Gerard Vilar, Tània Costa, Ramon Parramón

ASYMMETRIES / ESPAI E. AN ARTISTIC RESEARCH PROJECT DEALING WITH THE LACK OF EQUALITY OR EQUIVALENCE IN URBAN SPACES IN TRANSITION IN BARCELONA

Precariousness and precarity are forms of the unequality, which is the main political, social and cultural problem of the present. They are specific phenomena of capitalism which create an expanding condition in today's world. Until the outbreak of the 2008 crisis, they were something that fundamentally affected countries peripheral to the western world, but so far this century, and especially in the Europe of the crisis, they are settling in the heart of our societies with the perspective of staying and become structural. We know that precariousness and precarity are affecting many of our economic activities, cultural practices and ways of life. But what does art have to do with precariousness? What can artists do in front of such realities of economic, social, psychological, cultural inequalities? Asymmetries is a collective project of artistic research centered in the town of Barcelona (Spain) which aims to investigate in the effects of the new forms of unequality that generate precariousness, precarity, vulnerability and fragility in all aspects of urban life. Asymmetries has been promoted by IDENSITAT -an artistic research collective project-, by Fabra i Coats Creation factory and contemporary Art center of Barcelona -a cultural equipment of the town hall- and by MURAD, EEES Master of Research in Art and  EINA-UAB. From the artistic practices of research carried out came the idea of the search for the "third space", as a metaphor for that space of relationships within the city that attends to equity between equals, although they are not necessarily symmetrical relationships. The collective work among the group of residents  includes  artists Patricia Bagán, Ro Caminal, Fiona Capdevila, Mia Coll, Irma Estrada, Sonia G. Villar, Daniel Gasol, Nil Juan, Irene Pérez, Amparo Prieto, Mayra Sánchez and Manuela Valtchanova. We will explain in more detail one of the projects as a case study, entitled “Horts de Sant Pau del camp 1987-2019".

 

Patricia Bagán: Social and Cultural Anthropologist by the UNED.

Tània Costa: Fine Arts and Design Culture. Professor at EINA, Art and Design University of Barcelona a

Gaspar Maza: Anthropologist. Professor Rovira i Virgili University of Tarragona. Department of Anthropology-

Ramon Parramon.  IDENSITAT director. Deputy director of EINA, Art Design University of Barcelona.

Gerard Vilar. Full Professor, Aesthetics Department, UAB. Director of MURAD.