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escrito por Intermediae 03/03/2016 15:31:57

Comunidades Inestables (Unstable Communities)
Art, social practices and collective learning
Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 March 2016 

With Rafael SMP, Paula Valero, Olga Fernández López, Diego del Pozo, Magui Dávila (Las Lindas Pobres) and Jesús Ming (KOTTÉ) + guests, Las Raras, Los Bárbaros, Manuela Zechner, Alejandra de Diego (Qiteria), Margarita Padilla (Login), D.E.F. DiálogosElectroFlamencos, Santi Barber, Pedro Jiménez (ZEMOS98), Alicia Acuña, El Corofón, Janna Graham and Poderío Vital. 

Comunidades Inestables is a public event at Intermediae, where, over three days, we will build a provisional space for action, reflection and exchange between agents and initiatives with a particular interest in the junction between artistic practice, social processes and collective learning. 

Comunidades Inestables is designed to have a mixed format and different types of activities will take place: workshops, outings, conversations and performances, to create a framework for contact between existing initiatives, interested artists and future communities seeking different modes of interaction. 

Comunidades Inestables does not anticipate who its target audience will be; rather, it calls for diverse practices where places are prompted to open up through art and culture, associationism and activism, practices that give form to new types of socialisation and sensitivity. 

Comunidades Inestables is conceived as an unrehearsed activity, where participants can speak from different perspectives.
This gathering seeks to take a practical approach, by creating a community in the here and now, and asking itself about the transience, precariousness, fragility and intensity that characterise many communities. By creating this setting, the project seeks to intensify experience exchanges beyond the dynamics of passive listening. 

Comunidades Inestables does not aim to produce a portfolio of possible methodologies or tools for a conflictive, hybrid, contentious or imperfect exchange; instead, it is offered as an interface to critically and collectively reflect on a type of collaborative, participative or contextual practice that is becoming increasingly influential in relation to institutional requirements. This growing exhibition requires us to work together to generate questions that arise repeatedly, in relation to the commencement, development and impact of these processes. 

Thursday 10 March
10am-1pm. El Museo Inestable (The Unstable Museum)With Rafael SMP at the Prado MuseumVisit requires prior enrolment* 

4-8pm. Puesta en Cuestión. Estamos Bailando / Estamos Dudando (Called into Question. We’re Dancing / We're Doubting)With Paula ValeroWorkshop requires prior enrolment* 

8pm. Presentation: Comunidades Inestables (Unstable Communities)With Olga Fernández López and Diego del Pozo 

9-10pm. Salón de Cuidados Íntimos (Intimate Care Lounge)With Las Raras. Activity requires prior enrolment* 

9-11pm. NETOUTMagui Dávila (Las Lindas Pobres) and Jesús Ming (KOTTÉ) + Meneo + test and action team 

Friday 11 March

10am-1pm. El Museo Inestable (The Unstable Museum)With Rafael SMP at the Prado MuseumVisit requires prior enrolment* 

11am-1:30pm. Todo para el Pueblo (Everything for the People)With Los BárbarosWorkshop requires prior enrolment* 

4-8pm. Código Ético (Hackeable) para Prácticas Situadas ((Hackable) Ethical Code for Contextual Practices)With Manuela Zechner, Alejandra de Diego (Qiteria) and Margarita Padilla (Login)Laboratory requires prior enrolment* 

9-10pm. Nosotras Cantamos, Nosotras Decidimos (We Sing, We Decide)With D.E.F. DiálogosElectroFlamencos: Santi Barber, Pedro Jiménez (ZEMOS98), Alicia Acuña and El Corofón Time to be confirmed. Accedo, Luego Existo (I Enter, then I Exist)With Las Raras

Saturday 12 March
10am-12 noon. Puesta en Cuestión. Estamos Bailando / Estamos Dudando (Called into Question. We’re Dancing / We’re Doubting)With Paula Valero*Workshop requires prior enrolment* 

12 noon-2pm. Conversation with Janna Graham, Manuela Zechner, Olga Fernández López and Diego del Pozo 

5-7pm. Public Conversation: Questions for Comunidades Inestables 

7pm. Presentation of Puesta en Cuestión. Estamos Bailando / Estamos Dudando (Called into Question. We’re Dancing / We're Doubting) With Paula Valero 

8-9:30pm. Encuentro Sinfónico Bastante Inestable y Adivinatorio (A Fairly Unstable and Divinatory Symphonic Gathering)With Poderío Vital  

*Some of the activities require prior enrolment. Write to, including your name and the workshop or workshops you would like to sign up for.
escrito por Intermediae 23/01/2016 17:50:04

laptopsRus (Maite Cajaraville, Shu Lea Cheang & Lucía Egaña Rojas)

February, 25,26 & 27 at 4pm

Home Economics, a crisisRus/laptopsRus project, revisits the floor plan of any given home to expand on the notion of home as micro-political space and a networked node. Taking up home management as a field of study to include the home-seeking refugees who struggle to make homes in new lands, the mobile generation who takes up domestic and networked spaces to consider collective living and the home-renewal movements that modify ways of production and consumption in our daily cycle and recycle.

