En Residencia

March 2009 // Commissioned by Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, Gijon, Spain

En Residencia was created in collaboration with dramaturge Benedict Anderson. En Residencia was a series of performative and spatial works created by twenty visual and movement based artists from Wales and Asturias under my artistic curation.

This site-specific installation was the result of a two-week, on-site laboratory where the participating group of international artists responded to the interior and exterior spaces of a semi derelict area of Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, Gijon, Spain. The artistic interventions drew their main stimulus from the unique environments and associated memorabilia; the archive material; the abandoned artifacts and the extraordinary history of the location. The mid-south wing of the Laboral complex remained un-renovated and many of the spaces (classrooms, stairwells, offices, antechambers and landings etc.) were strewn with discarded objects and hundreds of pieces of furniture found in various configurations, both ordered and scattered.

These spaces were then allocated to the artists to re-imagine and re-animate in order to create En Residencia.

Creative Producer: Siân Thomas
Participating Artists: Holly Davey, Anthony Shapland, Richard Morgan, Benedict Anderson, Tanja Råman, John Collingswood, Cai Tomos, Simon Whitehead, John Rowley, Montse Penela, Monica Garcia, Pelayo Varela, Nel Amaro, Fiumfoto, Avelino Sala, Melville Mitchell, Marc Rees , Orson San Pedro

En Residencia brochure
Symposium 2012 Interior: a state of becoming” related paper by Benedict Anderson