Thursday miracle a project by Xelo Bosch and Cyrille Larpenteur as a part of iD+consonni Sondika 09.
Using Luis G. Berlanga’s “Los jueves, milagro” film as a starting point, "Thursday miracle" proposal develops as a metaphor which seeks to recover the more extraordinary and wonderful meaning of the word miracle, retaining the part relating to creativity while totally discarding the term’s Catholic connotations. A metaphor of the artist, of the work and what is expected of him or her is put forward. Irony which manages to make some of the common hopes of the people of Sondika more visible or less invisible.
The ideas for making miracles will be generated by the “Taller de milagros” or miracle workshop. What is special about this workshop is how it combines the use of art resources with basic citizen participation methods. It is thus by creating dynamics of the exchange of knowledge and skills that the group reaches its full dimensions.
Therefore, the starting point will be the townspeople’s perception of their urban environment, Sondika, and Sondika’s relation with the presence of the “non-airport”, the repercussions of its location and its subsequent removal, after which they still hear and live with it... and last of all, Sondika and its relation with the nearby city of Bilbao. Workshops with the artists, miracle jars and a popular meal will all be used to gather together the different wishes.
Different formulas are sought to collect these wishes to provide diverse ways of participating, in a more impersonal way with the aid of the jars or through more active collaboration through workshops. The wishes can be anything that you can imagine with regard to the town, something impossible, something abstract or something more concrete. For example, that Sondika were on the coast, that the Olympic Games could be held there, that my street were pedestrianised, or that there were cycle lanes, or that planes, cars and motorbikes made less noise, or that there were more of a particular type of service, etc.
JARS FOR MIRACLES: What do you think of Sondika and how would you like it to be? From mid May to beginning of June. In order to gather people’s wishes with respect to their own town, the “miracle” ideas can also be placed in the jars located in different public spaces such as the library, Gazteleku, Kultur Etxea, Kultur Aretoa I and II, Polideportivo Artebe and Polideportivo Goronda Beko, as well as in bars and shops like butchers, fruit and vegetable stores, etc.
PUBLIC PAELLA FOR THE MIRACLE Just like in primitive societies where collective rites are performed in order to obtain miracles, for example, making it rain or improving harvests, on the first weekend of June, Saturday 6 June, a free collective paella will be prepared in a public space in order to exhibit the work processes of the workshops, thank people for their participation and go on collecting wishes. We shall cook, eat and celebrate together. This meal is aimed at the people who took part in the workshops, the people of Sondika and surrounding areas who wish to see what has been done in the workshops and wish to share the experience.
MIRACLES!! And, finally, in October, more than likely on the weekend of 2 and 3 October, “miracles” will be held, that is, the public events deriving from the different wishes expressed in workshops or gathered in jars. They will be public acts that include and reflect the wishes of the people of Sondika regarding their own town, identity, their relation with the airport, etc.
Artists: Xelo Bosch and Cyrille Larpenteur
Xelo Bosch Since the "La Fiambrera" group was set up, Xelo Bosch’s work has involved research into the forms of expression inserted in what is real. A form of “illegitimate” art that implies intervening in public space, with participative actions where the individual, through shared work, is formed as a “knowledge character”. A parade of precarious workers “Prêt–à-Précaire” (Paris), the “Pinta corta y colorea tu ciudad” (paint, cut and colour your city) workshop (Seville’s historical quarter), urban intervention “Monumento en huelga” (Monument on strike) (Alfafar), “Seguimos aquí” (We are still here) in collaboration with the gypsy town of «El encuentro» (Burgos)...
Cyrille Larpenteur Founding member of UNILCO France (Collective Construction University), Cyrille LARPENTEUR is involved in creating and piloting projects, as well as in research with works like « Art et activisme, une perspective féministe » (Art and activism, a feminist perspective) (Master, Paris 8, 2006), Auto-representación (Self-representation) in the Catalogue for the 25th Biennale in Paris (2007).
consonni is an art project production company based in Bilbao. Since 1997, consonni has been inviting artists to develop projects which do not take on the appearance of an art object exhibited in a particular space. Matthieu Laurette, Hinrich Sachs, Andrea Fraser, Sergio Prego, Ibon Aranberri, Itziar Okariz, Saioa Olmo, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum etc., together with consonni, develop works which borrow their tools from contemporary living creating art projects with such varied formats as a television programme, an auction of Basque typefaces, guided tours of a derelict amusement park or a zombie walk in order to subvert, criticise or simply analyse the society of which it forms part. It is less visible as art but seen more by a diverse public. Silent and invisible, consonni chooses camouflage as a method of action and strategy. Artistic production in its most immaterial and communicative sense and the art system itself are not only its praxis and content but also form part of the actual analysis and questioning which consonni provokes with each project.
IDENSITAT is an arts project that investigates ways to impact the public sphere through creative proposals that work with place and territory exploring their physical and social aspects. IDENSITAT positions itself as a networked production and research space, developed in the field of art, to experiment with new forms of involvement and interaction in social space. ID#1 IDENSITAT was initiated in Calaf in 1999 as a project that intervened in public space by means of proposals from creators in different disciplines.The has evolved, spreading a network of collaborations throughout different locations (Calaf, Manresa, Mataró, El Prat, Priorat...), while seeking out methodologies for the interaction of projects of creation with social, cultural and political contexts of differentiated shades.