Day 1/ Making Home -  home with the refugees
Seeking 'confort zone' for living side by side at 'home' with newly arrived refugees.

Day 2/  Home away from home  - home with networkers
Investigating networked way of living to devise the economy and domestic life strategies.

Day 3/ Home made home  - home with tool kits
examining  re-use strategies and object exploitation in domestic contexts.

LaptopsRus/CrisisRus organized by Maite Cajaraville, Shu Lea Cheang & Lucía Egaña Rojas


Twitter: @crisisrus
#crisisRus #HomeEconomics

laptopsRus FB page

escrito por Intermediae 05/05/2014 08:59:11

Toxic Lesbian Opened Dialogues with Suzanne Lacy

6 of May, 2014 at 7 pm.

Every political and social crisis force reappraisals of conditions of production, reevaluation of the nature of artistic work, and reconfiguration of the position of the artist in relation to economic, social and political institutions.
Suzanne Lacy was a product of these political upheavals: “In this moment in California we had the great workers strike, we had the anti war movement, he had black power, the free speech riots at Berkeley, the Black Panthers…”.

With all the reevaluation of the nature of artistic work, all the ideas that support it were put into question: the author, the work of art as object and the nature of the audience. The main idea was looking for an art that would be able to have a deep meaning in common people’s life, and of course, to obtain such utopia result one should investigate and experiment with new models, with expanded audiences, with dialogues, with collaboration and cooperation.

In a way all this conceptualization has to do with feminism, since feminism is an open front against fix structures of gender and social classes. Feminism has to do with equality and with bettering everybody’s common life. Feminism has always been concerned with equality in society for every body, as New Genre Public Art is also concerned.
The place and context for all this dramatic changes in the art scene was California. It was a virgin territory, the “Far West of Opportunities”, as Lacy puts it. It might be this the reason for the new common spirit of experimentation, collaboration, working together and starting processes that wanted to empowered people all around the world.

Women artists from ‘90s have developed new strategies to create and diffuse their artwork. Feminism and sexual orientation are two issues considered on their proposals. Ciberfeminism as social movement influences those artists to design their pieces in such a way the Internet is the main source of their inspiration.
Venus Matrix (VNS Matrix) is an Australian women artists group known from the beginning of ‘90s. They were one of the first using art pieces just created for the Internet and to be diffused by viral strategies. Many other artists have continued their way since then. VNS Matrix is an influence for Toxic Lesbian art work.

Donna Haraway is a well-known writer changing the traditional feminist considerations from a queer point of view, introducing the Cyborg concept. Gender defined, as a Cyborg metaphor will do a revolution in any trans-feminist women artist imagination.
Many women have continued the emancipatory way that twenty or even thirty years before, other women activists or women artist activists had started. Suzanne Lacy´s ideas about art and audiences, her definition of New Genre Public Art is part of the same theoretical and activist line. The XXI Century tools take into consideration the virtual representation space and that leads to a deep change, but this new way started many years ago.
escrito por Intermediae 16/04/2014 13:58:05

Public Listenings of Radio Sures

From January to November 2013
Radio Sures

Radio Sures is a personalised internet radio offering monthly public listenings of narrated documentaries in the Terrario space. With guests invited from various fields, such as film, painting, photography and theatre, each meeting generates discussions in which the participants give their point of view on the chosen subject, creating
bridges between sound and other disciplines.
Radio Sures is a personalised internet radio of documentaries. With no photo extras, backing videos or multimedia bonuses, it is committed to telling stories exclusively with sound resources. An example of this aesthetic proposal is given each month with a public meeting devoted to listening, offering a selection of narrated sound documentaries, in Spanish and other languages, with projected translations. We listen in semidarkness,
sitting or lying down, as if in a cinema with a film without images. Orson Welles could have said it: "Compared to the cinema, radio has the advantage of having a larger screen."
Each session has guest speaker to give his/her point of view (and of listening) on the documentary heard. The guests are not specialists in sound or radio, but work in other creative fields: film, painting, photography, literature, theatre, etc. Rather than analysing, they share their feelings and impressions as listeners, and through their taking part we can build bridges between sound and other artistic disciplines.


