Fer Forats or Making holes in english is a cross-sectional, philosophical-poetic and artistic investigation on the capacity of transversal writing to create meaningful relationships. It became a tool to engage with the dangerously overwhelming gentrification process and dehumanization of the Rambla. The process began during my longterm research residency at the Santa Monica Art Center, the geolocated heart of this project due to its position right at the Ramblas, Barcelonas most emblematic yet heavily gentrified alley. A first workshop, financed by a grant of the artist organised platform of Catalunya PAAC, was offered to a small group of women to practise transversal writing about the physical and emotional condition of the Rambla and ourselves. La Rambla (from the Arabic word ramla, sandy area or hole of sand) was literally perforated or excavated with words following first gestures of human writing.
During spring of 2022 I invited five persons with diferent artistic backgrounds to form part of the second research group, called Qalbi (mi heart in Arab): Mar Merino, Ricardo Cardenas, Carlos Clemente and Diego Ballestrini joined the experiment to meet weekly during 3 months, write dialogs, relate to each other and get to know the place that surrounds us, the Ramblas.
During this first cycle of six transversal writing sessions we created a literary base and a philosophical tendency to give rise to the possibility of a philosophical debate based on the fictitious and collectivized writings. Each meeting proposed different exercises, or rather ‘proposals with shared limitations’, to write dramatized dialogues and monologues dealing more or less directly with one of the three suggested topics in order to generate a non-homogeneous constructive debate.
During a six weeks pause I contacted with a couple of the less than 60 neighbours living in permanent residency on the Rambla. Amongst them Itziar Gonzalez Vilaró and the neighbourhood association SOS Rambla asking them to join forces in the shared goal to make the Ramblas a more lovable and livable space through dramatized dialog writing.
It was only at this point I remembered a small historical treasure I discovered around 2000 in front of the Santa Monica Art Centre which I had been dragging around during the last 20 years. A red suitcase filled with over 400 letters written in 1973 between an engaged young couple. ‘She’ living in a building which now is a hotel, Rambla 24 and ‘He’ stationed into Sahara desert for Spanish military service.
This treasure became the root for another writing cycle of the Qalbi group. These more then 10 sessions opened up to public and Aida Gonzalez joined the team. Angela Precht, Eduard Elias, Josep S. and Ana Montaner occasionally took part and added up their ideas and writings to the fictionalised squatted occupation of a residency building on the Ramblas. The building actually exists, it’s half empty and property in part of the regional government, longly reclaimed by SOS Rambla and located not only right in front of the Arts Centre but also next to the Rambla 24, the origins of our historical letter-treasure.
The result was a eight scene theatre piece called Rambla 14, wandering fragments and was presented twice in and between the Santa Monica Arts Centre and the stairways of the building of Rambla 14 in july 2022. You can see a detailed description and fotos on my website.
The collective idea of producing a somewhat heterotypic publication, in honour to Michel Foucault as the mental godfather of the project, was finally resumed in texts printed on white curtains for the crystal box from which I had been observing the Ramblas during a year as being the resident space of the Art Centre Santa Monica in Barcelona 2021/2022.
is a performance that narrates the experiential change of the residents of the Rambla based on real events throughout the last 50 years.
A colaborative research project about Barcelona’s most famous yet gentrified alley, the Ramblas, through transversal and collective writing.
A performative lecture on female, phantastic, drug related experiences, written in colaboration with women who take drugs and a Drug-Tarot.
A mistic and poetic investigation on spells and potions as female cures by women who use drugs, the Metzineres.
Dear universe, thank you for providing a low cost living space in London for me and my writing activity for four months in 2023.
Drawings, a mural and a performative reflection on the concept of wasting time and levitation as an answer.
This is an experimental workshop in colaboration with Daniel Canet to reconfigure our digital identities and play with social media platforms.
Tomatl - the red gold was a performance about the historic and contemporary cultivation and consumption and the political circumstances of the tomato fruit.
The Weight of my Neighbours is a project about the marginality and migration of my moroccan neighbours in Barcelona and at the Melilla border through poetry and song.
The project compares the meaning of objects imported from Spain and the ones bought by tourist in Marrakech.
A local spanish landline number. An add under SERVICES at the local newspaper. These are the traces of 2 lullybies texted, performed and registered for public use.
The Laboratory of Doing Nothing is a longterm artistic investigation on our tired working society through collaborative thinktanks, interventions and instalations.
A manifesto against work and the working society, declared in collaboration with Mar Merino.
This work is a telephone performance. A telephone ringing until someone picks it up. A fragmented narration on resistance, string theory and Bartleby the escrivener.
Decision with no Return or A Sense of Territory is a video and installation piece, an investigative detective story on the new relationship between England and Europe after Brexit.
Sala “X” PERRA PERDIDA is a guided performatic tour on loss, abandoned and forgotten. Presented in public in the context of the project “Perturbating Distribution” by Francesc Ruiz.
Do nothing is a instalation of a reading performance in a hammock and a series of nine fotographic prints.
A video, a vinyl and a singing performance for the research project “Lightning Studies - CTCCC” curated by Renan Laru-an for the Encura Grant by Hangar.org and Curator’s Network.
A youtubing performance on the artist mental power capacities and the veracity of the internet. In the framework of Liminal GR curated by Pilar Cruz and Marc Roig.
A daily non-action of doing nothing during 30 days. Made visible in a blogspace. The posts were generated simultaneously with Clara Garí.
“Limbic Love” was a multidisciplinary investigation on love in the framework of the exhibition “I don’t believe in you but I believe in Love” curated by Paola Marugán.
A live cinema performance in colaboration with the performer Carme Viñas.
“Monstrous Desires” is a cinematic talk about hidden desires. Part 1 of a trilogy with graphic violence on gore subjects.
TrashfoodPorn is a quirky investigation on food and nurture. A talk, animation loops and melting sculptures. White bread is food. Sugar is Love.
Oma means grandmother in german. A film about work, love, gender and sex and a melancholic portrait of my grandmother.
Nine stop motion videoloops with soundsamples. Made to combine randomly. Hard porn made soft.
These short movies were produced between 1996-2001 and are very pure and naif expressions of the will to communicate painful situations playfully.
A series of 6 oversized collages portraying childhood heroes. Idols and overcrowded references. All works are framed.