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Javier Abarcas “Urban Art”-Klasse in Madrid: 2009/2010 Edition


Pablo Álvarez: “Apariencias”. “Apariencias (resemblances) is a series of simple and powerful visual puns that bring forward questions regarding the nature of industrialized food, its chain of production and distribution, and our relation with all that. In a particularly bare example of shop-dropping, the artist substitutes slick design tricks with visual shrewdness.”


Álvaro Alciturri: “Sapo-en-el-pozo“. “Inspired by obscure literature and first-person, point-and-shoot computer videogames of the early nineties, the artist creates a fictional character that uses a webpage to communicate his particularly sophisticated vision of murder.”


Noelia Fuentes: “El mirador”. “In the working-class, dry, flat lands south of Madrid, in a village particularly touched by the epic housing speculation of last decades, a particularly corrupt politician signed the lease of a patch of land next to a residential area to be turned into an oversized tire dump. El mirador (panoramic point) is an apparently light-hearted project that remarks a very dark reality.”

Alle Jahre wieder veranstaltet Javier Abarca an der Kunstuniversität Madrid einen Kompaktkurs zum Thema “history of unsanctioned public art: graffiti, postgraffiti, site-specific intervention, artivism and outsider public art.” Danach realisiert jede/r Student/in ein Projekt im bzw. mit dem öffentlichen Raum. Oben gibt’s meine drei Favoriten zu sehen, alle acht Projekte gibt’s hier. Mehr aus den Vorjahren: 2008/2009 Edition, 2007/2008 Edition.

Luzinterruptus: “Packaged vertical garden”, 2010

Die neue Licht-Intervention von Luzinterruptus in Madrid: “Criticism, of a humorous tone, at the lack of green spaces in large contemporary cities. With the installation Packaged vertical garden, we wanted to promote the preservation of urban greenery, because if we continue to eradicate it from public spaces or reducing it to inaccessible vertical faces, the only form of contact with nature will be in supermarket refrigerators, packaged with expiry dates.” Via: Mail

Urbane Interventionen: “Madrid Abierto 09/10″

Lisa Cheung: “Huert-o-Bus“. “Huert-o-Bus is a travelling greenhouse, inviting local residents in Madrid to grow fresh vegetables and plants within the city centre. Huert-o-bus makes use of existing urban public spaces for communal gardens and local food growing. Like a public city bus, Huert-o-bus will stop in different neighbourhoods and districts in designated plazas, carrying its ‘passengers’ of seeds and seedlings. Each site will be marked by a ‘bus stop’ that informs neighbours/visitors of the Huert-o-Bus schedule and its activities.”

Iñaki Larrimbe: “Unofficial tourism“. “With Unofficial tourism, artist Iñaki Larrimbe seeks to customize a caravan and turn it into an `unofficial´ tourist office. By locating it in the streets of Madrid, the aim is to inform foreign cultural consumers (tourists) by offering maps and guides containing alternative routes of exploration. Different to those delivered by the `official tourism´, these itineraries have been made by six people living in Madrid, and who are related to its most alternative culture, its `underground´ or counterculture. Mauro Entrialgo and Adriana Herreros have created a guide to Advertising neon signs; Guillermo de Madrid has put together a route of Urban Art; Jimina Sabadu shows us public spaces where motion pictures were shot; John Tones invites us to walk into various arcades and stores that have kept the old school game machines; Santi Otxoa delivers an itinerary to One hundred year old taverns in Madrí and the Todo por la praxis collective, encourages us to meet the unheard-of human fauna and urban flora in the neighbourhood of Cañada Real.”

Adaptive Action: AA Camp-Madrid. “The Adaptive Action (AA) laboratory, initiated in London in 2007, lends voice to marginal causes, alternative urban lifestyles, counter-conducts and citizen’s artistic creations by which imagination and personal creativity influences daily life. AA makes an inventory in order to disclose these singularities and existing actions. AA also aims to encourage others to engage in new creative activities in order to adapt the urban fabric. AA nurtures itself on individual and collective contributions and initiatives by extending an open call for collaboration (taking place in several places simultaneously).”

Das Projekt “Madrid Abierto 2009/2010” bot auch diesmal wieder viele inspirierende Interventionen im öffentlichen Raum – und viele lesenswerte Theorietexte: “Making public interventions in today’s massive cities” (Saskia Sassen), “Urban Interventions” (Nelson Brissac) und “Madrid Abierto 2004-2008” (Jorge Díez).

Luzinterruptus: “Public Toilets”

Wieder eine neue Lichtinstallation von Luzinterruptus: “Public Toilets“. “We carried 80 male urine containers, the ones used in hospitals. Inside we poured yellow water and, what else but our lights. (…) Through our installation, public toilets, we have tried to attract attention -in a comical manner- about the problem we encounter when walking in centric streets and squares. Its purpose is to remind people who have this custom and also institutions so that a solution is found –perhaps by using urban furniture where people can urinate without bothering others, in case of extreme urgency.” Mehr zu Luzinterruptus hier und hier, vgl. das Thema “Urinieren” auch hier. Via: Mail