- Public listening #2: How do you create sound spaces? 18 January 2013.
- Public listening #3: How do you portray a person with sound? 16 February 2013.
- Public listening #4: The documentary. 17 May 2013
- Public listening #5: Recording in enemy territory. 9 October 2013.
- Public listening #6: Dramatised reality, the docudrama. 28 October 2013.
escrito por Intermediae 16/04/2014 12:06:37

Workshops and performances by Debajo del Sombrero

From January to December 2013

The Debajo del Sombrero association works at intermediæ giving workshops aimed at generating new relational models around artistic practices with people that have cognitive and developmental difficulties. The workshops take place from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 2 pm. This work space is accompanied by different devices to visualise the work process, which are changed in the course of the year as proposed by Debajo del Sombrero.

A highlight this year is a display called Mic. It was created by the artist Alvaro Matxinbarrena, and comprises a video screen, a box full of printed information – to be given and received –, a small box with paper and a pencil for visitors who want to leave a suggestion, a lectern for writing the suggestion and a letterbox to leave it in. Such actions in the intermediæ Nave space are conceived as a dialogue between formats and contents that transform as the workshops evolve.


- Debajo del Sombrero workshops every Wednesday and, starting in November, Monday to Friday from 11 am to 2 pm.
- MIC/Debajo del Sombrero connection device Tuesday to Sunday, 4 pm to 9 pm and 11 am to 9 pm.
- Count Me In 2nd Transnational cooperation meeting. Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 June at 11 am.
- Debajo del Sombrero collaborators' workshops. Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December, 6 pm to 8 pm .

photos 2013
escrito por Intermediae 16/04/2014 12:01:00

The Factory of Cine sin Autor
From January to December 2013

The Factory of Cine sin Autor was started in May 2012 in intermediæ. Since then, people who have nothing to do with film production have come here to make films collectively, in a new model of film production that is participatory, horizontal and inclusive.
The Legazpi district, its places and inhabitants, provide the set for the Factory of Cine sin Autor.
Everyone interested can make their own film here. Cine sin Autor's team is available to help anyone who wants to make films in the Open Studio located in intermediæ at Matadero Madrid. All phases of film production (scripting, shooting, editing, final cut and film management) are directed, staged and managed by non-professionals taking part in the process and are open to anyone who wants to get involved.

Six films are currently in production: Between Ourselves in which a group of young people are collectively creating a narrative about loneliness; School Madness (working title), by pupils of the Legado Crespo Infant and Primary School; Beyond the Truth, a reconstruction of the life of Gioacchino di Blasi, Kill Me If You Want,
by a group of young people connected with the Arganzuela Psychosocial Rehabilitation Centre; The Easy Life, a portrait of a generation by a group of young people and Roots and Wings, by pupils of Beata Ana María de Jesús School in collaboration with the José Villareal Municipal Day Centre for People with Alzheimer.

photos 2013
escrito por Intermediae 28/11/2013 20:17:40

KOMMUNE An installation by Andrés Senra

From 21 of november

Kommune is an offering from artist Andrés Senra who, based on the experiences and testimony of the residents of Christiania, reflects upon the possibilities and limitations of utopia, common good and self-governance.

Standing in the very heart of Copenhagen, Christiania is an area that has been squatted since 1973 and home to over 900 people. Their aim is to create a self-governing society outside the state system. Based on this approach, the inhabitants of Christiania were asked what their ideal city would be from their own personal perspective, what are their feelings, fears, dreams and needs and how to manage positions of power, consensus decision-making, interpersonal relations and individual-community disputes in the face of daily reality within the community.

The work combines video and watercolours to portray Christiania's people, landscapes, architecture, recreational areas and places of work, establishing links with the history of utopian writing, painting, architecture, territory, cartography and urban design of ideal cities.
escrito por Intermediae 11/06/2013 08:26:17

19 Steps, Cross Armed

Video installation and performance by Félix Fernández

From 12 of june to 16 of june
Performance: Thursay 13th, 8.30pm.

Félix Fernández has put a corridor of light in the nave of Intermediae, which acts as a metaphor for interrupted transition, an extreme situation where the performer’s body has been enclosed, where he wanders around, passed through by fragments of encapsulated memories coming from the screens, which act as the only windows in this symbolic space, where the individual is encountered as prisoner. Allegorical images and sounds allude to a time in life, which is dispersed between memory and expectation, self-censorship and illusion.

