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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
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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.

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Matadero Aural Memory

From 29 November 2013 to 23 February 2014

The main goal of Matadero Aural Memory is to explore Matadero Madrid in an aural context. A strategy to show clearly how the Matadero as it is today has been transformed and to interact with the identity and memory housed in it, with the emphasis on the aural element, which is so often ignored.
This research proposal is consistent with the growing consolidation of sound art and with the rise of a rethinking of the social through listening, with its clearly relational aspect, as promoted by so-called sound studies.
A compilation will be made of documentary material (newspapers, historical archives) and the experiences and oral histories of people (workers, neighbours) whose lives have been related at some time with the Legazpi district's former slaughterhouse. They will carry out sound drifts in the Matadero space outside the traditional visitors' circuit, involving psychogeography, and the creation of sound pieces that will combine the aurality found in phonography and sound art with the orality typical in the anthropological field. Various public presentations of results and workshops are used to disseminate the research methodology. This will encourage creativity, share knowledge and involve both people interested in making field recordings and people from the community who want to learn about such an element as Matadero from an aural perspective.



-Workshop: Digital memories. Friday 29 November, 5 pm to 7pm.
-Presentation and inauguration of the project. Friday 29 November, at 7pm.
-Workshop: Listen and drift. Saturday 30 November, 12 noon to 6 pm.
-Workshop: Sound editing and collaborative maps. Tuesday 3 December, 5 pm to 7:30 pm
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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

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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.

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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

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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.

photos 2013
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Gamestar(t) Club

January and February 2013

Gamestar(t) is run by girls and boys and teenagers, aged 8 to 16. This project aims to combine the advantages of technology in education with pedagogical innovation based on free pedagogy models.
Organised horizontally by assembly, the people taking part in the project decide for themselves how to carry it out, its contents and the knowledge to be acquired. The project structure corresponds to the structure of the self-managed learning space, where those taking part gather in the centre to act as the decision-making body. The project also has a gameteque (with games chosen by the participants themselves) and runs workshops on subjects according to the interests and requirements that emerge in the course of the activity.
Gamestar(t) intersects with art, technology and pedagogical innovation. While video games are central to the activity, it incorporates other technological and artistic elements to coexist with the games as more artistic-technological forms of creativity (comics, film, painting, music, sculpture, computer programming, etc).


- Gamestar(t) Explosion. 2 to 5 January, 4 pm to 7:30 pm.
- Meetings every Wednesday from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm, and on Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm.
- Open-Gamestar(t) round table. 9 February at 11 am.
- Special Gamestar(t) workshop. 16 February at 11.30 am.
- First Gamestar(t) Meeting on critical pedagogies. 23 and 24 February, at 11 am.

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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
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Tending Avant Garden Workshop

Given by Miguel Moreno

Sunday 28 April 12 noon to 2 pm.

Workshops for tending Avant Garden, an urban garden designed by atelier le balto. Avant Garden is a wild rose garden, a garden shared by visitors, creators, passersby... a place for coexistence and exchange, for learning, enjoyment and rest. Workshops are usually focused on exploring the concepts and philosophy underlying atelier le balto’s design for the garden. Planting season continues at the garden.

The 3R group, part of the CRPS of Arganzuela, collaborates in tending Avant Garden every other Friday from 12- 14 pm. The workshops occasionally become times for exchanges, taking cuttings cultivated at Avant Garden to other green spaces in Madrid, such as la Huerta de Roberto in Carabanchel, Esta es una Plaza in Lavapiés and la Huerta de Madrid Salud in Usera.
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