In Love We Trash in the World Design Capital 2014 Cape Town.

Basurama, in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in South Africa and Greatmore Studios, will be one of the last of World Design Capital project’s in the public arena of Cape Town this November.

In Love We Trash encompasses a public art project and its process of reflection on waste, consumption and public space. Together with empowered local communities and trained creators we aim to raise new collective points of view, reflection and research on the cities of today.

Several researches reveal that around 3.500 plastic particles per square kilometre exist along the South African coasts. The analyses made on 50 of the South African beaches show that plastic pollution has increased by 190% in the last five years. More than 90% of all articles found on these beaches were made out of plastic. Plastic is now found on practically all South African beaches

In Love We Trash embodies a better way to understand how to work with what is readily available around us, leftover materials or underused public spaces. Plastic waste can be a new and valuable category of resources; it is both a form of infrastructure and a source of information to understand consumer society.

In Love We Trash has thus far participated in over 10 countries across 4 continents, with the participation of over 40.000 citizens. Each intervention is specifically designed for the city in which it is located. For this occasion Basurama makes a special nod to the South African seas, keeping in mind The International Year of the Ocean.

Dates and Exhibition

. From 10 to 20 November workshop at Greatmore Studios. 

. 21 y 22 November Public Installation at Gardens Centre Mall and Company Gardens respectively.

Batumi and an open air Cinema in the Summer nights

We have been invited to take part in the Batumi Urban Art Festival “Art Active” 2014, organized by “Lets meet Europe” (Action Global Communications) with 2 local curators: Tamara Bokuchava (social photography Caucasus foundation), Nini Palavandishvili (GeoAIR).

The urban art festival “Art Active” is the first of its type in Georgia. It represents part of the EU funded project “Culture Factory” since 2013. The Urban art takes inspiration from many countries of Europe and addresses directly and immediately the general public of any segment of audience, especially youth. Events meant to propose the best samples of community based urban art from different countries of Europe, and show how dialogue and shared good feelings are possible beyond linguistic and cultural diversity.

The main concept is to use tool of community art for integrating local community especially youth. The idea is to communicate values for ecology, environmental protection and change the way we look at trash. With our urban interaction we get closer to the duality consumption / waste and its social and environmental impact. The event is joint work with local students to construct an artistic installation for open-air cinema using plastic bags and used tires.

Construction will take place in the Batumi Contemporary art Centre from 22 to 29th of August and during last two days, 28-29 of August, there will be an official inauguration of the open-air cinema installation.


With the support:

logo lets meet europe  logo tamara logo geoatr

In collaboration with:

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Luxo é Lixo (Lujo es Basura). IN LO<3 WE TRASH_Río de Janeiro

Con motivo del III Encuentro de Rectores en Río de Janeiro, Fundación Banco Santander y Universia nos invitan a participar en la creación de una pieza de arte conjuntamente con universitarios brasileños. El proyecto Luxo é Lixo (Lujo es Basura), se enmarca dentro de la línea de trabajo IN LO<3 WE TRASH que Basurama viene desarrollando en ciudades tan dispares como Bangkok, Casablanca, Estambul, El Cairo o Gdansk. En este caso nos inspiramos en un conocido poema visual de Augusto de Campos.

Basurama realizará un taller con estudiantes universitarios para la construcción colectiva de un poema visual de escala urbana, compuesto por residuos producidos a escala local. Más de 2.500 bolsas de plástico, símbolo del consumo diario, serán transformadas en una obra de unos 7 metros de altura y más de 20 metros de largo.

Estaremos en UNIRIO / Espaço Cultural – Sala de Exposições do CCH impartiendo los talleres de construcción y creación durarán 10 días, del 5 al 15 de julio, en jornadas de mañana y tarde. La inscripción es libre y gratuita, a través del email [email protected], pudiendo asistir todos los días, o días alternos en función de la disponibilidad de cada cual. No se necesita ningún conocimiento ni experiencia previas. 

La obra se expondrá los días 16 y 17 frente a la biblioteca de UNIRIO.


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It’s All Yours

Fryday Late at Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A belongs to all of us. But what does this really mean? How do design and architecture frame contemporary public life? As part of the London Festival of Architecture, June’s Friday Late explores ideas about civics, democracy, public space, and the role that the public museum can play in shaping this.

Basurama has been invited to participate in this great event with the installation “You Are What You Throw Away!”

You Are What You Throw Away!
We will construct a carpet out of Museum rubbish which will take pride of place in the Grand Entrance. Compose a collage of items from the carpet of trash, label it and vacuum pack it as your very own customised Museum souvenir.

Where: at V&A Museum in the main entrance on Cromwell Road.
When: 27th June, 2014, from 18.30 – 22.00.

Bochum Factory of Leisure and Care – Bochumer Freizeit und PflegeWerk (BFPfW)

BOCHUM FACTORY of LEISURE and CARE  – Bochumer Freizeit und PflegeWerk (BFPfW)
Collective luxuries project: HOW TO BECOME A GRANNY?

