• Research Action Workshops

    RAW is a space for reflection, warm-up and idea testing before the Forum d’Avignon-Bilbao. The aim of RAW is to use a cross-cutting approach to look at local ideas and experiences together with artists and cultural agents, through debates and activities connected with art and culture in contemporary contexts. Creativity goes above and beyond the cultural sphere, but it always forms an essential part of the dynamics of art, in whatever form. Artists are ‘actists’. They act in cities, where the community needs them. They transform synergies and recreate the citizens’ pact.

    At a time of future uncertainty, a time when we are questioning the established models, creativity is called upon to help drive our economic, social and political activities. RAW aims to approach this driving force from a cross-cutting, uninhibited perspective. It is geared to artists and cultural agents, calling on them to build up accounts of how the present can shape the future, bringing local involvement and contribution to Forum d’Avignon Bilbao’s more globalised debates and discussions. In short, RAW is a catalyst for ideas, impulses and tensions. It was held before Forum d’Avignon Bilbao, but it may well be both a ‘before’ and an ‘after’.

    As training, a few weeks before RAW, Ixi García conducted a workshop based on her project SOFT.


    • 5 March, 2014
      • 9:00 - 9:30Reception and registration
      • 9:30 - 11:00PLENARY SESSION

        Development and sustainability of art projects in the city.

        The results of the ideas lab currently being prepared by Ixiar Garcia for the Forum Avignon-Bilbao on the basis of her work SOFT will be presented at this session. It will be the starting point for a debate on the balance between small and large projects and the tension conveyed by the new cultural patterns. Cities are a living medium for experience, where art renews society and culture, turning it on its head.
        Debate leaders: María Mur (Consonni) and María Ptqk.

      • 11:00 - 11:30Coffee break

        1/ Art hybridization experiments and practice.
        Creative territories are always new and always surprising. Artists and creators seek an impulse to get away from their comfort zones and meet to exchange ideas. The results of these meetings are evocative experiences, new territories waiting to be explored.
        Moderators: María Arana / Gorka Rodríguez (Zaramari)

        2/ From mistakes to learning, a useful methodology.
        We learn from our mistakes. When things don’t work, the best we can do is to draw the relevant conclusions. We can create strengths from defects and aptitudes from insecurity.
        Moderators: María Salazar (Klinika de Proyectos) / Nani Soriano (La Noria, Málaga)

        3/ New communities in artistic and social practice.
        Over the last few years, artistic and social practice has transformed the way we organise ourselves, how we work and how we make ourselves visible. But critical and evolutionary self-perception has played a very important role, in spite of its short career. This space is a way of advancing through group debate on these new agents and projects.
        Moderator: Ricardo Antón (ColaBoraBora)

      • 13:30 - 15:00Lunch
      • 15:00 - 17:00Continuation and conclusion of the workshop sessions by the moderators of each workshop
      • 17:00 - 18:00Drawing common conclusions from the workshops

        Pooling of observations, conclusions and projections for the day. These conclusions will then form part of the debate tables and will be presented on the last day of the Forum.

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    • 5 March, 2014
      • 21:00 - 23:00Reception in Guggenheim Bilbao Museum
    • 6 March, 2014
      • 9:00 - 9:45Registration of participants
      • 9:45 - 10:00Opening and welcome

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