In September 2011, the Consejo Superior de Deportes [CSD] (Sports Council) in collaboration with Idensitat [iD SPORT] announced the Second Call for interdisciplinary projects promoting the relationship between sport and social, cultural, and creative areas. The call was aimed at two types of projects: Ongoing projects to be added to iD Project Bank; and new and experimental projects to be added to iD Project Production Laboratory.
Between September and November 2011, 103 applications were received in total, 35 for the Project Bank, and 68 for the Project Laboratory, for the latter of which 5 projects were selected by the panel.
The selection panel comprised Marta Carranza Gil-Dolz del Castellar (Deputy Director of Sports Promotion and Paralympic Sports departments at the Sports Council), Gaspar Maza (Anthropologist, Professor at the Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona, and Coordinator of the Sports and Social Inclusion Group - Integral Sports Plan, Sports Council), Ramon Parramon (Artist, Director of IDENSITAT and Director of ACVic Centre d’Arts Contemporànies) and Martí Peran (Professor of Arts History at the University of Barcelona, and independent art critic and curator). The panel chose those projects which offered creative and experimental solutions to the framework proposed on the open call bases. The selected projects were developed in different locations throughout Spain during 2012.
a. Projects Laboratory
Revolaos Long aimed to give the small village of Valfermoso de Tajuña a second annual 'big' weekend. A longboard event was organised on a spring weekend in 2012, transforming the village's main road, traditionally a symbol of its isolation, into an open door, and an arena for a currently expanding sport.
For the inhabitants of a village in a process of depopulation -and whose main annual celebration is a bull fighting festival - the event was a great opportunity to open a window towards modernity, linking the name 'Valfermoso' with that of an increasingly popular contemporary sport, the first event of its kind organised in Castilla La Mancha. Throughout the weekend, the area became the epicentre of international level skateboarding, and also beneficial for skaters, offering them a unique opportunity to practice their sport in a natural and safe environment.
Cabanyal is a district threatened since 1998 by a municipal project to extend Blasco Ibáñez Avenue, dividing the area, with the destruction of 1,651 houses, an urban plan which has created a neighbourhood conflict. This is visible in the confrontation between the groups Salvem el Cabanyal (Save EL Cabanyal) and Sí Volem Prolongació (We want the extension). The first started in 1999 as a reaction against the urban plan to extend the avenue, and in favour of a regeneration of the district. The second was created in 2009 as a reaction to the cancellation of the plan by the Ministry of Culture, which declared that the extension was necessary to regularise the area.
Even though the fight has stalled the plan, and the degradation of the district continues in affected areas, both associations share a symbol of common identity and pride: Llevant Football Club, descended from the Cabanyal Football Club, whose grounds were located directly in front of the beach.
Focusing on this symbolic aspect, and proposing a positive approach to the situation, the artists organised a symbolic football match between the two opposing associations, to bring different points of view and common ideas together, with one aim; to dislodge the problem, and fight together for the district's regeneration.
- Sk8+U, by Straddle3 (David Juárez, David Orriols, Penélope Serrano, Jordi Pastells, Catarina Cabral, Nico Juárez and Jordi Granada). Arbúcies (Barcelona).
SK8+U was proposed by the Straddle3 collective, developed from the initiative of a group of teenagers between 11 and 15 years old. The project consisted of designing, building, and maintaining a skate park in Arbúcies, a village in the region of Girona, through a participatory process combining creative disciplines and communication tools.
One of the main aims of the project was to make all those involved assume an active role in the process -especially the youngest ones-, and to learn about subjects such as recycling, shared management, integration among disciplines, social communication, self-managed building processes, possibilities for the transformation of urban space, and the maintenance of public spaces. It was an exercise of optimisation of resources. Experts also participated in the team work, leading a series of theoretical and practical workshops. In these, participants researched recycled materials and their possibilities; developed the design and management of the installations; designed a plan for the communication, maintenance, and use of the installations.
- Har-Etxea, by M-etxea collective (Jon Bgirinstain Mitxelena, Josemi Martínez Rico, Ezekiel Collantes Gabella, Martín Ferrán Zubillaga, Aitor Leceta, Alberto Algaba Salazar, Eider Camarero Etxebarria, Estíbaliz Carretero Pérez, Iker Moya Alonso, Rocío Merchante, Gaizka Altuna Charterina and Daniel Eguren), (San Sebastián).‘Har etxea’ – which in Euskera menas 'worm house'- refers to the worm's cocoon or chrysalis. This project proposed the construction and management of a temporary structure aiming to host sports activities in different locations. It may be considered as a mobile sports venue, with participatory management during the entire process. From the installation to the design and organization of the activities, the project was developed through workshops in collaboration with local communities.