Participation in project “This is not Detroit”, by Schauspielhaus Bochum and Urbane Kunst Ruhr. Bochum, Germany 12th -21st June, 2014
“Sit under the sun, abdicate and be your own king.” Fernando Pessoa.

Eric Hobsbawm used to claim that London Tube was the biggest luxury mankind ever had: no yacht, sports car, or jewelry can be compared to that collective effort. BFPfW is a proposal for enjoying and reflecting on how to manage our collective wealth, taking care of our common ground and of each other in the time when we are all becoming grannies.

Good old Europe, like in granny’s, is the only place where carework still means something: in the ruthless post-capitalist societies arising in emergent countries and in the nightmares we have when facing the future, we have to take care of each other, both as the ultimate and the indispensable way of keeping ourselves together.

Everyone is welcome to propose all kind uses for the BFPfW, and to enjoy it. Can we think of a collective relax, fun and meeting space we manage, where we set the cooperation rules and colonnise this spaces that the failure of capitalism leftover for our future?

It will be open to public program for two weeks, but everyone is also invited to join the building process. Relax and enjoy your old age. No one can take that away from you.


This project is part of the spanish participation in the “This is not Detroit project”, a project willing to reflect on the future of the european cities, jobs and industry. For that, curators and artists from Liverpool, Gliwice and Zaragoza (the cities where still Opel Factories are open) have been invitied to propose projects. Apart for proposing a project of their own, Basurama has selected the following collective creation projects from Zaragoza:

Undo Estudio – Festival Asalto.

Esto no es un solar project – Gravols di Monte Architects

Festival Trayectos – Urban dance festival

A_Zofra – Metropolitan studies group of Zaragoza.


Playgrounds: MNCARS meets Autobarrios

From 30 April to 22 September you can visit the exhibition “Playgrounds, reinventing the square” in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. As a complementary activity, MNCARS scheduled eight sessions with visits to some highlights of Madrid.

As part of this program, today at 18pm. there will be a meeting in the space of Autobarrios Sancristóbal. Is a good time to catch up and discover some of those wonderful things that are happening in the outskirts of Madrid …

All On Wheels in Vienna

We have been invited to participate in the SOHO IN OTTAKRING 2014 festival.

If you are in Vienna, fed up of watching and using the same old urban furniture come on and join us!
We will be designing and building new-latest-crazy-urban-furniture from 13 to 18 May

Can you think of any better way to start the spring than rolling?

To know more click here.


Talk at “Emerging ICT for Citizens’ Veillance: Theoretical and Practical Insight” workshop

Thanks to the workshop of balloon mapping documentation Defiende el territorio desde el aire  with Public Lab tools, we’ve been invited to participate in the “Emerging ICT for Citizens’ Veillance: Theoretical and Practical Insights”  workshop organized by the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (March 20-21 2014. Ispra, Italy).

We’ll talk about the workshop: methodology; engaging and building community and techniques under the Experiences using ICT for Artistic Civic Science on Friday at 1.30pm.

Meanwhile, the balloon mapping kit is still available in the Valencian region for anyone who wants to start with balloon mapping. The first meetup is being organized by one of the participants on Sunday March 30th 2014 in  la Valldigna (La Safor-Valencia). For more information about this topic subscribe and participate in the LaboratorioPúblico email group.

All our questions to the scheme for Discussion paper of the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture

We have been selected by the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture @ifacca as a case study for the discussion paper for the 6th art summit held in Santiago de Chile in january 2014:

Here are the answers for the whole scheme they asked us:

Describe the main objectives of your project and / or organization:

Basurama works as a platform for the implementation of projects related to creation and garbage , understood in its broadest sense, based upon the reuse of materials and processes of high social complexity. It works in a variety of cultural and social fields such as cultural management, production of shared knowledge , artistic practice as a tool for transformation , construction of public space , empowerment and autonomy of communities, training and critical reflection on consumer society from active proposing. Crosses multiple disciplines and connects wide range of professional areas that not often work together.

What context and / or event encouraged the creation of your organization?

Born in the university context (ETSAM School of Architecture of Madrid, 2001) from the desire to overflow it and share knowledge; at the peak of the time of authorship, loneliness and individualism, when the heroism of the starchitects was the example to follow.

We wanted to start a crisis of a model we considered obsolete, and needed to raise questions about our nearest reality. Basurama quickly proposed itself as a space for non-formal learning , collective and shared with others, making it an ever-mutant device than can be adapted to the different situations it comes across; both local contexts and historical events such as economic trends and different cojuntures.

Garbage was the starting point. Garbage is transversal, democratic, unifying and foremost is a resource available to everyone , easily accessible and with a huge creative potential. When we put the residue in the center of our discourse, we look at it as a tool , as creation materia and as mechanism of reflection on who we are (as individuals, as a community, as a society … ). It is a way of questioning the structures in which we integrate, with the intention of seeking alternatives.

From your point of view, how does your project and organization seeks to contribute to the World Summit theme? How do they relate to these events? 

