CHANGING PLACES | ESPACIOS REVELADOS used empty buildings and public spaces in Buenos Aires for artistic interventions that reflected upon social cohesion in the mega-city. The project exchanged the interior of the theatre for the wide scenery of the capital. Through the perspective of local and international artists on the blind spots of the city, another map was drawn, offering new access and entrée to a conception of public space that most people appear to have discarded long ago.
Abandoned residential and commercial buildings, imposing empty banks, a railroad bridge over the Riachuelo, and terraces high above the city —as well as walls and façades in public places— were converted into stages by outstanding theatre and performance artists. The project focused on two areas of the city: the bank district in the city centre and La Boca, connecting both of these districts via shuttle buses for the visitors.
The artists have been asked to respond to specific places and urban situations with their own proposals. They followed the visible and invisible traces a city leaves behind in the course of its development. They shifted time and space, and evoked the imagination, doubt, and hope found in the people and the city in which their work was embedded. They occupied places with words, sent messages into the public space to reflect the conflicting dreams and possibilities of a city, or found their themes in the void that points to what is missing and what demands presence.
Places need people who perceive and use them. For that reason, the people of Buenos Aires were invited to contribute to the composition of some of the artists’ works: to bring, for instance, a banking hall into a state of suspension or transform an abandoned building into a green oasis with their plants, thus creating a social space of encounter. A society needs places where the people can demonstrate cohesion and where fears and desires can be expressed.
This international project was developed as part of a comprehensive work process initiated by Siemens Stiftung in close partnership with the Buenos Aires Culture Ministry, El Cultural San Martín, the Urban Developement Office, and a number of other institutions, owners of buildings, and artistic groups. It marked the beginning of an international series that aims to foster artistic pertinacity in the cities, in order to liberate creative energy and introduce a sense of responsibility.
ARTISTS Magdalena Arau, Beatriz Catani, Tim Etchells, William Forsythe, Hugo Glendinning, Julian Hetzel, Federico León, MAMAZA, Marialena Marouda, Leonardo Moreira, Rabih Mroué, Mariano Pensotti, La Ribot, SIMA, Alejandro Tantanian, Vivi Tellas, Mariana Tirantte
CURATORS AND DIRECTORS Joachim Gerstmeier, Gabriela Ricardes
PRODUCTION MANAGER Florencia Wasser
GENERAL PRODUCER Alejandra Cuevas
PRODUCTION TEAM Rodrigo Pérez, Rocío Gómez Cantero, Belén Bauzá, Guido Ignatti
PRODUCTION INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS Luz Algranti, Sofía Medici, Carolina Martín Ferro
TECHNICAL COORDINATION Mariana Tirantte
TECHNICAL TEAM José Ansaldo, Francisco Bissone, Gonzalo Córdova Estévez /
WORKSHOPS COORDINATION Gabriela Urtiaga
PRESS María Laura Monti
LOCATION OFFICERS Ariana Aisenberg, Lía Comaleras, Solana Ferroni, Paula Gallarino, Malena Juanatey, Florencia Lindenboim, Tomás Mesa Llauradó, Sandra Majic, Nery Mucci, Daniela Patané, Pía Patruno, Julia Perette, Lucila Piffer, Luciana Rico, Paola Gómez Sánchez, Melisa Santoro, Dalmiro Villanueva, Matías Ygielka
PHOTOS Sebastián Arpesella, Sujata Chitlangia, Ernesto Donegana, Tim Etchells, The Forsythe Company, Hugo Glendinning, Julian Hetzel, Marcos Martínez, Rabih Mroué, Oronoz, Inés Raimondi, SIMA, Bob Souza, Vivi Tellas, Mariana Tirantte
A cooperation between Siemens Stiftung and Gobierno de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Ministerio de Cultura, El Cultural San Martín, Subsecretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Vivienda. In collaboration with: Fundación M.I.R.A., Acumar, Edificio Tornquist, Palacio Reconquista, Galería Güemes, Edificio Bencich, Edificio Lanusse, Banco Hipotecario, Secretaría Legal y Técnica de la Nación, Estacionamiento Cuadras, Cine Teatro Dante, Silos Areneros Buenos Aires, Museo de la Ciudad, Casa del Sur, Barraca Peña, Departamento de Artes del Movimiento del Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte, Centro Rural de Arte