Manresa, Catalonia / iD MANRESA 2012 #europe


07.07.2012 a les 17.00hTRANSVERSAL AESTHETICS. Presentation of projects and performative actions.

Circulación (Circulation)?
Ramat de sons (Herd of sounds)
Recuerdos de Avinyó y del South Bronx ( Memories of Avinyó and SOuth Bronx)
PRO (Precomputing Rhizomatic Outernet)
Projects presentation by ORIOL FONTDEVILA.

Casino Cultural Centre of Manresa. Passeig Pere III, 27, 08241 Manresa

Trans- is a prefix, in Spanish, referring to questions regarding displacement, whether spatial, temporal or cultural. Means 'across' or 'through', along with the alternative form tras-. The combination of the particle trans- (tras-) with other words, as well as generating a set of different meanings, carries with it notions of mobility, circulation and dynamism. In this case, among the most interesting are: transit, transform, transmit, transgress, transporting, transdisciplinary, transnational, transcultural, transhistorical, transhumance ...  all words which could relate to specific aspects of the four projects iD Manresa 2012 presented in this edition. The projects were realised between 2011 and 2012, influencing public space and developing collaborative work with cultural and social agents in the region. This edition is co-organised with the artists' residence programme at Avinyó by Cal Gras.
Two of the projects, Circulation by Tanit Plana and Herd of sounds by Alessandra Patrucco, were works regarding the transhumance paths, ancient trackways crossing Catalonia and Europe since time immemorial, which turned into interconnected routes allowing herds to travel in search of pasture. Fragments of these roads remain, as urbanisation caused entire sections to be moved or erased over time, although important parts of them have been conserved in rural areas.?
Tanit's Plana project was undertaken through photography, which quickly expanded to include education, by means of the many workshops she conducted with various groups, and collective performance, by means of a popular hike which followed the old trackway between Avinyó and Manresa. It also expanded to include collective creation by ensuring that all participants were part of a co-production. To transit, to  transform, to transmit, as well as transhumance, are a few of the words suggested by this project.
Alessandra Patrucco works with sound, audio captured from various places, activities and people directly related to the rural fabric which, in one way or another, maintain a link with the transhumance paths. The movement of the herds, the sounds of the countryside or the voices of local experts form part of her work-process, as well as the results, which will be presented at the conclusion, taking the format of a musical composition.??

The other two projects could not be further away from the subject of transhumance, but, as in the case of the previous two projects, they maintain a high component of linking strong linkage with rural areas and a strong involvement with very specific people or groups.
Nicolás Dumit Estévez worked with a group of old elderly people in Avinyó and a group of residents of the Casa de la Felicitat (residence for elderly people) in the South Bronx neighbourhood of New York. Both experiences attempt to convey the relationship between art and everyday life among the artist and two groups belonging to two quite differentiated and distant communities, one of them in a predominantly rural community, and the other in a neighbourhood of the metropolis of New York . A series of photographs taken by each group, representing the context in which they live, became a joint publication of postcards which generated an exchange of human experience, of correspondence between them, while at the same time representing a way to understand both places from the perspective of those involved. A cross-cultural project, transgenerational and transtemporal, since time and trust here become an elementary factor.?

The Collective Autonoise with the project PRO (Precomputing Rhizomatic Outernet) attempted to convey the thoughts and experiences on the streets from groups at risk of social exclusion. They worked with a group of interns at the  Llerdoners Penitentiary in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada (Barcelona). Starting with music workshops taught by Ivan Bonache, two groups formed, one flamenco, and the other rock, with which Autonoise ??recorded and mastered of an album. The tracks on the album, along with audio and video recordings made from February to April in the prison, form the material basis for an intervention in public space in  Manresa. In this case transdisciplinarity, but also the transgression of prison space, space to which we are transported and from which they transmit experiences, desires, or small changes in their daily lives. Everything arises from a place of internment which, to them, is no more than a place of transit.???

Taken together these proposals we have grouped under the title "TRANSVERSAL AESTHETICS" not to give rise a new aesthetic movement, but to emphasise the concept of displacement brought together by the different proposals. The presentation and discussion is led by Oriol Fontdevila.