Place: La Casa Encendida (Ronda de Valencia nº2)
Dates: 2 y 3 de febrero
Hour: De 18.00 a 21.00 h.


The aim of these sessions organised as project exchanges is to analyse and debate the different paths taken and ones to be taken regarding art which influences the public area through experiences that make certain programmes and specific strategies possible. The city and the land in general are today areas that attract growing interest and a desire to expand and experiment new forms through multiple projects which belong to and are considered as possible in the world of art. The complexity of influencing public areas shows the need to take to take a multidisciplinary approach that can incorporate new aspects of interaction with the public, that can incite a critical spirit, that can propose new meanings to the public area by using existing infrastructures, than wan open work processes that can be retaken by other people involved in the transformation of the social space, that can be turned into an active element of the construction and comprehension of its surrounding area.

The transient and fugacious nature with which most artistic practices are promoted show its two sides: on the one hand the fact that all interventions don’t have a permanent effect on he urban landscape and is thus a transitory experience, but on the other hand, it can be taken as yet another event in the urban landscape, or the city museum, a stage dominated by the incredibly high consumption rate of all that is new. Competition between cities foments the proliferation of cultural events which should be consumed in a short time. This leads to the need to continuously programme and often forget to reflect on the project or the design of the strategies in the long term. It is necessary to ensure that cultural policies promote proposals that foment production, diffusion and articulation of networks. A balanced mix if these ingredients may very well contribute to the progressive development of projects with attainable objectives and which could have a more consolidated effect.

Where possible, and where the artistic projects taking place in the public space can be moved between the “processing” and the “tuning” or a wide range of intermediary nuances, some times promoted by the artists themselves, and on other occasions by the existence or creation of programmes that promote them. In this sense in which art acquires a relevant role, and gives us enough room to suggest different subjects for debate, a series of questions which can be viewed or analysed based on the different experiences of the participants is proposed, and thus open the debate.

Consolidation of programmes: What factors influence continuity, growth or the disappearance of a public art programme?

Circuits and specialisation: Can projects be adapted to any context from which they are invited to participate in? Under what conditions do these practices require a level of implication and connection with the specific context? What strategies can be articulated to improve on the biennial model?

Networks: How can one foment network structures with enable feedback from experience?

Participation, art: New production formats, presentation and diffusion. Dissolution/Integration of cultural practices in community strategies. Can they be looked at from the tools and concepts of art to activate cultural participation and production?

Authorship: Does authorship become less strong or disappear when the work is based on cooperative projects?

Cooperative projects with people who work in other disciplines, or when the artists uses strategies of anthropologist, ethnographer, sociologist, journalist, documentary maker… is it necessary to define the differentiating role when certain practices are proposed in the institution of art? Is it relevant to cause these methodological confusions, this dissolution of the purest artistic practise? What roles do the organiser, artist, mediator, producer of projects acquire?

Art & city: What does public art give the city?



Presentation of the Madrid Abierto 06 projects
Selection carried out by Eva González-Sancho, director of FRAC Bourgogne.

Accidentes Urbanos.Virginia Corda and Maria Paula Doberti

Speakhere¡ Nicole Cousino with the cooperation of Chris Vecchio

Post it. Chus García-Fraile

Pulsing Path-ambiguous vision. Gustav Hellberg

Blend out. Lorma Marti

Ouroboros. Wilfredo Prieto

Remolino. Tere Recarens

Translucid View. Arnoud Schuurman

Reality Soundtrack. Tao G.Vrhovec

Locutorio Colón. Maki Portilla-Kawamura, Key Portilla-Kawamura, Tadanori Yamaguchi and Ali Ganjavian

Talks and round tables
Jorge Díez: Director of Madrid Abierto. From 2004 to 2005 he was General Secretary of Cultural Management and Promotion of Castilla-La Mancha (Secretario General de Dirección y Promoción Cultural de Castilla-La Mancha).

El Perro: Group of visual artists (Pablo España, Iván López y Ramón Mateos). From 1997 to 2002 they organised the public art exhibition, Capital Confort in Alcorcon. Took part in the organisation of MAD 03 - Arte público.

Theo Tegelaers: Art critic and organiser. He has organised numerous public art projects. Currently Artistic Director for De Appel, Amsterdam.



Talks and round tables
Bartolomeo Pietromarchi: Art critic and exhibition organiser. General Secretary of the Fondazione Olivetti. Author of the investigation project Trans:it. Moving Culture trough Europe.

Cecilia Andersson: Critic and exhibition organiser. Director and founder of Werk, a curatorial agency and projects promoter, located in Liverpool and Stockholm. Coordinator of the project, Urban Workshop in Liverpool.

Guillaume Desanges: Critic and exhibition organiser. Art projects coordinator at Les Laboratories d’Aubervilliers. Ile-de-France.

Santiago Cirugeda: Architect. Carries out subversive art project in different areas of the urban environment. He is currently working on self-construction projects in various Spanish cities, in which groups of citizens decide to create their own urban public spaces.

Maribel Doménech / Emilio Martínez: Artists. Both are professors at the Sculpturing Department of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Members of the Plataforma Salvem el Cabanyal and the management team of the public art project Portes Obertes taking place in the district of El Cabanyal in Valencia.

Javier Avila: Art critic and exhibition organiser. He has promoted and managed numerous editions of the Periferias project in the city of Gijón.

Coordination of the Madrid Abierto 05 programme of debates and exchanges: Ramon Parramon. Director of Idensitat and co-director of the Master’s course in Design and Public Space, Elisava-Universitat Pompeu Fabra.