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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 26/04/2013 17:18:48

Politics of Research / Situated Commons
Saturday 27, 17.30h. at Intermediae
With Isaac Marrero-Guillamón, Javier Rodrigo and Aida Sánchez de Serdio

Mediation and research have become key terms for some curatorial projects and debates. Practices, spaces and networks build up a collective research on the meaning of culture and the social function of its institutions in relation to "the commons", opening up a debate on the notion of an other institutionality and overflowing the spaces of the collective (be that a cultural institution, a school, a grassroots space, or the very idea of citizenship). In this context, many cultural projects take up research as a key notion in the relationship between cultural production, the production of knowledge and the construction of the social.

The current politics of the modes of production of collective bodies of knowledge intersect with new modes of construction of citizenship, and the generation of common wealth. The emerging models of research and circulation of knowledge, different forms of urban experimentation, the traditions of feminist research, the famous IAP, militant research, popular education... articulate other politics of relationship, care and mediation in the political economy of research groups and the groups by whom and with whom co-research is undergone, and bodies of knowledge produced. This dimension doesn't exclude the fact that these politics of research can lose their goal of transformation, in citizen environments and specific fields of situated praxis, while at the same time opening up and generating models of construction of bodies of knowledge and collective pedagogies.

In this manner, the question of the politics of inquiry is answered through a kind of new pragmatism, or lesser politics, from the standpoint of which to question the tensions, relationships and the circulation of this production of situated bodies of knowledge. Under this starting point, neither the institution no the research groups would therefore occupy a neutral space, and neither would they define themselves as an incomparable framework. Rather, they would be described as specific, and in process. Their actions are considered unfinished, partial, situated; on the search of connectors with the social tissue, and joining multiple conversations. The frameworks of decolonisation, the bodies of knowledge produced by education, and a heterogeneity of practices of social experimentation can be posed as other scenarios from which to rethink the politics of production and circulation of bodies of knowledge, as another political dimension of the commons.

Intermediae, together with Transductores (as part of their Research Residency at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía), Isaac Marrero-Guillamón and Aida Sánchez de Serdio, invite you to participate, share and debate the various starting hypotheses which affect the practice of a large part of the mediation and research initiatives.

Isaac Marrero-Guillamón will present a project produced with Hillary Powell (The Art of Dissent: Adventures in London's Olympic State) which responds to the challenge of compiling and organising a disperse and heterogeneous series of artistic and cultural projects produced as an anwer to the brutal transformation of East London motivated by the 2012 Olympic Games. The project defends the specific role played by these practices in the configuration of antagonistic spaces in relation, for example, to the politics of regulation what is known, what can be said, and what is visible effected by the Olympic machinery (and its collorary: the division between those that have a right to speak and those who don't).

Javier Rodigo will present Transductores' project of citizen research and consultation with the MSR Team in Quito, Ecuador (currently in its second phase). For this purpose, he will engage the issue of how feminist pedagogies help us rethink other frames of relationship and the paradoxes of work in the production of knowledge beyond the classic models of empowerment and dialogic consensual learning. Articulated around this position, collective pedagogies emphasise a pragmatic relationship of transformation, premised on situated and active bodies of knowledge, which generate new forms of politics through learning communities. In a composition of both perspectives, the issue of how to transmit situated bodies of knowledge, how to circulate the production of research and how to generate multiple work tools crosses the challenges of these pedagogies, and, therefore, of the politics of research.

Aida Sánchez de Serdio will contribute to the debate through a reflection on the production of knowledge at a university in a state of emergency. The current situation, which poses the risk of the dissapearance of the public university model as we have known it since the mid-80's of last century, has made a large number of members of the university community face the need to ask themselves about the current situation and about the future perspectives of this institution, and their role in it. In the same manner, the very definition of knowledge, and its forms of production and transmission (terms which also need a deep rethinking) are being challenged. On the basis of a comparison between previous research projects on changes at the universities, which she has been involved in, and the urgency of a militant research which is being drawn out in the present moment, she will attempt to order, in real time, some possibilities for research and action, the most significant space in which might be one of the exteriority, and not interiority of the object of study.