Basurama constantly seeks to contribute to the location of the arts , creating and thinking into everyday life. It seeks to colonize the fields where you want to work , instead of working from a given field , beign that one architecture, art, ecology , culture or cultural industry. We believe that all cultural manifestations can help today to build a better world, applying their own tools from their own coordinates. The world would not be better because we can devote ourselves to create , but because we understand art as a path to knowledge, as a way of asking questions and making collective knowledge that may prove very useful and enjoyable.

According to your experience; how culture and the arts contribute to overcoming the problems that gave birth to your project?

In general, art has related to environment proposing more care of the environment. From this point of view, some artwork (Land -Art, Joseph Beuys , etc.) have raised lifestyles that had prove very important for the strength of the ecological movement. However, we propose low consumption ways of life offering a view of ecology based more on human life than in nature , operating on production processes , cities and how we relate to them. We think that the whole expansive process of opening up architecture to make it a more open, collective process, has been very useful to propose many accessible tools that allow us to manage our own lives. In addition, the variety and wide range of Basurama production allows us to operate on collective imaginary, which is essential to invent a new and better world.

What conditions and features should have a space to be creative?

It should be a place where trusts are allowed to develop, both in yourself and in others: creating collectively, trust develops step by step. It should be an open and flexible space that can be modified, exploited and appropriated by all those who need it. That way, we create spaces that are a common resource, where we can create a culture that is understood, produced and created as a common good. It must be a space without hierarchies, allowing anyone to contribute with their wealth, knowledge, and creativity from their place, making the most of it.

Regarding the places where your project develops: how important are infrastructure and urban/ rural space for its realization? Have they affected the performance of your activities?

They are very important, beign the starting point, the middle and the end of the process. “Space” also includes people who live and relate to it. When we say ” build city from below”, we talk about actual physical construction by the citizens; building the city, its public spaces, its streets, etc., with their own hands and tools.

For us, urban space and infrastructure are the item of work nowadats, we are not interested to build something new from scratch. Working with the existing and giving it the maximum of possibiliaties, that is, reusing it potentially, in favour of better spaces and more livable cities. Working with infrastructure as the core of the project (eg, USW Lima) implies questioning the structure itself, giving it other possible uses or boosting new, uncontrolled ones. Working with the existing, transforming it, rethinking it, without the need of building something new, is a way to rediscover your city, get a hold of it, and to dream with the impossible working with the possible.

According to you, What should be the basic principles of an innovative model of cultural development ?

It should be based on a recursive process , in which the construction of hegemonies, preeminent languages, “stars”, “mainstream” and trends could be constantly revised from below. It must be a model for economic and personal development of all creators, knowing that “creator” is anyone who wants to be one, and indeed all those who contribute to the modification of their physical, social and living environment. A model that supports all those who build the culture of their environment from a very broad definition of culture, standing beside them rather than pointing their path. forcing them into a given path.

According to the objectives of your project, who are their main beneficiaries? What results have you seen in the community after its implementation ? Please list some examples

Our beneficiaries are always double: the community receiving / building the project, together with the “audience” of the project, which is not always the same community. We reach that “audience” through the internet and traditional media, or going into their fields to work: the environment, architecture, infrastructure, urban management, waste management, pedagogy, cultural industry…

As impacts we have seen, especially, new ways of looking at the world. Some of our projects have created direct replicas or sequels, and we know our materials and suggestions have also been replicated in many different situations around the world. However, we think our most interesting result is our contribution to a present way of proposing, questioning and experiencing the world that is working relatively effectively.

For example; the project “Self Made neighborhoods” (Autobarrios) in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Madrid. Local community: Motor group formed by teenagers, local social associations, social facilitators, local businesses and the District Government. Audience: neighborhood residents, architecture students, people interested in urban transformation, etc…

How important is networking for your organization?

Is the key for our work: we live networked, we are simply a node. The logic of the solitary artist is finished, of course, just as much as the one of an exclusive and elitist “clique”. We are all part of one single network: internet, where you can have Open Data, and practices, lives and networks can come across each other. The complexity lays on knowing how to use its full potential.

The network as a horizontal work scenario. We propose our practice in terms of direct collaboration with other artists / actors / groups / collectivsa, with the aim to advance and learn together in order to reach new places. This way, we can create a first swarm network that is multiplied as long as collaborative practice is generated

Regarding your knowledge of your project: What have been the experiences or major milestones?

The university overflow was key to understanding that learning was in us and in our way of living and relating with others.

The strength of direct action and its effect on local realities made us aware of the power of art as a transformative tool, such as it happened with one of our first public actions around an urban conflict in the city of Madrid: building a mega strucutre urban, together with its social and environmental consequences. (Video “I love M30 hiway“)

Above all, our Latin American experience : the public art project SUW (Solid Urban Waste) (Residuos Urbanos Sólidos, RUS in spanish). This project directly addressed conflicts in Latin American cities public spaces, processes related to waste and their protagonist: waste pickers, and the life learning with dozens of groups and local artists who we worked in network with to carry out the projects in 14 different cities