Residency for art project.
IDENSITAT + Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Huarte

IDENSITAT and CENTRO DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO HUARTE calls for the programme Transversals Aesthetics / Ecosystems of Fiction to develop a project within the social context of the towns of Huarte, Burlada and Villava (Navarra). The programme will run between 2019 and 2020.

Transversal Aesthetics is a platform for experimentation with art, education and social space. A place of confluence between artistic practices as a space for critical research; educational activities as a space for the production of content, interaction and transfer of learning; and the urban context as a space of relationship between specific themes of work and a specific active social space surrounding it. A platform in medium-sized urban spaces, as generators of social, cultural and environmental spaces at the boundaries between rural and urban. The project is based upon the cross-disciplinary dimension of art in order to bring experiences together with activities, which impact upon singular elements based on common themes and strategies shared among various participating agents and bodies.

The town of Huarte, where the Huarte Centre is located, stands next to the towns of Burlada and Villava on the outskirts of Pamplona. The three localities follow the course of the river Arga, which has generated historical and cultural links among them. In recent years, the boundaries between rural and urban areas in these towns have been modified, due to urban and population growth, the conversion of gardens/allotments into leisure spaces, and changes in leisure habits, among other reasons. The focus of interest of the project to be developed is the study of this area's cultural/environmental ecosystem related to the imaginary, to activate work processes from perspectives such as the utopian, the dystopian or fictionalised realities. From imagining other possible ecosystems, to analysing existing ones in order to create or fictionalise other realities. The territorial node or involved group, and the educational activities will be activated through local social groups and educational institutions interested in joining with this focus. The selected project will develop its work based upon this context.

The chosen project will examine the tensions, paradoxes or connections between the realities and fictions imagined about the river or its urban configuration, modeled after the route of the Arga River as it passes through the towns of Huarte, Villava and Burlada.

Following the course of the river itself as a flow which traces outs and blurs the landscape, as a natural element that shapes and at the same time blurs the boundaries between the rural and the urban. Similarly, the boundary between the real and the imaginary, visualised as an imprecise flow, is presented here as a recurrent element and a way of working by using both artistic and educational practices, applied to the local context.

It is interesting to study the correlation of both binomials, rural/urban and real/imaginary, as concepts which serve in the analysis a specific context from a creative point of view, also involving the social, economic and geographical visions of the context. Many fictitious realities may emerge from such study practices, generating new "imagined cities" or "fictional realities" which are not so far from the cartographic territories that we consider to be real and existing. An opportunity to imagine the utopian or the dystopian, from elements offered by the context. In this case, the new visions that arise around this ecosystem, are driven by artistic practices applied to organisations of a social nature, and spaces for educational action.


The work carried out as part of Transversal Aesthetics will follow three common strands: a temporary Artistic Residence, with the participation of an artist or a collective in order to create and research the context; setting up a local node involving various regional agents and associations; and an Educational Activities Device, to share knowledge and learning tools.These three strands may cross over, they may work in unison, or they may coexist in parallel, and submitted proposals must include observations regarding a project’s deployment across these strands, and the interaction among them.  
The local nodes may comprise a number of agents, organisations or individuals interested in participating, or which are associated with social, artistic or research contexts on the theme. Prior to the development of the artistic project and/or educational action, the nodes may vary, or may increase in their development. The artist or collective must propose a project involving the node, and must add their own agents to the network, which may be  more or less involved, depending upon their role within the project’s framework. The project will be carried out in a triangular fashion, proposing workshops or interventions in public space, open presentations and production of results.

Joana Capella and Roc Domingo

Los juegos del argaLos Juegos del Arga (The Arga Games) by Joana Capella and Roc Domingo, is the project selected through the Transversal Aesthetics - Ecosystems of Fiction open call, based on a residency aimed at examining the relationship between reality and fiction as applied to the context of the Arga River in its passage through the towns of Burlada, Villava and Huarte.
The project will experiment with the imaginary as connected to memory and the identity attached to the river, and the construction of a new mutant imaginary elaborated through fiction itself. The main idea is that both the bridges and dams built since the middle ages, and the recreational and sporting activities practised in the area, contribute to the construction and maintenance of a concrete imaginary which prevails over others, or creates a tension between them.
The project takes the form of organised games, the Arga Games, with the emphasis on play and festivity.
A social and creative event, which as part of its process includes; strategies to connect with groups which are active in issues regarding the river; a collective exploration to gather waste from the buildings adjacent to it; a collaborative design of clothing, composition of songs, and other creative productions to help in generating a representative imaginary; and an assemblage workshop to suggest how to combine the detritus fished out of the river into new symbols, which evoke the relationship between past and
The aim of these activities is to create new fictions about the river and its surroundings, given that fiction is the new reality in which we live, but which also contains other possibilities, other realisable fictions.