Félix Fernández builds a sensory texture for the spectator, the “witness”, who can then empathise with this individual who is taking heed of his affectations and actions, counting them down. Choreographically speaking the artist moves around this corridor of light by repeating stances, and experimenting with body language in a way that the body is encountered only as a definitive frontier. The physical presence of the performer is seized by a reiterating sound, marking out the rhythm of his gestures and the succession of images and scenes transmitted on four channels that have been put on loop. In these intervals, regulated by the sound of a thud - that enclose and rule over, cut things out and censor-, there is the construction of representations of a subjectivity that evades, technologies pertaining to surveillance and punishment, and superimposes itself on to the suspension of the artists rights, in order to find ways to continue “being”, “existing”, “living”…
A collaboration with Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort (ECPM) as part of the programme for the 5th World Congress Against the Death Penalty.  
Félix Fernández was born in 1977, in Celeiro (Lugo). He graduated in Fine Art at the Faculdad de Pontevedra, whilst also training in contemporary dance and theatre performance, at the same time, with Marina Abramovic, Johannes Deimling, Elena Cordova and Esther Ferrer, among others. In 20120 he was awarded a scholarship by FENOSA- Gas Natural for a residency in Berlin and New York and in 2012 he was artist in residence for six months in this institution’s museum. In 2008 he obtained another residency in the Centro Coreografico Galego and was awarded prizes by the Comunidad of Madrid; by Casa Encendida, in 2005, and by INJUVE, in 2004. His work has been awarded a prize by the Canariamediafest  and Casa de Veláquez, in 2010, and by the Festival Internacional de Cine de Ourense, in 2011, and in 2012 he received an award from the Festival Rendibú de Murcia.

Idea and design: Felix Fernandez
Curator: Suset Sanchez
Production and Coordination: Ensemble contre la peine de mort, Intermediae and  Matadero Madrid.
Cameras: Luis Guevara and Tommaso Marzocchini
Setting up: Konvertible

19 Steps, cross armed (trailer)
escrito por Intermediae 24/01/2013 13:39:44

Presentation of the report titled "Feminicide in Spain 2010-2012" and the new project, an investigative journalism laboratory.

Thursday 28 February at 7 pm is a news portal with a gender perspective, specialized in violence against women. Its ongoing work includes digital art campaigns and data visualization related to GeoFeminicide, an online application for documenting Feminicide in Spain and Latin American countries. At this meeting, they will present their report titled “Feminicide and other murders of women 2010-2012” in Spain and their new project: “Investigative and Data Journalism Laboratory with a Gender Perspective”.
escrito por Intermediae 24/01/2013 12:50:11

ARCO 2013 / Escucha Pública (Public Listening) #3. How can we portray a person with sound? with Nacho Arias

Radio Sures

Saturday 16 February at 7 pm

Radio Sures is an a la carte web radio for radio documentaries. With no extra photos or supporting videos or multimedia bonus features. We stand for telling stories exclusively with sound resources! We illustrate this aesthetic stance each month in a public gathering devoted to listening. We offer a selection of sound narrative documentaries, in Spanish and other languages, with translations planned. We listen in the half-light, seated or lying down, as if we were a cinema audience for a movie with no pictures. Orson Welles might have said it: “Radio is better than the movies because in radio, the screen’s bigger”.

In each session a guest joins us to share his or her point of view (and hearing) about the documentaries we have heard. Not sound or radio experts, our guests come from other fields of creative endeavours such as cinema, painting, photography, literature, theatre, and so on. Instead of an analysis, they share their sensations and impressions as auditors. Their contributions create bridges between sound and other artistic disciplines.

For the third session, our guest is photographer Nacho Arias.
We will reflect on “How to portray a person with sound”. We are not talking about ID photos but rather portraits taken from an auteur point of view. The person behind the camera or microphone leaves all pretensions of objectivity aside in order to transmit his or her own perception of the person portrayed. In this creative process, the person becomes a “character”.

Nacho Arias has a degree from the Fine Arts School at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has worked as a photographer for over 15 years. He has shown his work at museums, galleries and art centres including the Círculo de Bellas Artes, La Casa de América and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Madrid. His work has also been selected at festivals such as PhotoSpain, Emergentes (Braga, Portugal), and the 2010 International Vienna Festival. At present he is working on several series that will be completed in 2013.
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