Archivo de la categoría: Radical Cartography

Critical Cartography of the Straits of Gibraltar

Hackitectura’s map Cartografía Crítica del Estrecho (Cartography of the Straits of Gibraltar) creates an alternative understanding of the Spanish-Moroccan border region. The border is not an abstract geopolitical line but an increasingly complicated, contested space. The inversely oriented (north at the bottom) map highlights connections between southern Spain and northern Morocco to show a single region. A multitude of migrants enters Europe in flows, past motion sensors, semi-military repression and expulsion. The idea of the map is to follow the flows that already traverse the border, such as migrants, Internet data and cell phone calls, as well as capital and police. The flows reshape the very border into a border region. In this mapping project, Hackitectura and their collaborators map the border region to contest and transcend it.

Tentacular Lexicon

Tentacular Lexicon was a commission for the exhibition ‘Facing the Anthropocene’, an international call to 7 artists to produce visual responses and a street guerrilla strategy to the questions the Earth is facing, curated by Carlota Mir.

Facing the Anthropocene

According to Donna Haraway, the Anthropocene is coming to an end. Systemic extraction from the Earth as a way to live will no longer be possi- ble before we know it. Going beyond the temptation to imagine future utopias or dystopias, Haraway works with the idea of the Chtulucene, a speculative, trans-his- torical, trans-feminist, multi-force, multi-tempo- ral, post-human and relational space in which individuality and autonomy no longer make sense, but rather, human beings become just living beings, ‘making kin’ with all human and non-human forms of life, assimilating the com- plexity of what we have done, and what happens in the airs, waters, oceans, rocks, and atmos- pheres.

Aiming to end the age of the Anthropocene, which she sees not as the exceptional pinnacle of human creativity, but rather, as a terrible eco- logical, cultural, and social impoverishment and process of destruction, Haraway’s Chtulucene aims to respond to the most urgent of questions: learning to live and die on a damaged planet by ‘making kin’ with all life on Earth, an allusion to the biological concept of ‘sympoiesis’ (‘making with’).

Climate change, large-scale environmental deg- radation, biological extinction, violent conflict, famines, overpopulation, extreme poverty – based on current patterns and systems, the world is exposed to facing an array of global catastrophic events that the Anthropocene has brought about, challenges which understand no borders, and which cannot be solved from the perspective of the 20th century nation state apparatus. This call is an invitation to speculate, fictionalise, and reckon with, the spectrum of topics that the end (?) of the Anthropocene is bringing about – along with what futures and other possible ways of life – or death – may emerge from the conception and eventual transi- tion to alternative planetary regimes.

‘Facing the Anthropocene’ was an invitation to 8 international artists to reflect on, and produce creative visual responses to, the questions the Earth is facing, which was discussed in the ew Shape Forum in Stockholm in May 2018. The event, an initiative by Global Challenges Foundation which bring together notable policy-makers in global governance and cooperation and leading academics and scholars, among others, aimed to conceive and generate new global governance models that will effectively tackle the issues and global challenges the world faces and which, despite seeming so distant, are more than tangible already – and they require urgent attention and intellectual focus.

It included the works of Mari Bastashevski, Robel Temesgen, Marian Garrido, Han Sungpil, Grupo TOMA, Pinar Yoldas and Pablo DeSoto.

The exhibition display at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, part of New Shape Forum: Open Sessions – Global Challenges Foundation.
For some weeks, hundreds of copies of the wonderful posters invaded the streets of Stockholm, luring passers-by into looking at soundscapes of human destruction, thinking about Gaia, Adbar, the Capitalocene, energy drink cans in future wastelands, making kin, possible architectural futures, and melting glaciers.
Tentacular Lexicon

