Extra←Ordinary Actions is a public art project that takes place at La Vaguada Park, as part of the program Imagina Madrid since June, 2018.

 

The project pretends to establish links among the many communities that inhabit the neighborhood of El Pilar through a number of actions that include performances and interventions to transform the social space at the park’s pond.

The project

Following the joint design sessions held in January, 2018, the work began regarding the conversations with the neighbors, who referred to the feeling of abandonment of the place due to two realities present at La Vaguada Park:

1 — The longing shared by the closing of the Madrid Theater and the cultural invigoration it produced.

2 — The fact that water is part of the recent memory of La Vaguada Park, and the pond, now empty, remains as an icon of its absence.

Starting out from these two realities, two forms of intervention at the place were designed. On one hand, a schedule of artistic actions to replace the absence of culture and art at the place, like there used to be years before. On the other hand, a group of temporary artistic interventions at the pond, Los Descensos, intended to appropriate the pond for public use and at the same time recover the cultural, territorial and environmental memory of La Vaguada through the renewed presence of water.

 

For the old space of water, C+Arquitectas (Nerea Calvillo and Marina Fernández) propose four physical interventions to prepare the pond. Each one is related with a descent that exposes old and present links with water, suggesting new forms of coming in contact with it. In addition, the interventions invite to reflect on the environmental value of water as resource for our consumption or as habitat, often contaminated, of other species. The project thus pretends to contribute to the common construction of an environmental conscience and to produce changes in our daily practices.

 

The Extra←Ordinary Actions program, designed by Paula Valero and Estelle Jullian, was divided into five blocks or intervention capsules, corresponding to the five months of intervention at the place. Each capsule had a theme that served to present experiences in the environment. Said experiences took place in three key moments: workshops, actions, and laboratory sessions.

Structure

1 — Context

Desires and imageries

 

Coexistence, “auditorium” stage activities, activities to support “the theater in motion”, a multi-purpose space to create a “dancing” or “skating” rink to produce new memories and “funnier experiences”, a more “participative place” where to organize picnics or afternoon snacks for the enjoyment of children and grown-ups”.

Past and present

 

Collectives present at the place.

 

Dynamics and experiences.

 

History of past and present struggles

2 — Imagina Madrid

Calling
Joint design tables
Process
Trial and error
Possible collaborations

3 — Extra←Ordinary Actions

Artistic actions

 

Disruptive

 

Open to participation

Laboratory

 

Experimental space

 

Materialize actions created jointly with the neighbors

 

Propose a place of reflection and debate through conferences, debates and talks

4 — Legacy

Connect neighbors and associations

 

Appreciate the memory of the place

 

Allow link between generations

 

Produce cultural heritage

5 — Future

Plaz-er

 

Future cultural center

 

Circo Price

 

Imagine Madrid

The workshops and actions were carried out by the team of Extra←Ordinary Actions (some were proposed jointly by both members of the project and others individually), and the laboratory sessions were proposed by the neighbors.

 

Thus, June was the month of Poetry; September, the month of Celebration; October, the month of the Presence; November, the month of Movement, and December, the month of Self-representation.

 

The neighborhood laboratory of Extra ←Ordinary Actions connects the entire field of research resulting from the actions proposed by the team, and of those proposed by the neighbors. The laboratory proposed a space that invited the neighbors to experience an intellectual exercise and to dare carry out an aesthetic experience. The practices were based on the relationship with the body, with creation, and with the recovery of other life stories.

Methodology

The project is divided into intervention capsules. Each capsule addresses a topic generated by existing experiences and / or questions the relationship of the body with its environment. Each capsule is articulated around 3 key moments: Workshops (sessions of preparation of the actions), Actions (focuses on different groups that are present in the place) and Laboratory (invites all groups; it is a point of confluence where to meet, interact, play and learn).

Actions

Extra←Ordinary Actions: The unforeseen, the unexpected, the non-ordinary, the non-productive, the exceptional, the unusual, the strange but magic, the unique because of their peculiarity, the surprising, the infrequent, those that do not normally take place or are suggested, the invisible.

 

The Schedule of Extra←Ordinary Actions of the 2018 edition establishes links among the multiple communities of the district through performative practices (dance, social choreographies, etc.)

 

These performative actions produce ruptures / interruptions in the logic of the common place in order to activate a radical imagination and other forms of social re-connection.

 

The dynamics of the program has been conceived as a compilation of the different forms of acting, from our own (Paula Valero and Estelle Jullian) with joint or individual actions, to those of other agents / artists that we invited to contribute other forms of intervening with the concept of extraordinary.

Laboratory

The laboratory of Extra←Ordinary Actions consists of a field of experimentation-research activated by the involvement with the neighbors with artistic interventions in the socio-cultural context of the neighborhood.

 

In this laboratory we also compile the memory of those actions covering from the moment the neighborhood was created, its past and present.

 

After mapping the place we have come in contact with the groups that develop cultural activities: the group of Urban History, the school of adults, the association “La Flor”, La Piluka, young people who participated in the Poetic Guerrilla, etc.

