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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 13:42:36


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.

escrito por Intermediae 16/04/2014 12:52:42

The New Dahlia Garden

May to December 2013

Fernando García-Dori / Campo Adentro

This project proposes the creation of a kitchen garden of ornamental plants and vegetables, to act as a trigger for community involvement and as a point of meeting and social cohesion for the city of Madrid.
An area of land in the Matadero complex, opposite the Arganzuela greenhouse, connected to Madrid Río Park and owned by the Municipal Arts, Sport and Tourism Department, will be prepared for the purpose.
It is proposed to design the land collaboratively, and for it to contain various growing plots under different forms of management: plots for adult and school education, collective gardening, assigned to specific associations, etc. Between the plots, the ground will be covered with resistant vegetation to serve as a recreational area and composting will be carried out on vegetable waste from the garden. A temporary building will be put up to provide information, in the form of an "Rural Environment Approach Space", which will present innovative and creative proposals for improving the urban environment.
There will also be a programme of activities (workshops, lectures and screenings) with the presence of various artists acting as facilitators for specific phases of the project (Espada y Monleón, Atelier d'Architecture Autogerée, Refarm the city, Future Farmers), which will included opening times for all entities and people interested to participate in the various facets of this new space.


- A workshop on building and preparing the land for the New Dahlia Garden, in collaboration with Inteligencias Colectivas. Friday 11 October, at 11 am.
- A Debate with Landings, chaired by Fernando G. Dory, Carlos Monleón-Gendall and members of the Studies Group. Screening of Breaking with Old Ideas (1975).
Friday 11 October, at 4 pm.
- Inauguration of the seed cultivation workshop, a meeting with local residents and a debate on what an agro-ecology space in the neighbourhood could be.
Saturday 12 October, starting 2pm.
- Around the Imperial Pastoral: Presentation by Landings. Saturday 12 October, at 4 pm.
- Defending what is common: A debate on commonly owned assets, rural pillaging and the local reform act, by representatives of the State Rural Platform campaign. Screening of the documentary by the Omana Platform in Defence of the Neighbourhood Councils and the 15M-León citizens' movement. Saturday 12 October, at 7 pm.
- A session by DJ Abraham Rivera: Through the Andes: A journey through South American folklore. Saturday 12 October, at 9 pm.
- Seedbed workshop. Saturday 26 October, 12 noon to 2 pm.
- Meeting of the Ecologies of Art, New Territory and Landscapes in Contemporary Culture Studies Group. Friday 15 November, at 4 pm.
- Meeting and debate with members of the Studies Group and Asa Sonjasdotter and Matti Aikio from the Tromsø Academy of Art. Friday 15 November, at 7 pm.
- Group work in the New Dahlia Garden and a workshop to design a plot to promote urban agro-ecology, by Fernando García-Dory. Saturday 16 November, at 11.30 am.
- Traces in the Snow. Colloquium on indigeneity in contemporary culture and presentations by artists Asa Sonsjadottir and Matti Aikkilo. Saturday 16 November, at 5 pm.
- Workshop on constructing the Greenhouse-Classroom with Inteligencias Colectivas. Saturday 30 November, 11 am to 2 pm.
- Winter organic garden workshop with Germinando. Saturday 30 November, 11 am to 2 pm.
- Workshop on making a vertical garden, with Puesto Pec. Saturday 30 November, 11 am to 2 pm.
- Workshop: Aromatic plants and the organic kitchen garden. Saturday 21 December, 12 noon to 2 pm.

escrito por 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.
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 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.
escrito por 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.

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 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”.
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