TIMES OF FICTION

ART AND PUBLIC SPACE IN TIMES OF FICTION 

We are facing a strange situation.

Surveillance, contagion, security, mobility, distance, isolation. These words have broken abruptly into our everyday lives, leading us to open up debates, and to reconsider our situation as a society. But these concepts are not foreign to us. Since the beginning of Idensitat as an artistic and research project, we have approached them from the perspectives of urban planning, social space, the human body or translocal mobility. Over the next few days, we will share some of our lines of work which touch upon these concepts, with the intention of revisiting them, comparing different times and situations, and also to be mindful of what these concepts are, and their meaning beyond the present circumstances.

This web space showcases a series of projects from Idensitat, in collaboration with artists, cultural agents, associations and groups in the academic sector, and in the fields of urban planning and architecture, among other actors in social space.


PROJECTS
CONTAGIARSE / Artículo para Archivo de Prácticas Colaborativas
PANDEMIA / Zombi Spaces
ISOLATIONS/ ID Barri Besòs. Isolation - Connections / Nexus


CONTAGIARSE. El futuro de las relaciones institucionales entre arte y educación están condicionadas por las bacterias, los monstruos, los espacios zombi, los sistemas emergentes y todo tipo de hibridaciones mutantes.

contagiarse"Artists need to modify the immune system of their art in order to incorporate new aesthetic bacilli, to survive them and find a new inner balance, a new definition of health (and vitality) (Groys 2009: 28). The educational institution, more than being a place to heal, repair, instruct or train, must facilitate contagion in order to activate the immune system and emerge stronger."

In this article written by Ramon Parramon Arimany (Idensitat), and published in the magazine "Archive of collaborative practices" of the Do It Yourself Institute (Todo x la Praxis), the relationship and hybridisation between educational contexts and collaborative artistic practices is considered and analysed on the basis of a series of projects, carried out within the framework of Idensitat, which works "To transform the vision of the institution from within, working with it, for it and against it at the same time."

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ID BARRI BESÒS. ISOLATION - CONNECTIONS / NEXUS

"How might we understand the idea of isolation in the context of a district? Does the definition of district posit some idea of border? What connections exist, which do not, and which are likely to exist? What are the boundaries, visible and invisible, which facilitate disconnection? Can we define explicit elements which refer to connection and isolation?"

ID Barri Besòs (2016-017) and Nexus (2018 - 2019) are two projectes that takes place in the area comprising four areas ​​bordering the river Besòs: Bon Pastor, Trinitat Vella and Baró de Viver and La Sagrera.
The districts bordering the river Besos share certain characteristics which define them as vulnerable neighbourhoods. Being in the suburbs, they present situations of urban isolation, often caused by communications infrastructures crossing them, combined with shortages of public facilities and services. In addition, they are notable as districts with serious social risk factors, such as the lowest rates of available family incomes, high unemployment rates and high rates of long-term unemployment, the highest number of foreclosures, informal employment, overcrowded housing and serious slum conditions.

Moreover, these neighbourhoods have traditionally been built up as a result of social and collective struggle, and represent important sources of production of the city's popular culture. Many people gather around facilities, community centres and various organisations, creating a major community revitalisation through festivals and other cultural events.
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ZOMBI SPACES

"PANDEMIC. Contagious Urbanism, replication of ill-adapted models, repetition, reiteration, typified spaces. Spaces modelled due to the effects of biters' activities."

Zombi Spaces is an Idensitat project, active since 2008, that questions the logic of speculation in land, using the zombie as its central metaphor. The phenomena which are characteristic of global capitalism, such as periods of crisis, or the close relations between political and private interests, generate overcrowded and highly risky sites which turn into semi-abandoned and dormant spaces, repeatedly activated and deactivated, finding themselves in an indefinite or a transitional state between some-place and no-place.

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