The artistic process had the support of hundreds of people, who got involved in the project, by taking residues to the storage systems, settled by Basurama in the three buildings. The installations are opened until January 8th.
“Navidad en RE! – Christmas in Re! REuse REduce”
December 8, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Paseo del Prado, 36
Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
Calle de José Anselmo Clavé, 4
In Madrid the installation is a double facade, formed by one scaffolding and a few irregular diamond forms that create a mosaic of colours and shapes, imitating those Christmas lanterns that announce the warmth of these dates. More than 3.000 plastic bags were used in CaixaForum Madrid, because they represent the consumption of our times better than any other material.
During the night an internal lighting system illuminates the bags, creating a flashlight that emerges from the building.
In Barcelona a cloud of 6,000 plastic bottles overlap the main facade of the CaixaForum Center, simulating a snowfall. Many visitors participated bringing their own bottles, and some surrounding restaurants donated a lot of plastic ones.
In Zaragoza, as a symbol of the throwaway decoration of these dates, the protagonists are 350 pieces of furniture, taken from the public furniture collecting service in Zaragoza. The pieces have been previously checked, painted, reinforced and supported by a modular metal structure and then placed in the façade at a height of 30 meters.
Moreover, Navidad in Re! includes two different workshops, You are what you throw and Mutant Trash, directed to schools, families and special groups. They take place in CaixaForum Centers of all Spain and investigate about the ideas of consumption and garbage, showing the children to use them as something creative and taking into account that consumption goes further than simply buying.
Basurama is an artist collective dedicated to research, cultural and environmental creation and production whose practice revolves around the reflection of trash, waste and reuse in all its formats and possible meanings. It was born in the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) in the year 2001 and, since then, it has evolved and acquired new shapes. Our aim is to study those phenomena inherent in the massive production of real and virtual trash in the consumer society, providing different points of view on the subject that might generate new thoughts and attitudes. We find gaps in these processes of production and consumption that not only raise questions about the way we manage our resources but also about the way we think, we work, we perceive reality.
Far from trying to offer a single manifest to be used as a manual, Basurama has compiled a series of multiform opinions and projects, not necessarily resembling each other, which explore different areas related to trash. We try to establish subtle connections between them so that they may give rise to unexpected reactions. We are not worried about its lack of unity; moreover, we believe it as evocative and potentially subversive values. Besides the visual arts in all its formats Basurama compiles all kind of workshops, talks, concerts, projections and publications.
Basurama acts like a creative linking platform where different agents of the same social network come together. It has created more than 100 projects in the four continents. Its base is in Madrid, but it is also formed by two representative offices, one in Bilbao (Spain) and another one in Sao Paulo (Brazil).