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Cycle of artistic activities in the neighbourhood of La Marina

Between 9th November and 10th December 2017, a number of artistic actions took place in La Marina. All of them were free and related to the cultural agents of the neighbourhood. Lead by the Neighbourhood Development Plan (Pla de Barris de la Marina) and organized by the SEAT Worker’s Democratic Memorial, these actions discussed La Marina’s historical memory and referred to the industrial past of the neighbourhood, especially with the history of the SEAT factory workers and the Model 600 (of which it was the 60th anniversary).

Through the presentation of a book, a narrative itinerary, a journey on a Model 600, a temporary exhibition and a collective theatre creation, for a month, we rediscovered the neighbourhood, dialogued with La Marina’s historical memory and shared culture.

All the activities were free:

  • Presentation of José Sainz Neira’s book Historia de la SEAT. Nostalgia de una era.
  • Temporary exhibition (pictures and texts): SEAT 600: Motor de Libertad
  • Narrative promenade

The promenade shared the beginning and the end with the journey on the Model 600. Thus, it was also started with a dance-based action by Javier Guerrero and his team and ended with various actions in the halls of various neighbourhood’s buildings and on the street. Between the two actions, the group made a tour around the neighbourhood wearing helmets, a tour that recovered La Marina’s historical memory and resignified some spaces, which were usually unknown to the participants. Marta Vallejo narrated the tour, and her voice completed the written material handed out to the participants (a self-published booklet by Marta Vallejo and Francesc Prieto).

  • Artistic tour on a model 600

The goal of the action was for the participants to travel back in time and to live the experience of a random Sunday for the family of a SEAT worker. The Model 600 represented a lifestyle pushed forward by Franco’s dictatorship as a means to hide the miseries of the country. The excursions on the 600 were a time for leisure and meeting for the working class.

The tour aimed to focus on the social and political contradictions of the era. The Model 600 was the symbol of economic recovery during Franco’s dictatorship, the formula for Spanish families to feel middle-class, and coexisted with a concentration of labourers in the Zona Franca factory which led to an organised fight for labour rights which ended up leading union protests in Barcelona and throughout Spain.

  • Workshop with ‘Teatro de los Sentidos and La Inefable’
  • ‘Hilando Barrio’ – show (Weaving the neighbourhood)

The show ‘Weaving the neighbourhood’ follows the creation methods and the particular theatrical knowhow of Teatro de los sentidos. It is an experiential theatre that involves the audience in all possible senses. The audience and the participants who took part in the show as performers shared stories and experiences of the neighbourhood. The idea was to recover the historical memory of the neighbourhood thanks to the voices of its people and to turn it into a theatrical experience.