities, and, in the case of the alfonso borragan residency, our relationship with it. The 2021 edition, Ecosystems of Fiction, was based upon both the conceptual premise of fiction, and upon a series of common settings: rivers. 

In each of these contexts, artists, local participants, and a number of educational organisations have enacted various processes centred upon the tensions, paradoxes or connections that exist between imagined realities and fictions, based upon a view of the river environment and its multiple components and perspectives (natural, social, landscape , political, etc.) as elements that outline and blur the boundaries between rural and urban. 

The water of the river Arga dialogues with and unfurls a variety of imaginary or fictional visions of the locales in which the project is set. 

This session presents experimental audio-visual artworks in dialogue with the river, produced during the artistic residencies carried out within the framework of Transversal Aesthetics between 2019 and 2021.

La Guaca
alfonso borragán

La Guaca alfonso

La Guaca is a video essay made in collaboration with Patxi Alda, Ione Atenea and Hasier Larretxea. The piece is a semi-fictionalised narrative which imagines a relationship between the fragments of treasures accumulated in the river and carried by the current, and the seeker who allows herself to be found by them. The treasure is elusive, and, as the treasure hunter herself recounts, the treasure escapes from its seekers. The guaca finds you. The video essay is constructed through reflections that search for these treasures in the water and fragmented images of the reconstruction of photogrammetries of treasures that escape their representation. 

La Guaca is part of the long-term No Man’s Land project that uses water and the game as revelatory of the illicit, the means of re-inhabiting a forgotten space free of social norms and possessors. The project, on the one hand, attempts to recover the hidden practices that were carried out in situ and the memories that passed through it; while on the other, it recreates new stories, experiences and myths for future recovery. In this phase, the project explores the magnetism of the destiny and the sweep of the Arga river, and the three towns that follow its course: Huarte, where the Contemporary Art Centre is located, Burlada and Villava (Navarra). 

alfonso borragán
alfonso borragán’s artistic practice is a conjunction between research, teaching and production. His work has been described as a vague momentum, the critical moment, in which the generation of images is enhanced. As an artist, he reflects through images that do not exist and latent graphḗ and traces of experience. Through trials of superposition, distortion, concealment or reformulation, he explores images’ eventual limits. As part of his methodology, he activates long periods of research related to the context. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, and later continued his training at the MFA Slade School of Fine Arts (London). Alfonso Borragan lives and works in London. He has worked upon and shared his projects in Spain, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, EE. UU., Colombia and India. His latest works have been exhibited at Emerson Dorsch, Miami (Bucarolito); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (Alterbees); Kontejner, Zagreb (Daguerrolito); Plataforma Bogotá (Fosfofagia 04) o Khoj Artist Association, New Delhi (Fosfofagia 03). 

01 Alfonso Borragan

De perdidos al río
Joana Capella Buendia/Roc Domingo Puig

romeria huarte fase2 1

De perdidos al rio is a project resulting from a residence aimed at examining the dialogue between reality and fiction, as applied to the context of the Arga River as it passes through the towns of Burlada, Villava and Huarte. 

The film revolves around a strange solitary pilgrimage of two beings emerging from the Anthropocene, who on their journey connect the Huarte Art centre with the Góngora waste treatment plant, following the course of the Arga river, passing through various villages in the region. The action, without an audience, becomes a long audiovisual piece. The performance-film is a sequence shot that captures the entire journey, from the beginning of the project. 

Joana Capella Buendia, is a graduate in design, specialising in multidisciplinary management, from the ESDi (Universitat Ramon Llull), and also in the master’s degree course in research and experimentation in design from Bau (Barcelona). Part of her work has been exhibited at the Casa Tres Patios (Medellín), La Escocesa, Sala d’Art Jove, Utopia 126, Escola Massana (Barcelona); and she has also taken part in several conferences, and has contributed to a number of publications, such as “Quadern de les idees les arts i les lletres" (Sabadell); Art & Speculative Futures (CCCB, Barcelona); Interface Politics Congress (Hangar, Barcelona; Diseño y cultura Digital (Medialab Prado, Madrid). Her artistic practice, as well as her many collaborations, move between research, curation and production. Her projects revolve around the conditions which the production of art and knowledge make possible, as well as the relationship between the artist and the idea of the profession and work. 

Roc Domingo Puig has a superior degree in Design and Illustration from EAM (Lleida), and is a graduate in Fine Arts from the Universidad de Barcelona. Currently he is artist in residence at EART (Barcelona), and is a member of the KGG collective. Some of his works have been exhibited at the Casa Tres Patios (Medellín), Casa 916 (Concepción), Casa Aparte (Cuenca), ICPNA (Iquitos), La Escocesa, Àngels Barcelona, La Usurpada (Barcelona), CAC Bòlit (Girona), and he has published an article in the latest edition of the magazine Arts (Lleida). His artistic production fluctuates between visual production, curation and education. His latest projects examine traditions, habits and customs connected to particular localities, as well as the material conditions which gave rise to them.

01 Joana Roc

Transversal Aesthetics is a project of research and experimentation related to the social and cultural contexts of the villages of Huarte, Burlada and Villava through their rivers, jointly promoted by Idensitat and the Centro Huarte.