We launch the festival "De-growth and Post-Urb" during the week of September 20-24 with various activities that question the imperative of unlimited growth and try to bring us closer to new ideas about abundance and well-being; rethinking and remaking the city so that it does not remain oblivious to ecological cycles and the soil as sustenance.
We open registrations for the Seminar "Farewell to Growth", 6 free places, given by the curator and researcher Indira Béraud in which the basic texts of theories of de-growth, environmental crisis, self-production or communalization will be reviewed. We will meet in person at the CAR on Mondays and Thursdays at 19h. (Activity in English). You can reserve your place by sending an email to email@example.com. That same day, at the beginning of the session we will inaugurate the exhibition "Aura - persistence of vision" with Roque González Palacios and Peter Hodgson.
On Tuesday 21st at the same time we will visit the Magerit municipal garden to visit it and talk with a member of the Madrid Agroecológico platform about the development of urban agriculture, sustainable consumption alternatives and food surplus.
Live on our youtube channel, we will have on Wednesday 22nd at the same time a presentation of the artistic collective Parti Poétique. Founded in Saint-Denis by visual artist Olivier Darné, since its creation in 2003, the collective develops full-scale research in France and abroad on themes linking art and environment. (Activity in English and French)
We close the seminar with three activities on Friday. At 2 pm the intervention of the artist Coline Gautier, which will consist of a lunch inspired by her work "vertical" (8€). At 4pm and virtually, we will have the presentation of Grace Denis' book In, From, and With: Exploring Collaborative Survival, a collectively constructed glossary that proposes a series of embodied pedagogies, from walking to fermenting. The book explores Anna Tsing's notion of collaborative survival through a series of invitations from twenty-four contributors, including a series of edible and inedible recipes. The conversation will bring together four contributors to the book, moderated by Grace Denis. (Activity in English)
We close the seminar at 7pm with the presentation of Angela Tisner's first EP, a narrative of musical migrations with North America as the center of gravity. Approaching genres such as blues, country and spiritual, this melodic composition goes beyond the North American territory, also giving much importance to world music.
You can reserve your place for any of the face-to-face events by writing an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Indira Béraud is an independent curator. Born in 1992, she lives and works in Paris. She founded in 2017 the magazine Figure Figure, specialized in young creation. Each issue, published monthly online, takes the form of an interview with an emerging artist, and are available for free download. Since 2020, the magazine has been based in London and Paris.
She has written for several magazines such as Art Press, Flash Art, Le Châssis and Nichons-nous dans l'Internet. Since 2019, she has curated the exhibition "Il est urgent que le pro_grès pro_gramme" by Thomas Guillemet and Laurent Lacotte at The Window space in Paris, the group exhibition "I have done things here I couldn't do elsewhere"" by artists Inès Alpha, Zoé Brunet-Jailly, the duo Émilie Brout and Maxime Marion, the duo Salomé Chatriot and Flip-Andreas Surapic, DVTK, Raphaël Fabre, Laura Gozlan, Josèfa Ntjam, Jonathan Pêpe and Jonathan Vinel, as well as the exhibition "Crois de bois, crois de fer" by Jonathan Pêpe at the French Institute in Budapest. She is currently a PhD candidate in Artistic Studies and Practices at UQAM in Montreal.
Coline Gautier is an artist and designer, born in 1998, currently completing her degree at the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), and is interested in ways of navigation between narrative and the body, with sculptural and performative work that aims to open dialogues within our environment, interaction with materials including edible elaborations and the highlighting of hidden messages.
Grace Denis' work combines agricultural research with interactive installation, incorporating edible material, sound and image. Using food as both a medium and a pedagogical tool, her work references participatory action research models in collaboration with farmers. She graduated from Cal Arts and HEAD Genève. Her work has been exhibited in France, Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom, Morocco and Greece. He has taught and developed non-profit art education programs for several institutions and has recently published the book In, From, and With: Exploring Collaborative Survival.
Roque González Palacios (Viso del Marqués, 1930), is a self-taught artist whose work has never been exhibited outside the walls of his home. He lives in his village, in the foothills of Sierra Morena. There he worked as a farmer from an early age. He met his life partner María del Valle and together with her and their children he moved to Madrid in the mid-sixties. Like many of his fellow countrymen from Viso, he found a warm welcome in the neighborhood of Carabanchel. And it is on the terrace of his apartment where he begins to make his first paintings. Always creating images from memory. Roque works from an imaginary located in his memory, archived after the observation of his world around him. After many years living in the city, he and Maria return to their village where Roque continues to work in the fields and in the creation of artistic works.
Through the generic term "Pollination of the city", Parti Poétique develops a transdisciplinary research project on the city. With the bee as a witness, their installations in public space question our relationship with the urban environment, its flows, its tensions, its densities and its social organization, and encourage the public's perception of the issues associated with a different, critical and constructive reading of the city, at the crossroads of the political and cultural spheres.