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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
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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 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 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 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.
escrito por Intermediae 04/01/2013 17:53:45

Open Terrario / Presentation of the book 2000 Kcal / 8439.5 kJ 2000 Kcal / 8439.5 kJ
Rafael Suárez

Thursday 10 January 7:30 – 10 pm

This work began in 2009 as a reflection on assessing the human body as an economic system. Parallels were drawn between the problem of obesity and the economic system in which we live, both phenomena characterised by improper management of surpluses. The photographic work has turned into a book with collaboration from two specialists, an economist and a biologist. They offer academic perspectives on surplus management in an organism and in a socio-political structure.
This unusual presentation will take place around a buffet table with various components that dialogue with the work to be presented.
escrito por Intermediae 22/10/2012 10:25:59

Mondo Píxel

The Evolution of Perfection. Friday 2 November at 7 p.m.

Every so often products appear that improve what had seemed unbeatable. Two examples prove it: the Halo videogames series, in essence a constantly evolving epigenesis of the beautiful mechanical and graphic features already present in the first chapter of the saga, and Mondo Píxel, a reference for the press in the videogames sector whose successive mutations have made an unstoppable news diamond shine that started out as a blog. At the next Open Mondo Píxel meeting we will offer the amazing maturing rejuvenation of both: thanks to the expert work of the x6tence team, we will offer an absolute premiere of the evolved combat of the upcoming Halo 4, and among the competitions, prizes and contests generated from the Haloverse we will present to the world the revolution following perfection: Mondo Píxel Ultimate.
escrito por Intermediae 01/02/2011 18:15:39

Thursday 3 February, starting at 4 p.m.

Artist Wapke Feenstra from the group is presenting  The International Village Shop, an international itinerant bartering market where any locally produced product can be exchanged for local products from the various cities where the market has been. This project has been held in countries including Japan, the United States, England, Germany and the Netherlands. Now it is coming to Madrid to join the Seed Exchange Bank in shedding light on the local territory.

> The market will be open as of 4 p.m. and Wapke Feenstra’s presentation will be at 7 p.m.


Thursday 3 February, 6 p.m

On 3 February the next Seed Bank Exchange will be held. This initiative aims to foster decentralization of seed control, question prevailing management models and encourage organic agriculture in Madrid. The Seed Bank can be visited at the Terrario during regular opening hours or at other times by contacting

> Creative Grants Programme

The International Villlage Shop doesn’t exist as a single shop, but through the ongoing set up of temporary and semi-permanent trading platforms by the different groups involved. Settings include the Honesty Box at Lawson Park, an annual stall at a village fete in Höfen, the Boxberg Products Display in Boxberg, a one-hour shop as part of a presentation in San Francisco, a shelf in a waiting room in a veterinary practice in Friesland, etc.

The products for the shop come from a wide range of sources and contributors, and are linked to the places where the shop takes place. They have a strong local narrative and identity, and are mostly developed collaboratively. The product development is rooted in stories, materials and skills that are particular to the village. Villages have always been a place of intensive production, from agriculture to meat and dairy production, gardening, fruit and vegetable processing etc. Today the meaning of agriculture and associated products have declined dramatically, but the village remains a rich resource for numerous materials, craft and labour skills and creative thinking.

The shop trades the products across cultural and language borders. Together with the products short film documentaries about their background are made. Their intention is to communicate the particularities of each product and its production. The films are 4 – 6 minutes long and focus on „handling“ as a form of explaining. Each film starts with a brief visual introduction to the geographical place. It then follows the producers and their everyday routines and activities that inform the products.

The collection of films shows the multiple places and individuals involved in the overall project. The different scales on the International Village Shop, from international links, to the individual village, to private production sites are captured in the films. They are shown during shop settings, and explain the extended network of producers and production sites that make the International Village Shop.

The shop, the making of new produce and the films are all ongoing.
escrito por Intermediae 27/11/2010 10:41:05

Image courtesy of Antonio Yemail

Thursday 2 December, 6 p.m.

On 2 December the second exchange day will be held at the seed bank. The Seed Exchange Bank is an initiative of Ecosecha in favour of decentralizing control of seeds and questioning the management models we generate or in which we take part in this culture. The Seed Exchange Bank and the activities held throughout the year are offered as a metaphor for the need for change in society today.

In relation with the seed exchange day, Antonio Yemail, in residence currently at El Ranchito at Matadero, will give a talk titled Harvest Actions (Acciones de Cosecha), an overview of strategies that aim to promote environmental, material, political and social diversity as a creative commitment. 

Yemail will also converse with Ivan López Munuera (curator of El Ranchito) on the research lines to be developed during his residency.

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