Associated texts

Isaac Marrero-Guillamón

(2011) “London 2012: espacio de excepción”urbe. Revista Brasileira de Gestão Urbana (Brazilian Journal of Urban Management), v. 3, n. 2, p. 179-190.
(2012) “Photography against the Olympic Spectacle”Visual Studies, v. 27, n. 2, p. 132-139.
(2013). “Por una teoría del actor-red menor: perspectivismo y monadología”. In F. Tirado and D. López, eds. Teoría del Actor-Red. Más Allá de los Estudios de Ciencia y Tecnología.Barcelona: Amendia, p. 331-356 (in the press).

Javier Rodrigo

Texto presentación :Comunes, colectividades e institucionalidades: paradojas productivas y pedagogías inapropiadas.       

Aida Sánchez de Serdio

(2010) “Políticas de lo concreto: producción cultural colaborativa y modos de organización”. In Collados, Antonio y Rodrigo, Javier (2010) Transductores: pedagogías colectivas y políticas espaciales.Centro José Guerrero. Granada. p. 44-64

(2009) The Political Economy of the Monument. In Street signs, Spring 2009. Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR). Goldsmith College. University of London (p. 2-4)

escrito por Intermediae 03/04/2013 13:20:46

Tending Avant Garden Workshop

Given by Miguel Moreno

Sunday 28 April 12 noon to 2 pm.

Workshops for tending Avant Garden, an urban garden designed by atelier le balto. Avant Garden is a wild rose garden, a garden shared by visitors, creators, passersby... a place for coexistence and exchange, for learning, enjoyment and rest. Workshops are usually focused on exploring the concepts and philosophy underlying atelier le balto’s design for the garden. Planting season continues at the garden.

The 3R group, part of the CRPS of Arganzuela, collaborates in tending Avant Garden every other Friday from 12- 14 pm. The workshops occasionally become times for exchanges, taking cuttings cultivated at Avant Garden to other green spaces in Madrid, such as la Huerta de Roberto in Carabanchel, Esta es una Plaza in Lavapiés and la Huerta de Madrid Salud in Usera.
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 03/04/2013 13:11:33

Workshop in horticultural production


10 of april, 5 pm - 8 pm

An intensive theory and practical workshop on different techniques in horticultural production related to organic agriculture.
This workshop aims to work on the theory and practice using knowledge about different techniques in horticultural production, dealing with different content related to organic agriculture:

- Seeds: Harvest, storage, and seed planting.
- Transplants: Care during production and transplanting.
- "Non-commercial" local varieties: Care, framework and planting distances, other work.

Limited availability. Sign-up will be based on order of requests and will be confirmed via e-mail.
escrito por Intermediae 03/04/2013 12:59:23

Seed exchange bank event


Seed exchange day.  Thursday 4 April at 18 h.

The Seed Exchange Bank is an initiative in favour of decentralizing control of seeds and questioning the management models we generate or in which we take part in this culture with our current way of life. The Seed Exchange Bank and the activities it holds are offered as a metaphor for the need for change in society today.

The first Thursday of each month, a seed exchange session is held for growers, horticulture enthusiasts, and anyone interested in being part of a social network based on organic and sustainable principles, where know-how can be shared about working with seeds and ways to enhance organic agriculture in Madrid.

The Seed Exchange Bank can be visited on a regular basis at the Terrario at Intermediae.

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 13:31:08

Tending Avant Garden Workshop

Given by Miguel Moreno

Sunday 24 February 12 noon to 2 pm.

Workshops for tending Avant Garden, an urban garden designed by atelier le balto. Avant Garden is a wild rose garden, a garden shared by visitors, creators, passersby... a place for coexistence and exchange, for learning, enjoyment and rest. Workshops are usually focused on exploring the concepts and philosophy underlying atelier le balto’s design for the garden. Planting season continues at the garden.

The 3R group, part of the CRPS of Arganzuela, collaborates in tending Avant Garden every other Friday from 12- 14 pm. The workshops occasionally become times for exchanges, taking cuttings cultivated at Avant Garden to other green spaces in Madrid, such as la Huerta de Roberto in Carabanchel, Esta es una Plaza in Lavapiés and la Huerta de Madrid Salud in Usera.
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.