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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 05/05/2014 08:59:11

Toxic Lesbian Opened Dialogues with Suzanne Lacy

6 of May, 2014 at 7 pm.

Every political and social crisis force reappraisals of conditions of production, reevaluation of the nature of artistic work, and reconfiguration of the position of the artist in relation to economic, social and political institutions.
Suzanne Lacy was a product of these political upheavals: “In this moment in California we had the great workers strike, we had the anti war movement, he had black power, the free speech riots at Berkeley, the Black Panthers…”.

With all the reevaluation of the nature of artistic work, all the ideas that support it were put into question: the author, the work of art as object and the nature of the audience. The main idea was looking for an art that would be able to have a deep meaning in common people’s life, and of course, to obtain such utopia result one should investigate and experiment with new models, with expanded audiences, with dialogues, with collaboration and cooperation.

In a way all this conceptualization has to do with feminism, since feminism is an open front against fix structures of gender and social classes. Feminism has to do with equality and with bettering everybody’s common life. Feminism has always been concerned with equality in society for every body, as New Genre Public Art is also concerned.
The place and context for all this dramatic changes in the art scene was California. It was a virgin territory, the “Far West of Opportunities”, as Lacy puts it. It might be this the reason for the new common spirit of experimentation, collaboration, working together and starting processes that wanted to empowered people all around the world.

Women artists from ‘90s have developed new strategies to create and diffuse their artwork. Feminism and sexual orientation are two issues considered on their proposals. Ciberfeminism as social movement influences those artists to design their pieces in such a way the Internet is the main source of their inspiration.
Venus Matrix (VNS Matrix) is an Australian women artists group known from the beginning of ‘90s. They were one of the first using art pieces just created for the Internet and to be diffused by viral strategies. Many other artists have continued their way since then. VNS Matrix is an influence for Toxic Lesbian art work.

Donna Haraway is a well-known writer changing the traditional feminist considerations from a queer point of view, introducing the Cyborg concept. Gender defined, as a Cyborg metaphor will do a revolution in any trans-feminist women artist imagination.
Many women have continued the emancipatory way that twenty or even thirty years before, other women activists or women artist activists had started. Suzanne Lacy´s ideas about art and audiences, her definition of New Genre Public Art is part of the same theoretical and activist line. The XXI Century tools take into consideration the virtual representation space and that leads to a deep change, but this new way started many years ago.
escrito por 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.

escrito por Intermediae 16/04/2014 13:58:05

Public Listenings of Radio Sures

From January to November 2013
Radio Sures

Radio Sures is a personalised internet radio offering monthly public listenings of narrated documentaries in the Terrario space. With guests invited from various fields, such as film, painting, photography and theatre, each meeting generates discussions in which the participants give their point of view on the chosen subject, creating
bridges between sound and other disciplines.
Radio Sures is a personalised internet radio of documentaries. With no photo extras, backing videos or multimedia bonuses, it is committed to telling stories exclusively with sound resources. An example of this aesthetic proposal is given each month with a public meeting devoted to listening, offering a selection of narrated sound documentaries, in Spanish and other languages, with projected translations. We listen in semidarkness,
sitting or lying down, as if in a cinema with a film without images. Orson Welles could have said it: "Compared to the cinema, radio has the advantage of having a larger screen."
Each session has guest speaker to give his/her point of view (and of listening) on the documentary heard. The guests are not specialists in sound or radio, but work in other creative fields: film, painting, photography, literature, theatre, etc. Rather than analysing, they share their feelings and impressions as listeners, and through their taking part we can build bridges between sound and other artistic disciplines.


- Public listening #2: How do you create sound spaces? 18 January 2013.
- Public listening #3: How do you portray a person with sound? 16 February 2013.
- Public listening #4: The documentary. 17 May 2013
- Public listening #5: Recording in enemy territory. 9 October 2013.
- Public listening #6: Dramatised reality, the docudrama. 28 October 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 12:24:48

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.

photos 2013
escrito por Intermediae 16/04/2014 12:21:06

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.

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 12:50:11

ARCO 2013 / Escucha Pública (Public Listening) #3. How can we portray a person with sound? with Nacho Arias

Radio Sures

Saturday 16 February at 7 pm

Radio Sures is an a la carte web radio for radio documentaries. With no extra photos or supporting videos or multimedia bonus features. We stand for telling stories exclusively with sound resources! We illustrate this aesthetic stance each month in a public gathering devoted to listening. We offer a selection of sound narrative documentaries, in Spanish and other languages, with translations planned. We listen in the half-light, seated or lying down, as if we were a cinema audience for a movie with no pictures. Orson Welles might have said it: “Radio is better than the movies because in radio, the screen’s bigger”.

In each session a guest joins us to share his or her point of view (and hearing) about the documentaries we have heard. Not sound or radio experts, our guests come from other fields of creative endeavours such as cinema, painting, photography, literature, theatre, and so on. Instead of an analysis, they share their sensations and impressions as auditors. Their contributions create bridges between sound and other artistic disciplines.

For the third session, our guest is photographer Nacho Arias.
We will reflect on “How to portray a person with sound”. We are not talking about ID photos but rather portraits taken from an auteur point of view. The person behind the camera or microphone leaves all pretensions of objectivity aside in order to transmit his or her own perception of the person portrayed. In this creative process, the person becomes a “character”.

Nacho Arias has a degree from the Fine Arts School at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has worked as a photographer for over 15 years. He has shown his work at museums, galleries and art centres including the Círculo de Bellas Artes, La Casa de América and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Madrid. His work has also been selected at festivals such as PhotoSpain, Emergentes (Braga, Portugal), and the 2010 International Vienna Festival. At present he is working on several series that will be completed in 2013.
escrito por Intermediae 04/01/2013 18:29:44

Sound-In: Meetings, presentations, workshops and concerts.
Anne-Françoise Raskin and Miguel Álvarez-Fernández

23 to 26 January from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sound-In at Intermediae offers a series of complementary activities to the Estampa Multiple Art Fair (Feria de Arte Múltiple Estampa), held last October at Matadero Madrid. This series of lectures, roundtables, workshops and concerts shares the core them of the Sound-In section: promoting and disseminating sound art and experimental music.

This series of activities aims to form a framework for shared learning in which the artists, curators, producers, critics, etc. gathered for Sound-In can share their experiences with their experimental sound creation projects. In addition to sharing theoretical approaches through roundtables and presentations, Sound-In offers a practical dimension through a series of concerts and workshops open to everyone.

For further information regarding the workshops, please write to


Wednesday 23 January
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Workshop: Sound art and Decolonial studios

Thursday 24 January
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Workshop: Creating and editing graphic music: from the music score to the visual work.
5 to 6:30 p.m. Roundtable: The Sound-In project and the Estampa Multiple Art Fair.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation of projects by artists in the Sound-In Programme for New Creators.
9 to 10 p.m. Concerts.

Friday 25 January
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Workshop: Creating and reinventing sound instruments: object/sculpture/installation.
5 to 6:30 p.m. Roundtable: Producing sound art and experimental music.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation of projects by artists in the Sound-In Programme for New Creators.
9 to 10 p.m. Concerts.

Saturday 26 January
5 to 6:30 p.m. Communication and dissemination of sound art and experimental music.
7 to 8:30 p.m. Presentation of projects by artists in the Sound-In Programme for New Creators.
9 to 10 p.m. Concerts.
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