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EIX CULTURAL PDB PROGRAMME

Graner is a cultural centre that engages with its vicinity, that hosts experimentation with non-standardized languages as an everyday practice, and connects the artists of the centre to the local community of our neighbourhood: La Marina.

We must have a lively culture that makes us think and allows us to continue creating new forms of culture; a culture that does not only offer finished products ready to be consumed by a passive audience, but instead makes us all take part in such products; a culture that entitles us to use its symbols and resignify them, to revisit traditions and create new imaginaries that let us build, remix, think and live culture in a lively and heterogeneous, non-normative and non-hegemonic, manner.

The Cultural Hub has four cornerstones, four key values:

+ Awareness of the context

+ Participation

+ Creative resignification

+ Humanity

It includes such artistic actions as:

  • Collective authoring processes
  • Processes of collaboration between artists and neighbours
  • Generic proposals addressed to the citizens
  • Particular proposals addressed to specific collectives
  • Long-term processes (6 months to a year)
  • Brief and eventual actions

 

IN DIALOGUE WITH

The implied organisations and professionals are:

Illa Educativa Project: EBM Collserola, Escola Bàrkeno and Espacio Familiar La Casa dels Colors + EBM El Niu (Can Clos) + Graner’s team.

Sant Pere Claver Fundació Sanitària + Consulta Joven Action: Sant Pere Claver Fundació Sanitària and Consulta Joven + Graner’s team.

Vulnus Action: Vulnus, Red sin gravedad

ASPROSEAT and ARTtransforma Action: ASPROSEAT and ARTtransforma

IMAGINA’T Action

El Cos Respira Action: Mercedes Boronat

Action at ‘Festes Majors de la Marina’: the festivity committees of the 9 quarters that form La Marina neighbourhood + Graner’s team

Actions within Festival SÂLMON<: Fabra i Coats – Fàbrica de Creació, IES Moisés Broggi, IES Montjuïc, IES Josep Comas i Solà, NyamNyam, Jorge Dutor y Guillem Mont de Palol, Anna Pantinat, Big Bouncers, Proyecto En Resdiència, Cris Celada, Tomás Castro, Beatriz Sánchez, Agost Produccions, L’Afluent.

Illa Educativa (Educational Blok) Project

This project aims to design a dance-based project for children 0 to 6 years of age within the Educational Block—the block bounded by the Zona Franca Avenue, and the Cisell and Mare de Déu del Port streets. It stems from a double perspective.

On the one hand, the historical perspective:

Since 2014-15, various educational centres from the block have taken part in dance, body and movement projects linked to Graner.

If we focus on children 0 to 6 years of age and their families we observe that:

  • At the EBM Collserola (Cos i Moviment 0-3 Project) and the Espai Familiar La Casa dels Colors (Cross-generational Workshops for Families), educational teams have made a strong effort to reflect on and practice the language of the body and the language of movement with children aged 0 to 3 years old and their families.
  • At Bàrkeno School, through the Tandem Project, they have incorporated dance at school, rethinking the way of teaching and learning and considering the body as a tool for both during the second cycle of kindergarten school and at primary school.

Thus, in the three projects, the possibility of taking part in a shared dance-based project allows the schools:

  • On the one hand, to go on delving into and consolidating the idea of dance as a source of relationship and communication, as a form of learning and as a door to new universes.
  • On the other hand, to give the chance to professionals, children, families and educators to generate synergy and to find meeting and exchange points in relation to the understanding of the body and movement language during early childhood.
  • Finally, to concentrate on children aged 0 to 6 years old.

The project is developed taking into account the particularities of this moment in the lives of children and of this stage in the development of their education.

Authors such as Ajuriaguerra and Wallon point out that since birth movement has a great importance as a source of communication and bonding. Thus, the body’s tonic function is the most primitive tool for communication exchange and interpersonal relationships. Children up to age 6 years express and communicate a lot through body language and movement. Infants tell express and communicate through body expression and psychomotor manifestations. During this period, affections and emotions have a great importance, as they are a source of movement.

Besides, on the basis of genetic psychology and the studies by Piaget, we can affirm that motor and body experiences are the departure point of intelligence. The body is tightly tied to knowledge, which is acquired through the manipulation of the body and the objects through space and time.

The body is the very first tool for discovery, exploration, research and learning.

  • From birth to age 2, the child is in the sensorimotor stage, in which he or she investigates, operates objects and develops his or her practical intelligence through psychomotor activity, which is very connected to experiences and external motivations that impel the child to relate or not to the objects.
  • Between ages 2 and 7, the child is in the preoperational stage, during which actions are interiorized and symbolic representation appears.

Thus, we can state that dance can be highly significant: dancing is an activity that implies all of the child’s abilities. The symbolic language used in dance (in terms of movement, space and time) requires children to use their cognitive, physical, communicational, affective and relational abilities. For all these reasons, we understand that body language is essential for the education between ages 0 and 6, and we insist on the educational value of dance, rather than in the aesthetic and cultural value of dance understood as an artistic discipline exclusively reserved to future dancers.

