Workshop with route, projections and debate. April 20 and 21th, 2018

Route, workshop, projections and debate: April 20th and 21st, 2018
Presentation of results: May 4th, 2018
Place: La Posta Foundation (Calle del Pintor Fillol, 2, 46003 Valencia),
Organiser: Idensitat
With the participation of: Gaspar Maza, Ramon Parramon, Roser Colomar, Irati Irulegui (Idensitat), Anaïs Florin (visual artist), Joan Alamar (Cabanyal Z), Miguel Ángel Baixauli (filmmaker), Julia Pineda (architect), Mati Marti (photographer), Chema Segovia (architect-urbanist), David Estal (architect), Natalia Castellanos (architect) and Julio Moltó as a spokesperson for the Neighbourhood Association in the Natzaret district.

The activity Zombie Spaces | South Valencia. Exploring Places - Creating Stories forms part of Idensitat’s line of work on zombie Spaces, which makes use of exploration and collective creation to find, analyse and indicate locations which, due to a confluence of various and often unrelated complex circumstances, define poorly articulated urban landscapes. Through a workshop, a dialogue will be posited with scenarios of urban transformation from various artistic and social perspectives, including the following phases of analysis and creative proposal: Immersion - Exploration - Creation - Exchange - Communicative action. 

The process of zombification within a site is caused by a confluence of various elements, such as an over-accumulation public and private of interests within the same site, the overproduction of projects which overlap and engulf each other, and by the life which the site sustains, reorganising itself beyond the hostility of circumstances. By examining these spaces, the link between social space and cultural space is promoted, while at the same time offering a speculative and proactive stage which may be approached from different interests.

The workshop also offers a space for reflection on specific issues, situations and consequences for different districts, which, in turn, are replicated in many other contemporary cities. The workshop will proceed by activating innovative changes through artistic practices sensitive to the social environment. The zombie space is defined by ideational fragments which never fully materialised. A zombie space is a place which comes back to life, ill-fitting and disfigured, in spite of numerous attempts to plan it out as an articulated whole. A zombie space is not a dead space, but a space in which various ways of disjointed living have been reorganised. The combination between the logic of speculation, public management dragged along by private interests, the rehashing of poorly adapted models, the paralysis of ongoing works initiated before the crisis, the flux of migration and the emergence of new activities, disconnection from the site's historical processes; these and other elements, specific to each space, turn these areas into places which, designed and built according to these pressures, facilitate the deterioration of social and living conditions. Often these zombie spaces trace out coarse urban landscapes which continue to function with disfigurations produced by the combined will of a number of people, or of institutions, to give life to them according to their own images and likenesses. 

Idensitat is carrying out this project as a cycle of exploration in urban areas which are undergoing a process of zombification. The project adapts to each site, and includes walks, video-projections, and workshops which allow for the opening of dialogues and the formation of links with other areas. 

The Túria river bed in Valencia has been a place of conflict since 1957 when a flood inundated the city, and the decision was taken to divert the riverbed that crossed the city of Valencia. This great work of engineering, called Plan Sur, served as an excuse to realise grand urban plans within the city and in its rural environment, taking advantage of the situation to expropriate, evacuate and reclassify agricultural production land to expand the port and access to the city by road.

At present, the southern part of Valencia is a space with great social wounds resulting from land planning struggles and urban projects (some of them carried out, others paralysed by the crisis) driven by the public administration to be carried out by the private sector. However, Valencia South is one of the great zombie spaces on the Mediterranean coast.

The workshop will be held at Fundación La Posta (Calle del Pintor Fillol, 2, 46003 València) on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April, and in several places in the city, tracing a route through the area of southern Valencia. The details of the route will be announced during the first workshop session.  Presentation of results: May 4th, 2018 at 7 pm at Fundación La Posta, Valencia.

Applicants must USE THIS FORM FOR BOOKINGS, indicating name, contact information and adding a few lines illustrating the applicant’s profile and professional (or casual) interest in attending the workshop. Idensitat will select the final participants for the workshop.




