Agostamiento (Withered). Abierto x Obras.

Basurama proposes an interior landscape for Abierto por Obras. It has been extracted from the plantation of 7000 sunflowers it has cultivated on Gran Vía del Sureste Avenue during the summer of 2016 with the community of the Ensanche de Vallecas area on the very southeasternmost edge of Madrid. An impossible public space welcoming everyone for a chat and a few sunflower seeds. (Sunflower seeds are one of the most popular snacks in Spain and have served as the cheapest form of entertainment for decades).

What was to be the main boulevard of the 60 meter- wide avenue is actually a secluded terrain vague of 350 mts long and 30 mts wide that has been standing there for years, waiting for a plan that is not to be completed. Is one of the many leftover that the burst of the 2002- 2007 housing bubble left in Madrid. A bleakly heartbreaking and unsettling urban landscape, set out and reinvented as an agricultural landscape, and becomes a meeting place, producing both crops and relations.

Among that leftovers of the new city, there are people living, who have decided to put their lives and their communities in their own hands, taking care of them and its public spaces. When the August ploughing comes around, the cycle of life and inflorescence gives way to space for life to be built and shared.

Photos of the process

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The City is For Playing

The City is For Playing ephemerally hacked two of Sao Paulo´s most central highlines for the Virada Cultural festival. Viaduto do Chá and ‘Minhocão’ (elevado Costa e Silva) under spaces remain abbandoned decades after their construction and are the perfect examples of wasted spaces of the modernist metropolis.

Just with some swings made of ropes, reused advertisement outdoors and discarded tires, we transformed the use of this wasted spaces into vibrant, playful and diverse Places.
Workers and commuters, who normally avoid the areas, feel atracted by the balance of the giant swings.
Homeless people living under the Viaduto do Chá, started pushing the lonely visitors, receiving some money as gratitude.

‘Use’ is the soul of spaces. As Jane Jacobs announced, places full of people, are safer and happier.

 

Gatos Playground in Rio de Janeiro

When we take off our feet from the floor, extraordinary things happen. When we get out from this ground we are used to stay, we also get out from our confort space and we notice thing we usually don´t notice. We open the dors and windows of learning.

This is the aim of ‘Gatos’, an installation criated by brazilian office of Basurama with discarded metal oil barrels which transforms the courtyard of Rio de Janeiro´s Casa Daros into a playground for children under 99 years old.
In this square, children and adults can interact with the materials and the spaces, which show the creative possibilities of ‘waste’. To build this installation, were used more than 200 discarded oil barrels and an outdoor from a previous artwork by argentinian artist Fabian Marcaccio. The spaces can be freely interpretated and manipulated, entered, climbed, layed and so on.

City for Children Under 99 years old

The exhibition ‘Urban Provocations’, organized by SESC (Brazilian Commerce Chamber Social Service) in Sao Paulo, put together heterogeneus works related to city contemporary penhomenons as ‘right to city’, public space or equal right to play.

‘City for Children Under 99 Years Old’ is the interactive installation designed by Basurama with reused metal barrels and advertisement SESC outdoors. A playground designed for unlimited ways of using it as climbing structre, public furniture. The only limit is children imagination under 99 years old.

(RE)_Create Taipei

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One of the main problem that Taipei city is facing today in relation with city development and urban planning is that common infrastructures such as playgrounds and other public spaces are been replace by new ones made by plastic and with same pattern and same style.

We have identified several citizen movement against the standardization of this public spaces, that reclaim playgrounds more texture and designed, places that allow to imagine ways of playing rather than forcing you to play in an specific way.

(RE)Create Taipei is project that take place in the Taipei World Design Capital 2016 framework. The project will focus on working in public space,urban waste and local communities.

The project take its shape through research, analysis, meetings, actions, events and installations conceived by Basurama and City Yeast together with other cultural agents and citizens.

The work schedule is designed with the following phases:

PRE-ACTIVE

INTERVENTION

POST-ACTIVE

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Research

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Analysis

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Meeting with target groups

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Workshop

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Forum

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Pr-design and prototype

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Implementation

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Exhibition

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Website dissemination

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1st Travel:

>> Meet our with our counterpart, City Yeast, to establish the objectives of our work, our priorities an a timetable for action
>> Participate in the seminar (RE) Create_Taipei: challenges for design and use of public space and public parks.

>> Identify potential intervention sites
>> Identify collaborators, project partners to citizen groups
>> Study flows of trash materials and identify potential waste for the construction of new spaces

>> Conducted a workshop for the construction of a Bubble station, or portable office, whichour counterpart will make interventions in different spaces of the city to establish dialogues with neighbors and citizens about what is public space for them? how do they imagine public space? which colors they would like to prevail in these spaces? what kind of uses they would like to develop in public space? ….etc

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HALFTIME (APRIL-JUNE)

During this period, we have been working online, managing and coordinating the whole process, giving advise and sharing information using email and internet calls.

