Te( n ) cuidado gathers agents, collectives and initiatives from three fields usually working and acting independently – academia, art and culture, social – offering spaces for collaboration. The goal is to have an actual impact on the operational environments of the project, by means of useful ‘tools’ to be transferred to other contexts and collectives, so that these can use them to diagnose and work on the importance of care for the sustainability of projects for social change in the long-term.
Te( n ) cuidado is made possible thanks to the bond and trust with the following individuals, collectives, organisations and entities:
The Post Collective
is an autonomous platform of co-creation, co-learning and cultural activism created by and for refugees, asylum seekers, sans papiers and accomplices. It seeks to introduce a range of artistic, cultural and employment opportunities, as well as provide an overall collaborative environment for its members regardless of their legal status. The aim is to develop creative alternatives beyond the dominate systems of control and exclusion we are facing. This means facilitating the position where we do not struggle to be assimilated, but instead rethink and re-conceptualize critically a future together as community.
Post Collective is conformed by illustrator and graphic designer Mirra Markhaeva (Buriatia); graphic and game designer Mohammed Tawfiq (Iraq); philosopher and designer Sawsan Maher (Syria); photographer and visual artist Mahammed Alimu (Somalia); filmmaker, writer and sound artist Marcus Bergner (Australia); fine artist, musician and digital designer Hooman Jalidi (Iran); and artist, activist, designer and researcher Elli Vassalou (Greece).
Post Collective participates in Catalyst ‘CIRCLUSION’.
is a place under construction where a common coexistence is organized. A place where the community is invited to propose lines of creation, thought and research, and in which the artists participate, as one more family, of the context. For Plata the most interesting thing is to link ourselves to as many bodies and knowledge as we can, and to elaborate what they call an ‘aesthetics of sharing’ through alternative practices and other forms of collaboration and exhibition that would be capable of developing sustainable ways of life, recovering the alliance between creation and life.
Plata gives continuity to the little practices that La Fragua had been developing in the Convent of Santa Clara in Córdoba.
Plata participates in Catalyst ‘CIRCLUSION’.
is an off-performance-studio space located in anderlecht Brussels. Is an independent space dedicated to artistic research on performance and dance. It’s an open space that invites all curious to come and visit them, and offers residencies to artists, possibilities to perform, research or to teach workshops.
Volksroom participates in Catalyst ‘CIRCLUSION’.
is configured as a meeting space for the Afro-descendant, African and black community in Spain through their cultures. In recent years, through the festival held annually, as well as through its publications and its support network, Conciencia Afro has established itself as a space where African, Afro-descendant and black associations, projects and entities meet the in order to continue building a heterogeneous, transnational and strong community, creating a place of empowerment for the different voices and trajectories that compose it.
The multidisciplinary Conciencia Afro’s team is made up of Deborah Ekoka, Yeison G. López, Sheherezade Shepard, Mary Ilda Antonio Ramos, Esther Mayoko, Rubén H. Bermúdez, Ladis B. Site, and Pilar Oyana Nse.
Conciencia Afro participates in Catalyst ‘CIRCLUSION’.
The name K.A.K. corresponds to the initials of Koekelbergse Alliantie van Knutselaars; an alliance of theater people, handy people, musicians, thinkers and other cheaters who organize their own working conditions horizontally, with the desire and a persistent need to work together. Both their working methods and the forms of presentation change from one project to another, but always understanding theater as a heterotopia and seeking to mix fiction and reality with the intention of being receptive and open to possible encounters.
K.A.K. are Annelore Crollet, Aurelie Di Marino, Benjamin Opdebeeck, Ciska Thomas, Dries Gijsels, Esther Gouarné, Femke Stallaert, Frederika Del Nero, Karlien Torfs, Lotte Diependaele, Nathalie Goossens, Nicolas Delalieux, Nikolas Maholas Lestaeghe, Nona Gohieu Goethijn and Mats Van Herreweghe.
K.A.K. participates in Catalyst ‘CIRCLUSION’.
Katinka de Jonge
is a Belgian artist whose investigative practicefocuses on reflection and definition. She is interested in what happens ‘between the lines’, and makes connections between brief conversations, archive material and unobtrusive processes in- and outside organizational structures and its surroundings. This results in (site specific) installations, audio works, multiples and publications that hold a mirror to the context in which it is presented, but at the same time transcend this.
She has a broad interest in collaborative arts practice and artist-run initiatives. Currently she is connected as a researcher on artistic self-organisation to The Royal Academy of Antwerp and shadow member of the Culture Commons Quest Office.
With Katinka de Jonge we have worked side by side in the realization, design and management of the collaboration between groups based in Belgium and Spain for the Catalyst ‘CIRCLUSION’.
