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Altercartography

By Maialen Intxausti Basterretxea

MASTERCLASS TITLE: “Altercartography”

DATES: From 9/5/2016 to 12/5/2016. 09:00 to 14:00

LOCATION: BIZKAIA ARETOA, UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY (UPV-EHU), Bilbao. AND STREETS OF BILBAO

GIVEN BY the artist of international prestige, Rogelio López Cuenca and COORDINATED BY the commissioner and local artist, Juan Pablo Ordúñez (Mawatres).

CONTENT, DEVELOPMENT AND METHOD:

“Altercartography” was created as a masterclass in the style of a practical and experimental workshop. Starting from the analysis of different projects by the author, its aim was to understand the urban development of cities linked to different events and/or situations related to art. There was an analysis of cases such as that of Málaga with Picasso City, to projects including Mapa de Valencia, Mapa de Mexico and Mappa di Roma, amongst others.

“Altercartography” should be understood as an immersive space where there is a proposal for other forms of looking, inhabiting and developing the city map and, therefore, itinerary from the vision that citizens have of it, from a perspective that goes beyond geography. The “MAPS” projects are recurrent in López Cuenca’s work, analysing and redesigning the idea of a map, seeking another way of understanding the city and being able to inhabit it.

The general research methodology in these analysis projects focuses on understanding all information sources as possible sources. By sources we refer to archives and testimonies, of course, but also to scenes in films, personal images in family albums, novels, postcards, stories… Any source that could reveal information for different research methods, in different processes of analysis.

 

RESULTS

 

The masterclass given in Bilbao has produced a series of tangible results in the local artistic context. These are some examples:

 

 

  • “BILBAO DÉ·TOUR·NEMENT. Catalogue of Artistic-cultural Spaces and Practices”.
  • This project, a direct result of the workshop and the debate that arose from it, has been exhibited in Madrid, Bilbao and New York, and is scheduled for future exhibitions and shows.No habrá lugar allí para ninguno- El relato” (There won’t be a place for any- The story) by Abel Jaramillo.
  • “Las malas hierbas” (The Weeds) An editorial project that brings together old texts and journeys through different urban contexts, understanding the story as a form of social cartography.

 

 

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