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Posted by Intermediae 16/04/2014 14:28:10


Todo por la Praxis

Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 2pm


IDYS tends to be a new space for training and self-training linked to collective construction processes.
It is articulated as a laboratory for testing and developing prototypes intending to promote processes of investigation and experimentation inked to citizen initiatives. The aim is to articulate a community which shares a collaborative learning environment.

TXP has been using the self-construction strategy in different contexts and formats. For its use in activation processes of unused urban plots and its community management, the restoring of empty buildings linked to processes of self-management, the collaborative construction of collective equipments, or the creation of mobile devices for public space user communities. Inside this processes we are interested in the dynamics generated from the multiple interactions between the different members of a team, promoting the collaborative learning, and sharing experiences and knowledge. Setting up a community that is co-responsible of the decisions, which creates consensus and appropriates the projects. At the same time, the citizen empowerment is reinforced,where the members of these processes increase their political power, gaining confidence on their proper capacities, designing their environment and building up alternatives.

This DIY/DIT (Do it Yourself / Do it Together) methodology of self-management and self-production allows to establish a tool for the creation of an open design city-model. It promotes the culture of open-source architecture where the produced prototypes are part of a collective framework under free licenses.
The objective for this prototypes is that they can be available for the community of users, in order to be able to be spread, replicated, evolved, implemented, improved and available for the different citizen initiatives.

These are the elements that we are pretending to integrate in IDYS, being in essence, a space for the investigation-participation-action.

Posted by Intermediae 16/04/2014 14:15:24

Tetuán Landscape Project

From June to December 2013

Urban Landscape Department, Municipal District Council and local residents' representatives

The Tetuán Landscape Project aims to develop an experience that allows ways to be explored to improve the urban landscape in Madrid's Tetuán district
through artistic interventions. This initiative falls within the framework of Madrid City Council's Cultural Strategy Plan 2012-2015 (PECAM) and complies with the strategic lines aimed at promoting creativity, public participation and dissemination as regards enhancing the urban landscape.
The project thus encompasses two areas of work: the first focuses on artists and their interventions and the second on citizen participation and dissemination. This commissioned task is part of a "Cultural Programme for improvement of Urban Landscape Quality".


- Bimonthly meetings with the Municipal District Council and stakeholders. From June to December.
- Mounting elements to provide shade in the pergola in Plaza Luis Leopoldo, with Estudio Montes and Pez Arquitectos. 28 November, 11 am to 5 pm.
- Work in the vegetable garden in Solar Calle Matadero with Ángel Puech and Moenia, and construction of the enclosure with La Fresquera. 30 November, and 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 December, from 12 noon to 3 pm.
- Photocall by Galería Magdalena and Mood Studio in Calle Colegio Público Juan Ramón Jiménez. 5 December, from 10 am to 1 pm.
- Photocall by Galería Magdalena and Mood Studio in Calle Marques de Viana (at the market entrance). 7 December, 11 am to 6 pm.
- Marker painting walls with texts, in Plaza del Poeta Leopoldo de Luis, with Perricac. 9, 10 and 11 December, from 11 am to 2 pm.
- Wall decorating, in Solar Calle Matadero with Ángel Puech, with La Galería Magdalena and MoodStudio. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 December, from 11 am to 5 pm.
- Planting workshop in Plaza del Poeta Leopoldo de Luis, with Estudio Montes, Pez Arquitectos and Germinando. 14 and 15 December, from 12 noon to 3 pm.
- Guided tour to get to know the district. 15 December, from 11 am to 2 pm.
- HiperTube activity, in the open space on Calle Hierbabuena, with Pkmn and Taller de Casquería. 16, 17 and 18 December, 11 am to 5 pm.
- Mural painting by Borondo in Marques de Viana, 52. 19, 20 and 21 December.
- Children's urban kitchen garden workshops in Solar Calle Matadero, with Ángel Puech and Moenia. 23, 26 and 27 December, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.

