LUL (LANDSCAPE URBANISM LABS)
LUL (LANDSCAPE URBANISM LABS) [Sigal Barnir, Yael Moria Klain, Adi Gura, Yael Caron, Assaf Evron]
As a laboratory, LUL team investigates different attitudes and ways of living. LUL's proposals are founded on sustainability and cooperation between planners, artists, neighbours and local administrations. LUL re-elaborates their Toolkit for every new project.
LUL proposes a project that expresses Calaf's contemporary identity. Based on collective and individual memories of the land and its landscape, LUL proposes to create active situations outdoors offering alternative spaces within an urban environment all year round, reflecting relations between interior and exterior spaces, the local and the foreign, the past and the present and generating a calendar of activities based upon two simultaneous actions:
The first " scaffolded follies ", realised in public space will create platforms for activating and testing alternative ways of developing usual urban situations. These platforms, four partially demolished buildings showing polyurethane fronts will represent the house, the park, the café or the square.
The second action will start with the installation of a panoramic structure of 360 degrees in the central square. The interior of the round structure will contain a hyperrealistic and migratory representation of the local landscape, which will change with the seasons.
LUL is a multidisciplinary organization comprising artists,landscape architects and curators. LUL questions urban contemporary aspects through such various means as exhibitions, original projects and cooperative works in urban communities. A proposal of external intervention to the local context, begins only after a process of familiarisation with the local social, cultural and physical topography.
The artist proposes the construction of a replica of Plácido's Motocarro
(tricycle) as part of a training and professional reintegration program for youngsters. Plácido (a film made in 1961, mainly shot in Manresa, considered to be one of the best films of Luis G. Berlanga).
The tricycle would be turned into a mobile “commemorative monument” , an ironic device and a capsule of critical memory, and through its movement around the streets would restore a landscape and would recreate the others' landscape.Plácido's Motocarro could be used in many forms and be the catalyst for different events; as a small, mobile multimedia display, the support for an open air video projector, or it could use its loudspeakers to communicate and spread the activities of different collectives. Also it could be used as a means of transportation for “alternative tourism” in emerging urban spaces of Manresa.
An inevitable consequence of consumer society is the non-stop and excessive production of goods. Cities and their inhabitants are not capable to absorb all this production; hence we are drawn to dump them in order not to alter this consuming process and not to stop the turning wheel. Reaching this point becomes important to assess the value of our resources and recover the real value of the objects that surround us.
The project proposes an intervention in view of this consumerism process. The intervention consists in the insertion of these objects in a distinct cycle which allows them to be reused, beyond their ephemeral purposes. The ideal scene for the production of this “ceremony” is public space, and the main guests are the participants exchanging their experiences. Thus, we only need to provide the necessary tools and the adequate management to facilitate this exchange ceremony.
Rogelio López Cuenca
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FABRIC
now / here Mataro
Rogelio López Cuenca
Though the textile industry does not constitute Mataró's principal economic activity - currently centered in the services sector, in tune with the directives that globally integrated capitalism impose on this zone of the planet-, in the collective imaginary, textiles continue to fulfil a fundamental role in the configuration of image and identity, that the city still is to a great extent perceived through the motto " Mataró, capital of knitted fabric".
From the workshop Derrotas Alternativas: Now/here - Mataró (Can Xalant, in September - October, 2008) and from among its participants, a research group has been put together to define certain "alternate-geographies" and the tracing of itineraries which allow us to weave its history. And the leading thread was none other than textile production, the recurring element in the different symbolic milestones that sustain the community's image, and the key to identifying how different phenomena of global character materialise in the most immediate and daily affairs: from the icon of the railroad to the chimneys of its urban profile; From the first industrial revolution to the crisis of the 70s and the beginnings of labour deregulation that would end up consuming itself with the neoliberal policies of delocalising industry; from the migratory movements, in both directions, to the shadows of colonial exploitation; from the incorporation of women in the labour market and their irruption in public space up to the exploitation of the body in commercial advertising.
