2018. Socially Engaged Art. Collektive ARTerias Urbanas. Santa Cruz. BOL.

#appropriation #decentralising_culture #empowerment_of_the_neigbourhood #selforganizing #right_to_the_city

CONTEXT: In Santa Cruz, public space is heavily regulated, barely allowing participation and co-creation. Moreover, the centralization of cultural offerings in the city center neglects the development of neighborly networks in the more distant city quarters, resulting in culturally impoverished and overlooked suburbs. In response to this, we paced a mobile container in one of these suburbs, aiming to activate public spaces and foster community networks through collaborative work and artistic practices.

Apart from the infrastructure and economic neglect curated and institutionalized, culture is completely invisible in the suburbs of Santa Cruz. El Contenedor is a mobile cultural space that was active for three months in one of these peripheral districts. The aim was to energize this space and encourage self-organization and to decentralize culture.  

For this purpose the mobile cultural space was developed in the form of a container which will stop at two month stages in various deporting neighborhoods over the next two years.

At the first station (see pictures) a variety of workshops, lectures, markets, urban gardening events were carried out. The aim is to work with local people to find out, bit by bit, what kind of neighborhood they long to live in. From this, opportunities can be given to locals to be proactive in shaping their neighborhood and to establish themselves as active creators of the city.
Watch this documentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKHL9GwARRs

Further information: www.elcontenedor.org/


El Día digital: El Contenedor presenta su prima estación Especies de Espacios. 02/2018. ESP

El Deber: Artistas empiezan a mover El Contenedor de ARTErias Urbanas. 01/2018. ESP

Correo del sur: ARTErias Urbanas termina el año lanzando El Contenedor. 12/2017. ESP

Photos: © Jakob Wirth ©Ozzo Ukumari