Joana Capella Buendia (Sant Fost de Campsentelles, 1990), is a graduate in design, specialising in multidisciplinary management, from the ESDi (Universitat Ramon Llull), and in the master’s degree course in research and experimentation in design from Bau (Barcelona). Part of her work has been exhibited at the Casa Tres Patios (Medellín), La Escocesa, Sala d’Art Jove, Utopia 126, Escola Massana (Barcelona); and she has taken part in several conferences, and has contributed to a number of publications, such as “Quadern de les idees les arts i les lletres" (Sabadell); Art & Speculative futures (CCCB, Barcelona); Interface Politics Congress (Hangar, Barcelona; Diseño y cultura Digital (Medialab Prado, Madrid). Her artistic practice, as well as her many collaborations, move between research, curation and production. Her projects turn around the conditions which the production of art and knowledge make possible, as well as the relationship between the artist and the idea of the profession and work, examining the way in which the items, languages and times which we create take on a life of their own. 

Roc Domingo Puig (Lleida, 1992) has the Superior degree in Design and Illustration from EAM (Lleida), and is a graduate in Fine Arts of the Universidad de Barcelona. Currently he is artist in residence at EART (Barcelona) and is a member of the KGG collective. Some of his works have been exhibited at the Casa Tres Patios (Medellín), Casa 916 (Concepción), Casa Aparte (Cuenca), ICPNA (Iquitos), La Escocesa, Àngels Barcelona, La Usurpada (Barcelona), CAC Bòlit (Girona), and he has published an article in the latest edition of the magazine Arts (Lleida). His artistic production fluctuates between visual production, curation and education. His latest projects examine traditions, habits and customs connected to particular localities, as well as the material conditions which gave rise to them.

IDENSITAT and CENTRO DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO DE HUARTE offer a residency to an artist or group of artists to develop a project within the social context of the towns of Huarte, Burlada and Villava (Navarra). The project will be carried out within a five-week residency, to be developed between September 2019 and March 2020, to be specified considering the availability of the selected artist or group and the promoting organisations


The call is aimed at artists or groups of artists, with an interest in the proposed social contexts, and in the proposed theme. Applicants must have some fluency in Spanish or Basque.


The selected proposal will be granted 1,500 euros in fees, 900 euros for expenses, and 150 euros for travel aid. Accommodation will be paid by the organisation. A maximum of 1,500 euros will be available for production. 


Proposals should be sent in digital format using the specific form, filling in each of the fields, and attached in a single document using PDF format (maximum 8 gigabytes), which must  include:
- Proposal / pre-project: a written document defining the basic lines of the project (3-4 pages), indicating a methodology of work which takes into account the elements indicated above. 
- A maximum of 10 images of previous work and/or related to the proposal, to facilitate understanding of the project. 
- CVs of all project members, specifying one representative in the case of a group application, or an individual CV, in the case of individual application. 
- Contact details (name, telephone, e-mail and postal address).
The call will be open until July 21st 2019. The final decision of the call will be made public at the end of July.


According to these rules, the selection of projects will be made between Idensitat and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Huarte 

The project will be carried out within a five-week residency, divided in a stay of 1 week, and a later period of 4 weeks’ stay, to be developed between September 2019 and May 2020, to be specified considering the availability of the selected artist or group and the promoting organisations. The spaces available for the presentation of results and the celebration of activities related to the project will be, apart from the Centro Huarte itself, the venues managed by the Mancomunidad de la Comarca de Pamplona (Commonwealth of the Pamplona Region): the Batán and the Molino de San Andrés (Atarrabia- Villava ). 

The selected works will be the property of the artist(s). IDENSITAT and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Huarte as promoters of TRANSVERSAL AESTHETICS - ECOSYSTEMS OF FICTION,  may reproduce and distribute, by means of on-line publications or in paper format, the whole or part of the programme, always citing the respective authorships. IDENSITAT and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Huarte will archive all documentation generated as part of this open call.