 

With the purpose of enhancing the investigation, other artists have been invited to learn from them and/or practice their forms of work, opening other dialogues and contemporary art practices such as performance and installations, among others.

What are these laboratories?

We have started out from a space of shared reflection to understand which activation processes we may undertake that adapt to the requirements of the place, and learn what has happened after our interventions have taken place. We have analyzed what is expected from those actions, what they are good for, what meanings they contribute, where they take place, what publics do they address, and what impact do they have on the people’s feelings.

 

The dynamics of the laboratory has its own process where the neighbors may think of themes, produce ideas, and propose actions, and where we may study them, their possibilities and analyze if we can carry them out. The procedure established by the Laboratory has enabled us to take into consideration the possibilities of the place, the variations that have gradually emerged, etc.

Objectives of the Laboratory

To propose meetings to connect the groups in the neighborhood with associations that have practice in collaborative work or research.

To carry out artistic actions based on the neighbors’ initiatives to produce other unforeseen forms of meeting as learning place.

Laboratory Methodology

We have started from the enhancement that uses the concept of extra←ordinary to change the usual place and look for other glances and affections in an attempt to exceed the already known, the foreseeable, to activate other forms of reconnecting with ourselves and our environment. To generate types of interruption in the public sphere to reach hidden aspects that belong to us and that we need to discover.

 

The central methodology is based on a field of research-experimentation to evaluate and share their knowledge and experiences of forms of artistic intervention through diverse formats of coexistence meetings: actions/debates, conferences.

Team

Estelle Jullian

French architect based in Valencia. She develops her practice in projects of variable nature and scale: architecture, urban and landscape interventions.

 


She understands the praxis as urban generator. She is interested in the development processes of inclusive tools that may become effective in workshops, communitarian projects and exhibitions, where space is understood from a social and cultural perspective. That interest for the contemporary spatial practices and the environment leads her to also investigate the urban and rural space in a more experimental manner.

 

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Paula Valero

Multi-disciplinary artist established in Paris. Her work ranges from personal proposals (drawing, videos, installations) to staging and different procedures with communities, activists, and performers. She uses diverse methodologies of her own creation such as affective psycho-geographies and experimental ethnographies to present life on the stage, among other subjects.

 

She obtained Bachelor degrees in Fine Arts from the National Higher School of Art of Paris and the Faculty of Fine Arts of Valencia, Spain. She further obtained a Doctor degree in Action Staging in Fine Arts from the UPV Valencia.

 

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Leonor Martín

Coordination and communication

Actress and an architect from the University of Alcalá de Henares. She is also a Master in Communication in Architecture from the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Madrid.

 

She has succeeded in combining her career as an actress with architecture, and since she started her studies she has shown great interest in the activation of public spaces through artistic practices such as the movies or the theater. Her practice goes from traditional architecture, focused in projecting and constructing, research, and communication and mediation in architecture.

 

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Estelle Jullian

Arquitecta francesa basada en Valencia. desarrolla su práctica en torno a proyectos de naturaleza y escala variable: arquitectura, intervenciones, investigaciones urbanas y paisajísticas.

 

Entiende la praxis como generador de ciudad. Le interesan los procesos de desarrollo de herramientas inclusivas que pueden concretarse en talleres, proyectos comunitarios y exposiciones, donde el espacio se entiende desde una perspectiva social y cultural. Ese interés por las prácticas espaciales contemporáneas y por el medio ambiente le lleva también a investigar el espacio urbano y rural de manera más experimental.

 

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Paula Valero

Artista multidisciplinar basada en París, Con una práctica que se extiende desde propuestas personales (dibujo, vídeos, instalaciones) a puestas en situación y dispositivos procesuales con comunidades, activistas, performers.Utiliza diversas metodologías propias como psicogeografías afectivas y etnografías experimentales, para entre otros sujetos poner la vida en escena.

 

Diplomada de Bellas artes por la Escuela Nacional Superior de arte de París y la Facultad de Bellas artes de Valencia. Doctorado sobre formas de puesta en acción, en BBAA,  UPV Valencia.

 

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Leonor Marín

Actriz, arquitecta por la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares y Máster en Comunicación Arquitectónica por la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.

 

Ha podido compaginar su carrera como actriz con la arquitectura y desde el inicio de sus estudios tiene un gran interés por la activación de espacios públicos a través de prácticas artísticas como el cine o el teatro. Su práctica transita entre la arquitectura tradicional centrada en proyectar y construir, la investigación, y la comunicación y mediación arquitectónica.

 

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COORDINACIÓN

Leonor Martín

DISEÑO GRÁFICO Y WEB

Enrique Casp
Nacho Pérez

FOTOGRAFÍAS

Rubén H. Bermúdez
Paula Piñón
La Mina Films

VÍDEO

Paula Piñón
La Mina Films

EDICIÓN

La Mina Films

COORDINATION

Leonor Martín

GRAPHIC AND WEB DESIGN

Enrique Casp
Nacho Pérez

PHOTOGRAPHS

Rubén H. Bermúdez
Paula Piñón
La Mina Films

VIDEO

Paula Piñón
La Mina Films

EDITING

La Mina Films

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