LONELINESS IN THE CITY (Barcelona, 2000)

TRAVELLING PROJECT:
CBK DORDRECHT;
MUSEUM ABTEIBERG, MÖNCHENGLADBACH;
MACBA, BARCELONA;
KIASMA, HELSINKI;
MIGROS MUSEUM, ZURICH.
DONATED TO THE COLLECTION OF NMAC MONTENMEDIO, CÁDIZ

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In Barcelona a group was formed consisting of artists, architects, designers and neighbours. They worked with the word ‘remix,’ mixing problems, cultures, dreams and differences. Enriching and complex possibilities were offered to the inhabitants of the diverse neighborhood of Moroccans, Catalans, Filipinos and Pakistanis.

Loneliness in the City is a long-term research project about loneliness in modern urban life. For a number of years this theme played an important role in the work of Alicia Framis and has been elaborated on in several different forms.

For Loneliness in the City Framis collaborated with the artist Dré Wapenaar to design a mobile platform as the a-topical place where artists, architects and the public could develop and exchange ideas. The oval-shaped pavilion or tent of approximately 12×9 metres contains five sleeping cabins for the participants; the rest of the tent is public space. The pavilion is a research laboratory where ideas are investigated and immediately tested in reality. At the same time it is a community space to meet and relax. An intensive programme of workshops, performances, special video programmes, music and interactive events was organized for each city, to tie in with local issues and participants.

From Mönchengladbach to Dordrecht, to Barcelona, Helsinki and Zurich, insight into the general causes and corners of loneliness gradually grew and alternative strategies for interaction between people in the city were devised.

The programme in Dordrecht concentrated on creating a-topical places – places that do not have a preconceived or predefined function or purpose. The workshops ended up focusing on conquering or claiming space. A public place can become private or intimate by giving it new functions or meanings; conversely, a formerly private space can become a public one.

Guests:

Zoubida Bouzidi/Morroco, Spain

Neus Buita/artist Spain

Nuria Canal/artist Spain

Jordi Encinas/skateboarder Spain

Albert Folch/designer Switzerland, Spain

GAT/composer Spain

Gustavo Gili Galfetti/architect Spain

Ana Guiterez/masseuse Spain

Una Henry/artist Ireland, Holland

Eugenio Madueno/journalist Spain

Mont Marsa/designer Spain

Rossend Mateu/perfume maker Spain

Joseph M.Martin/artist Spain

Sergi Olivares/photographer Spain

Ignasi Perez Arnal/Actar architect Spain

Alberto Peral/artist Spain

Bas Princen/artist Holland

Professor Angel Dust/d.j.Spain

Julia Schulz-Domburg/architect Germany. Spain

Toni Serra/artist Spain

Sabine Steinhof/interior designer Germany