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Place: La Casa Encendida (Ronda de Valencia No. 2, Madrid)Date: 7th and 8th FebruaryTime: From 17.00 to 21.00 h.

Continuing the practice established in the last editions, this year the debate tables are organised once again in collaboration with La Casa Encendida.  As in previous editions, on the one hand, the debate tables will present the projects produced for Madrid Abierto and, on the other, they will introduce different initiatives developed within the sphere of art in the public space.

The round tables will include the active participation of the commission set up last year to debate the model of Madrid Abierto.  The commission's co-ordinator, Rocío Gracia, and its members, Cecilia Anderson, Guillaume Désanges, Jorge Díez, Ramón Parramon, María Inés Rodríguez and Fito Rodríguez, together with this edition's organisers, the collective DEMOCRACIA.

For the artists’ presentations, the event's organisers have established three groups, although aware that the groups may be pervious and that one same project may meet several of the established premises. On the one hand, we will have the projects that make the contemporary class conflict visible, as well as a temporary suspension of the exclusions generated by this conflict, on another hand, those that employ elements or the propagandistic language of the urban scene, and lastly, those more closely associated with forms of urban culture.

The artistic experience developed in the public space faces the complex task of intervening in a saturated and hyper-aesthetized space with few fissures. The temporary and ephemeral nature of these artistic practices often places obstacles in the way of the dissemination and development possibilities of many interesting proposals that would require more time, with respect to the prior investigation and the subsequent production of the interventions as well as the desirable convergence with other projects and other social and cultural agents. In light of this, the opening of new spaces is needed to encourage other forms of production and dissemination, as well as the creation of networks of information and collaboration between this kind of artistic practices. For this reason, every year Madrid Abierto aims to give exposure to other similar experiences. In this edition, Nelson Brissac and Vit Havranek will be responsible for presenting invited projects, offering their experience in the debate on the strategies applied to the city and the territory from an artistic perspective, with more or less emphasis on experimentation, multi-discipline, the process and interaction with the public.


17:00-18:15 Presentation of Madrid Abierto projects

Hell is coming/World ends today. Andreas Templin

Not for sale/No se vende. Alicia Framis

Welcome On Board. Guillaume Ségur

Gran Sur. Fernando Prats

Chaired by: Cecilia Andersson; Democracia

18:15-19:30 Presentation of Madrid Abierto video projects

Arturo-Fito Rodríguez introduced by Rocío Gracia

20:00-21:00 Vít Havránek, introduced by Guillaume Désanges



17:00-18:15 Presentation Madrid Abierto projects

Speculator + Empty World. Todo por la praxis

Construye tu casa en una azotea. Santiago Cirugeda

Explorando Usera. La Hostia Fine Arts

Videointervenciones móviles en contextos urbanos específicos. Fernando Llanos

Moderan: María Inés Rodríguez y Democracia

18:30-19:30 Presentation Madrid Abierto projects

Estado de excepción. Noaz/Dier

Proposal Nr. 19 + Gift. Anno Dijkstra

No more no less + La hucha de los Incas. Jota Castro

La guerra es nuestra. Immi Lee/Annamarie Ho

Moderan: Ramon Parramon y Democracia

20:00-21:00 Nelsson Brissac, introduced by Jorge Díez



Cecilia Andersson is curator and director of Werk Ltd., a curatorial agency established in Stockholm. Werk collaborates internationally in the organisation, production, promotion and publication of contemporary art.

Her recent projects include SuperSocial, social events set up in different cities; a series of conferences and seminars in collaboration with Francesco Jodice; On Cities, an exhibition organised in Stockholm’s Museum of Architecture and an itinerant programme of Chinese video.

Cecilia is an independent consultant for Disonancias, an interchange platform between artists and companies in San Sebastián and is part of the Madrid Abierto Commission.


Nelson Brissac is a philosopher whose works is related to art and urban-planning issues. Since 1994, he is organiser and curator of Arte/Cidade, an urban interventions project in São Paulo.