>> City Yeast kept stimulating the debate about Public Space through the Bubble Station builded in the previous tryp. We also kept on moving forward on the Communication between us and the citizens and neighbours, and we worked on the permissions so the intervations could remain until late October.
>> Together with the local agents, we have been doing an exhaustive search of the waste material to be used, either comming from industries or Taipei´s gardens and parks itselfs.
>> Basurama focused in the design and the creative process, digging deep in the possibilities of materials and spaces.
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2nd Tryp (July 8-24th)

We arrived to Taipei with the places to be intervened and the target users already selected and with a whole imaginary for both spaces.

The  Kid Ambition Park or Watertank Playground is located in southeast Jhongxiao Rd. and Jinhua Rd, close to a kindergarden.
The intervention consits in 1 huge water tank formerly used for indstrial refrigeration and 5 other tanks with different dimensions used for home refrigeration systems.

Our working process with the material used for this intervention started by taking care about the material, fixing it, and adapting it for its new purpose. Every tank was cleaned and protected with the propper varnish before combined them together to create a new an unique park in Taipei. This is, probably, the first park ever created only with reused water tanks.

The main objetive of the park is exploration and discovery. We pretend to encourage free play, no indications, let the kids become explorers searching for new paths in the same park, create their own itineraries.

We designed a place where kids can feel free while playing, with places to hide and secret corners but allowing the grownups to watch them. We achieve this by using wholes or by playing with the dimensions and the points of view, so the adults can watch them without being seen.

> The largest tank works as a big fishbowl with hanging elements. The inner space is cozy and encourage a new way of looking, since the open end frames the sky and the buildings, creating new perspectives. Furthermore, the open end that acts as an entrance also have an slide and a sort of climbing device .

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> The spyhole room works as a ball pit, but also as a poetic space, a place with infinite illumination posibilities thanks to the hundred holes that filter the light through the interior, projecting shadows that change during the day.

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> Tanks of different sizes form the labyrinth. The maze interior is covered with different textures: mirrors, bubbles, tree bark, soft walls and grasslike patched seats, a pletora of outside-school learning tools.

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> The tunnel is a passing place, also a den, a cave to protect oneselve from the rain or the sun, to relax in the softness of the pompoms that cover ir.

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The second intervention Civic Swing Space or LampPost Open Space  can be found under the Bridge of Shimin boulevar in the union between Civic Boulevard, section 3 and Andong street. The space aim is going beyond a play yard or a park. It meant to be a new multipurpose space in the city, a gathering place with swings, chilling areas and even a stage for several prouposes.

 

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3rd Tryp (october 8-20th)

On October the 13rd  the Exhibition of the  World Design Capital Taipei 2016 was open in Sonshang Creative Park. Our project, (Re)_Create Taipei,  was included in the pavillion of Taipei Issuuuue.

You can check the sum up vídeo 🙂

The TreeTrash. “Christmas by pedaling”

A cardboard mountain with the shaped of a Christmas tree, which objective is to visualize overconsumption. The tree was illuminated by pedaling in several bikes of CiclaLab.

The TreeTrash was exhibited from 22 December 2015 to 4 January 2016 in Madrid City Council.

In Madrid tons of cardboard are discarded daily. The streets of the city, especially the most commercial areas, are filled with cardboard every day when stores closed. Cardboard is the maximum symbol of consumption. Almost every imaginable material: toys, clothes, household and electrical appliances… are transported in cardboard boxes from all over the world.

One of these giant cardboard accumulations became the Christmas tree of Madrid City Council in 2015. An icon of consumption built with the remains of consumption. We built the tree during 3 days with the cardboard collected after a Trash Safari in the streets of the city. The tree dimensions were over 9 meters high and 5 meters in his base. The construction was made together with volunteers during an open to participation workshop.

In the following video you can see the collection and construction process .

Instalación realizada en el marco de “Navidad a pedales“. Proyecto ideado por CiclaLab. Un icono navideño iluminado con tu energía.

 

It’s all yours Gulbenkian

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We are what we throw away! Our trash defines us, it is the shadow of what we are, part of our memory.

During  three months the Gulbenkian Foundation and Museum have carefully collected all inorganic waste produced, both by its employees and visitors. From the tips of the pencils, to bottle caps, to obsolete brochures or to all the little holes drilled on the paper sheets. A trash catalog of what’s making, doing and living left behind.

With all that waste we made an art installation in the main entrance of the Gulbenkian Museum, it was ordered by colors, textures … shaping a new landscape. A landscape that coexisted with the garden on the other side of the glass, and in which visitors are immersed. Visitors will walk trough all this ​​small treasures, looking, searching and selecting pieces. All those object will be converted into unique souvenirs, and exclusive piece for each visitor.

