1st Conference of the Platform of Independent Spaces for Contemporary Creation in Madrid

On 28, 29 and 30 June 2022, VIVACES, the 1st Meeting of the Platform of Independent Spaces for Contemporary Creation of Madrid, took place in the Auditorium of the Community of Madrid at the Sala Alcalá 31.

The creative fabric of the city of Madrid is nourished by various agents that traditionally integrate it from formal, academic or institutional spheres, as well as the independent from formal, academic or institutional spheres, as well as the independent spaces of contemporary creation which, for several decades now, have been incorporating the activity of different agents and professionals into the city as an element of inclusion and support for creation. The activity of the different agents and professionals in the city as an element of inclusion and support for creation.

Over the last decade there has been an enormous increase in the appearance, constitution and setting up of such spaces in the city. and implementation of such spaces in Madrid. For reasons that we propose to analyse in this public forum, many of them were constituted as a platform at the end of 2021 with the dual aim of highlighting their projects and creating a joint voice in the dialogue with public institutions and administrations.

The Plataforma de Espacios Independientes de Creación Contemporánea organised a first meeting that took place on 28, 29 and 30 June 2022 in the auditorium of the Comunidad de Madrid in Alcalá 31, based on several working groups made up of representatives from different spaces.

Participating spaces: ACME Estudio, Quinta del Sordo, Espacio Proa, La Praga, #Ey!Studio, LEA (Lab of Experimental Art), Espositivo, Nadie Nunca Nada No, Espacio Afro, La Juan Gallery, La Parcería, CAR (Centro de Acercamiento a lo Rural), Atelier Solar, Talleres Omnívoros, marcablanca, Instituto de Estudios Postnaturales, Museo La Neomudéjar, Casa Banchel, HabitaciónNúmero 34, Espacio Lahipoteca, FelipaManuela, Planta Alta, Espacio de Todo.


28 JUNE 

10:00 h - 12:00 h

We are not alone, but how can we work and develop the different processes collectively? Cooperation models exist, how can they be applied and implemented in the different projects around us? Local, national and international networks.

ACME Estudio / Débora Levy
Espacio Proa / Lydia Garvín
Quinta del Sordo / Javier Guerra
Dinamización: Andrea Pacheco / FelipaManuela
Relatoría: Ramón Mateos / Nadie Nunca Nada No

12:15h - 14:15 h

What are and should be the relations between the different independent spaces and the institutions with which they share their fabric? Are independent spaces service providers for institutions, accomplices or alternative programmers? Towards the elaboration of a decalogue of good practices between spaces and institutions.

Casa Banchel / Marko Zednik
#Ey!Studio / Alfonso Fernández
La Praga / Paula Cueto
Dinamización: Ramón Mateos / Nadie Nunca Nada No
Relatoría: Marta Badiola / Espacio Lahipoteca

17:00 h - 19:00 h 

Independent projects are essentially experimental spaces for the development and research of exhibition formats, artistic practices and hybrid models that escape the formal definitions of creative processes.

Espositivo / Ivan Cicchetti
LEA (Lab of Experimental Art) / Jorge de la Cruz
Nadie Nunca Nada No / Ramón Mateos
Dinamización: Francisco Brives / Museo La Neomudéjar
Relatoría: Diego Peris / Espacio de Todo


10:00 h - 12:00 h

Each independent space has its own audiences and creates its own communities, is it possible to exchange them, can they be shared, how are they integrated into the processes and programmes of each project?

Espacio Afro / Yeison García
La Juan Gallery / Juan Gómez Alemán
La Parcería / Johan Posada
Dinamización: Amelie Aranguren / CAR (Centro de Acercamiento a lo Rural) Relatoría: Jara Blanco / Quinta del Sordo

12:15 h - 14:15 h

Organisational models and sustainability of projects, funding mechanisms and good practices.

Atelier Solar / Daniel Silvo
CAR (Centro de Acercamiento a lo Rural) / Amelie Aranguren
Talleres Omnívoros / Alfredo Morte
Dinamización: Javier Guerra / Quinta del Sordo
Relatoría: Carlos Iglesias / NavelArt

17:00 h - 19:00 h 

The need to create one's own text or to communicate is a tension that has been resolved through the publications that spaces have been producing for decades, but in recent years it has become an increasingly important practice in the programming of different independent projects.

Zapadores Ciudad del Arte / Francisco Brives
marcablanca / Blanca Sotos
Instituto de Estudios Postnaturales / Karol Muñozcano
Dinamización: Flavia Introzzi / Planta Alta
Relatoría: Ana Lozano / FelipaManuela


10:00 h - 12:00 h

The platform: Where we are going and the need to think ahead.

Casa Banchel / Marko Zetnik
Espacio Lahipoteca / Marta Badiola
HabitaciónNúmero 34 / Rafael García Bodeguero
Dinamización: Daniel Silvo / Atelier Solar
Relatoría: Carlos Iglesias / NavelArt

12:15 h - 14:15 h

The final roundtable brings together the different points raised by the roundtables, reviewing the issues raised and making some proposals on their situation and future.

CAR (Centro de Acercamiento a lo Rural) / Amelie Aranguren
Museo La Neomudéjar / Francisco Brives
Nadie Nunca Nada No / Ramón Mateos

17:00 h - 19:00 h 

What is a residency programme, its nature, objectives and models. Rationale, what needs it covers and who it is aimed at.

Espacio de Todo / Jo Muñoz
FelipaManuela / Andrea Pacheco
Planta Alta / Flavia Introzzi
Dinamización: Espositivo / Ivan Cicchetti
Relatoría: Atelier Solar / Daniel Silvo