Guillaume Desange, is curator, art-critic and co-founder of Work Method, an agency based in Paris dedicated to the production of artistic projects. As member of the Trouble publishing committee, he regularly collaborates with the magazines Exit Express and Exit Book (Madrid). From 2001 to 2007 he co-ordinated the artistic projects of Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers. He organised the exhibitions Pick-Up en Public>, Paris 2004, Untouchable, The transparency Ideal in Villa Arson, Nice and the Patio Herreriano Museum, Valladolid, in 2006-2007, Jiri Kovanda Vs rest of the World in the agency gallery gb, Paris; De Appel, Asmterdam; Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, and has worked with Thomas Hirschhorn in the projects The 24h Foucault project and Musée Précaire Albinet. In 2007-2008 he is an invited curator at Centre d'Art Contemporain La Tôlerie. He is a lecturer at Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Clermont-Ferrand and is part of the Madrid Abierto Commission.


Vit Havranek is a theorist and a producer established in Prague. Since 2002 he works as Project Manager for the contemporary art initiative tranzit / sponsored by the Erste Bank Group. He has worked as curator in Prague’s Municipal Gallery and National Gallery. He is a lecturer at the Prague College of Applied Arts. His most recent projects, some of which in collaboration with others, include A CDEFGHIJK MNOP  STUV   Z, part of Societe Anonyme, Le Plateau, Paris, 2007; tranzit – Auditorium, Stage Backstage, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt 2006; I, series of exhibitions in three acts: Secession Vienna; Futura Prague; tranzit workshops Bratislava, 2006. He has written articles for several magazines, such as, among others, Springerin, Artist and Flash Art.


Ramon Parramon, directs and manages projects within the area of contemporary art and creation. Since 1998, he directs the art project IDENSITAT. In addition, he has organised several projects, such as Territorios Ocupados, 2000; Barcelonas, 1999 and Visiones Periféricas, 1994-97. He has given conferences and seminars at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the Polytechnic of Milan, the University of Vigo, the University of Granada, the International University of Seville, the University of Barcelona and the Barcelona Higher College of Architecture. His work evolves with a marked interest towards interdisciplinary projects and the roles that art can play in specific socio-political contexts. He is part of the Madrid Abierto Commission.


María Inés Rodríguez is an exhibitions curator. She has organised exhibitions and research projects on the public space appropriation strategies in different contemporary art spaces which relate art, design, architecture and urban-planning. In 2004, she created Tropical paper editions to develop the editorial projects of artists. In 2007, she developed the projects Habitat/Variations, BAC Geneva, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Bermuda Triangle, Êcole de Beaux Arts de París, and was co-curator of MDE 07 Encuentro de Medellín. She is part of the Madrid Abierto Commission.


Arturo-Fito Rodríguez,member of Fundación Rodríguez, an artistic production collective that organises and co-ordinates projects associated with contemporary culture and new media, such as Tester and Intervenciones TV. He is part of the Madrid Abierto Commission.


Rocío Gracia is an art historian, member of RMS La Asociación, an agency established in 1998 in Madrid dedicated to organising, producing, promoting and disseminating contemporary art projects, and which has recently developed such projects as MadridProcesosRedes and ON SITE TOUR/TALK. The agency will shortly present a preview of Archivo VEO within the project Old News of CGAC and is preparing the exhibition Sur le dandysme for the Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo.


Jorge Díez, director of Madrid Abierto and co-director of the MBA in Cultural Management, Santillana/Salamanca University. In 2007 he has co-curated with José Roca (Colombia) Cart[ajena] public art project promoted by SEACEX, developed within the IV Congress of Spanish at Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. He has lectured in the Spain-Japon Forum at Nagasaki, Actual experience in Public Art at the 16º Arts Symposium at Porto Alegre, Brasil and, Contexts and projects in Public Art. Ephemera models of intervention, at the MARCO. 











Alicia Framis + Michael Lin    Not for sale/No se vende Andreas Templin    Hell is coming/World ends today

Dier + Noaz    Estado de excepción www.noazmadrid.blogspot.comwww,

Anno Dijkstra    Proposal Nr. 19 + Gift

Fernando Llanos    Videointervenciones móviles en contextos urbanos específicos

Guillaume Ségur    Welcome On Board

Fernando Prats    Gran Sur

Jota Castro No more no less + La hucha de los Incas

LaHostiaFineArts (LHFA)    Explorando Usera

Santiago Cirugeda    Construye tu casa en una azotea

Todo por la Praxis    Speculator + Empty World

Santiago Sierra    Bandera negra de la república españ

Annamarie Ho + Inmi Lee    La guerra es nuestra








2008. Jota Castro. DOSSIER

2008. Jota Castro. DOSSIER











2008. DISCUSSION PANELS / 07 y 08 feb (images)

2008. DISCUSSION PANELS / 07 y 08 feb (images)



Fito Rodríguez, Rocío Gracia     Rafael Tunes, Diego Peris   María inés Rodríguez, Pablo España, Rafael Burillo    Diez, Noaz

