Compania de Caracas
Nicolas Dumit Estevez
Gonzalo Saenz de Santamaria
Henry Eric Hernandez
Antonio de la Rosa
Rosina Gomez Baeza
A Public Art project. In the words of its organizer, Ramon Parramon, its objective is to ''stimulate creative work in determined places that relate that which is typical of the place and the time in which the creativity takes place. Madrid Abierto is a programme based on this premise of influencing the public sphere and uses different public areas of the city as its stage, proposing new formats and using existing channels or infrastructures which get the general public involved, both in the process and in the search for other people''.
MADRID ABIERTO is a project within what is generically known as Public Art. In the words of its organizer, Ramon Parramon, its objective is to â€œstimulate creative work in determined places that relate that which is typical of the place and the time in which the creativity takes place. It is to stimulate and generate work processes which take place over time, to boost immersion in the place itself and to interact in a section of public space that has a bearing on the social environment. Madrid Abierto is a programme based on this premise of influencing the public sphere and uses different public areas of the city of Madrid as its stage, proposing new formats and using existing channels or infrastructures which get the general public involved, both in the process and in the search for other peopleâ€.
Now into its second edition which will take place in February 2005, the Madrid Abierto 2005 international invitation has received 439 projects, of which 39 are specific projects for the faÃ§ade of the Fine Arts Circle building (CÃrculo de Bellas Artes) . The invitation has been widely accepted internationally, as can be seen in the following list of projects and the place of residence of the artists: Spain (147), Argentina (46), USA (32), Germany (22), Mexico (21), Italy (14), France (12), Brazil (10), Russia (10), UK (7), Holland (6), Portugal (6), Dominican Republic (6), Slovenia (5), Cuba (5), Poland (4), Uruguay (4), Venezuela (4), Belgium (3), Estonia (3), Peru (3), Australia (2), Austria (2), Canada (2), Chile (2), Greece (2), Honduras (2), India (2), Panama (2), Dutch Indies (1), Belarus (1), Bulgaria (1), Colombia (1), Korea (2), Denmark (1), Ecuador (1), Philippines (1), Guatemala (1), Hungary (1), Indonesia (1), Iceland (1), Israel (1), Puerto Rico (1), Romania (1), Serbia & Montenegro (1), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1), Turkey (1), Ukraine (1).
The jury, comprising Ramon Parramon (Organiser of Madrid Abierto 2005), Jorge DÃez (Director of Madrid Abierto 2004), Rosina GÃ³mez Baeza (Director of ARCO) and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi (Secretary General for the Foundation Olivetti), have selected the following projects: Espacio MÃ³vil of the CompaÃ±Ãa de Caracas (with Ãngela Bonadies -Caracas, 1970- and Maggy Navarro â€“ Caracas, 1961-), Museo Peatonal of MarÃa AlÃ³s (Cambridge-MA, 1973) and NicolÃ¡s Dumit EstÃ©vez (New York, 1967), Soy Madrid of Simon Grennan (London, 1965) and Christopher Sperandio (West Virginia-USA, 1964), Taxi Madrid of Anne Lorenz (WÃ¼rzburg-Germany, 1971) and Rebekka Reich (Hamburg, 1969), Valla de Seguridad of Gonzalo SaÃ©nz de SantamarÃa (Madrid, 1976) in collaboration with Berta Orellana (Cadiz, 1976), Zona Vigilada of Henry Eric HernÃ¡ndez (CamagÃ¼ey-Cuba, 1971). Simulacro simÃ©trico by Key Portilla , Maki Portilla , Tadanori Yamaguchi and Ali Ganjavian , which intervenes on the Circle of Fine Arts building, and Familias Encontradas (January 1st to March 17th 1971) by Fernando Baena (Cordoba, 1962) for the faÃ§ade of the Circle of Fine Arts. (The Simulacro simÃ©trico will not be able to be carried out at this edition due to technical reasons due to the restoration of the building).
The second edition of Madrid Abierto in February 2005 will also include the participation of JosÃ© DÃ¡vila (Guadalajara-Mexico, 1974) for the faÃ§ade of the Casa de AmÃ©rica with Mirador NÃ³mada , the colectivo Tercerunquinto (Julio Castro, Gabriel CÃ¡zares and Rolando Flores) insist on the changeable circumstances in urban planning. Both of these projects have been selected from the proposals of Carlos Ashida in virtue of the agreement of cooperation with CONACULTA in Mexico, country of honour at ARCO'05. Also invited are the project of Raimond Chaves (BogotÃ¡, 1963) and Ã“scar Lloveras (Buenos Aires, 1960).
Likewise, continuing last year's work, the 451 Team will continue working on the image and web site of Madrid Abierto and as part of an associated project, the weekly programme (MetrÃ³polis) on La 2 (Spain's second national television channel), a pioneering programme in our country on contemporary culture specialising in research and spreading of new artistic languages, will produce a self-produced monograph of all the participating projects in Madrid Abierto, thus creating a singular and independent piece to be presented in ARCO'05
The jury has also highlighted its special interest in the proposals of Il Posto, Juan Garese, BelÃ©n Cueto, Sharon Daniel, Antonio de la Rosa, Carme Nogueira, Colectivo Ambientes, Olaf Mooij, Pepe LÃ³pez and Carlos Sosa, Amalia Pica, Olga Kisseleva, Veit Landwehr and Tom May, and Capacete.
For this second edition, MADRID ABIERTO insists on considering artistic activity as a form of stimulation, of interaction with other agents capable of contributing to the dynamics which take place in specific environments of social complexity. It essentially understands that apart from pointing out and showing, one can transform, participate and stimulate. This is one of the main objectives of this second edition of Madrid Abierto.
Image: the project by Anne Lorenz and Rebekka Reich