SPCF + CONSULTA JOVE PROJECT

“Dance as a tool for self-expression and creativity for teenagers with psychological issues.”

Different initiatives aiming to improve youth care have come from the TIAF (Taula Infància Adolescència i Família – Infancy, Adolescence and Family Board), specifically from the workgroup “Healthy affectivity and sexuality”. Two public institutions (Graner and Sant Pere Claver Fundació Sanitària – Sant Pere Claver’s Health Foundation); we thus thought that we could open lines of collaboration that drew from the areas of expertise of each organisation in order to carry out solid projects that benefit the youth of the neighbourhood.

VULNUS PROJECT

Vulnus have been artists in residency at Graner since 2016 and they have an agreement by which they will stay until 2019.

The project is participated by Graner + Red sin Gravedad + UOC, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya + Entities of the neighbourhood of La Marina (Neighbourhood associations, cultural, health, education and shopkeepers associations)

Vulnus is an artistic project that reflects on living arts and society through research and by creating an alliance of creators and researchers. The Vulnus group, which includes citizens interested in collective creation, activists and researchers, opens new ways for artistic creation by working on and inquiring into the notions of diversity, vulnerability and the commons. In shared creation, experience and research relate one another in a permanent exchange that favours collective, critical and constructive thinking. Artistically, Vulnus researches on creative processes and underlines the difficulties and frailties of the present moment in art, and focuses on the conceptual, methodological and dynamic cracks in the artistic practices of the present time.

Street actions, work on specific realities, constant reflection, performance, fiction-reality permeability, shared writing

SÂLMON< ACTIVITIES

4 actions took place within the programme of Festival SÂLMON that aimed at giving visibility to different projects Graner has been carrying out within the framework of La Marina’s neighbourhood Cultural Hub (Eix Cultural). Thus, different collectives with which we often collaborate were present at the festival.

  • ‘In residency’ meeting: Graner takes part in the ‘Creators in residency at Barcelona’s high schools’ project from 2012. In 2017-18 we have curated and coordinated two residencies, one at the IES Moisès Broggi and one at the IES Montjuïc (in our neighbourhood). Besides, we observed that many creators who took part in the ‘In residency’ project were related to then SÂLMON Festival programme.

This was the driving engine of this meeting and, at the same time, the challenge of it. We did not plan the meeting as a showcase or exhibition of the present lines of work of the artists (be it with Big Bouncers, Jorge Dutor and Guillem de Palol or Anna Pantinat), but as a daylong action in which the students were the main characters and expressed themselves, shared artistic processes and connected to a reality different than their everyday life at high school. Besides, Nyamnyam, a space and artistic project that links art and food in order to create shared experiences, joined the meeting.

High schools that took part in the meeting: IES Montjuïc, IES Moisès Broggi, IES Josep Comas i Solà.

Teachers: Marta Moragues, David Arnaiz, Estel·la Clopés, Fanny Figures, Marta Arbolí, Vicent Santamaria y Carmen Olivares.

Coordinating teams: Graner, L’Afluent

Creators: Big Bouncers, Jorge Dutor and Guillem Mont de Palol, and Anna Pantinat

Students: 1st year students at IES Monjuïc and IES Moisès Broggi and 3rd and 4th year students from the Open Classroom Group at IES Josep Comas i Solà.

  • Pop Feminism, with Cris Celada and Tomás Castro: Pop Feminism is born with the goal of creating singular artistic actions from pre-existing elements. Such distant universes as abstract thought and pop take new forms when they appear mixed up, their borders blur and something completely different emerges. In relation to SÂLMON Festival, Pop Feminism was linked to high schools (ages 12 to 18), where various workshops took place. They were oriented towards a creative process that allowed mixing entertainment and cultural materials. It was a fun and surprising way to approach classic literary and philosophical texts. With Tomás Castro, from the Leer es sexy collective and Cristina Celada, from El pollo campero, comidas para llevar company.
  • #FFSALMON with Agost Produccions: Explícame lo que has visto > Hazme lo que has vito > Hazme lo que has visto (Tell me what you’ve seen > Do what you’ve seen > Write what you’ve seen). #FFSâlmon was a project addressed to young people between ages 18 and 24. In February, among other actions, they attended rehearsals of some of the festival’s acts and were invited to eat paella with the artists and the audience at Fabra i Coats-Fàbrica de Creació. As a conclusion, the young participants were invited to realise a series of artistic actions as a response to the experience.
  • Blink Flash Duncan, with Blink Flash Association: Family show. Ages 2 to 4. This show was included in the festival programme. The price of the tickets was reduced for the neighbours, and the show was specifically publicized at the kindergarten schools with which we regularly work within the Cultural Hub.