HivernacleCultural. Temporary Gardens for Calaf
The artist Josep Maria Martín has been working on a project for Calaf since last December. He has made thirty or so interviews of people living or working in Calaf who bring content, criterion and specific data to the intended development of the project. This project is synthesised as a greenhouse, relating culture to landscape. Through the construction of a series of temporary gardens that will change the appearance of different demolition sites around the village, currently empty due to construction work being delayed until better circumstances arise.
Advantage could be taken of this temporary situation to generate green spaces, which could, for the time being, significantly alter the urban landscape and the inhabitants self-esteem as well. Included within Josep Maria Martín's work process, a debate took place last Saturday 18 April to which those people who had participated in the previous interviews were invited. During the debate, the full meaning of this initiative was shown, an initiative which would allow Calaf to pioneer a project that relates participation in, and reflection upon, the construction of temporary public spaces.
For some years, Josep-Maria Martín's artistic projects have focused upon the creation from art of new strategies of intervention in specific structures of society. With a subjective, self-questioning will, he questions and criticizes the reality in which he decides to work. His pieces emphasise the ideas of process, research, participation, involvement and negotiation, turning those agents chosen for each project into true generators of a common project.
Josep-Maria Martín's artistic projects, being multidisciplinary processes, lend themselves to interpretation through each discipline of those agents participating in the works. For example: for the artist, they are pieces of contemporary art, for an architect, they are architectural projects, for a social worker, they are community projects, for a politician, they are projects about social policies of negotiation, housing, immigration, etc. By his method of work Josep M Martin involves many other people.In this case HivernacleCultural becomes a device to gather collective involvement and which in the future may become a research space where culture and landscape can be the fundamental axes.
Next June in Calaf, a workshop will take place with Josep Maria Martín in collaboration with Jean Nicola Fauchille and some of the participants in the phase of debates. The workshop is open to all those Calafins who wish to participate, and will count with high school students from the IES Alexandre de Riquer and students of different degree courses in the areas of design, architecture, art, cultural management or anthropology, attending from different universities.
iD Barri_Calaf This workshop is the first part of iD Barri, a project linked to IDENSITAT#5 that explores the idea of neighborhood through the relation between art, social creativity and transformation of the environment. Like previous activities in this workshop iD Barri_Calaf a seminar will take place in October this year. To carry out this workshop as well as the seminar, the council of Calaf and Idensitat have succeeded in becoming part of the programme ARTWORK'09 of the Regional Government of Barcelona, subsidized by the programme of Innovative Projects and sponsored for the Service of Employment of Catalonia and cofunded for the European Social Background|. This program has been granted to 11 towns of the province of Barcelona notable for their involvement in contemporary art. Calaf with Idensitat is part of this select group of towns.