Hiri ekoizpenak: three perspectives, three scales, three case studies
2007/11/05 - 2007/11/23 | Arteleku

Hiri ekoizpenak: three perspectives, three scales, three case studies


The Hiri ekoizpenak symposium is an opportunity to consider and reflect on the construction of the public space from a perspective of gender and sustainability, from artistic practices and geopolitical analysis. These issues shall be analysed transversally on three scales: 1st week, transnational sphere (the models of Bilbao, Barcelona and Bogota) 2nd week, local sphere (the Euro Hiria as case study) and the 3rd week, the correlation between the different spheres (local, transnational and global).

Coordination: Hiria Kolektiboa, Jaime Iregui, 16beavergroup
Schedule: from Monday to Friday, morning and afternoon.
No. of participants: maximum 16



1st workshop. 5th to 9th November
Tokilegu. Transforming spaces into places
Coordination: Hiria Kolektiboa
Guests: Pilar Vega, Itziar Vellido
The workshop will mainly be in Basque.

The workshop will focus on using a critical-creative analysis of the public space in order to consider how to influence-transform-improve the life of people. It will be considered from outside and within, constantly changing scale to understand that the place forms part of a network of places, of a diverse and complex territory. Urban planner, social activists, ecologists, sociologists, feminists, architects and artists will contribute to the process. Our goal is to create a team to put forward a proposal to manage interventions in the public space, in our meeting places.

2nd workshop. 12nd to 16th November
Adrift. Travelling observatory
Coordination: Jaime Iregui
Guests:Carlos Niño, Ramón Parramón, Iñaki Uriarte
The workshop will mainly be in Spanish.

The workshop considers the different themes that emerge from the relationship between artistic practices and the public space. Special emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary nature of these relations -as is the case with the Situationists- where artistic proposals imply a direct link with other disciplines such as architecture, urban planning, literature, philosophy, anthropology and sociology. It will therefore consider artistic practice as a vehicle of knowledge and observation which, based on a critical and questioning look at the context, puts forward proposals that transform our way to perceive and inhabit the public space.

3rd workshop. 19th to 23rd November
Towards an Affirmative Critique of Architecture
Coordination: 16beavergroup
The workshop will mainly be in English.

What is the relation between architecture/planning and our contemporary ecological/political crises? This workshop begins with the thesis that planning and architecture are not benign practices. On the contrary, they remain a central node of struggle today for those who are struggling to improve our contemporary political and ecological circumstances. We would like to look at a set of examples in which apparently benign architectural and planning practices underwrite various forms of dispossession, exploitation and oppression. Following from these examples, we would look at (hopefully travel to) and discuss some cases within the Basque and Spanish context which we may also learn from. At the conclusion of these discussions/conversations and analysis, we would like to make an attempt toward an affirmative critique of architecture: to formulate together a set of terms or conventions to which we could imagine architects or planners agreeing to, before taking on any prospective projects.
Workshop registration

Applications to attend the workshop shall be sent to Arteleku, before 14:00 hours on 26th October 2007 (by e-mail, by post or through the website). Applicants shall send the attached registration form, CV and a letter setting out the reasons why they want to attend, together with any other material that the applicant considers to be relevant. The selection process shall be carried out by the coordinators of each workshop and the successful applicants shall be personally notified on 29th October.

Tuesday, 6th November, at Arteleku
19:30 Speaker: Jaime Iregui. Out of place museum. Exhibition tactics in the public space.

Wednesday, 7th November, at Arteleku
19:30 Speaker: Carlos Niño. Public space, modernity and the third world.

Thursday, 8th November, at Arteleku
19:30 Speaker: Ramón Parramón. Looking for the North
20:15 Conference-slide show with Iñaki Uriarte. The new Bilbao. Metamorphism of a metropolis, 1983-2007.
21:00 Debate

Monday, 12nd November, at Arteleku
19:30 Showing of the documentary film Kalearteak, 2007, 60’
Introduced by Hiria Kolektiboa

Tuesday, 13rd November, at Arteleku
19:30 Speaker: Pilar Vega. The new life forms in suburban territory.

