What is Intermediae?
In the neighbourhood, for everyone
Intermediæ is conceived as a laboratory for the production of projects and social innovation, specialized in visual culture driven by participation. It investigates new ways of involving different audiences in the circles of art and culture. It understands creation as a shared learning space and experimentation as a form of involvement in cultural production. It collaborates with projects committed to a view of community work as a practice that serves to produce innovation and transformation.
Is it possible to enhance the cultural programming of a city, dialogue with the international context and maintain the intention of a feeling of closeness with a broader public? Intermediæ proposes a decen- tralized way of doing things that includes creators, researchers, amateurs, groups and voluntary organizations. It expresses its intention of a feeling of closeness through its activity programme for the community, the neighbourhood and the city, which connects Matadero with its most immediate environment. Intermediæ invites creators, local residents, and everyone interested to practice other ways of imagining, relating and inhabiting this fragment of the city.
Intermediæ opened the doors of Matadero to the Legazpi neighbourhood and city of Madrid in 2007, and since then, it has continued doing so daily. Its actions are directed at this and other neighbourhoods, looking toward the south of the city, a traditionally active, participatory territory. It has drawn on pioneering institutional practices from the international cultural panorama, using networks to explore ways of doing things and sharing, trans- forming and relating, experimenting and acting. Now it is adding a programme devoted to the youngest people, an Experimental School, which will offer activities for all types of publics. Education becomes the means to offer a renewed, kaleidoscopic view of visual culture in line with collective pedagogies.
The permeable nature of its spaces, new exhibit formats and the design of the surroundings invite people to stay and inhabit this space. This philosophy of spaces as symbolic, hospitable mediators permits action and appropriation, diluting the dividing lines among managers, artists, the public and users in the field of cultural production. The projects, scheduled activities and visits bring to life the open building space, the Terrario, the Gabinete de Estudios and Avant Garden. Welcoming gestures such as a ping-pong table create a relaxed atmosphere with a playful side for an intergenerational public. Intermediæ, for everyone, a public living room for the city.
Intermediæ is an experimental space run by the Arts Area of the Madrid City Government. Located at Matadero Madrid, it is the institution that inaugurated and inspired this complex devoted to contemporary creation in the city. The architectonic intervention is a project by architects Arturo Franco and Fabrice Van Teslaar.
Borrador# 2 (2007)