EMERGENCY STRUCTURES is a collective research project which revolves around an urban space which, up until the present, has represented the extreme and advanced evolutionary changes which are ongoing throughout the city: the Port of Barcelona. Emergency Structures is part of the ARTIZEN European Initiative project, co- funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. *Photo by Ángela Bonadies*
EMERGENCY STRUCTURES PHASE 1
Phase 1 WORKSHOP ÁNGELA BONADIES
16-17-18 July 2015 / Arts Santa Monica.
The project originated from artist Angela Bonadies's workshop of the same name during the summer of 2015, in which the port was explored using a cross-disciplinary perspective, taking as its starting point the methodology which the artist developed in several projects in Venezuela. The goal was to rehearse and to discuss, within the context of Barcelona, research strategies within artistic practices which aim to analyse and to impact upon a specific social or territorial context. The workshop centred upon the Port of Barcelona area, taken as an emergency structure within the urban setting, crossed by various forms of urban transport and, at the same time, part of a maritime seafront connected to three districts in which, in recent years, various tensions have surfaced between locals and visitors. This first phase of the project was developed in collaboration with the Arts Santa Monica in 2015.
EMERGENCY STRUCTURES PHASE 2
During the year 2016, in collaboration with Homesession, Emergency Structures will continue the processes initiated during the previous year, involving several activities:
Date: 15/6/16, from 3 pm. Venue: Homesession c/creu dels molers 15, local Barcelona, 08004
Workshop led by Ruta de Autor as part of the Polaritats educational programme by Homesession, in collaboration with the “Art. Professió i docència” pedagogical innovation group at the University of Barcelona. During the session, Ruta de Autor will share their working methodology among a group of participants, embarking with them upon a dynamic research theme, the “Golondrines”, historic leisure boats situated in the shipyards of Barcelona. The workshop focuses upon sensitising participants to pay attention to the environment, to interrogate the present, to reveal stories and to mobilise them in order to learn all about transportation. The workshop will be held in three parts. The first will encourage participants to consider how itineraries are created, also encouraging curiosity, encouraging participants in learning how to trace information and follow clues, and how to be open to serendipity. In the second part, results and search materials related to the port and the Golondrines will be discussed in common, with a view to creating an archive on the subject. In the final part, the activity of walking from Poble Sec to the Golondrines will be performed, in order to experience the activity using the most basic physical transport, as well as a collective interior transportation.
Ruta de Autor is a team, formed by Aymara Arreaza R and Lorena Bou, which uses an interdisciplinary approach to discovering the layers of which the urban space and other geographies are composed. They create various cartographies which re-purpose forgotten histories and nexuses between past and present. For Ruta de Autor, none of this makes sense without the experience of transit, without the journey on foot, the stage upon which perception and the discoveries made during the journey may truly be observed and appreciated.
Artist Ángela Bonadies's research and creative residency
Date: 11 June - 11 July 2016
Venue: Homesession. C/creu dels molers 15, local, Barcelona, 08004
The project will comprise research, production and activities in public space, related to the gasometer located in Barceloneta. The artist is interested in developing a project in the Port of Barcelona, focusing on the structure of the gasometer (La Barceloneta) as a residual space which has been recovered as an informal space for sporting activities. Although it is situated near the tourist zone, it remains somehow protected for community use. This space allows for a reference to artist Allan Sekula's work in Barcelona (Methane for all), completed as part of the Arxiu Universal exhibition at MACBA, a narrative which moves from public space (gasometer) to private space (museum-archive), creating a parallel with the problem of the port: the privatisation of which has denied the public full enjoyment of the space, restricting its use to the community, while converting the structure into a paradigmatic emergency structure, a kind of private independent state within the city. This connection allows the artist to discuss the paradoxes of circulation: the circulation of people, of spaces, of works of art, of information, among others.
Public presentation of the projects resulting from the Emergency Structures workshop
Date: from 9 to 30 of July, at 20:30h
Venue: Homesession. C/creu dels molers 15, local, Barcelona, 08004
Results of the process which commenced with the initial workshop phase of the Estructuras de Excepción project, and continued during the second half of 2015, when workshop participants collectively developed their proposals in two working groups, focusing their research in two spaces along Barcelona's seafront : the IMAX 3D Cinema and its surroundings; and the Marina del Puerto Viejo, and its relationship with the history of Barceloneta's history.
PARTICIPANTS: Edgar Dos Santos, José Aristizábal, María Teresa Guzmán, Aymara Arreaza R, David Franklin and Loreto Varela.
Homession and Idensitat presented an exhibition of works resulting from Estructuras de Excepción, a workshop led by Angela Bonadies. Estructuras de Excepción is an artistic project connected to a process of research around the Port of Barcelona, a mutant space which represents an extreme agglutination of all the changes and evolutions suffered in Barcelona as a whole. Estructuras de Excepción is the result of various collaborative confluences. The exhibition is a joint effort between Homesession and Idensitat, as part of Xarxaprod. The working process originated in Angela Bonadies' workshop in July 2015, as part of the project TRANSLOCATIONS, Temporary Experiences, Artistic Practices and Local Contexts, a collaboration between Idensitat and Arts Santa Mònica. The exhibited work is the result of the involvement, persistence and collaboration of Edgar Dos Santos, Jose Aristizabal, Maria Teresa Guzman, Aymara Arreaza R, David Franklin and Loreto Varela.
Empire of Rats, David Franklin, 2016
Fuera del Imax (Outside Imax), Aymara Arreaza R., 2016
Imax 4D, Loreto Varela, 2016
Port Vell Accés Restringit (Port Vell Restricted Access), Edgar Dos Santos, José Aristizábal y María Teresa Guzmán, 2016
In collaboration with:
Homesession, Arts Santa Mònica, HANGAR, Creative Europe / ARTIZEN, PhotoEspaña, Embajada Española en Venezuela, Universitat de Belles Arts de Barcelona, AVV de l’Òstia.