The activities will take place at La Posta Foundation (Calle Pintor Fillol, 2. Valencia).
Friday 20/4/18
11.00 – 2.00 pm. – Immersion.
Presentation of the Zombie Space concept, previous references, work methodology and analysis of zombified spaces. In this session the route to be followed will be revealed, as well as information on the selected stops, and the overall and particular context of each stop in the route. The main objectives of the workshop are to offer tools for representing the spaces, and to allow the participants to incorporate their own elements into a glossary on the theme generated by Idensitat, bearing in mind that the final result will be a publication in fanzine format. During the workshop, elements of geolocation will be incorporated into the result, and formal resources will be tested out during the compilation of the fanzine, understood as the result of a collective practice. Conducted by Idensitat.
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm. Lunch (Applicants must indicate on the form whether they intend to join the group for lunch).
3.30 pm – 7.00 pm. – Exploration. A tour around South Valencia, an urban area in a process of transformation. Details of the route will be announced during the first workshop session. Each stop will exemplify different aspects of the situations and realities of the processes of zombification. During the tour, various people related to, or familiar with, the context will participate and contribute critical, analytical and/or experiential views of the area. The aim of following the route is for participants to learn about the places, to compile images and to talk with the invited contributors in order to incorporate stories, phrases or specific narratives from the stops, or from the route as a whole. Participants are free to use any means of recording the tour (e.g. photography, video, audio, drawings, notes, and so on).

Saturday 21/4/18 
10.30 am – 6.00 pm. - Creation. Production workshop to review material compiled during the exploration, in relation with the real places, using a chosen common approach to work. The objective of this phase is to define and distribute the contents to be used in the fanzine, which will consist of a set of graphic and textual contributions about each of the selected zombie spaces, incorporating a glossary of concepts from the workshop. The set of graphic and textual elements compiled in the fanzine may be printed and distributed autonomously, forming units with their own sense within a collective approach.
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm. Lunch (Applicants must indicate on the form whether they intend to join the group for lunch)
18.30h – 20.30h. Exchange. Documentary «Espacio zombie. Sin noticias de Gorg» (Idensitat, 2011) about Badalona’s Gorg neighbourhood, in dialogue with fragments from the series  «Cabanyal Z» (Gerardo J. Nuñez, Joan Alamar). There will be an open debate with the participation of different people linked to the field of art, urbanism and the transformation of the contemporary city, in order to create connections and exchanges between participants in the activity, projects, organisations, artists, groups and interested members of the public, participating in open conversation.
8.30 pm. Drinks reception

Friday 4/5/18
The set of graphic and textual elements compiled for the fanzine, will be printed and distributed at different points of Valencia’s old town. The intention is to make visible the spaces in transition were analysed in the workshop, and to stage an ephemeral intervention in a part of the city which is in the process of accelerated transformation.


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PUBLICATION in fanzine format wich join the workshop results. Works by Estelle Jullian, Jaime Belda Biosca - Estela Sanchis Muñoz, Mar Martín Hidalgo, Lluïsa Penella i Pons, Laura Gargallo, Lorena Mulet Delgado, Dima Yancoba, Anaïs Florin - Júlia Pineda - Roser Colomar, Ramon Parramon - Gaspar Maza - Azucena López.

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IDENSITAT is an arts project investigating ways of impacting upon the public sphere through creative proposals related to place and territory in their spatial, temporal and social dimensions. It is articulated as a system incorporating other projects, actions or interventions, that extend in different spaces and contexts. It promotes a conglomerate of strategies to carry out activities that combine research, production, management, education and communication. A system based on collaborative dynamics in order to build a relationship between contemporary artistic practices  and other disciplines, developing mechanisms that can be connected to certain orbits of the social space. The project zombie Spaces is an initiative of Idensitat coordinated by Gaspar Maza and Ramon Parramon.

Anais Florin (Cannes, France, 1987) is a visual artist currently residing in Valencia. She has qualifications in Publicity and Public Relations from the University of Alicante, is a specialist in Contemporary Art, granted by the Instituto Superior de Arte de Madrid, and has a degree in Fine Arts from the Universitat Politècnica de València, as well as a master’s degree in Artistic Production from the same university. She is presently engaged in coursework in the Doctorate Programme in Art, Production and Research at the Universitat Politècnica de València. Her artistic practice lies mostly in the sphere of ephemeral interventions in public spaces, and also collaborative practices in order to generate new narratives:  https://anaisflorin.com/Miguel

Ángel Baixauli is a film-maker, independent researcher and curator. He is currently the artistic director of Fundación La Posta, director of the research project Cine Procesual and co-director of the Cine por venir Conference, as well as visiting professor in the Master of Visual Arts and Multimedia and in the Master's Degree in Artistic Production of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). 