Fito Rodríguez, Rocío Gracia    Fernando Llanos    Annamarie Ho, Inmi Lee    Dier, Noaz


Fernando Baena    Jota Castro    Dier     Anno Dijkstra   

Annamarie Ho    Inmi Lee  










2008. Jota Castro. NO MORE NO LESS + LA HUCHA DE LOS INCAS (location)

No more no less. Poster distribution at the center zone and Lavapiés.La hucha de los Incas. Work Withdrawed by the artist.
















2008 / 2008.02.09. CIUDADNOE. Madrid Abierto (Jota Castro)

2008 / 2008.02.09. CIUDADNOE. Madrid Abierto (Jota Castro)















2008. Jota Castro (Cv)


He uses photography, scuulpture, video and installations to talk about social issues.He is Consulting Editor for Janus Magazine in Belgium and Nolens Volens in Spain. His work has been extensively shown around the world. He has participated in the Venice, Tirana, Prague and Kwangju Biennales. He won the Gwandju Biennale Prize in 2004 in Korea.

RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS2008·    Sleep tight, Elaine Levy Project, Brussels, Belgium

2007·    Enjoy your travel, Gallery Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, Italy

2006·    No More No less, Gallery Oliva Arauna, Madrid, Spain·    Row window, Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, Finland·    Born to be alive, Elaine Levy Project, Brussels, Belgium

2005·    Exposition universelle 1, Palais de Tokio, Paris, France  ·    Taking part, Sterdelijk Museum's - Hertegenosch, Netherlands ·    Introduction to Jota Castro, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

RECENT GROUPS EXHIBITIONS2008·    Art in the life World, Dublin, Ireland·    Arte e Omosessualità, Firenze, Italy ·    Fate Presto, Salerno, Italy

2008–2007·    Informacion Contra Informacion, CGAC, Spain

2007·    We are your future, Moscow Biennale·    Construyendo el mundo, Marco Museo de arte contemporaneo de ·    Monterrey, Mexico·    Confine, MAN - Museo di arte di Nuoro, Sardeigna, Italy

2006·    Ars06, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland·    Tirana Biennale, Albania

2004·    Kwangju Biennale, Korea

2003·    50th Venice Biennale

AWARDS·    Gwandju Biennale Prize, Korea, 2004·    Young Peruvian Poet Prize, 1983








2008 / 2008.02.09. ESTRELLADIGITAL.ES. Arrancan una escultura de un artista (Jota Castro)

2008 / 2008.02.09. ESTRELLADIGITAL.ES. Arrancan una escultura de un artista (Jota Castro)












2008 / 2008.02.12. PRESS RELEASE. Removal of the Inca’s moneybox

2008 / 2008.02.12. PRESS RELEASE. Removal of the Inca’s moneybox



Madrid Abierto is an international programme of temporary and ephemeral artistic interventions in Madrid’s public areas. Public art uses different means and strategies to activate public space, reflecting on our political, social and cultural background. Public art does not consist of previously elaborated works of art as if the street was a gallery or museum.

In the five editions, Madrid Abierto has produced a total of 55 interventions , some of which have been subject to graffiti, have suffered deterioration due to weather conditions or to people’s actions, removed by mistake or simply have disappeared. Every artist dedicated to public art is aware of this and even expect this level of irresolution and interaction with their interventions.

On the 6th of February the Incas’ moneybox, by Jota Castro was installed under the bridge of Juan Bravo. The next morning at10am authors of State of Exception project, located just across the street, alerted on its disappearance. The organizers (Cultural Association Madrid Abierto) started looking for it and alerted local services that found it, pulled out from its basis and thrown away. It had been recovered and was being kept in a municipal deposit without relevant damages.

Minutes before the press conference, in Cultural Centre de la Villa at 12am, to present Madrid Abierto, we personally told about the recovery with the satisfaction of its author who, obviously upset by the situation had also talked to those responsible for City Hall’s cultural projects and the general management of archives, museums and libraries of Comunidad de Madrid, as well as with Altadis Foundation, main sponsors of the event.

