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With Deviant Parties we sought to redefine a party by turning it into a political space from which the communities that inhabit a park can turn it into a space of expression. Pradolongo Park in Madrid is one of the biggest parks in the city, it is lived and inhabited by multiple communities, in which the party is one of the great manifestations of a way of being and doing this expression together.

Throughout 2018 and 2019, in the framework of Imagina Madrid, public and community art program, coordinated by Intermedia-Matadero (Madrid City Council) was how Deviant Parties came about, a process that claims the party as that right to make a city and as one of the places of desire from which to plot complicities. The weird thing here is a gamble to deconstruct the hegemonic, established, normative, that marginal space from which to think.

This constituent artistic practice took advantage of the methodology of popular festivals as those pedagogies of meeting up from which to co-create that grand final party that took place on April 7, 2019. Devices such as “the Party Commission” (la Comisión de Fiestas), the Rare Film Factory (la Fábrica de Cine Raro), “the Map of Memorable Parties” (el Mapeo de Fiestas Memorables) and “the Rare Making” (las Haceres Raros) made it possible for this festival to be created by more than 170 people through more than 50 hours of workshops, with the participation of 13 artists/collectives and with the collaboration of 17 associations /entities of the neighborhood.

The celebrations began with “the Divine Transvestite Head” la Cabezuda Travestida Divine as a way of translating an element as popular as the headless and continued with a Precarious Gateway since reporting the working conditions of domestic workers. The food was also a way to enunciate imbalances in the food chain. With “Informed Choreography Bodies that Appear” (Coreografía Participada Cuerpos que Aparecen)  we question who is present at the festivities and with the Transfeminist Jota dancing we subvert those ways of making tradition, as a bet to continue to rethink popular folklore. “Weird Poetry” (Poesías Raras)  and “Extensive Languages” (Lenguas Extensas) attended to what’s behind the weird talk and with “Choreography of Fight” (Coreografías de Lucha) we talk about migrations, starting from popular dances. It was about starting with a possibility, from all that knowledge transferred from generation to generation and to build from there new popular expressions from which to talk about inequalities that affect us.

Deviant Parties was a rare research, a commitment to think public sphere in another way. We produce the book The party, the deviant and the public space  edited by the independent publisher Bartlebooth 

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Video Summary “Fiesta Rara 7 de abril

The Cabinet of Political Imagination was a hybrid space which combined art and social technologies, collectives, entities, cooperatives and informal groups in order to obtain resources to achieve greater quotas of autonomy, creative capacity and resilience. In the Cabinet of Political Imagination we ask ourselves (questioned) how imagination can help us dream other microworlds where we can reserve contemporary inequalities and how, through reverie, informal collectives or groups can gain autonomy. At a time when, social ties are increasingly suffering from commercialization or disruption,, it is necessary to weave and strengthen processes of social cooperation.

The Cabinet was formalized as a learning community, which co-makes a process and we try to see how collectives or social groups can gain autonomy in their collective processes. In addition to that, we organised workshops Conversations to Imagine with Mafe Moscoso and Jaron Rowan and a community work with domestic workers wh was activated with the collaboration of the NGO Ecos del Sur and Territorio Domestico, thanks to whom we promoted the Precarious Catwalk. We also published the Manual for Collective Work. Imagine to transform which offers examples of practices and tools that can serve as inspiration for communities.

In 2017, it obtained the support of the Citizen Innovation Laboratory 2017 (COLAB), program of the Council for Participation and Democratic Innovation of the Council of A Coruña to carry out social innovation projects

El #SalónDoMARCO se configura como un espacio reconocible por la propia sociedad, como esa sala de estar de un hogar en la que reunirse en torno a una mesa o sentarse en el sofá y hablar del devenir y de lo cotidiano. Este ‘lugar para estar’ se concibe como un proyecto de mediación, experimentación e investigación colectiva que facilita el impulso de comunidades de aprendizaje; considerando la mediación no como un proceso de explicación de lo que allí sucede, sino como un dispositivo que busca tejer redes y generar conexiones.

Los museos de arte contemporáneo son espacios creadores de subjetividades, y también amplificadores de narrativas; son lugares para lo sublime, pero también hacedores del presente. Deberán ser lugares que interpelen a la sociedad y que se vean afectados por ella, en los que el compromiso con la contemporaneidad condicione la creación de otras formas de hacer, en los que el discurso se configure como una piedra angular del arte.

La apertura de este lugar en el MARCO abre una nueva infraestructura en el propio museo para probar otra interfaz que reivindica la capacidad de la ciudadanía de construir y hacer comunes. A través de una serie de dispositivos —talleres, seminarios, encuentros, charlas, propuestas experimentales…— se procura que la ciudadanía se apropie del #SalónDoMARCO. La generación de nodos de investigación, la construcción del propio espacio, o el impulso de comunidades de aprendizaje, son algunas de las intervenciones a desarrollar.