photos 2013

Posted by Intermediae 16/04/2014 13:42:36


January to December
Zuloark and Basurama

Citykitchen is a project being developed in Intermediæ that aims to generate a new way of building cities based on collaboration between people, businesses, public agencies and professionals from different fields.
Various types of citizen associations focus their work on regenerating neighbourhood spaces through artistic creation and cultural development. These citizen initiatives have generated an extensive panorama of excellent, disseminated practices. These are at times unrelated to each other and have not yet been crystallised in a common methodology capable of growing around collective knowledge and of interrelating all of these experiences through a shared goal.
Citykitchen is forging ahead with different processes for collating these experiences, such as the process instigated by Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas (Citizen Initiative Nursery), in order to reflect on possible methodology tools for collective construction and clearly defined frameworks for dialogue between cultural,
social and administrative actors.
Through a series of seminars and public working meetings, it proposes that the current processes and mechanisms should be looked into. They seek to pinpoint the issues and barriers currently faced by citizen initiatives and to reflect on a possible protocol that facilitates their development and supports such citizenbased processes for managing public spaces.


- Bimonthly meetings, from 6 pm to 9 pm.
- Citykitchen Tables: the appetiser. 10 December, from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Posted by Intermediae 16/04/2014 12:42:35

First Madrid Solidarity Economy Fair

1 and 2 June 2013

Madrid Alternative and Solidarity Economy Network (REAS) and Madrid Solidarity Economy Market (MES)

A fair that brings together producers, service providers, ethical and solidarity finance tools, networks and various initiatives of inter-cooperation in the Social and Solidarity Economy. A place to meet, conduct and give practical demonstrations of new ways of understanding economic relations: "SI Market, with Social criteria". Debates, workshops, screenings and market.

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Posted by Intermediae 16/04/2014 12:36:52

Urban Common Assets Sport in citizen construction of public space

April and May 2013
[VIC] Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas / Citizen Initiative Nursery

It is a social construct with culturally constructed values that finds expression in a variety of established forms: companies, professionalised institutions, sports associations, formal practices, grassroots sport and a whole range of informal non-institutionalised practices.
The Urban Common Assets project seeks to reveal different citizen practices related to sport and their configuration in the city, with particular regard to the generation of citizen initiatives that involve new ways of producing public space, initiatives that represent alternatives and that challenge the idea of competition and best brands with the idea of collective achievement and improvement.
These are processes that help in developing cooperative policies. We propose building a complementary approach that superimposes a layer of greater complexity, to include an active and creative citizenry in the urban development process, permit the development of different, more conciliatory, perspectives on constructing the city and allow a diverse range of meetings and projects capable of more adaptable thinking. We start with some working sessions using direct conversations to compose a narrative that helps us to piece things together, raise doubts, generate consensus and disagreement in order to construct new questions about how sport interacts with the city.
This interplay will be a common asset that can be incorporated into the collective thinking to complement the general discourse associated with this form of urban production.


- Sport in citizen construction of public space: Polis and policies. 29 April, at 7 pm.
- Citizenry and non-institutionalised sport. 7 May, at 5:30 pm.
Posted by Intermediae 16/04/2014 12:24:48

Poetic occupation of the city

From January to December 2013
Juan Carlos Ibáñez Angulo and Carlos Contreras Elvira

Poetic Occupation is an action, non-invasive in space that combines literary creation, music and
dramatised readings spread over different points in the city. Today, the streets, parks and squares and
Matadero Madrid, Madrid Río Park and their surroundings, offer a programme of audio-poems accessible
to local residents and visitors taking a stroll, to the schools in the Arganzuela district, and the businesses
and public and private spaces of this district of the city. This tool allows poems to be geotagged in
augmented reality, enabling access to content and encouraging other literary uses of new technologies.
Two pilot experiences are carried out in primary and secondary schools in the districts of Vicálvaro and


- Permanent installation in the Matadero Madrid space.
- Books Night 2013. From 23 April to 23 June 2013.