Har-etxea moves from place to place in search of urban situations with a lack of public venues and resources, especially on available public gap sites. It is a nomadic project based on temporary residencies (three months each). Through this residencies, the interior of the portable venue will be adapted to context (playing fields, stalls, changing rooms, machines and various appropriate installations), generally expressed through self-managed building processes and formats.
Which changes faster, you, or your city? Play it! An interactive adventure on the city streets. Mobile phones, QR codes, in-line skates, videos and quick reactions which help your team to solve puzzles, and which encourage you to create your own questions.
Teams of in-line skaters came together in an event with an unexpected twist. They were sent to a location within the city without knowing much of where they were going, or what the next few hours would bring. Equipped with mobile phones with GPS systems, they only knew that they had to find different clues, skating from one place to another, solving puzzles as fast as they could. The clues were revealed through short videos, each of which contained several QR codes (Quick Response) which introduced them to many possible routes.
Skaters found clues through the Postman, a mysterious individual who was a friend on Facebook and a follower on Twitter. Speed of Reaction (S.O.R.) focused on social network connections for recruiting participants and involving the general public. The artist behind the project, Yolanda de los Bueis, defined it as follows: “Essentially, Speed of Reaction is a game. It is also a reflection of what affects us all today - the social and economic recession which is, in itself, also a game. It is a new way of performance and interaction as well, based on a methaphor where there are no right or wrong responeses, nor winners and losers, but just different journeys and proposals.”
b. Projects Bank
- Deporte Social en el Barrio del Torrero, Asociación de Intervención Socio-Educativa El Trébol. La Paz (Zaragoza).
The A.I.S. El Trébol is a non-profit association which has worked for more than twenty years with young people from Zaragoza's Torrero-
La Paz district. They work in situations at risk of social exclusion, as well as working in the prevention of social exclusion, and give support to community development processes, focusing on citizens' rights and engagement.
Deporte Social en el Barrio del Torrero is a project for the prevention of social exclusion, and for the promotion of integral development, of children and teenagers in this area of Zaragoza. Their work involves a programme of sports addressed to children, teenagers and young people from 6 to 18, with an intercultural focus and working on a social and community bases.
Ateneu Popular 9barris is an initiative which arose from a local struggle in the Nou Barris district of Barcelona, and which approached its work by means of the concept of active citizenship. The project was started by the Bidó de Nou Barris association, which manages the Ateneu.
The Bidó de Nou Barris association has developed a proposal called 'citizen management', a new understanding of citizen participation in public affairs. Another of the association's characteristics is its willingness to promote transparent and open channels of participation in decision-making and in the organisation of activities, always making use of non-profit management structures.
In their project Circ Social i Comunitari the association worked, by means of circus activities, with groups at risk of social exclusion. The physical and artistic activity which circus disciplines offer is good for generating transformation and social cohesion, and for allowing community intervention among various local bodies and specialised services.
The aim of Coordinadora Infantil y Juvenil de Tiempo Libre de Vallecas is to draw together the work of different associations within their network, in order to promote respect, solidarity and habits of integration among children and young people in the districts of Puente and Villa in Vallecas, through means of sporting activities.
The project included organising a football league, a sports seminar, and hill-walking with participants from various associations. Thanks to the league they organised, various football teams were created. In training sessions and matches -as well as in educational activities organised by the different associations- the participants worked on ethical and educational values. In the same way, the Coordicrossmaratón was an encounter between the different entities of Coordinadora for promoting integration and children and youth participation in different social and personal situations, through the practice of sports.
The opportunity to develop an outdoor activity made young people and teeneagers interested in projects organised by Coordinadora, in which values such as solidarity, mutual understanding, team work and participation between young people from different backgrounds are promoted, thanks to the hiking activities they organise. The Coordinadora plans to involve 350 children and teeneagers, 50 educators and 10 associations, incrementing more than 2000 indirect beneficiaries, when including families and other young people who gets to know the project.
By wish of the Consejo Superior de Deportes (Sports Council) and Idensitat, the selected proposals for the Projects Bank will co-operate with some of the projects from the Projects Laboratory, aiming to combine -actively and creatively- the relationship between sport, art and social inclusion.
Consejo Superior de Deportes + Idensitat [CSD + iD SPORT ]2ª Call for projects
SPORT, ART AND SOCIAL INCLUSION. 2012 CALL FOR PROJECTS
We are witnessing the development of what might be considered as a “field” of social commitment in sports which did not exist until just a few years ago. This commitment, as a main feature, takes on topics of social exclusion through interventions in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, or among groups in situations of social exclusion.
The increasing prominence of sporting projects and activities directed towards these sectors leads us to research experiences in what we might call " good practice", to build an archive as a resource for learning and debating, and to build relationships between sport, social interventions, and creative practices (art, design, architecture, etc.).
We believe that sport, interacting with these fields, can support processes of social cohesion, especially when it helps to create venues, or to strengthen those already in place, where peer groups can meet and communicate. In this way, sport can become an interesting source of social capital, and a vital element in the creation of different social networks (contacts, friends, friendship, prestige, etc.).
Within creative practices, sport is often treated as circumstantial or thematic, but some creative practices examine certain social dynamics as a basis for work regarding relationships and shared creativity. Sport enhances these kinds of relationships and connections. Sporting activities usually facilitate contact and relationships between individuals and groups of different backgrounds without the protocols demanded in other types of activities. Bringing art and sport together, we believe, can help in the development of projects to stimulate social creativity and an exchange of those values peculiar to each endevour within certain local contexts.
Although we believe in the strength of this relationship, it is important to recognise the limits both of sporting and creative practices. That is, neither sport or sporting activities, nor art or creative activities, by themselves change situations of social or cultural exclusion. This requires both together in combination with policies and interventions from cross-disciplinary projects.
The aims of SPORT, ART AND SOCIAL INCLUSION, CALLs FOR PROJECTS are to identify existing work, to generate an archive of 'good practice' for general circulation, and to support the creation of new cross-disciplinary experiences arising from the relationship between sporting and artistic practices. These calls are aimed at the wide range of organisers, creators and cultural bodies throughout Spain.
Types of Projects at which this call is aimed
The Project Bank is open for ongoing projects, and the Project Laboratory pursues the production of new and experimental projects.
1- PROJECT BANK
Open call for projects with social commitment, artistic projects related to sports, and hybrid projects crossing different fields of activity: creative, sporting and social. Call for projects, either in progress, or already finished. Selected projects will form part of an archive or project bank, with the aim of distributing them, and making them accessible. All selected projects will receive an honourable mention by the Consejo Superior de Deportes and Idensitat. In addition three projects, selected for outstanding innovation, will each receive an award of 1.000 Euros.
The Project Bank is aimed at: Organisations, associations, sports clubs, or other bodies whose main objective is social inclusion and intervention through sport in disadvantaged areas. Creators and groups from different disciplines (artists, architects, designers, etc.) which organise or promote projects based on sporting subjects and with special orientation towards social questions.
Projects arising from the relationship between organisations and sporting associations with groups and individuals which, using contemporary artistic practices, assemble hybrid projects addressing issues of inclusion or social intervention through this relationship between creativity and sport.
2- PROJECT LABORATORY
Call for projects proposing formats for public intervention, the main thread being the relationship between art, sport and society. These projects should address issues regarding social space, interrogating, detecting conflicts, proposing strategies of negotiation or of participation through the relationship between sport and artistic practice, and creating specific shared methodologies. Projects which may be realised in the medium-short term, experimenting with new production methods in collaboration with local organisations both in urban and rural environments. One aim is to promote projects from the field of contemporary artistic practices which affect public space, assembling methodologies of direct collaboration with local bodies, all of which should share a connection with formal or informal sports activities.
All selected projects will receive an honourable mention from the Consejo Superior de Deporte, and will be awarded a maximum of 9.000 Euros each (subject to tax deductions) toward their production, from which a maximum of 20% may be used as fee. Selected projects will form part of the Project Bank, and will participate in an exhibition to be organised around this call.
The Project Laboratory is aimed at: Creators in the field of contemporary artistic practices, working in collaboration with organisations, associations and sporting organisations with projects which reference hybrid issues of inclusion or social intervention from the cross-sectional relationship between creativity and sport. Projects of both types may be located at any Spanish place, city, town or district, and participation is open to all nationalities.
Marta Carranza Gil-Dolz del Castellar. Deputy general director of sports promotion and Paralympic sport. Consejo Superior de deportes.
Carmen Guerrero. Journalist. Cabinet advisor to the Secretary of State-President of the Consejo Superior de deportes.
Gaspar Maza. Anthropologist. Coordinator of the sports and social inclusion group -Plan A+D. Consejo Superior de deportes.
Ramon Parramon. Artist. Director of IDENSITAT. Director of ACVic, Centre d'Arts Contemporànies.
Martí Peran. Independent curator and senior lecturer in Art theory at Universidad de Barcelona.
Autonomous display devices
C.SD and iD will offer a variety of support to the presentation and distribution of projects, according to the requirements of different productions. These include; enhancing specific presentation methods such as interventions in public space, exhibitions, publications, etc. Thus different display concepts will be used to give visibility to suitable projects.
The communication, circulation and interpretation of the different projects will be realised through a Website, which will be permanently updated with information about the projects, their progress and all their activities. Specific content such as texts, images or video, will be provided. The selected projects will be part of a thematic publication on artistic practices, sports and social inclusion.
Information published in: www.csd.gob.es / www.idensitat.net. Contact: idensitat[at]idensitat.net / inclusión.social[at]csd.gob.esInformation published in: www.csd.gob.es / www.idensitat.net.