The limits of urban space, emerging artists with a lot to say and Solo Astra’s concert on the second day of the festival.

October 25, 2018

An aura of mystery enveloped the Art Show on the third day of the Swatch Cities, Madrid festival. Three very divergent artistic proposals that were connected by the way they were presented to the public – all the actions took place inside a spatial capsule suspended from the ceiling – generated a very special bond with those attending the festival. And they did so with actions that have their origin in the reflection on the limits of urban space and how personal experience is developed within that space.


Each one of the creative natives who formed the team that exhibited today, Angela Jiménez, Sergio Cabrera and Hyper Studio duo Cristóbal Baños and Diego Iglesias worked individually on their projects but always respected the global vision of the group. Jiménez carried out different actions in the city, moving “a relatively strange inflatable sculpture that takes on the form of a menhir, a prehistoric stone loaded with symbolism, that generates an encounter with passers-by that leads to a series of questions,” she explains, before specifying that what is inside her capsule are the photos that document these actions and a semi-hidden, veiled presence of her “soft” menhir.



Cabrera went for a completely different format and a more radical tone of meditation. Inside his green capsule played a video that was recorded with a drone as the main camera. The setting is one that plays a main role in his artistic practice: the urban limits in the area of Vallecas. His mission was “to follow the development of the intervention, specifically that moment that symbolizes the crossing of the border in which a wire fence is cut and crossed,” he says.



Meanwhile, the Hyper Studio duo designed an interactive device capable of taking data from reality, interpreting it and converting it into color. “It is an audiovisual installation that works in real time so that people can interact with it. At the same time, it records everything that happens in this space,” they explain. They say that inspiration came to them when they thought about sidewalks. They wanted to find a way to make everything happening on them visible: the speed at which people move, how they move, their height… “a graphic representation of space-time in the city.”



The team, led by creative coach Marlon de Azambuja, also designed a spatial route supported by an unconventional audio guide in which explanations of the different installations alternated with other more provocative sounds. Finally, like each participating group, they designed their own photo booth: an “anti-photocall” that plays with the process of light decomposition, using colored spotlights to generate different types of shadows and creating dynamic and surprising visual situations.


Many other actions took place around the Art Show, such as talks from other creators. Illustrator Ana Cuna, who will give a workshop on Friday at 6 pm on the generation and animation of illustrations inside a sphere, and multidisciplinary artist Elisa González (also known as Elienígena) progressed through the Creative Natives Tribune with other emerging artists to bring attention to their own artwork. Elienígena comments on how her illustrations, starring funny snot as protagonists (yes, you read that right), are opening more and more professional doors for her: “I am interested in funny and absurd things. In fact, if I don’t have fun, I don’t do them,” she says.



Mireia Luzárraga, one of the two individuals of architecture studio Takk, also shared valuable advice from her professional experiences during an interview with curator Ariadna Cantis at the Creative Survival Toolkit.



But that wasn’t all… before the doors closed on day two of the festival, visitors were transported to other latitudes with the suggestive, contemporary and urban rhythm of Solo Astra, the band that took the stage for an acoustic concert amid the artistic installations. They played songs from their latest album, Delivery Boy, and premiered the music video for “Japanese Food.”



So far so good? Keep an eye on Thursday’s agenda because it will be buzzing. The party continues!