Some began by selecting their space, making thoughtful choices about race, outsider status, language, and established social codes.
We placed a larger emphasis during the course on the role of documentation as art in itself. Given that so much of performance work is temporal and fleeting, specific to a time and place and culture, the art of documentation is an equally important skills to develop.
This evening at Patio Maravilla, what is termed a “self-organized space,” Rita Maralla will show a photo series they made in Greece in an attic-like room, and we’ll enjoy performances and presentations from local artists.
We will also hear about the name change process for transgender people who live in Spain but do not hold Spanish passports. Toxic Lesbian will also give Twitter updates on the event.
There is such a strong orientation toward self-expression in the public commons here in Spain. The summer is hot, there is little air conditioning, and the streets are wide. This equals a strong street culture, a lot of graffiti and other “self-organized” art projects. It’s a perfect context for Space/ID Madrid to learn from the neighborhood that is so kind to host us.