With a meteoric rise in recent years as one of the academic terms that define our contemporaneity, the Anthropocene is today a mega-concept whose hegemony is difficult to escape. The Holocene was left behind, current geological epoch is defined by the effects of human activity from the bedrock to the limits of the stratosphere. Overwhelming global data evidences that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other Earth system processes are now altered by humans. Capturing public imagination in the natural sciences, the humanities and the arts, the Anthropocene has moved quickly from a proposal on the geological periodization of the planet to a multidisciplinary conversation of wide range generating new research projects, books, academic journals, doctoral theses, seminars, art exhibitions and cultural programs worldwide. Diving into that emerging interdisciplinary framework, this artwork addresses the Anthropocene both as a geological concept and a popular one by exploring propositions that critically inquire the term beyond stratigraphy and Earth system sciences. It visualises the lexicon from three books: Staying with the Trouble: Making kin in the Chthulucene, by Donna Haraway; The Ends of the Worlds, by Deborah Danowski & Eduardo Viveiros de Castro; and Anthropocene or Capitolocene?: Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism, edited by Jason M. Moore. From different situated practices and disciplines, these contributions contest the way of naming of the Anthropocene, pointing out the need to open up the conversation to other narratives and ways of knowing.

The Global Street

The Global Street is an online video-cartography linking the streets and squares the streets and squares across Tunis, Cairo, Madrid, New York, Tokyo, Istanbul, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro.

From the Arab revolutions to the 15M movement in Spain, from Occupy Wall Street in the USA to the Hydrangea revolt in Japan, from #direngezi in Turkey to the June Journeys in Brazil, music has played an essential role to sustain and in some ways synchronize protestors hearts, political agendas and imaginations.

The Global Street assembles a selection of affective songs and disruptive beats which were part of already historical atmospheres of democratic change: from the chanting crowds in Tahrir Square and Puerta del Sol to the Taksim Gezi Park barricade drums, from the Gospel band in Zuccotti Park to the Brazilian protest funk.

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The Zone

LA ZONA es una instalación inmersiva que presenta de manera didáctica algunos elementos que caracterizan la Zona de Exclusión de Fukushima.

La Zona de Exclusión es el área contaminada y evacuada como consecuencia del accidente nuclear de nivel 7 desencadenado cuando las fuerzas del terremoto y tsunami del 11 de marzo de 2011 chocaron contra la planta de Fukushima Daiichi. 160 mil personas fueron forzadas a evacuar sus hogares y lugares de trabajo en cuestión de minutos, cuando los edificios de contención que albergaban cuatro reactores comenzaron a explotar uno tras otro, esparciendo al ambiente sus invisibles partículas radioactivas. La Zona que fue declarada no apta para la habitabilidad humana comprende un área geográfica de 800 kilómetros de radio alrededor de la central nuclear.

Si una reciente serie de televisión con el mismo nombre presentaba una ficción bien documentada en la que un accidente en un reactor devastaba una amplia región de Asturias, LA ZONA contribuye con una instalación interactiva presentando para el público asturiano algunos elementos de este particular territorio afectado por el accidente nuclear de 2011 en Japón.


Biografía de los artistas

Pablo DeSoto + Román Torre es un duo de artistas asturianos con una amplia y reconocida trayectoria en la intersección entre el arte y las nuevas tecnologías, en su visión más amplia. LA ZONA es su primera colaboración, para la cual DeSoto aporta el concepto y diseño del proyecto y Torre el diseño espacial y de interactividad.

Pablo DeSoto, nacido en Gijón en 1977, fue premiado con la primera edición del Premio LAB_Joven Experimenta de LABoral Centro de Arte. Como parte del colectivo hackitectura, fue Premio LAB_Cyberspacios y expuso su trabajo en lugares como el ZKM de Karlsrhue (Banquete Nodes & Networks) o la Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla (YOUNIVERSE). Ha sido artista residente en Cairo Townhouse Gallery y Tokyo Wonder Site. Es Doctor en Comunicación y Cultura por la Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro y Master en Arquitectura por el Real Instituto de Tecnología de Estocolmo.

Román Torre, nacido en Candas en 1978, ha trabajado conceptualizando, realizando y colaborando en un amplio rango de producciones visuales e interactivas de todos los tamaños, desde pequeños dispositivos a instalaciones artísticas o escenografías de medio formato, pasando por grandes producciones visuales en escena, tales como espectáculos de danza u óperas (Oriestada & Babylon/ La Fura dels Baus). Ha presentado su trabajo dentro del territorio nacional en LABoral Centro de Arte (Lifefloor), Museo Reina Sofía y Matadero en Madrid (Avatar*) o Mercat de les Flors en Barcelona (RESET). Torre ha expuesto sus obras y colaboraciones con otros artistas en instituciones, museos y teatros de Alemania, Egipto, Portugal, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Eslovenia, Francia, Reino Unido y Japón.

