Cultural Madrid in the World Pride 2017

 

 

First Pride in Madrid. 1978.

 

 

Multidisciplinary exhibitions, concerts, lectures, performances and workshops will fill galleries, streets and cultural institutions like CentroCentro, Matadero Madrid, Medialab-Prado or Conde Duque. These activities have the intention of showing the relevance of LGTBIQ claims, though which these collectives have tried and keep trying to be visible.

 

 

 

Pride March in 2011

 

 

CentroCentro Cibeles will participate with several exhibitions, among them: `Subversive. 40 years of activism in Spain´ (until October 1), that documents with more than 300 works the evolution of LGTB struggles in support of equally and sexual diversity. Matadero Madrid hosts the 30th of June and within other activities the event ´Night policies´, a group of concerts, sound and visual interventions and performances around sexual dissents related to the night. Medialab-Prado, apart from having hosted workshops like ´Queer geographies´ and ´Queerzine´, will show in its screen audiovisual pieces focused on proposals from several projects. Conde Duque presents, among other activities, `AIDS Anarchive´, a task of analysing and collecting audiovisual information about this topic that has been produced in Chile and Spain. It provides a new and more affective perspective than the one that defines AIDS as an epidemic disease in a globalized world.

 
 
 

Bronzino. San Sebastián around 1533.

 


Besides the activities above, Prado and Thyssen museums participate with two itineraries: `The Other’s Gaze. Spaces of difference´ and `Inclusive love´ respectively. The first one, encourages a reflection on the historical reality of same-sex relationships and non-normative sexual identities. The second one, offers a thematic route along themes, iconography and figures relating to LGTB culture in art.

 

 

 

`Los amores oscuros´. Spanish Theatre.

 


In parallel to these events and among many others, Madrid cultural offering includes concerts, theatre plays or film festivals in several headquarters (Casa América, Spanish Theatre, Filmoteca, etc.). They all also refer to these activisms, whose first marches were born in Spain 40 years ago.

 

 

Thirteen years have passed since its beginnings, and in all this time the Video Art Festival PROYECTOR has grown and consolidated its position as an essential event in this discipline. Since its inception, the initiative has tried to give visibility to a discipline that has always been relegated to the background in the usual exhibition circuits. Although video creation is not new, since it emerged by its own in the 60s of last century, the way to get to know it and enjoy it has not always been easy. On many occasions, the exhibitions only included a few isolated pieces within the main route, as if the video was the anecdotal contribution to the whole. However, our daily lives are invaded by moving images, and there is a paradox that video art, despite being a format of artistic expression very much in tune with the habits of today's society, remains a minority discipline

Frame from “Hel City”, by Gregorio Méndez Sáez, 2019

To some extent, PROYECTOR was born to reverse this situation, to value video as a creative format and to offer a wide, itinerant space to host a multitude of proposals, coming from inside and outside our borders. In this time, the growth of the festival has led it to travel the world, but also, to be a benchmark that each year arouses more interest. In the open call to receive proposals, they reach almost half a thousand, and a hundred works selected by the jury are a representative sample of different ways of understanding video creation, with pieces mainly from Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

In turn, PROYECTOR wants to be more than a video showcase and offers a large program with talks, workshops, masterclasses, meetings with artists, visits and concerts. A complete experience that always has the moving image as a backdrop.

El Instante Francisco Ruiz de Infante. El bosque que se mueve (errores de medida)

In this evolution, another circumstance stands out: video is a creative format that has its own codes, but it is also one of the disciplines most open to artistic hybridization and the widening of uses. The video may, therefore, be the genuine idea of an author who conceives an autonomous project to be carried out in this format, but it can also be the complementary result of an action or the documentary record of a previous performance being recorded to guarantee its survival. The versatility of the moving image and the potential that it has acquired in recent years allows us today to speak of numerous branches of art that focus on the fusion of languages and the integration of techniques and methodologies from other sectors, and in many of them, the video is still a cornerstone. So it is with technological art, interactive sound art, performance recording, the transformation from big data to image, artificial intelligence, and a long etcetera. Precisely for this reason, PROYECTOR offers a panoramic vision of this reality, with an extremely interesting program that plays with the variety and wealth of proposals.

Frame from “Herdança”, by Thiago Rocha Pitta, 2007

The 2020 edition will run from September 9th to 20th. As usual, the program displays in various venues throughout the city of Madrid, each of which will house a small section of the activities. This year the festival will count with the collaboration of the Casa Árabe, White Lab, Cruce, El Instante Fundación, ¡ésta es una PLAZA!, Extensión AVAM (Matadero Madrid), Institut Français de Madrid, Medialab Prado, Quinta del Sordo, Sala Alcalá 31, Sala El Águila, Secuencia de Inútiles and White Lab, in addition to the collaboration of the INELCOM Collection and the video art collection of Teresa Sapey.

The festival is also the ideal place to articulate the cultural fabric, since it involves numerous professionals in the sector, from curators to creators, from centres managers to critics and teachers. The 2020 program also has the collaboration of the FUSO Festival and the Museo Reina Sofía, which are providing some of their pieces for the exhibition.

In short, an appointment that lovers of contemporary art should not miss and that promises many novelties in this 13th edition.