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escrito por Intermediae 15/09/2011 10:23:31


An installation by Juan Linares and Erika Arzt

OPENING: Saturday, September 17 at 8pm

An installation as poetic surface and narrative context showing the results of a failed encounter between a community initiative to structure its environment and the local authorities, whose exercise of controlling and managing public space makes a potential space into the representation of their very absence.

In March 2006 artists Juan Linares and Erika Arzt proposed that the Orcasitas Neighbourhood Association start a collective process, which would lead to developing an imagined structure adapted to the city code for the place, incorporating into it the subjective visions and personal narratives of its residents. Then the idea arose of working with a pylon that was no longer used as a symbol of the local residents’ demands that led to its wires being buried.  Some local residents wanted it to disappear; others preferred to keep it as a sign of identity, their struggle and local history. A series of group meetings between the artist and the local residents ended up with the idea of transforming the former pylon into a hanging garden which would subsequently have its place in the area. After a long negotiation process with the local administration, permits were not granted to carry out the project so the final transformation of the pylon will not be installed.

> 2006 Creative Arts Grants
escrito por Intermediae 15/09/2011 10:13:33


Oscar Pérez
Friday 30 September, 19:30 pm

The last instalment of the video series Miradas al extranjero: nuevos autores del documental español (Views abroad: new Spanish documentary filmmakers), organised by the DOCMA association at Intermediae, is dedicated to Óscar Pérez. The session includes the screening of three independent documentaries and a presentation and talk by Óscar and a DOCMA representative.
escrito por Intermediae 15/09/2011 10:10:26

Sunday 25 September, 12 - 2 p.m.

On Sunday 25 September, a new workshop will be held at Avant Garden, an urban garden conceived of by Atelier Le balto. Aimed at taking a deeper look at the concept used by the landscape artists who designed the garden, the workshops offer an opportunity to get to know this place for gathering and exchanges, learning and enjoyment. The workshops will be carried out by Miguel Moreno, botanist and landscaping and gardening enthusiast.

The workshops are generally aimed to explore the concept and philosophy which Atelier Le balto designed the garden. In September it made ​​cleaning the garden, preparing the space for the new planting season which will take place during October and November.
escrito por Intermediae 15/09/2011 10:01:59


Friday 23 September, 7 p.m.
Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September, exhibit of horticultural varieties

Group exhibit of horticultural varieties produced from seeds that are part of the Exchange Bank. All users of the Seed Exchange Bank are encouraged to contribute to the exhibit to show the diversity of varieties and learn to distinguish them through observation and recognition.
On Friday 23 September at 7 p.m., a sample of varieties and users’ contributions will be shown, with the aim of sharing the project’s status, taking stock of this first year of the Seed Exchange Bank, considering proposals, and listening to people’s experiences with this initiative. This special event will also feature delicious seasonal producer. The exhibit will last through Sunday 25 September.

* If you’re a user of the Seed Exchange Bank and you want to participate in the exhibit with samples of your harvest or share your experience, contact

The Seed Exchange Bank is an initiative that aims to foster decentralization of seed control and question the management models we generate or take part of in our culture and current lifestyle. The Seed Exchange Bank and the activities it carries out are offered as a metaphor for the need to transform society today. The first Thursday of each month, a seed exchange session is held among producers, horticultural enthusiasts, and anyone interested in taking part in a social network about ecological and sustainable criteria, where you can exchange knowledge about working with seeds and ways to enhance organic agriculture in Madrid.

The Seed Exchange Bank can be visited regularly at the Terrario at Intermediae.

> 2010 Creative Arts Grants
escrito por Intermediae 15/09/2011 09:56:17

Cova Macías and Susana Blas
Thursday 22 September, 7:30pm

La Révolte Intime
Video DV-PAL, colour, sound, 60 min., Language: French, with Spanish subtitles, 2009.
Made within the framework of the residence at LE CENTQUATRE, Paris. Produced by Colección CAM Caja Mediterráneo.
A documentary project comprised of a series of portraits of sixteen young inhabitants of Paris, especially the 19th district. One after another, using the device of a conversation between two people, these young people will reveal key aspects in building their identity, also reflecting on concepts such as family, education, otherness, foreigners, stigma and codes of difference.