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Posted by Intermediae 26/04/2013 17:18:48

Politics of Research / Situated Commons
Saturday 27, 17.30h. at Intermediae
With Isaac Marrero-Guillamón, Javier Rodrigo and Aida Sánchez de Serdio

Mediation and research have become key terms for some curatorial projects and debates. Practices, spaces and networks build up a collective research on the meaning of culture and the social function of its institutions in relation to "the commons", opening up a debate on the notion of an other institutionality and overflowing the spaces of the collective (be that a cultural institution, a school, a grassroots space, or the very idea of citizenship). In this context, many cultural projects take up research as a key notion in the relationship between cultural production, the production of knowledge and the construction of the social.

The current politics of the modes of production of collective bodies of knowledge intersect with new modes of construction of citizenship, and the generation of common wealth. The emerging models of research and circulation of knowledge, different forms of urban experimentation, the traditions of feminist research, the famous IAP, militant research, popular education... articulate other politics of relationship, care and mediation in the political economy of research groups and the groups by whom and with whom co-research is undergone, and bodies of knowledge produced. This dimension doesn't exclude the fact that these politics of research can lose their goal of transformation, in citizen environments and specific fields of situated praxis, while at the same time opening up and generating models of construction of bodies of knowledge and collective pedagogies.

In this manner, the question of the politics of inquiry is answered through a kind of new pragmatism, or lesser politics, from the standpoint of which to question the tensions, relationships and the circulation of this production of situated bodies of knowledge. Under this starting point, neither the institution no the research groups would therefore occupy a neutral space, and neither would they define themselves as an incomparable framework. Rather, they would be described as specific, and in process. Their actions are considered unfinished, partial, situated; on the search of connectors with the social tissue, and joining multiple conversations. The frameworks of decolonisation, the bodies of knowledge produced by education, and a heterogeneity of practices of social experimentation can be posed as other scenarios from which to rethink the politics of production and circulation of bodies of knowledge, as another political dimension of the commons.

Intermediae, together with Transductores (as part of their Research Residency at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía), Isaac Marrero-Guillamón and Aida Sánchez de Serdio, invite you to participate, share and debate the various starting hypotheses which affect the practice of a large part of the mediation and research initiatives.

Isaac Marrero-Guillamón will present a project produced with Hillary Powell (The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London's Olympic State) which responds to the challenge of compiling and organising a disperse and heterogeneous series of artistic and cultural projects produced as an anwer to the brutal transformation of East London motivated by the 2012 Olympic Games. The project defends the specific role played by these practices in the configuration of antagonistic spaces in relation, for example, to the politics of regulation what is known, what can be said, and what is visible effected by the Olympic machinery (and its collorary: the division between those that have a right to speak and those who don't).

Javier Rodigo will present Transductores' project of citizen research and consultation with the MSR Team in Quito, Ecuador (currently in its second phase). For this purpose, he will engage the issue of how feminist pedagogies help us rethink other frames of relationship and the paradoxes of work in the production of knowledge beyond the classic models of empowerment and dialogic consensual learning. Articulated around this position, collective pedagogies emphasise a pragmatic relationship of transformation, premised on situated and active bodies of knowledge, which generate new forms of politics through learning communities. In a composition of both perspectives, the issue of how to transmit situated bodies of knowledge, how to circulate the production of research and how to generate multiple work tools crosses the challenges of these pedagogies, and, therefore, of the politics of research.

Aida Sánchez de Serdio will contribute to the debate through a reflection on the production of knowledge at a university in a state of emergency. The current situation, which poses the risk of the dissapearance of the public university model as we have known it since the mid-80's of last century, has made a large number of members of the university community face the need to ask themselves about the current situation and about the future perspectives of this institution, and their role in it. In the same manner, the very definition of knowledge, and its forms of production and transmission (terms which also need a deep rethinking) are being challenged. On the basis of a comparison between previous research projects on changes at the universities, which she has been involved in, and the urgency of a militant research which is being drawn out in the present moment, she will attempt to order, in real time, some possibilities for research and action, the most significant space in which might be one of the exteriority, and not interiority of the object of study.

Associated texts

Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

(2011) “London 2012: espacio de excepción”urbe. Revista Brasileira de Gestão Urbana (Brazilian Journal of Urban Management), v. 3, n. 2, p. 179-190.
(2012) “Photography against the Olympic Spectacle”Visual Studies, v. 27, n. 2, p. 132-139.
(2013). “Por una teoría del actor-red menor: perspectivismo y monadología”. In F. Tirado and D. López, eds. Teoría del Actor-Red. Más Allá de los Estudios de Ciencia y Tecnología.Barcelona: Amendia, p. 331-356 (in the press).

Javier Rodrigo

Texto presentación :Comunes, colectividades e institucionalidades: paradojas productivas y pedagogías inapropiadas.       

Aida Sánchez de Serdio

(2010) “Políticas de lo concreto: producción cultural colaborativa y modos de organización”. In Collados, Antonio y Rodrigo, Javier (2010) Transductores: pedagogías colectivas y políticas espaciales.Centro José Guerrero. Granada. p. 44-64

(2009) The Political Economy of the Monument. In Street signs, Spring 2009. Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR). Goldsmith College. University of London (p. 2-4)

Posted by Intermediae 03/04/2013 13:11:33

Workshop in horticultural production


10 of april, 5 pm - 8 pm

An intensive theory and practical workshop on different techniques in horticultural production related to organic agriculture.
This workshop aims to work on the theory and practice using knowledge about different techniques in horticultural production, dealing with different content related to organic agriculture:

- Seeds: Harvest, storage, and seed planting.
- Transplants: Care during production and transplanting.
- "Non-commercial" local varieties: Care, framework and planting distances, other work.

Limited availability. Sign-up will be based on order of requests and will be confirmed via e-mail.
Posted by Intermediae 03/04/2013 12:59:23

Seed exchange bank event


Seed exchange day.  Thursday 4 April at 18 h.

The Seed Exchange Bank is an initiative in favour of decentralizing control of seeds and questioning the management models we generate or in which we take part in this culture with our current way of life. The Seed Exchange Bank and the activities it holds are offered as a metaphor for the need for change in society today.

The first Thursday of each month, a seed exchange session is held for growers, horticulture enthusiasts, and anyone interested in being part of a social network based on organic and sustainable principles, where know-how can be shared about working with seeds and ways to enhance organic agriculture in Madrid.

The Seed Exchange Bank can be visited on a regular basis at the Terrario at Intermediae.

Posted by Intermediae 24/01/2013 13:17:21
ARCO 2013/ 404: Collective investigation of a new cultural paradigm through its media representations. Amor Hipster
With Silvia Nanclares and Jaron Rowan

Next sessions: 16 and 17 February 2013 (times to be confirmed).

A project that explores the ideals of love and how sexuality is experienced according to “hipster” mores. A workshop to analyze and construct (ambiguous) texts with different languages (discursive, journalistic, textual and audiovisual fiction and nonfiction, ethnography, images, podcasts, stage arts) about the sexuality proposed by hipster subculture and how it affects us socially and individually.

At this first meeting core issues will be examined which are fundamental to this collective investigation, covering some of the components from cultural industries which have contributed to generate this supposed cultural paradigm. The idea is to work jointly and generate debates with participants to reach some common ground. The objective: to create a framework to serve as a springboard for getting the investigation underway. Two intensive days with talks, texts, concepts, written and audiovisual fiction, a presentation of the archive and ongoing lines of work.

Jaron Rowan is a researcher and cultural agitator. He combines research and teaching and for 10 years has been one of the members and cofounders of YProductions. He is also a member of the Free Culture Forum and the research project Empresas del procomún.
For several years he has been a tutor and one of the lecturers for the course MA in Culture Industry at Goldsmiths University of London. In 2010 he wrote the book Emprendizajes en cultura published by Traficantes de Sueños.

Silvia Nanclares studied play writing and directing at RESAD (Madrid). She works in the editorial field and since 2004 she has focused on writing stories, having published her first collection titled El sur: Instrucciones de uso (2009). Since 2001 she has collaborated in her own and others’ publishing processes, and has sold, carried, placed, thought and written about books and publishing.
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