Bringing together residents, visiting artists, and institutions, Co-net seeks to build a collaborative community in which everyone has a voice.
Jorge Conde is best known for his sensory, multimedia installations and his hybrid, multi-layered images expanding the limits of photography and visual culture. “Collective memory and life under pressure are key themes to my practice,” he has said. “I believe architecture and landscape are full of liminality since they’re both built-in time from different experiences and strata thus offering opportunities to better understand the history and the inner workings of society.”
With its emphasis on ethics and cross-disciplinary research, and being very much aware of the unstable value of photographic documentation, his work elaborates on the social and environmental impact of those transformations happening in contemporary cities and their peripheries.
Similarly, it deals with the excesses of hyperconsumption and its socially unequal production model, focusing on its contradictions and influence on perception, not to mention its wide repercussions on politics, human relations and how collective memory is shaped and manipulated.
(When I'm Back) I Shall Have Memories
Experimental research on how to inhabit a selection of liminal spaces found in the periphery of Castelló while providing them with memories in a liminal time. This will be achieved through speculative fictions and interventions carried out in situ that will be periodically revisited and documented through expanded photography, video micro-clips and stories disseminated on social networks in order to produce a relevant sequence of shared experiences, meanings. and memories with an eco-social approach.
Paula Valdeón was born in Villafranca de los Barros, Badajoz. She studied Fine Arts in Salamanca and the Master of Research in Art in Madrid: the city where she currently lives and works. Her work is given by an interest in how we manage the decorative in our homes and in architecture. The urban material culture serves as a stimulus to create a work that crosses the memory and aesthetics of everyday life. Her plastic interventions in what is already known have the objective of recovering the plastic vision that emerges from the set of elements and material destined to create privacy: inviting us to look and read in a different way in our walk.
From a work that reformulates patterns and industrial designs using the artisan, Paula wants to activate the affectivity and sensitivity that all this urban material gives off: materialize the daily experience following the line of caressing with the gaze and make known the haptic quality of what accompanies architecture. Specifically, her pieces are translated as container entities of memory and the affections of the materials used in the practice of living, intervening in the space from a plastic and sensitive experience.
Antídoto is a work on rest and productivity and how we can combat inaction with routines and daily exercises emphasizing the transformative capacity of the insignificant. For the realization of this work I will place myself at the intersection between various practices: between photography, collage and the found object.
What is the antidote to combat that laziness? Can distraction be productive?
My project aims to address the dialectic between studio work and field work (outside) about distraction, using the image as raw material. To do this, different routines and exercises will be implemented such as drifts on foot, meetings in the work studio, documentation of routine actions, an open studio and a talk. This work aims to highlight the routine work (sometimes lacking in practical sense) that an individual performs in the course of his life, adopting different roles such as that of producer, collector or simple observer. On many occasions the photographic practice is closely related to a particular territory, therefore, I am interested in exploring an unknown place like Castellón and its surroundings, applying the same work methodologies as in my usual place of action. In this project I will also focus on reflecting on the identity of the territory, paying special attention to what happens on its margins. Condidero that my work is situated in the line that connects the photographic with other practices, for this reason I will explore the boundary territory between the city and nature in search of questions and connections between the physical and the conceptual planes. A border of diffuse limits where a series of inhabitants pass through, leaving clues about the uniqueness of the place.
Mar Juan Tortosa, artist, teacher and researcher. In my work, fields such as object art and body action converge. Disciplines that allow me to investigate the relationships that we establish between our body, objects and the territory from everyday life, to talk about issues related to society and culture.
Castellon - 2021
In Co-net Photo Res I will focus on the development of a photographic language that allows me to investigate the relationship between matter and visual perception, with the intention of going one step beyond the qualities and symbologies of objects, strengthening ties between culture , everyday life and contemporary art through a collective imagination built through the passage of time and the legacy of our ancestors.
With this tool I will be able to create the atmosphere or conceptual context of the project EL PARLAR DEL SILENCI or EL HABLA DEL SILENCIO. In it I reflect on everyday biases that come from past cultures that are no longer there, but are still being felt. Those that have been amputated or mutilated, that are part of the identity of Valencian culture and that speak to us through silence.
Mauro Fontana (Canicattì, 1993) was born in Sicily. He studied Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino and the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Thanks to his studies, he mixes different visual languages in his works, alternating his rigorous side of “looking” at things, driven by architecture, with his poetic and photographic.
He uses photography to critically explore contemporary landscapes and cities, focusing on the democratic nature of qualitative space, the dynamics of land transformation, and what the landscape means to humanity.
Mauro Fontana currently lives and works in Turin, where he participates in his personal photographic projects, as well as in academic research and in teaching socio-spatial inequalities in urban and fragile territories.
Castellon - Resilient landscapes
The trajan begins with an investigation of the urban form and structure of the city from the aerial photographs of the National Geographic Institute from 1946 to today, to observe the transformation of the city over the years.
This purely morphological analysis has shown me something different in the planning of the city in the western and northwestern part of the city: here the city has won despite rurality and tradition, and that has generated landscapes that, of course, not They are neither urban nor countryside, rural landscapes.
The project investigates the landscapes between city and country. Resilience refers to the ability of an organism or system to assume flexibility in extreme situations and overcome them. In urban planning, resilience refers to the ability of a territory to adapt.
In Castellón, although urbanization has changed the landscapes around the city, there are still signs of a rural culture: there is then a rural resilience, or at least of what was rural.
Through an interpretive and critical reading, the research work that I began during the Residence investigates these landscapes, thus outlining an image of the city different from what we are used to, a city that is not yesterday's, but neither is it today.
An investigation that not only has a topographic meaning and a description of places but also contributes to the difficult definition of the identity of a city, always in tension between nature, art, city and economic development.