Along with the presentation of La Révolte Intime, a meeting will be held titled From Identities in Transition to Visual Anthropology, a conversation between artist Cova Macías and video-creation specialist Susana Blas.  Imbued with surprising serenity, the teenaged protagonists of La Révolte Intime reveal biographical episodes that invite reflections on contemporary identity concerns such as being uprooted after migrations, the need for acceptance in a group, and the ability to be resilient in extreme psychological situations.
escrito por Intermediae 14/09/2011 11:44:58

Roger Bernat accompanied by Txalo Toloza and Jaume Nualart
Wednesday 21 September, 7:30pm

Roger Bernat and his collaborators are currently working on two projects: Por favor, continúe (Please, Continue), set to premier along with Yan Duyvendack this November in Geneva; and Pendiente de votación (Pending Vote), which they will bring to the Centro Dramático Nacional in February 2012. In the words of their authors, both projects are games that, once created, are let left in the hands of viewers.

Rather than offer a theoretical presentation, the pieces will be tested in a rehearsal where the audience is the protagonist. Even if the dramatic strategies and technical mechanisms are revealed and the games end up breaking down, the emphasis will be placed on the “playability” of the devices, on the role of the player/spectator who, subject to rules, pressed to take on responsibility, and eventually left to work things out, will hesitate between getting free or winning.

Roger Bernat (1968). After starting his architecture studies, he graduated with a degree in Drama from the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. Soon afterward, he founded and directed, along with Tomàs Aragay, General Elèctrica (1998-2001). Their pieces include 10.000 kgs (1998), Flors (2000), Bona gent (2003), Amnésia de fuga (2004), LA LA LA LA (2004), Rimuski (2006), Dominio Público (2008) and La consagración de la primavera (2010). Currently, in addition to touring with the last two shows, he is directing Pendiente de votación, which will premiere at the CDN in Madrid in February 2012 and co-directing with Swiss director Yan Duyvendak, the piece Por favor continúe which is scheduled to premiere in November 2011 in Geneva.

YOCTOBIT Teatro jugable coordinates theoretical sessions and monthly presentations as part of the parallel activities programme of the Homeward Journeys project offered at Intermediae through December 2011.
escrito por Intermediae 14/09/2011 11:43:13

Mondo Píxel
Friday 16 September, 7 pm

How many people get hooked on videogames after having the good luck to try a graphic adventure one day? While for many it is simply a playful alternative that wakes up their sleepy neurons and lets their fingers rest after pushing so many buttons on common platforms or alien-zapping games, for others it is the original genre that was born, called conversational adventure, and lives on in the hearts, PCs, and consoles of veteran and new players. To discuss the evolution of adventure videogames and have an excuse to use words like «Point and click» or SCUMM in our conversation, the next Open Mondo Píxel-ArsGames will feature members of Tonika Games, the successful Spanish company soon to release The Mystery Team, a clear example of the Graphic Adventures genre today.

About Open Mondo Píxel-ArsGames
Since 2009 ArsGames and Mondo Píxel have collaborated with Intermediae through the Creative Arts Grants Programme. Since then, they have proposed periodic meetings, coordinated by either the ArsGames group or Mondo Pixel, bringing together professionals, artists and amateurs working on subjects in relation to the practice of Game Art, research on Game Studies, and Game Art Theory.
escrito por Intermediae 01/08/2011 15:02:00

Urban Parasites: an intervention at the Intermediæ space
Until 11 september
Gilberto Esparza

Gilberto Esparza presents robotic sculptures at La Nave at Intermediae, life forms that subsist on energy sources generated by the human species. Several species of robot parasites inhabit La Nave, intervening in this interior landscape.