Wednesday, 14th October, at Arteleku
19:30 Speaker: Itziar Vellido. Les yeux de la ville (The city’s eyes). Counterpoints: Amaia Casado(architect), Andoni Etxezarreta(architect), Jorge Lastra (dancer), Olaia Miranda (artist), Ibon Salaberria (architect).

Monday, 19th November, at Arteleku
19:30 Speaker: 16beavergroup. Presentation of the collective. Collective Practices in (Neo-Liberal) Cities.

Wednesday, 20th November, at Arteleku
19:30 Speaker: Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri. Presentation of their works. Palestine Case Studies.

All events: Entrance free. Limited places. Archive

In addition to the workshop, a documentary archive, [www.hiriekoizpenak.net], will be up and running from mid-October and will contain materials that reflect the work of the coordinators and guests.

Hiria Kolektiboa. San Sebastian/ Bilbao. Urban architects collective consisting of Amaia Albeniz, Ane Alonso, Oihane Ruiz and Koldo Telleria. They focus on urban development projects from a social, gender and sustainability perspective. As part of their objectives, they are working on urban development that reflects everyday life and which helps the local residents to build democratic places that sow the seeds for culture, coexistence and happiness. [www.hiriakolektiboa.org]

Jaime Iregui. Bogota. Master’s Degree in History and Theory of Art and Architecture, and Master’s in Fine Arts. He took part with Esfera Pública in the Documenta 12 magazines project. He is currently the coordinator of the Cultural Projects Section of the Department of Art at the University of the Andes. His work has tackled a wide conception of space in the spatial practices related with the information exhibiting and mediating processes in the public space. [www.elobservatorio.info] [www.esferapublica.org]

16beavergroup. New York. 16 Beaver is the address of a space in New York’s Financial District initiated and run by artists to create and maintain an ongoing platform for the presentation, production, and discussion of a variety of artistic, cultural, economic, and/or political projects. Since its inception, the group has organized more than 300 events ranging in format from lunches, walks, and film screenings to artist presentations, readings, panels, and discussions. A significant part of its activities is web based. [www.16beavergroup.org]

Carlos Niño. Bogota. Architect. He worked with the architect Jacques Mosseri from 1971 to 1988. He is a full professor at Colomiba National University where he teaches History of Architecture and Urban History. He is the author of various books, such as Fernando Martínez Sanabria, trabajos de arquitectura (1979), La vivienda de Guillermo Bermúdez (1982), Arquitextos (2006). He won the Carlos Martínez Prize for Research at the XII Biennial of Colombian Architecture (1990) for his Architecture and State research.

Ramón Parramón. Barcelona. Head of Master’s and postgraduate courses and co-director of the Master’s in Design and Public Space at Elisava/Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is the director of Idensitat Calaf/Barcelona, a programme that convokes projects, promotes interventions and debates in the sphere of design linked to the public space. His particular field of interest is in interdisciplinary projects and the role that art can play in a specific political-social context. [www.idensitat.org]

Iñaki Uriarte. Bilbao. Architect from the Barcelona School of Architecture. Strongly committed to preserving Bilbao’s port and industrial heritage, he organizes visits to the most important recent urban development and architectural productions and projects under way in the city. He has written numerous opinion articles, collaborations, interviews and has taken part in debates to defend and disseminate the architecture and building heritage of Euskal Herria.

Pilar Vega. Madrid. Urban planner geographer. Her fields of activity are focused on environmental and territorial planning and she specialises in transport. Her main areas of interest are managing demand, sustainable mobility and accessibility for the disabled. She was the Technical Director for the Balearic Island Government’s Transport Sustainability Strategy. She is currently a member of Ecologistas en Acción, co-founder of the Collective of Women Urban Planners and the Association of Pedestrians (APIE).

Itziar Vellido. Bilbao-Geneva. Architect from the School of Architecture of the University of the Basque Country and the Geneva Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning. She has worked for Geneva Local Corporation’s Urban Planning Department, where she is involved in the Les yeux de la ville (The city’s eyes) project, which a municipal intervention tool for sustainable development of the public space. [www.itziarvellido.com]

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