 

The Waste room of modernity

Invited to the exhibition “Haushalten in den Meisterhäusern: Wie leben wir morgen gesund und wirtschaftlich?” (“Householding” in the Master houses: how we will live healthy and economically tomorrow?) the first exhibition of contemporary interventions happening at the houses that Gropius designed for the teachers of the Bauhaus in Dessau. It was open from June, 12th to August, 9th 2015.

Researching about the house we were invited to (the Dining Room of Georg Muche), we realized that the house had a buffer space between the kitchen and the dining room, that originally had a window to pass the dishes to the dining room. In that room, the service put the plates together before passing it to the guests. The home of the masters of modernity not only had service living in the dark basement, their service was hidden and unvisible from them. If we think about the service at Downton Abbey, contemporary to them (1926), at least they see each other.

Obviously, modernity was clean because someone else was dirty. Our founding fathers, the Bauhaus and its domesticity did not contemplate any relation with care work. The house was to be a machine for living and creating, alright. But it needed servants.

The installation we proposed crossed those two realities of cleanlines and dirtiness, work and discourse: in the service room, we exhibited some of the photos we took around the world of the waste pickers we have been working with. They were exhibited in the most familiar (and patronising) way. Meanwhile, in the living room, eight thermal printers were printer every twit with the typical hashtags of the contemporary ecological discourse: #Recycle, #Waste, #Efficiency, #Reuse, #Sustainable, #Growth, #Ecology, and not surprisingly the less times twitted #Consumption, which is for us the key word for understading our relation with the world today. 58 days printing every twit with those hashtags, from 10h to 17h CET: Around 15000 mts of thermal paper, 200,000 twits.

While some make ecology work, and invent new methods of caring and householding , some of us dedicate our time to produce discourse, as empty as usual.

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This is the curatorial text:

Waste is contemporary, not modern.
Indeed, economy consists today of the production, transport and consumption of waste.
Gropius never included a “waste room” in the meister houses- in his time

There was not as much waste as today. BUT; also the servants handled that.

Modernity was clean because someone else was dirty:
What Gropius included is a room where the servants remained unseen and invisible- the “buffer zone” between the dining room and the kitchen.

Contemporary household produces waste
Indeed, we all work now for the recycling industry, sorting the waste at home, saving work to the recycling industry, not any other but the biggest companies on earth: packaging, mining, steel, aluminium and paper industries are THE recycling industry.
We paid for it and then we have to give it back for free because is “good for the earth”
The massive swindle that consists in buying for overpriced waste, take it home and send it back into the industry is the ultimate exploitation of contemporary economy.

There are no logos for reusing or reducing. All of them ONLY ENCOURAGE to recycle;
there are some informing the material COULD be reused, which material the product is made of, some ask you to be clean and some other to dispose correctly, nothing else. The Pfand, the only useful reusing system existing is, more and more, taken care of by informal workers to work while we party.

Housekeeping and budgeting in the XXI century must include a new waste production  and management culture, and that cannot forget the waste workers, who are the most delicate waste managers and the most thorough reusers. They are, indeed the only one proposing a culture of waste management that might help us reducing the CO emissions and having a happier life. Riding a bike, eating organic and being green makes you happier. “Recycling” (Sorting waste at home and putting them in the bins provided by the biggest companies in the world) is something that makes others happy.

“Huellas”

The project “Huellas” brings back to live the ancient tradition of drying the fishing nets in front of the port. It is a symbol of a way of life that shaped A Coruña historically, although nowadays it is becoming less and less present in its urban context.
The reused fishing nets represent the naval past that made this place one of the liveliest areas in town. A Coruña has experience a massive transformation and today it is only possible to find traces of this traditions in the outskirts of the city.
“Huellas” was a collaborative project by Basurama and local architects, designers and students. It was part of the Festival Mar de Mares.

 

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“The Whirlpool of waste” – Roskilde Festival 2013

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A whirlpool of waste emerges in the middle of an ephemeral city. An invented city to consume: Music, drinks, friends, drugs… RoskildeFestival is a great music festival that congregates more than 125.000 people during 9 days offering more than 100 concerts and activities, a great event of masses.


Instead of hiding and making the rubbish invisible, ” the whirlpool of waste” it’s formed as a visible monument of what we are: consumers producing waste. A trash monument that was growing while the festival days where going on. Savages consumers of excess.

A catapult helped the inhabitants of the new city to accumulate garbage in the great installation. A war field where the rubbish was the main protagonist. The game and the action to relate us on the same level with our wastes.


Basurama also made two workshops with the garbage generated during the festival:

  • Disguises and masks workshop.
    Musical instruments workshop.

Video of the catapult in action:

You can see more videos of the process and a broad view of the festival here (by Basurama).