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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.

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escrito por Intermediae 16/04/2014 12:52:42

The New Dahlia Garden

May to December 2013

Fernando García-Dori / Campo Adentro

This project proposes the creation of a kitchen garden of ornamental plants and vegetables, to act as a trigger for community involvement and as a point of meeting and social cohesion for the city of Madrid.
An area of land in the Matadero complex, opposite the Arganzuela greenhouse, connected to Madrid Río Park and owned by the Municipal Arts, Sport and Tourism Department, will be prepared for the purpose.
It is proposed to design the land collaboratively, and for it to contain various growing plots under different forms of management: plots for adult and school education, collective gardening, assigned to specific associations, etc. Between the plots, the ground will be covered with resistant vegetation to serve as a recreational area and composting will be carried out on vegetable waste from the garden. A temporary building will be put up to provide information, in the form of an "Rural Environment Approach Space", which will present innovative and creative proposals for improving the urban environment.
There will also be a programme of activities (workshops, lectures and screenings) with the presence of various artists acting as facilitators for specific phases of the project (Espada y Monleón, Atelier d'Architecture Autogerée, Refarm the city, Future Farmers), which will included opening times for all entities and people interested to participate in the various facets of this new space.


- A workshop on building and preparing the land for the New Dahlia Garden, in collaboration with Inteligencias Colectivas. Friday 11 October, at 11 am.
- A Debate with Landings, chaired by Fernando G. Dory, Carlos Monleón-Gendall and members of the Studies Group. Screening of Breaking with Old Ideas (1975).
Friday 11 October, at 4 pm.
- Inauguration of the seed cultivation workshop, a meeting with local residents and a debate on what an agro-ecology space in the neighbourhood could be.
Saturday 12 October, starting 2pm.
- Around the Imperial Pastoral: Presentation by Landings. Saturday 12 October, at 4 pm.
- Defending what is common: A debate on commonly owned assets, rural pillaging and the local reform act, by representatives of the State Rural Platform campaign. Screening of the documentary by the Omana Platform in Defence of the Neighbourhood Councils and the 15M-León citizens' movement. Saturday 12 October, at 7 pm.
- A session by DJ Abraham Rivera: Through the Andes: A journey through South American folklore. Saturday 12 October, at 9 pm.
- Seedbed workshop. Saturday 26 October, 12 noon to 2 pm.
- Meeting of the Ecologies of Art, New Territory and Landscapes in Contemporary Culture Studies Group. Friday 15 November, at 4 pm.
- Meeting and debate with members of the Studies Group and Asa Sonjasdotter and Matti Aikio from the Tromsø Academy of Art. Friday 15 November, at 7 pm.
- Group work in the New Dahlia Garden and a workshop to design a plot to promote urban agro-ecology, by Fernando García-Dory. Saturday 16 November, at 11.30 am.
- Traces in the Snow. Colloquium on indigeneity in contemporary culture and presentations by artists Asa Sonsjadottir and Matti Aikkilo. Saturday 16 November, at 5 pm.
- Workshop on constructing the Greenhouse-Classroom with Inteligencias Colectivas. Saturday 30 November, 11 am to 2 pm.
- Winter organic garden workshop with Germinando. Saturday 30 November, 11 am to 2 pm.
- Workshop on making a vertical garden, with Puesto Pec. Saturday 30 November, 11 am to 2 pm.
- Workshop: Aromatic plants and the organic kitchen garden. Saturday 21 December, 12 noon to 2 pm.

escrito por Intermediae 16/04/2014 12:42:35

First Madrid Solidarity Economy Fair

1 and 2 June 2013

Madrid Alternative and Solidarity Economy Network (REAS) and Madrid Solidarity Economy Market (MES)

A fair that brings together producers, service providers, ethical and solidarity finance tools, networks and various initiatives of inter-cooperation in the Social and Solidarity Economy. A place to meet, conduct and give practical demonstrations of new ways of understanding economic relations: "SI Market, with Social criteria". Debates, workshops, screenings and market.

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escrito por Intermediae 16/04/2014 12:36:52

Urban Common Assets Sport in citizen construction of public space

April and May 2013
[VIC] Vivero de Iniciativas Ciudadanas / Citizen Initiative Nursery

It is a social construct with culturally constructed values that finds expression in a variety of established forms: companies, professionalised institutions, sports associations, formal practices, grassroots sport and a whole range of informal non-institutionalised practices.
The Urban Common Assets project seeks to reveal different citizen practices related to sport and their configuration in the city, with particular regard to the generation of citizen initiatives that involve new ways of producing public space, initiatives that represent alternatives and that challenge the idea of competition and best brands with the idea of collective achievement and improvement.
These are processes that help in developing cooperative policies. We propose building a complementary approach that superimposes a layer of greater complexity, to include an active and creative citizenry in the urban development process, permit the development of different, more conciliatory, perspectives on constructing the city and allow a diverse range of meetings and projects capable of more adaptable thinking. We start with some working sessions using direct conversations to compose a narrative that helps us to piece things together, raise doubts, generate consensus and disagreement in order to construct new questions about how sport interacts with the city.
This interplay will be a common asset that can be incorporated into the collective thinking to complement the general discourse associated with this form of urban production.


- Sport in citizen construction of public space: Polis and policies. 29 April, at 7 pm.
- Citizenry and non-institutionalised sport. 7 May, at 5:30 pm.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Workshops and performances by Debajo del Sombrero

From January to December 2013

The Debajo del Sombrero association works at intermediæ giving workshops aimed at generating new relational models around artistic practices with people that have cognitive and developmental difficulties. The workshops take place from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 2 pm. This work space is accompanied by different devices to visualise the work process, which are changed in the course of the year as proposed by Debajo del Sombrero.

A highlight this year is a display called Mic. It was created by the artist Alvaro Matxinbarrena, and comprises a video screen, a box full of printed information – to be given and received –, a small box with paper and a pencil for visitors who want to leave a suggestion, a lectern for writing the suggestion and a letterbox to leave it in. Such actions in the intermediæ Nave space are conceived as a dialogue between formats and contents that transform as the workshops evolve.


- Debajo del Sombrero workshops every Wednesday and, starting in November, Monday to Friday from 11 am to 2 pm.
- MIC/Debajo del Sombrero connection device Tuesday to Sunday, 4 pm to 9 pm and 11 am to 9 pm.
- Count Me In 2nd Transnational cooperation meeting. Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 June at 11 am.
- Debajo del Sombrero collaborators' workshops. Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December, 6 pm to 8 pm .

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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.

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KOMMUNE An installation by Andrés Senra

From 21 of november

Kommune is an offering from artist Andrés Senra who, based on the experiences and testimony of the residents of Christiania, reflects upon the possibilities and limitations of utopia, common good and self-governance.

Standing in the very heart of Copenhagen, Christiania is an area that has been squatted since 1973 and home to over 900 people. Their aim is to create a self-governing society outside the state system. Based on this approach, the inhabitants of Christiania were asked what their ideal city would be from their own personal perspective, what are their feelings, fears, dreams and needs and how to manage positions of power, consensus decision-making, interpersonal relations and individual-community disputes in the face of daily reality within the community.

The work combines video and watercolours to portray Christiania's people, landscapes, architecture, recreational areas and places of work, establishing links with the history of utopian writing, painting, architecture, territory, cartography and urban design of ideal cities.