During the programme presentation and when one of the curators mentioned the incident and the immediate reinstallation, Jota Castro asked for permission to speak. In his intervention he read a text written for his piece and announced that due to lack of respect to his art he was to remove his piece, saying that he would do a performance, which consisted basically of establishing a comparison between what he thought about the incident and the explanations that had been given to him: he wrote on the presentation’s promotional poster, he stepped on it and dragged it around the floor, repeating that he would remove his piece. Madrid Abierto’s management publicly accepted the removal. This artist’s intervention, No more no less, has been carried out as expected and with Jota Castro’s conformity, which he has expressed to the curators.

 * Photograph: Manuel San Frutos
















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2008. Jota Castro. NO MORE NO LESS + LA HUCHA DE LOS INCAS (published text)

 No more no less

This project arose during a conversation with my analyst. I was talking about the problems of being of mixed race and, in particular, of living in a place where everyone tries to make me believe that an individual’s race and social origin are not determining factors in a person’s social and affective life.

Most of my work emerges like this.

I came out of my appointment firmly decided to explain the phenomenon of transculturation in a blatant and visual manner. What does it mean to come from a place where one culture dominates another to the point that the dominating culture becomes the individual’s vehicular culture? How can we show that accepting this situation means being possessed, used and dominated? Of course, I live in the best of both worlds and this situation is supposedly enviable. A king once said that Paris is worth a mass and my mother used to say that sometimes one must close one's eyes and think of something else. So, what am I complaining about? Nothing basically, I am just feeling privileged and obliged to tell the truth.

The feeling of inferiority is something that takes a lot to get over and, well, whilst arguing with friends from different origins, living among other languages and cultures, being accustomed to raising professional and social curiosities and doubts, we came to the unanimous and perfectly visual decision to illustrate the phenomenon of transculturation with the image of a bottom penetrated by a phallic symbol from cultures that have dominated or currently dominate the world. This is how this visual way of talking about a subject as ancient as the world that we live in arose.

The moneybox of the Incas(or the initiation of returning the Inca treasure)

An enormous golden moneybox, symbol of childhood and savings, practically a pop object.

Right in the centre of a European city. What can it mean?

A personal problem, in fact.

I am French and Peruvian, a direct product of five centuries of the comings and goings of the history of two continents.

I am not sure whether in Spain the history of the conquest is taught in the same way as in Latin America. I remember that as a child I was very surprised by the story of the rescue ransom proposed by the Incas to recover Atahualpa. An enormous place was filled with gold and silver brought in from the entire empire to save our king. It was useless, the conquerors killed him anyway.

To my surprise, when I told this story to friends from some of the poorest countries in the world I discovered that they all had stories of paid ransoms, unkept promises and executed or, in the best cases, exiled kings.

To simplify the problem and visualise it better, all individuals from the third world who were raised in a colonised country are potential Incas; they have paid a ransom, their language, sometimes their religion, their guilt, their trauma, without being able to save their Inca.

Fill the moneybox to the brink and we will see later what to do with the depreciated money and with my complexes.











2008. Jota Castro. LA HUCHA DE LOS INCAS (2008.01 / visual data)

2008. Jota Castro. LA HUCHA DE LOS INCAS (2008.01 / visual data)



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2008 / 2008.02.11. LATERCERA.CL. España: arrancan escultura de artista peruano (Jota Castro)

2008 / 2008.02.11. LATERCERA.CL. España: arrancan escultura de artista peruano (Jota Castro)














2008 / 2008.02.11. CIUDADANOE.BLOGSPOT.COM. Madrid Abierto 2008 (Jota Castro)

2008 / 2008.02.11. CIUDADANOE.BLOGSPOT.COM. Madrid Abierto 2008 (Jota Castro)














2008 / 2008.02.08. RPP.COM.PE. Arrancan escultura de artista peruano (Jota Castro)

2008 / 2008.02.08. RPP.COM.PE. Arrancan escultura de artista peruano (Jota Castro)














2008. Jota Castro. NO MORE NO LESS + LA HUCHA DE LOS INCAS (images)

2008. Jota Castro. NO MORE NO LESS + LA HUCHA DE LOS INCAS (images)






















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