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Barcelona, Spain. Responsible partner: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

UAB will employ the model of an existing project: Art in Path project that emerged 2 years ago from a student group. Art in Path applied aesthetics projects are specifically related to the transfer of knowledge generated by the practices and discourses about Art and Design, within Barcelona and its surrounding public sphere. The main objective of OUPL Barcelona is to energise the creative potential of the new communities of immigrants and refugees, as well as to invite Barcelona established creators and students to more innovative approaches interacting with these new communities. OUPL Barcelona will use Art in Path’s strategies to reach out to migrant artists, designers, writers, dancers, performers and street artists raised or currently living in Barcelona and to other creative people living in segregated areas, especially young people.

 

  • NOMADIC DANCE

The activity Nomadic Dance, which will take place in April 2021, consists of a masterclass, and a three-day online workshop. Movement and the creative process can be an invitation to discover various territories we inhabit, all coming together presently in this body that allows us to express ourselves. Nomadic dance wants to be an accompanied experience to research about some of those landscapes; empowering and giving multiple visions of the personal field as well as the wide extensions that appear from the relationship to the collective. This experience will bring closer the perception of multiversity contained within the dance practice.

Across overlapping levels, the workshop will propose to experience: Logbook _ collective diary; Daily challenges: from personal perspective on global issues; I am always HERE: Practices around presence; and processes of Improvisation _Creation _Interpretation… all-coming together in a common place: exploration and creation of VIDEODANCE. 

Together we will create a platform to show the works. VIDEODANCE will be shown, such as live performance trying to replicate and relate using visual generated and others overlapping layers to explore new territories. 

Workshop Leader: Laura Vilar

Dates: April 2021

 

  • FUSION COOKING

The concept of fusion in gastronomy is certainly a fashionable one, and every day we see more chefs and restaurants investigating along these lines proposing dishes and recipes that cross and combine culinary cultures from around the world or explore the possibilities of recovering recipes from another time. Not all of these exercises are equally consistent, and a significant part of them end up falling into mere eccentricities without any creative or culinary interest.

Throughout 4 sessions we will explore the concept of gastronomic fusion, presenting different ways of understanding this process, detailing the creative mechanisms behind each of these ways of understanding fusion and establishing which ones make sense and which fall into cultural appropriationism. and which we can consider respectful with the gastronomy they explore. We will also investigate what forms of gastronomic fusion lead to truly creative new proposals and what are simply passing curiosities.

These sessions will be organized in a hybrid way: first there will be a reasoned and argued presentation of the different mechanisms of gastronomic fusion and then the participants will be invited to create a new original creative work using the techniques presented that day.

Participants will have one week to carry out the project and will present it the following week. The form of presentation is open to the creativity of the participants. It can be a photo of an already cooked dish, a video of the creation process, but it can also be a drawing / scheme of how the recipe would look once plated, the recipe written by hand on paper or a Powerpoint describing the creation process.

It can also be a non-culinary creative work, such as a song, a painting or a dance based on the creative mechanism described during the theory session.

Workshop Leader: David Casacuberta

Mentoring team: Marco Bellonzi, Yaiza Bocos, Pere Castells 

Dates: March 2021

 

  • TRANSITION DESIGN

The activity Transition Design, which will take place in February 2022, consists of a masterclass, a four-day workshop, and a one-day festival. Transition design is an area of ​​current design thinking and practice whose objective is to facilitate the transition of our known world towards life systems based on environmental, social and economic sustainability criteria. In our working group we will operate from an interdisciplinary perspective in collaboration with artistic collectives, related research projects and communities in transition.

This activity aims to add value to the projects of the participants, offering them to develop aspects of emancipation, self-management, cooperation and co-responsibility within their creative practices. To do so, the characteristic approaches and methodologies of Transition Design will be worked on: co-creation, multi-scale, wicked problems, iterative process, service-system design, collective mapping and graphic visualizations.

Likewise, contextualization narratives will be developed through Speculative design dynamics in order to produce a creative interpretation of the projects of the participants, approached as sustainable scenarios immersed in complex environments.

Dates: February 2022

Supervisor : Tània Costa

Mentoring team: Holon Design BCN and Rafael de Balanzò

Dates: 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 16.00 to 18.00h

Institution: EINA, design and art university of Barcelona

 

  • TRANSITIONAL DRESS

The activity Transitional Dress, which will take place in March 2022, consists of a master class, a three-day workshop and a one-day festival. The vulnerability of bodies appears strongly during migration. People on the move take strictly what is understood as indispensable, establishing a set of pragmatic values for their subjective odyssey. The guiding principle is to keep the body alive, making a continuous evaluation during the journey, as quick decisions have to be made in order to survive. In this specific context, dress takes on unexpected uses and meanings, breaking the established role of clothing in the closed framework of fashion. Clothes can act as the last form of shelter or become the last material vestige of a cultural identity. Even the last memory of a lost loved one. 

Transitional Dress is an open-ended exercise on migration from embodied memory, aiming to take a sensorial and interior journey into personal experiences of life transition through and from clothing.

Workshop Leader: Fiona Capdevila

Dates: March 2022

 

  • ARTISTIC RESEARCH

Artistic research for transcommunities is conceived as a space for conducting research through artistic and collective creation practices. The aim of this activity is to devise a set of theoretical and practical tools through research and material creation. Contrary to what is usually claimed, the problem is not the abundance of images but the shortage of images, all those realities without images, that is, without the ability to be imagined. We propose to examine the interstices of that exclusion to question hegemonic lifestyles, to raise other imaginaries, recover noises, minor images and other possible scenarios that have emerged in times of crisis. 

Workshop Leader: Andrea Soto Calderón

Dates: November 2022: 3, 10, 17, 24, 18h