Julia Pineda (Valencia, 1990). Architect at the ETSA Valencia courses, specialising in "Smarter Cities and Citizenship" at the Open University of Catalonia. She develops her professional practice in the cooperative of architects, Crearqció, of which she is a founding partner. Her work with the cooperative focuses on urban planning, where the main line of action is the introduction of processes of urban innovation at the local level. In the academic field, she is part (with Crearqció) of the research group "Critical Pedagogies", linked to the "Red de Investigación en Docencia Universitaria 2017-2018” "Research Network in University Teaching 2017-2018" of the University of Alicante. https://crearqcio.com/

Mati Martí (Valencia, 1969), graphic designer and visual artista. Mati Martí (Valencia, 1969), graphic designer and visual artista. Co-founder and art director since 1995 of Lemon Art studio, Valencia, ES.In 2012-2014 she undertook a Masters course in Photography, Art and Techniquein the UPV, Valencia. She currently combines her work as creative artist withthe artistic activity using photography like a tool in conceptual processes for thedevelopment of her projects. At present her field of interest is fixed on places with which she has a personalrelationship, urban locations in a moment of transition. She uses walks, observation and investigation as experience at the time ofconceptualising ideas which attest and question a present reality in her city. http://www.matimarti.es/en/home

Joan Alamar is the director and scriptwriter of the Cabanyal Z series, a project that began in December 2012 to raise awareness of the situation of the neighbourhood at that time (15 years of degradation due to the Blasco Ibañez Avenue extension project, promoted by the town council, with mayoress Rita Barberá at its head) . The series is a portrait of a neighbourhood in struggle, and the 4 years of production (since it is a self-financed project) has served to give a metaphorical vision (with the zombie genre) of the neighbourhood during an historic turning point. Currently the Cabanyal Z team develops its audiovisual activity in the production company "Sistema del Solar", with which they are preparing a new fictional project: Re·Acció, for the new regional television channel Àpunt.

David Estal Herrero (València, 1979) is an architect who received his degree with València’s ETSA in 2006), with a final project about integrated parking-spaces in the historical centre of Valencia, with a grant from the Fundació InnDEA. He served an internship in the Carmel Gradolí and Arturo Sanz studio. Awarded by Caixa d’Arquitectes with an internship in the Vázquez Consuegra studio. Since 2010 he has directed his own studio, L’Ambaixada, in the Carme District. He is a member of the collectives Desayuno con Viandantes, Aula Ciutat and La Ciutat Construïda. He has worked in different towns on various urban projects such as Via Verda, La Pepri Cabanyal, etc. Recently he has worked on the Estratègia Integral Participativa de Natzaret, as well as editing and contributing to the initial project for the Parc de Desembocadura for the Ajuntament de València and the Autoritat Portuària. He is dedicated to housing rehabilitation as well, especially in the Cabanyal District. Recently he has had published, with Pruna, the book “Urbanisme contradit, Ciutat compartida”.

Julio Moltó is a spokesperson for the Neighbourhood Association in the Natzaret district in the south of València. Since its constitution in 1976, the association has been working for social cohesion and neighbourhood dynamisation, struggling for the defence of the environmental and urban heritage, and has called for a neighbourhood without physical and social boundaries. Currently,, the association is focusing upon building a more habitable environment, and upon making a reclamation of the mouth of the Turia River, which is buried under roundabouts and port facilities, representing a loss of ecological and social heritage of the city.

Chema Segovia is graduated in architecture from ETSA Seville in 2009 and master's degree in City Management from the UOC in 2016. Team member of Econcult, Research Unit in Cultural Economy and Tourism of the University of València. His work focuses on urban policy-making and applied social research. During the year 2017, he coordinated the Public Space Activation Strategy of La Marina de València, a waterfront that actually seeks to redirect its recent development by promoting cultural activities and citizen engagement. 

Natalia Castellanos has a degree in architecture from the UPV after completing her final project in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, related to alternative spaces for education in the informal city. In this field, she has been part of collectives and working groups approaching architecture from a critical perspective and in the more social sphere of public space, collective - participatory processes, or traditional construction and landscape. She subsequently graduated in Sustainability, Ecological Ethics and Environmental Education, from the UPV. Co-Coordinator, and active member, of the project "Observatorio Ciudadano de la Huerta", promoted by the association Per l'Horta. Member of the Arrelaires Association in the "Arrelant el Territori" project and the Les Espigolaores collective. In addition, she participates in the platform Horta és Futur NO a la ZAL.

Destactados de prensa:
Reportaje en La Directa: https://directa.cat/una-ruta-valencia-zombi-despres-de-lera-de-loptimisme
Reportaje Culturplaza: https://valenciaplaza.com/La-plataforma-Idensitat-organitza-rutes-per-diversos-espais-zombies-de-Valencia
Radio Malva: http://audio.urcm.net/Espais-zombis-La-Luna-Sale-a

ZOMBIE SPACES | SOUTH VALENCIA is an Idensitat project with a wide base of participation among local agencies and individuals linked to the spaces and the proposed themes. Its realisation is possible thanks to the support of Emergents Estratègia d'Innovació Social en el Territori 2017 of the Universitat de València, and the collaboration of Fundación La Posta, the LABi (Laboratory of thought, creation and distribution of the image, part of the master’s degree in Photography, Art and Technique at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia).