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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 16/04/2014 13:46:09

Micro-meetings on Weaving Networks

April to June 2013
Weaving social participation networks

Weaving networks is a meeting space for people involved in participatory processes in any field: Social Collectives and Movements, Social Initiative Cooperatives, Social Institutions, Administration, Neighbours, etc. It works in the form of meetings and discussions, as a laboratory on practices for participation, networking and transforming the environment.
Micro-meetings of 3 hours are proposed. Here participants can share a table of practical experiences and an informal workspace, and participants are then free to move among the open groups set up to work on key issues found in the practical table discussions. This space will not attempt to establish fully and resolve the key issues, but to piece things together, raise doubts, generate consensus and disagreement, etc, all of which will form the material to be taken to other meetings.

We seek initiatives that promote social participation and that can be carried out in a short time. Actions that have a deep emotional impact on the people involved and affected. Actions of a "more or less ephemeral" nature that manage to shake up or revolutionise a group of people or a territory during that time. Actions that have a high impact on the community's group symbolic memory.


-Micro-meeting #1. Actions that impact on and attract participation. Thursday 4 April, from 6 pm to 9 pm.
-Micro-meeting #2. Actions that impact on and attract participation. (external activity). Thursday 16 May from 6 pm to 9 pm.
-Micro-meeting #3. Actions that impact on and attract participation. Friday 14 June, 6 pm to 9 pm.

escrito por Intermediae 16/04/2014 13:35:06

Semilla Boombox

March to November 2013
Semilla Association and Sergio Galán

Semilla Boombox is a project that explores the use of public spaces as places to meet and get along together in the company of music, based on the custom of many young people to get together to listen to the music they like. While in the 1980s Boomboxes or Ghettoblasters typically provided the "Sound System", today small mobile phones fulfil this function.
What would happen if a public space were fitted with a system to facilitate this practice?
Semilla Boombox is a collaborative sound system being developed by a group of young people from the Semilla Association in collaboration with the interactive designer and programmer, Sergio Galán.
It started to work as a prototype in May 2013, in the sports courts on Villalonso Street in the Villaverde district. Users of the park can connect to the device's wifi network from their mobile phone and enter a web page to find and select the music they want to be played over the loudspeakers. Each user can change the order of the songs by voting for the ones that the others have added.


-Semilla Boombox in Relampaguito Park. March to December.
-Presentation of Semilla Boombox. June 2013.
-Semilla Boombox at FESTeen <18 2013. From 13 to 15 September.

photos 2013

escrito por Intermediae 16/04/2014 12:29:57

Agronautas [New Urban Realities]

April to December 2013

Agronautas is a multidisciplinary project concerning relationships between people and the natural environment. It generates, executes and transmits to the collective imagination new urban situations, reformulated in terms of sustainability and the public good and made viable by domestic ecological equipment that is innovative, self-buildable and open source. The Agro Station is one such area of equipment, consisting of a mobile covered space that will house energy-saving systems and self-build, open source resources that can be used, tested and further developed by the public. This space will enable different urban agents and communities to act as the creative source, to experiment with innovative ideas
through co-creation mechanisms and to test the developed solutions in real situations.
The first phase of construction of the Agro Station will take place in Intermediæ, Matadero Madrid, from 22 April to 10 May 2013, through free, collaborative and open workshops. Subsequently, a process of collective management will begin for it to roam to public spaces in the city, such as urban vegetable gardens and neighbourhood gathering spaces, where it can be tested and enjoyed by the public.


- Workshop on building a wooden mobile space equipped with Agro Appliances. From 22 to 30 April, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9 pm.
- Workshop on water collection, filtering and treatment systems. From 6 to 10 May, 10 am to 2 pm.
- Workshop on energy production, storage and viewing systems. From 6 to 10 May, 4 pm to 8 pm. Presentation of the documentary, "Trials aimed at selfsufficiency".
- Friday 18 October, at 7pm.
- The Agro Station on Calle Matadero. From September to December, during normal public opening times.

photos 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 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)

escrito por Intermediae 03/04/2013 13:17:54

404: Amar en tiempos Hipster

Hipsteria Lane: Gentrifying Intimacy

April 20-21 11am-2pm and 4pm-8pm.

A workshop kicking off collective research into a new cultural paradigm through its media representation.
It would be quite hard to understand cultural industries without first understanding the central position that love has attained in the heart of them.  If we took away love as a theme for pop music, film, literature, and television programmes, we would be left with scarcely any content, or we would at least have to make do without a main content that simultaneously forms the backbone for many others.
Here when we say love we do not mean a set of emotions and feelings that are felt and lived by those consuming cultural content.  Instead we are talking about a complex instrument pertaining to cultural industries and having different genealogies and manifestations.  We are talking about a discursive framework containing collective imaginations and sincretic representations.  We mean a set of archetypes, narratives, key words, situations, and conduct that are inextricably linked and woven into the content of cultural industries in a sort of discursive consensus of love.
Therefore, we must escape from the proverbially inrreproachable individual feeling and focus on disecting a social instrument represented and presented incessantly as text, pretext, or subtext in contemporary cultural products.
Amar en tiempos Hipster [Love in the Time of the Hipster] is a workshop that sets out to discover what is the ideal for love and what ways of experiencing sexuality are represented by all things “hipster”.  It is a workshop for analysis and the building of (ambiguous) texts using several kinds of language (discursive, journalistic, fiction and non-fiction, textual and audiovisual, ethnographic, pictorial, stage, and podcast) pertaining to the socio-emotional forms and sexuality that the hispter “subculture” offers and how we are affected, both socially and individually, by it.
escrito por Intermediae 19/03/2013 12:09:54

Spanish P2P WikiSprint/es

Wednesday 20 March at 16 h.

A WikiSprint is a collective content production event that takes place in a short period of time in a wiki type of platform. This "P2P WikiSprint" in Spanish aims to collectively document and map P2P (peer-to-peer) initiatives in Latin America and Spain.
Medialab-Prado offers its space to get together and work in this global mapping.

escrito por Intermediae 24/01/2013 08:09:50

Open Studio by The Authorless Film Factory

Colectivo Cine sin Autor (Authorless Cinema Group)

Space to meet and show work processes. From Tuesday to Sunday during Intermediae opening hours.

Screening of works in progress. Wednesday 27 February at 6 pm at Cineteca.

The Authorless Cinema Factory started its activities in May 2012 at Intermediae.
Since then, many people who have nothing to do with film production have taken part in making their films collectively.
Throughout 2013 films in progress will be shown monthly at the Cineteca at Matadero Madrid. A meeting space open to everyone interested in actively taking part by offering their opinion and even getting involved in the production process.
The participating public can do more than just see films here: they can do so in a new social model of filmmaking.
Social Cinema. Horizontal. Participatory. Inclusive. 21st century Cinema. Cinema XXI
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