iD Barrio
Creativitat social, acció col·lectiva i pràctiques artístiques

The seminar developed in Calaf the past 14 and 15 of November analyzed the capacity of urbanistic and social transformation of small and average cities through participation, social creativity and artistic practices. Several artists, experts in city transformation processes, and representatives of active projects in their local environments took part in the seminar.

iD Barri is based on the idea that art can be an innovative factor in the processes of transformation of the city, since it is capable of surfacing latent social creativity and developing it though collective actions.
Coinciding with the fact that Calaf is working to improve its historical district, Idensitat has been developing for ten years cultural and artistic projects that correlate with territory in its physical and social dimension, and its current project has been awarded with funding generated by the Llei de Barris.
(The Law of Districts, Llei de Barris,is a scheme promoted by Generalitat de Catalunya, that has for five years granted improvements for neighborhoods, urban areas and populations requiring from a special attention, in order to avoid its degradation and to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants)

This seminar related subjects based in the urbanistic and social transformation and the catalyst role of art and culture to generate creative actions of local character open to projections and external connections.

Reality and fiction about participation
Many want to speak or are speaking about participation, which is not always achieved and sometimes not welcomed when it happens. The participation entails assuming critical quality and self-criticism.
Are small and average cities ready to incorporate participation in different areas of decision? 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?
These questions were treated both days of the seminar from the junction of several disciplines: art,architecture, social work and politics.

iD Barri | 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.

Programme and contents

Saturday November 14
10.30h 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.

16.00h 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. 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
11.00h Urban transformation and creativity. Neighborhood, 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.

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.