Corpus (La Escocesa)
is a self-organized group of artists from La Escocesa art centre. Advised by health technicians, Corpus imagines and draws up experimental protocols to rethink about the body, care practices and the territory within the cultural sector after/within the Covid-19 health crisis.
With Corpus we prepared the ‘RITUALS & CARE’ protocol for the travels and physical Meeting of the Catalyst ‘CIRCLUSION’, in which we embrace people from different cities and countries, and what supposed such a big deal in Covid days… but possible! In this collaboration it has been important to pay attention to what most protocols seem to forget these days: the body, how this relates to other bodies, other minds (psychology) or other landscapes and spaces (ecology).
Corpus are: Paula Bruna, Erica Volpini, Maira das Neves, Juan Antonio Cerezuela, Anaïs Loison, Sonia G. Villar and Angelica Tognetti.
(aka La Niña Jacarandá) is a Chilean-Venezuelan visual artist, researcher, DJ and producer. Her practice stems from contemporary music scene narratives and their representations, with an anticolonial and counterhegemonic intent, and based on everyday life. She currently shares a research practice with Ikram Bouloum at the radio space of dublab with the project iii: poniendo los puntos sobre las ies. In 2018 she established the DJ Sin Sync school, a feminist non-binary space aiming at facilitate accessibility to this practice to beginner girls and allies.
Isamit has been one of the “gozaderas” who has worked in the group Catalyst 1 of Te( n ) cuidado, together with Nancy Garín and Lina Ortiz. As part of the process of this Catalyst 1, Isamit articulated the Pre-Demonstration Gozadera Session 1 based on her poem ‘We summon. We invoke’ and has fostered the organisation of Gozadera Demonstration.
A través de ella, también han sido parte del proceso de Gozadera:
FUTCH club™, is an open and horizontal alliance between abject bodies, not only queer ones, wanting to create spaces of possible futures that may be used as connections, cares and resources for artists and activists of any intersection. They have a queer day space lead by feminists in Barcelona.
Juan David Galindo, (aka Un Juan) is an artist whose practice opens layers and layers that overlap, intertwine and contaminate each other, in a form of articulation seeking to transform a problem and a consequence into a proposal.
is a journalist, art researcher and independent curator in the fields of critical theory, new pedagogies, archive, memory and decolonial theory. She is currently part of the research and production platforms Equipo re and Espectros de lo Urbano, research group on hegemonic discourses about the city and critical urban theory.
Nancy has been one of the “gozaderas” who has worked in the group Catalyst 1 of Te( n ) cuidado, together with Isamit Morales and Lina Ortiz. As part of the process of this Catalyst 1, Nancy, in collaboration with Diego Falconi, elaborated the text Gozadera’s Manifest and has fostered the organisation of Gozadera Demonstration.
Through her, also the following ones have been part of the process of Gozadera:
Diego Falconi, is a teacher, cultural manager, writer, human rights lawyer, with a PhD in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, researching on Latin-American sexual dissidences and how the imperative of capitalist happiness must be reconsidered from other forms of feeling-thinking in the Andean region: resentment, nostalgic enjoyment and reciprocal embrace.
Jesús Arpal Moya, is an artist, member of Equipo Jeleton and partner of La Caníbal cooperative, a cultural space oriented towards social change with a transfeminist, anticapitalist and decolonial spirit. In any of the collectives Jesús has been or is currently involved in, he has build critical celebratory spaces like Decora-Chan!7, Conchita Club, Ladyfest or Diversorium, among others.
Lina Ortiz López
is a social and cultural agent. Her practice originates in community cultural practices – based on her own experience in the Afro-Pacific community – self-care and self-organisation, with an antiracist, transfeminist and decolonial approach. She is involved in the projects Suversión Festival FILMinuto and Pazífic Encounter Barcelona in alliance with the PCN (Proceso de Comunidades Negras, Colombia).
Lina has been one of the “gozaderas” who has worked in the group Catalyst 1 of Te( n ) cuidado, together with Nancy Garín and Isamit Morales. As part of the process of this Catalyst 1, Lina articulated the Pre-Demonstration Gozadera Session 2 based on her research ‘Dancing to resist’ and has fostered the organisation of Gozadera Demonstration.
Through her, also the following ones have been part of the process of Gozadera:
Karaoke Inmigrante (Samu-el Céspedes, Violeta Ospina and David), is a research and experimentation project compiling songs of migration and resistance processes against necropolitics and institutions and companies dealing with migration control in the continent.
Miss ex is the queen of electrodirtpop, a transgressive, raver and critical music proposal. In her shows she connects music, performance, dance and visuals, and in electrodirtpop, a genre of her own, she mixes tropical electro clash.
Ervin Collazos, is a Colombian dancer and choreographer-ethnopedagogue, coming from the Cauca Pacific area. His directed dance explains the context of the rhythms of the Colombian Pacific, as the Currulao, Bunde, chirimía or salsa choque.