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The rural environment as a territory, habitat, place and a knowledge-producing space has been undergoing a process of colonization by urban centers. It is urgent to understand the rural environment not only as a space that produces food and other raw materials, but also as a context that produces subjectivities where other (re) existence poetics have been and are being given. And in the search for these other alternatives to modernity, ruralities can give us important clues. With Ruraldecolonized, we try to see how certain ways of being in the rural environment and living it, certain knowledge or ways of relating to nature have been marginalized in favor of a supposed modernity.

Through this experimental research we seek to open debate, generate debate spaces and facilitate a dialogue of knowledges. We question how we have gone, and in that we are all accomplices, moving away from the rural. This process has caused a subalternization of knowledge and ways of being in the world. It is urgent to weave other mechanisms that reverse these processes and that help to deform these relationships of subalternity.

Through Walk Conversations and Walk Workahops we wanted to facilitate the enunciation of those multiple, varied, counter-hegemonic processes that give us clues as to how it is possible to reconstruct / reverse the universalizing claim of globalization. Perhaps this process will come when we are able to vindicate the power of the diversity of knowledges and ways of being.

Project directed by Fran Quiroga and Andrea Olmedo
The project had the support of CGAC and MUSAC

O Programa de Estudos en Man Común (PEMAN) Ruralidades, Feminismos e Comúns, é un espazo crítico de pensamento e acción, impulsado pola Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, a través do grupo de investigación HISTAGRA, os sete grupos pertencentes a rede REVOLTA e o colectivo Montenoso, e conta cunha amplia rede de colaboradores.

O PEMAN aspira a converterse nun espazo novo de intercambio e produción de coñecementos, e vai a cabalo dun grupo de investigación universitario ou un posgrao de estudos, partindo á vez do Programas de Estudos Independentes impulsados por museos como o MACBA ou o Reina Sofía. O Programa de Estudos convertese nunha rede peer-to-peer promovida por distintos grupos artísticos, colectivos e entidades de investigación, que se xuntan para colaborar na construción de novas narrativas e lecturas que aborden os tres eixos epistémicos: comúns, ruralidades e feminismos.

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Montenoso is an experimental epistemic community whose context of investigation and action are the communities of mountains in common hands in Galiza (North of Spain). These mountains are properties protected by Germanic law that transcend the public-private dichotomy, since they are collective properties. They represent practically 25% of the Galician territory. More than 150,000 community members participate in the management of this territory that covers more than 700,000 hectares. Thus, and thanks to its magnitude and the type of property on which it is based, we see that it is a common reality with great affection.

(Re) thinking and (re) updating discourses around the commons [as well as its mechanisms, dynamics, praxis, achievements, dark points …] and connecting them with other manifestations of the commons is an exercise of commitment to reality. It allows breaking with homogenizing discourses about the residual and marginal of these realities. The commons and specifically the neighboring mountains in common hands, are the source of possibilities and futures; as a result, it is necessary to mediate connections between different agents and activate strategies of contagion and transfer to other areas, which also affect this reality.

Investigating the experiences of the commons as real alternatives on the fringes of capitalist property management is a necessary and urgent exercise. The deep knowledge of these centuries-old knowledge and practices is essential in this moment of change. This is the main input of Montenoso, a trans-disciplinary contemporary creation community, which seeks to comprehensively address the reality of the comunal land in Galicia and connect it with the movement around agroecology, hacker culture, social movements , research around the commons, expanded pedagogy, ethnography, or social communication.

Among the actions that the project has generated is the development of a collaborative cartography, a wiki, different investigations, the installation Geographies of Commons as well as the participation and collaboration in the defense of the communities of their own mountains, against enclosure processes.

Montenoso, los montes vecinales en mancomún de Galicia

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O CulturaLab do Máster de Servizos Culturais da USC é un espazo experimental do propio máster que ten como obxectivos favorecer a aprendizaxe activa, mediante unha metodoloxía de learning by doing, asi como (re)pensar novas estratexias de transferencia de coñecemento, impulsando un ecosistema de aprendizaxe continua. A través deste proxecto o que se procuraba é facilitar un espazo dentro do Máster concebido como un laboratorio experimental de creación e pensamento.


“Montes, vacas y procomún” é una polifonía de escritos derivada da viaxe Login Xestión comunal en Galicia que tivo lugar no 2012, promovido polo MediaLab Prado. O Login, concebido como unha viaxe, procuraba establecer espazos de diálogo entre o rural, o neorural e o urbano, estudar alternativas na xestión dos bens e coñecer como se explotaban os recursos naturais mediante prácticas comunais sostenibles.

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