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Museu de Belles Arts de Castelló + Universitat Jaume I

 

CASTELLÓN
nārang: genealogía de un souvenir / ideadestroyingmuros
Museu de Belles Arts de Castelló
January - march 2019

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the project "nārang: genealogia de un souvenir / nārang: genealogy of a souvenir" tackles an analysis of the souvenir as an exotic object from the valencian region, in this case castellón, which overlaps the spheres of commerce, the tourist industry and leisure culture. the construction of the exotic originated in colonial europe as a commercial standard, and as a measure of the imaginary which expressed the interaction between international politics, economies, migrations, and the perception of the self and of otherness.
nowadays it remains a standard pertaining to economic relationships between the global north and south. specifically, the tourist-traffic within the european territory causes numerous northern european consumers to be directed towards the valencian community. at the same time, the orange harvest attracts workers from the african and latin american diasporas to this context. now oranges are beginning to appear emblazoned on socks available for sale in souvenir shops, and crowdfarming projects are proliferating, in which orange trees may be adopted by subscribers from anywhere in the world. in the construction of this imaginary of sun, tradition, health and celebration, those who produce it remain hidden.
whose hands do the cultivating and harvesting? which are the cultivated territories? what is the origin of this plant? genealogy of a souvenir, using a toolbox of decolonial instruments, allows us to analyse the current dynamics of the construction of the exotic. we propose a post-exotic method, visualising and telling the story of the origins of these tourist attractions, breaking from consumerist stereotypes, and offering other imaginaries. on the one hand, various mapping and research activities will be initiated regarding this fruit-crop, while on the other hand, we will generate various audiovisual production activities, and an artistic reinterpretation of orange-related souvenirs.

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BETWEEN ORANGE-TREES AND TIGERNUTS: TERRITORIAL CONNECTIONS
Wednesday February 13th, 6 pm, Auditorium Museum of Fine Arts in Castellón
Screening of the documentary Tigernut: the motherland of women of integrity, about the production and marketing of African tigernut. With the presence of Llanos Rodríguez, president of CIM Burkina, and a presentation of the report Alerta taronja. Collir i triar quan la irregularitat esdevè norma, from La Directa, about the exploitation of labour in the collection and marketing of oranges. With the presence of co-author, Ester Fayos.

SITE-SPECIFIC VISUAL NARRATIVES: ORIGIN, IDENTITY AND TERRITORIES
Friday, February 22nd, 6 pm, Auditorium Museum of Fine Arts in Castellón
Artistic research, illustration and photography, critical practices and narratives of territories and productions. Roundtable with Ana Navarrete Tudela, Valencian artist, teacher and researcher, Elías Taño, illustrator and graphic artist based in Valencia, and Lilia Ana Ramos, an Canarian analogue photographer established in Valencia.

TRANSLATING RESULTS
Thursday March 14th, 6 pm, cloister of the Museum of Fine Arts in Castellón
Presentation of the publication and exhibition resulting from the project narang: genealogy of a souvenir.

ideadestroyingmuros (Italy)
ideadestroyingmuros is a transcultural group, conceived in venice in 2005, currently based in valencia. the collective lives in a big house sharing a vision on the frontiers of nation, sex and language. members of the collective have been educated, severally, at the accademie di belle arti in venice and in naples, la facoltá di arti visive e dello spettacolo at the iuav in venice, fine arts faculties in granada and valencia, and the università di lettere classiche in palermo. masters in visual arts and multimedia ( fine arts faculty in valencia). masters in genre(s), pensée de la différence, rapports de sexe del centre d'études féminines et études de genre ( parís 8). doctorates in études de genre ( parís 8). doctorates in arts and artistic production ( ( fine arts faculty in valencia). their last project was in parís (centre d'études féminines et études de genre - archipels en lutte: les îles postexotiques), verona (convegno internazionale: connessioni decoloniali, pratiche che ricreano convivenza - radici nel mare. sunu gaal), barcelona (pei del macba - entre las tierras. metodología y autoetnografía del tejer nudos) and palermo (ecomuseo urbano mare memoria viva - entre las tierras continuación).

* “we reclaim space from capital letters, and submit the entire construction of the story to lower case letters, as a sign of a possible minority transformation, starting with the aesthetics of the phrase” .


EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
The Educational Activities is a part of the project ECOSYSTEMS OF LEISURE, and the results will be presented along with the rest of the activities proposed by the project. They will take place between September 2018 and May 2019, based upon a series of collaborations with different fields of university education and research.

CASTELLÓN
Degree in Videogame Design, Universitat Jaume I.

In Castellón, the project will work in collaboration with the Degree in Videogame Design, Universitat Jaume I, with the working in the subject areas of Programming, Narrative and Videogame Design, and with the lecturers who teach them: Antonio Morales, Begoña Martinez (both lecturers in Software Engineering), Emilio Saez (lecturer in Conceptual Design) and Diego Diaz (lecturer in the Art of the Video Game). The video game designed within the theme of the project will be based upon the concept of Leisure, and students enrolled in the three subjects will realise a single final project called DAI (project in Design, Art and Engineering), creating a video game among the three subject-areas in parallel.

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Master’s Degree course in Psychopedagogy, University Jaume I.
The concept of Leisure will be approached from an educational point of view, thanks to a collaboration with the Master's Degree corse in Psychopedagogy. The lecturers involved are Joan A. Traver Martí, and Maria Auxiliadora Sales, coordinator of the Master’s Degree. They will approach the subject of leisure from a public space perspective, working outside the classroom in non-formal spaces, in urban territories, neighbourhoods and cultural centres, considering the figure of the educational psychologist as an agitator and a facilitator in educational issues. The Master’s degree course has already started a strand of work of psycho-pedagogical intervention based upon art, with the intention to consolidate this line of work with collaborations such as this one, with Ecosistemas del Ocio.


With the support of Cultura Resident de la Direcció General de Cultura i Patrimoni de la Generalitat Valenciana througout Consorci de Museus de la Comunitat Valenciana.

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