Not a text, but a woven sheet. We have come together to spin the fine details, to attempt to follow the thread of arrested, silenced, scattered conversations, stories spun in a whisper while tradition is mystified or reinvented - as far from the noise of numerical figures, as from the sepulchral silence of the archives. Textile history is not the only the central topic of this proposal, but also the canvas for the stitches, a trial map which will be reticulated, dynamic, elastic and changing, to mirror the knitted fabric : a network of interferences between the predominant and the subaltern narratives which permits us to see the loose ends, bringing us to read the other side of the fabric.
This is a project in progress produced in collaboration with IDENSITAT and Can Xalant.
Participants: Roser Caminal, Ismael Cabezudo, Laura Marte, Cecilia Postiglione, Daniela Ortiz, Anna Recasens
Josep M. Martín
HIVERNACLECULTURAL. Temporary Gardens for Calaf.
Josep Maria Martín
Land, space and selfconfidence. Re-thinking land as space for building self-confidence.
The project consists of a proposal to build a laboratory space in Calaf to cultivate local flora with a view to repopulating transitional spaces; such as the numerous gap-sites currently on “standby” due to the paralysis of the construction sector . The aim is to create an observatory of landscape and culture, generating a series of learning workshops to augment community self-esteem, and to facilitate temporary intervention in certain gap-sites as testing beds and setting a methodology that allows participants to continue the tasks of the laboratory on their own initiative.
Josep-Maria Martin's project is developing in distinct phases: research, conclusion, proposal, debate, project management and construction. Up to now, he has concluded a phase of interviews with approximately 30 persons who live in or are employed at Calaf, to learn more about their opinions on their environment. After this research and analysis a debate will be realized between the participants, the result of which will influence the decisions or orientations that will help to define the project.
Jozua Zaagman, Maartje Dros, Jacqueline Schoemaker
TRACES OF AUTISM
Jozua Zaagman, Maartje Dros, Jacqueline Schoemaker
The project proposes an investigation on public space and its borders in Calaf and Manresa, considering C55, C25 and the train track as the Manresa's border, and C25, C1412 and a virtual line in the south-east as Calaf's. The process of work will consist of drawing a virtual grid between the borders of each city, and to walk all the lines of the grids. The main objective of this exercise is to have a different perspective of the use of public space, more rigorous than the one offered by the established walking paths. The material produced during this field research in Calaf and Manresa and conclusion materials relating the two locations will be exhibited as a final action.
PLATÓ VOLANT Horitzó TV [Clara Garí, Hugo Barbosa, Pamela Gallo, Antònia Folguera, Alex Muñoz, Félix Pérez-Hita]
The Horitzó TV platform proposes Plató Volant, a mobile and travelling television production facility that works with communities in order to allow them to produce their own programmes to show on the internet.Through television programmes made by the people, the project is intended to give visibility to their ideas and creation, as well as to social processes, debate and dialogue.
The programs will be broadcast on Horitzó TV. This could be a starting point for the creation of a city television station .
In order to produce the Plató Volante in Calaf, the artists plan an initial investigation, a creative residency for field work and a pilot programme.The events will be broadcast live and presented in the Idensitat#5 webpage of Horitzó TV and Calaf's CIty Council. They will also be available for future viewings.
Disjecta is an installation that displays fragments of texts, snippets of recorded talks all randomly selected. The display time varies unpredictably for each fragment until the sentence starts to mutate. Interchanging single letters, words or whole sentences, opinions are questioned, meanings altered and directions changed.
The artist reflects on the ephemeral character of memories and opinions. People, exposed to new experiences, changes constantly, forced to redefine memories, actions, and experiences. This inner dialogue takes place silently, without speech, in private.
A FORA I A DINTRE VOSTRE HI HA UN UNIVERS
"The project is named after a Joan Brossa's poem as the synthesis of my search is to explore the universes that can be found inside and outside people".
This project consists of carrying out a variety of actions designed specifically for Calaf, related to different aspects of its architecture and space
. The artist proposes to develop these actions in order to generate meetings with the inhabitants of the village, listening to them, and revealing their different perspectives. This would help him to be involved in diverse social issues and to elaborate a project based on the experience of being in this specific place.
To explore the physical, cultural and social environment, the common experience, the layers of changes, the language secret codes, is a needed requirement in order to face the complexity of this space and to design a proposal.