This artist’s works are complex, hybrid re-structurings made of technological waste with mechanical and electronic systems. They are configured as artificial life organisms capable of surviving in urban settings and invading our everyday environments.

Many of these parasites run on energy stolen from the electric distribution network in the spaces where they are installed. They move around the territory and make sounds to communicate with other parasites of their species that inhabit the place.
escrito por Intermediae 01/08/2011 14:56:25


Avant Garden, an urban garden

Open in August


At the end of 2007 Intermediæ began its long-term commitment to working with permaculture by transforming the space located between the Matadero wall and the façade of Intermediæ into a garden called Avant Garden. The aim was to create a metaphor for understanding process and participation, experiencing the meaning of both, while also making an unused space into an urban garden for the community. Avant Garden was designed as a rose garden by atelier le balto, a group of landscape artists comprised of Marc Pouzol, Véronique Faucheur and Marc Vatinel. The magic of this garden lies in its continuous transformation, thanks to community tending organized via workshops and the influence of visitors’ strolls through the area.

Advice on tending Avant Garden

Gardeners should respect the plants placed by atelier le balto and all the other gardeners who tend the garden. Gardeners should also respect the native plants preserved from the initial design of the garden such as elms, ailanthus trees and mosses, and the ferns and “Venus’ bellybuttons” (Umbilicus rupestris) growing on the walls. The garden should enhance the creation and respect for natural balance, fostering the growth of some plants and inhibiting that of others, intervening such that visitors barely notice their work. Visitors are the protagonists, like gardeners, and as they stroll through the garden they gradually modify its form, allowing some plants to grow more and some less. In pruning, where the roses' natural growth is reinforced, gardeners should pay special attention to where visitors walk and the area their bodies move through, the height of their hips, shoulders and eyes, as well as what is above their heads.

(atelier le balto)

 The concept of time is essential in any garden including Avant Garden. It distinguishes today from tomorrow, this year from the next, this moment... Philosopher Michael Onfray wrote: “In a garden the course of time slows, contracts, accelerates, becomes more efficient, is guided and controlled until it is almost a sculpture”. atelier le balto selected the roses in Avant Garden and grouped them by height to shape the space: there are roses at ground and low levels, others of medium height, as tall as a person, and climbing roses that grow toward the sky. In North America, Asia and Europe, rose fossils have been found. One of them from an Oligocene rock deposit in the United States showed that roses grew on our planet 35 million years ago. Today, botanists have catalogued one hundred fifty species as well as many natural varieties. At Avant Garden you will find ten kinds of wild roses.

escrito por Intermediae 16/06/2011 09:43:46

αἰὼν πας
A video video-installation by Luddotek

From 17 of June to 18 of September
OPENING: Friday, June 17 at 8pm

LUDDOTEK (Rafael Sánchez-Mateos Paniagua, Jordi Carmona Hurtado, Susana Velasco + friends) will inaugurate a video-installation exhibit with three channels presenting the following films: Dialéctica de René y Marc (René and Marc's Dialectic), Álbum infantil (A Child's Album) and La dictadura colectiva de una organización secreta (The Collective Dictatorship of a Secret Organisation).

These films share thoughts about a childhood for the world, they make us in some way have a reachable childhood again, because we're children again.  And, like children, we don't know what we are, we're not ready for what will happen to us, just like we can't foresee what's going to happen to us.

Our tragic condition, made manifest by the Situationists in 1952, still weighs us down: "We live like lost children, our adventures incomplete."  There comes a time, however, when the only decision that is fitting is to put an end to regret.  Maybe the problem was that we wanted to grow up too quickly, with plans that were all too clear and were supposed to go so well, in perfect and beautiful causal chains, to bring us as soon as possible to something else: the humanity of mankind, a maturity reached via an emancipation that is equal parts ethics and intellect.  But that emancipation provokes a war and the destruction of experiences... and maybe now is not the best time to consider an emancipation of childhood, but rather an emancipation that is also childish, that can't count without using "the foul-mouthed terms of that age", scarcely articulated.