Metropolitan Videocartography Medellín

Taller de videocartografía metropolitana, Medellín

“Los suburbios de las ciudades del tercer mundo son el nuevo escenario geopolítico decisivo” Mike Davis (Planet of Slums)

“Sea arte, sea deporte, sea de la manera que sea, queremos seguir arrebatando jóvenes a la violencia. Medellín no está lleno de sicarios, esto está lleno de talento urbano.” Falco (artista hip hop, Comuna de Moravia)

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Citizen Cartography International Symposium

El I Encuentro Internacional de Cartografía Ciudadana tuvo lugar en el Paraninfo de la Ciudad de la Cultura y en LABoral Centro de Arte de Gijón entre el 30 de julio y el 1 de agosto de 2009. El encuentro reunió por primera vez bajo esa temática a un amplio grupo de investigadores y activistas de diferentes ámbitos: arquitectura, periodismo, antoprología, urbanismo, prácticas artísticas, geografía, biología, psicología, trabajo social y desarrollo de software. La metodología consistió en presentaciones teóricas y sesiones de trabajo que tuvieron como objetivo el tejer red y combinar esfuerzos y recursos para el desarrollo de un proyectos convergentes de software libre de cartografía ciudadana. Como actividad paralela, llevamos a cabo una deriva por las zonas en transformación de Xixón con la Asociación a Pie de Barrio.
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Gaza cartography

Este trabajo recoge un catálogo de mapas, software y vídeos coordinados de forma narrativa usando tecnologías avanzadas de descripción del espacio (GIS, Software, Modelado 3D) mostrando aspectos que no serían evidentes en una primera lectura. Pueden ser extrapolados a territorios y contextos de paz sujetos a tensiones y transformaciones en que la arquitectura y el urbanismo tengan una importancia relevante.

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Cartografiando Gaza es una prolongación del Taller de Invierno de 2009 del Área de Proyectos Arquitectónicos en la Escuela Politécnica Superior de la Universidad de Alicante y que en la presente edición contó con el comisariado de Régine Debatty, José Pérez de Lama y Pablo de Soto, y la coordinación del catedrático José María Torres Nadal y los profesores Miguel Mesa del Castillo y Juan Carlos Castro.

From Cairo to Gaza

Road movie documental que recorre los 330km que separan El Cairo de la frontera sur de Gaza durante los días de la Operación Plomo Fundido en enero de 2009, que causó más de 1400 muertos y miles de heridos entre la población palestina. El viaje sigue los intentos de la sociedad civil egipcia de quebrar el bloqueo impuesto por su propio gobierno organizando acciones y protestas para mostrar su solidaridad.

TITLE: De El Cairo a Gaza
LENGHT: 13 min
FORMAT: video PAL 16/9
LANGUAGE: english / arabic
SUBTITLES: spanish
COUNTRY-DATE OF PRODUCTION: Spain / december 2010

Seville Global Map

In Seville, on the eve of a large EU summit and concomitant protests in 2002, a collaborative mapping project was carried out with different community organizations to try to represent different effects of globalization on the city. The project drew on Zapatista frameworks of understanding, particularly those from the communiqués on “Seven Loose Pieces of the Global Jigsaw Puzzle” (Marcos 1997) and the “Fourth World War” (Marcos 2001). In this case, the map is part of a broader collective project of revisioning the city, a project that lasted much longer than the action itself.

This early mapping projects resembled street maps, although our goal was to chart the diversity of protest actions and events at one of the large anti-globalization protests. Individual groups could plot their different actions on a larger master copy and it could be used as an infopoint at a protest convergence center or reprinted for handheld use. From these efforts at showing where protests were happening, later efforts focused on how to translate discussions of the effects of “globalization” on a city-wide scale.