Idensitat starts a cycle of exploratory walking tours with a commentary, about a particular neighbourhood, or about an area which covers a number of districts. Places which, by the confluence of various complex and not necessarily connected circumstances, demarcate a landscape which fits together in an ill-matched way.
The accumulation of various elements such as unfinished urban development, drastic transformations both in usage and in the activities which take place, the numerous gap-sites lying fallow under projects of latent speculation, neighbourhood displacement and the flow of migration, stories of struggle and local claims, or the hopes of building a new image for the city; all these and more and many others characterise the spatial and relational elements of a specific location, from the coincidence of different projects and different times.
These zombie spaces, brought back to life by the confluence of a multiplicity of projects, many unfinished or aborted by other projects, other policies, other economic interests, other external circumstances of a global nature; these spaces trace out cityscapes which continue to function in spite of the disjointedness caused by the wills of several individuals who wish to bring them to life – life shaped in their own image. Life in these places has little to do with how it was imagined it would be.
The Gorg area in Badalona, for the presentation of the documentary "Sin noticias de Gorg. El espacio zombi" opens this project of Idensitat, an attempt to detect, investigate and explore other zombie spaces.
11.15 am.Meeting outside the metro station Gorg. (Line 10)
1.30 pm - 2.00 pm.Walking Tour with commentary by Francesc Magrinyá, and with the participation of several people who will introduced aspects of local interest.
2.00 pm - 3.30 pm. Lunch at a Chinese restaurant in the area (optional)
3.30 pm - 5.00 pm.Video Projection and debate. From the documentary"Sin noticias de Gorg. El espacio zombi" produced by Guillermo Cruz, Gaspar Maza, Francesc Magrinyà, as part of the Idensitat project Import-Export.
Screening Place: Bai Wei Jia Restaurant. Av Maresme, 51, 08930 Sant Adrià de Besós
ZOMBIE SPACES #1 GORG+
11.07.2014 Walking Tour with commentary as part of Arquitecturas Colectivas Barcelona Meeting 2014
19.12.2014 Spectators at scene of a new chapter of Zombie Spaces.
Comented by Gaspar Maza Gutierrez , Francesc Magrinya and members of the Neighbourhood Association Gorg Mar Badalona. As part of the viewers workshop at Festival Grec, prior to the show NERIUM PARK by Josep Maria Miró Coromina
IMAGES OF BOTH ACTIVITIES ZOMBIE SPACES #1 GORG+
The zombie space. Sin noticias de Gorg.
Vídeo by Guillermo Cruz, Gaspar Maza, Francesc Magrinyà, as part of Idensitat's project Import-Export de Idensitat.
The circumstances which have taken place in the spaces in the Gorg district of Badalona have turned it into a mirror of different types of global and local processes taking place simultaneously, in this case: the urban waterfront reform, the post-industrial transformation of the area, the development of a business hub sponsored by Chinese entrepreneurs, or the project of a macro shopping and entertainment centre with a basketball theme.
All these changes make this an interesting crossroads for situations and strategies which remind us, on the one hand, of the character of "Gurb", the extraterrestrial protagonist of the novel by Eduardo Mendoza who had the rare quality of taking on whichever appearance he pleased, and on the other, the figure of the zombie, ie the person - in this case a resurrected space, lacking in will, behaving like an automaton; a zombie space is therefore a dead space, which, even so, is reanimated by a kind of spell (project) whose ultimate aim is to master the will.
PABLO HERNANDO - PERE VAGUÉS - MIGUEL A. FORNIES - RICARDO SÁNCHEZ - MANUEL HERCÉ - JUAN FELIPE RUIZ - MUNTSA NISO - LIDAN QI - TERESA VINUESA - EMILI FERRANDO - GARY W. MCDONOGH
With the collaboration
MUSEU BADALONA - BADALONA TELEVISIÓ
Other videos about Gorg area
Images from the exploratory route in the Gorg area
Images: Xavier Gil - Ramon Parramon
VIdeo: Guillermo Cruz, Gaspar Maza i Francesc Magrinyà