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Artistic practices and social spaces
Debates, lectures, work tables, case studies, urban tour, documentary.
7th, 8th and 9th July 2016
Venue: Fabra i Coats Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona.
C/Sant Adrià, 20. 08030, Barcelona

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IN TRANSITION - CITY is a conference organised as part of the Cohabitar entre- programme at the Centre d’Art Fabra i Coats with the objective of considering and debating about the city as dynamic spaces undergoing constant transition, tension and movement; and at the same time, as spaces where collective creativity, which affects urban transformation as a project, comes together. For three days of lectures, discussions, working tables, case studies, a city tour, and the screening of a documentary, there will be a strong emphasis upon artistic practices and collective processes as triggers for strategies of unforeseen innovation, affecting both the cultural ecosystem and the social contexts in which they operate. The city , the urban environment, and its most complex, most tense, most dynamic, most (re) appropriated, most collaborative, most creative, most political configuration, that is to say “public space”, is what is brought together here as space in transition; understanding the city as an art work, as a place for enjoyment, as an object of value, and, above all, as a collective creation, the result of decisions taken and acted upon by citizens.
The tense and contradictory nature of public space calls for the involvement of affected citizens in reformulating, re-appropriating, reconstructing and recreating public space. For this to occur, either formally or informally, personal and collective involvement will be required, allowing the transformation of the city as a space of possibility to be deployed to its fullest potential
In (public) space in transition, conflict and power relations, imbalances and social contradictions, the encounter with the other and isolation, leisure and speculation, beauty and desolation, opportunities and crises, all converge. It is the space of difference, the space of relationships and the space of emergencies which turn the city into a place permanently on the boil, a place of construction and creative destruction.
The transition-city creates a dialogue among scenarios which contribute to the transformation of cities based upon various perspectives and positions, examples of contemporary transition taking place in the modes of production, and examples of the active citizen participation in shaping public space and the contemporary construction of cities.

En transición - ciudad is part of Fabra i Coats Centre d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona's Cohabitar entre- , supported by Idensitat, LaFundició, Sinapsis y Transductores-, and by the project ARTIZEN, European Initiative for Art and Citizen, which includes Dédale, Artart, Expeditio, ProstoRož, Transforma, Idensitat, WAAG Society, and Sinapolis as participants.

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5 pm. Lecture. Pràctiques artístiques i activisme polític. (Artistic practices and political activism) AltArt (Rarita Zbranca and Itsvan Szakats, Romania).
17.45h. Case study presentation. Torre David, un estudi en el temps. ( Torre David, A study in time.) Ángela Bonadies (Caracas).
18.30h. Debate (part of the Own Rooms Programme). Quí dissenya els territoris? ( Who designs an area?) With Azucena Klett, Ton Salvadó and Gràcia, cap a on vas? (Elisabeth Maluquer and Paula Martí).


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10.30 am – 2 pm Work tables.
Table 1. Pràctiques creatives i xarxes d’acció ciutadana en els barris. ( Creative Practices and district-based Citizen Action Networks) With Intermediae (China Cabrerizo, Madrid) and Espai Germanetes (Barcelona)
Table 2. Noves tecnologies, exploració urbana i acció comunitària. (New Technologies, urban exploration and community action ) With Hangar (Marta Gracia and Constelaciones, Barcelona) and Dédale (París).
Table 3. Cartografiar els territoris. Aproximacions a Sant Andreu del Palomar. ( Mapping an area, Approaches to Sant Andreu del Palomar) With Prostoroz (Alenka Korenjak, Ljubljana) 

5 pm Lecture. Autonomia i art de contexte. (Autonomy and contextual art). With Jordi Claramonte (Madrid).
6 pm. - 8 pm. Case study presentations
- Barris en crisi (Districts in crisis), Ruben Martínez (Barcelona)
- El Cabanyal, espai de resistència (El Cabanyal, space of resistance), Emilio Martínez/Maribel Domènech (Salvem el cabanyal/València).
- Espais de codi obert (Open source spaces), Ateneu Candela (Terrassa)
- Inventant espais per l'art (Inventing spaces for art), Montse Badia (Barcelona)
- Amarika experience, Iñaki Larrimbe/Sonia Feligreras (Vitoria).

21:00 Free Buffet + Screening + cineforum
By Mariona Giner and Sergi Pujolar
Duration: 81m
Production year: 2015
Venue: Fabra i Coats Centre d’Art Contemporani
Before the screening, there will be a free buffet at the art centre
Synopsis: Documentary film which addresses housing insecurity in the district of La Mina, an important part of which is the direct result of several incomplete urban developments, including the demolition of the Venus building. The film reveals this situation by telling two personal stories and with the participation of residents, government representatives and various experts.


9/7/16| URBAN WALK
10.00 am – 1 pm Cartografia sensible. Records, malsons i Brossa (Sensitive Cartography, Memories, nightmares, and Brossa) La Mina and La Catalana with (David Picó), Dédale and local cultural and social agencies. Meeting place: Metro Besòs Mar
1.30 pm Free Buffet

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AltArt promotes the impact of culture on societal development through research, debates, networking and policy work. Its projects involve the development of interactive platforms, artistic interventions in public space, a series of mixed reality events exploring new cultural dimensions through the use of the Internet and new technologies, workshops, exhibitions, live art events etc.

Cultural society ProstoRož was formed in 2004 as a long term project of cultivating public spaces, with which they are trying to develop a method of revitalizing and fixing up degraded spaces in urban centers with the help of local actors. With the projects they want to educate and encourage local residents to actively participate in planning public spaces.

Dedale is a French research and production association, focusing on the relationships between culture, new technologies and social innovation.

Ton Salvadó
Director of Model Urbà within the Àrea d’Urbanisme de l’Ajuntament de Barcelona. Architect, lecturer and member of the STEM Arquitectes SCP team.

Azucena Klett
Counselor in the Àrea de Cultura i Esports de l’Ajuntament de Madrid. Former Intermediae programming director at Matadero (Madrid), a production space for artistic projects based upon experimentation and shared learning.

Gràcia, cap a on vas?
Neighbourhood association organised in the Gracia district of Barcelona, with the aim of upholding a model in which neighbourhood life is more important than economic interests.
Elisabeth Maluquer and Paula Martí will participate in the conference.

Ángela Bonadies
Venezuelan architect and artist, who develops projects through photography and video. She has exhibited, among other venues, at Periférico Caracas Arte Contemporáneo; ArtRio Solo Projects, Río de Janeiro; Empty Quarter, Dubai; Bod-CorpBanca, Caracas; Arco40, Madrid; Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas; Oficina #1, Caracas; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas; Canal Isabel II, Madrid; Sala Mendoza, Caracas; PhotoEspaña; Fundació Joan Miró.

China Cabrerizo
Doctor in Geography and Technical Urbanist [need to discuss this], combining research with the practice of geography. Actively involved in alternative civic practices and in contexts of critical thinking about new, more equitable, sustainable forms of urban planning, with citizens playing a greater role.

Re-occupied vacant space in Left Eixample district of Barcelona, managed collectively as a meeting place for social and environmental transformation of the district, representing an opportunity for appropriation of public urban space, and an example of non-commercial collective management.

Hangar is an open centre for research and artistic production which supports artists and creators in Barcelona. Hangar's mission is to support each creator in all phases of the production process of the visual arts, contributing to the attainment of the best possible result in each project. With the participation of Marta Gracia.

Jordi Claramonte
Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy at the UNED. During these years, he has combined work as a researcher in the area of Aesthetics and Art Theory with frequent incursions into the landscape of that art which is most contextualized in social and political terms. Something of this dual path may be seen in his collaboration in such creations as La Fiambrera Obrera, or la CSA La Tabacalera, in Madrid.

Barris i crisi
Research project on the dynamics of urban segregation and social innovation in the face of crisis, diagnosing the effects and social consequences of the crisis, and the solutions offered in various districts. With the participation of Ruben Martínez

Salvem el Cabanyal
A citizen's organisation created to oppose the development plan which has been threatening the Cabanyal district since 1998. With ’Emilio Martínez and Maribel Domènech.

Ateneu Candela
Ateneu Candela is a social centre in Terrassa (Barcelona), an open space for the city and its people, a meeting place for citizens' initiatives, activities and the production of culture and community. It is a place in the city for the conquest of new social rights. A social centre with open source dynamics, a node within a network of individuals and social centres.


Montse Badia
Art critic and art curator. She has collaborated with various specialised publications such as Transversal, arts.zin, Untitled (Londres), Nu: The Nordic Art Review (Estocolmo), Tema Celeste (Milán), ARCO and Bonart. She has curated exhibitions in De Appel Foundation (Amsterdam), Apex Art (Nueva York), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlín), Fundació Joan Miró, MACBA and Fundació “la Caixa” (Barcelona). She was the associate curator of Espai 13 at the Fundació Miró and Arts Santa Mònica, and is currently co-director of A*Desk. Instituto Independiente de Crítica y Arte Contemporáneo and artistic director of Cal Cego. Colección de arte contemporáneo. She is a member of the assessment committee of the Fundación Yaxs.
A project of community activism which began in 2003 as a promotional channel for happenings within the district, by which the agencies working in the district, and the people who live there, might participate in its development. Its purpose is to create a citizens' network in La Mina district, keeping residents informed, advancing opinions on events of local relevance, allowing local agencies to offer information and means of participation, so that viewers from outside the district can access a prejudice-free vision which is far closer to the reality of the district, and the people who live there.

Mariona Giner and Sergi Pujolar
After Mariona's prior contact with La Mina district, a collaboration began with Sergi Pujolar, and together, they undertook the adventure of the documentary, ’15 anys a Venus’ (15 years in Venus), for which they immersed themselves during almost one full year in the reality of la Mina.
Mariona Giner is a photographer, and since 2013 has been teaching in a photography workshop for people preparing for social and workplace inclusion. Sergi Pujolar is a collaborator with La Directa.

Assemblea Amarika was a collective of creators, artists, and persons connected either socially or professionally with the worlds of art and of open and plural culture, which also encompassed social agents with connections to contemporary cultural practices.
It was an independent project which attempted to develop and incentivise artistic creation within the local community, while giving due value to artists' professional efforts.