Frau diamanda, is a transvestite artist audiovisual-drag, independent curator and cultural infector. Her performative work comes from spoken word with an electronic base. She is currently conducting research on enjoyment and cruising in pandemic times.
El Lokal, is a libertarian corner in Barcelona providing resources and infrastructures for movements and struggles for social transformation. They lent us the audio equipment for the organisation of Gozadera Demonstration.
is a project of healthy food and self-management born out of the urge for making tools from the migrants’ realities, times and capacities. It’s a project initiated by Julieta Lara, migrant, mother, multidisciplinary creator and 90% functionally diverse.
Ruta de Autor
are Aymara Arreaza R. and Lorena Bou Linhares. With them we worked in the action All the Calippos of the world, which was the first public activity of Te( n ) cuidado. We are interested in their way of approaching territories and histories through an exhaustive research into the various layers that create them, intertwining stories and visions to reformulate meanings and rearticulate forgotten or hidden voices. We are also interested in their walking practice, and their approach to moving as a setting in motion that awakens our senses and can activate other ways of thinking.
Through Ruta de Autor we also involved the Historic Archive of Poblenou in the project.
is a food sovereignty initiative based on observation, analysis, documentation and eating together as a pretext to share knowledges, strategies, experiences and longings. It proposes actions and research with which to map food realities of our territories, and creates networks with other initiatives and individuals.
Mucha Cuchara was part of the action All the Calippos of the world, preparing fresh seasonal fruit ice lollies, package-free, cheap and very easy to replicate.
is an artist, educator and graphic writer. In her projects she is interested in knowing how others exist, how they do it to get by in their lives with their bodies, their opportunities and their narratives. As a way of doing it, he uses expanded drawing and graphic actions as part of the daily process that follows. In his latest projects, this way of working has been a means of communicating actions that lead to dialogic learning, encounters, outings, interviews or experiences.
With Tinta Fina we have worked on the graphic report of some of the sessions of the Catalyst ‘GOZADERA’.
Suversión Film Minuto
is an audiovisual production platform based on collaborative practices from Latin America, on trial and error and on collective work understood as a need emerging within our communities.
We came to know this initiative and this team via Lina Ortiz, and we have worked with them on the recording of Pre-Demonstration Gozadera Session 1 and 2, just as on the creation of the essay short-film Gozadera.
is a visual artist and researcher, with additional experience as a screenwriter. In his most recent work, he investigates the possibilities of a queer approach to natural sciences. He is also involved in The Green Parrot project in Barcelona.
It is due to this intersection in Agustín’s features and interests that we are interested in working with him in the audiovisual recording of some of the activities of Te( n ) cuidado, such as the route All the Calippos of the world.
Taula Eix Pere IV
is a neighbourhood initiative led by a group of neighbours, aiming to foster new civic, cultural, and social and solidarity economy activities in the axis of Pere IV street and its surroundings (Sant Martí district in Barcelona), in order to create a stronger social cohesion in the territory and help avoiding current urban fragmentation. The space occupied by Eix Pere IV is understood as a meeting place for local individuals, collectives and non-institutional agents interested in contributing with projects and fostering initiatives.
Larre, the driving force behind the project Te( n ) cuidado, is part of the Taula Eix Pere IV platform, which is a key ally for the project.
is a systemic facilitator. She has experience in the areas of technology, naturopathy, project management, facilitation in organisational, social and individual contexts, networks and collectives. Her goal is to provide support for the evolution of individuals and society, the system and the environment, through the organic processes that can be found in all these areas.
Her role in the project Te( n ) cuidado is a sum of knowledges and skills originated in agile methodologies whose purpose is that of serving people, collectives, communities, projects and networks. The vision of facilitation helps us to foster the culture of collaboration, with the mission of supporting current models in their ongoing social and economic change, focused on sustainability and regeneration of life.
works in activism and media tactics in different European movements. She is involved in international relations and focuses specifically on the coordination and communication strategies of social movements and technopolitics. She works at Plataforma de Auditoría de la Deuda Ciudadana (PACD), International Citizen Audit Network (ICAN), Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalización (ODG) and Xnet collective. She has also been involved in a number of European networks and projects such as The Troika Party, #NuitDebout or #CasoCastor.
We worked with Emma on the communication strategy for the project.
Culture Commons Quest Office
is the research group led by sociologist Pascal Gielen, and based at the University of Antwerp and the Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA) in Belgium. It will work as an exchange and learning engine. Its lines of research analyse cultural production systems that could be more sustainable, and pose the question of how projects originating in the theory of Commons may be able to cause cracks in processes of precarization, dominant in the reigning cognitive capitalism.
One of its researchers is Lara García Díaz, who is also part of the Larre collective, the driving force behind Te( n ) cuidado. It is through this connection that the Culture Commons Quest Office becomes an important international ally for the project.