2015 – 2017
Manufactories of Caring Space-Time Creative Europe Cultura – Cooperation Project.
Under the name of Manufactories of Caring Space-Time, the project that gathers the three institutions envision to create, in their different contexts, a platform for reflection on the collective, the collaborative and relational as new tendencies in art.
This European project consists of three partners: Museum voor Schone Kunsten (MSK), Gent (Belgium), FRAC Lorraine (France), and Fundació Antoni Tapies, Barcelona (Spain).
As for The Fundació Antoni Tàpies, the proposal focuses on the objects, knowledge and gestures—our everyday material and immaterial cultures—which, because of various reasons (such as industrialisation processes, geo-political changes, technification or working-cultures’ transformation, etc…), have become obsolete, invisible or rejected and disregarded. Nevertheless, we consider that paying attention to them and intervene on these “absences” and “invisibilities” could enlighten our cultural heritage, social life and relationship with “others,” both subjects and objects. Through the visions, narratives and tools provided by the arts—be it performing arts, visual or graphic arts, literature, etc—we will explore, repair/recycle and play with the meanings and values of these “discarded” materials and epistemic cultures. Maybe, their new re-significance and re-evaluation revive and stir up the depleted economic models and art circuits. The aim is to recover other ways of art and cultural production, other know-how or objects of art, outside institutional circuits and markets, to explore creatively and collectively, together with local communities, more sustainable ecologies and economies of art. A project that departs from our societies’ consumption and derivate waste and poses the following question to us, as creative people:
How can our creative processes and artistic practices be the drive of more sustainable and durable local ecologies? How should we conceive vulnerability and failure as a condition but also as a creative opportunity to mutually support and strengthen each other? How to recreate the meanings, values, and bonds with the objects around us? What happens when we recreate the narrative, the history that attached us to this or that object?
To answer these questions implies exploring the possibilities of a symmetrical, material ethics that reconsiders the status of the objects/subjects and the relationships with our immediate environment at an aesthetic, ecologic, economic, and social level. It also implies exploring the possibilities of more sustainable economies—circular and post-consumption—that rely on recovery, repair, re-invention or hacking as innovative practices. It implies exploring and modifying our own narratives, meanings, and perceptions of the material world around us.