THE MEMORY OF BIDASOA THROUGH ART
Ribera is held in the public space, along the banks of Bidasoa river, a core part of the region's identity, and offers new perspectives of this memory space from the point of view of art. This programme values the memory of the Bidasoa river through practices linked to contemporary art, as a tool to recover the river bank and strengthen its link with the citizens, recalling its role as a revitalizing factor of society.
“Possible futures, imagined futures” was the theme which drove this year’s event, inviting both artists and the public to reflect on the memory of the future in these uncertain times. The coronavirus pandemic forced us to reshape some activities. For instance, we used a pier as a stage in order to maintain social distancing and a theater company performed a piece with no attendees but a “sold out” poster. Guided tours in smaller groups made them more participatory and meaningful to the people.”
Maldita Lettering / Mikel Remak / Maite Eizmendi / Christian García del Campo / Jaime de los Ríos (Arteklab) / Oier Gil / Iker Eizagirre / Cia. La Máquina de Hacer Pingüinos (Anaïs Sindera - Luis Alberto Rodriguez - Emmanuelle Thomé) / Bitamine Faktoria / Idoia Zabaleta / Bertha Bermúdez
The 5th edition was held on 19 September 2020. This program is promoted by the Irun City Council and managed by Bitamine Faktoria.
PARTICIPANTS OF THE COMMUNITY
FRONTIÈRE - Cross-border artistic practices, an event in collaboration with the Montreal artists' centre DARE-DARE and Bitamine Faktoria. This meeting takes place on the occasion of the launch of the publication Frontière, which reviews TOPO's thematic programming for 2019-2022. Helga Massetani, from Bitamine Faktoria, will present the project Atlas Emocional del Bidasoa. Sylvie Cotton, from DARE-DARE, will present the Satellite project and its publication.
FRONTIÈRE by TOPO.
Under the theme of the frontier, TOPO has created a cycle of exhibitions and online projects from 2019 to 2022. Rooted in human history and still very current, the theme brings together several issues raised by TOPO, political as well as social and technological.
The Frontier programme includes three thematic cycles with three female authors and art historians: Nuria Carton de Grammont, Paule Mackrous and Mirna Abiad-Boyadjian. To enrich the reflection, four other specialists address the notion of the border more broadly according to different approaches linked to their field of research: Ricard Zapata Barrero (politics), Chantal Pontbriand (aesthetics), Jean-Dominique Leccia (psychiatry) and David Jhave Johnston (technology).
The paper publication, a map that traces the works of the 10 artists proposed by TOPO in the framework of the programme, is expanded on the web with essays and multimedia content (essays, videos and podcasts).
SATELLITE by DARE-DARE.
"This publication traces the first trajectories of a programme of cross-border artistic explorations initiated in 2011 by the artist-run centre DARE-DARE as a satellite of its home territory in Montreal. More than just a retrospective visual overview and a presentation of works produced in three very different urban contexts (Detroit, Tijuana, Mexico City), the book proposes a series of recent observations of the artists and host partners to relive their vivid memories, retrace the path of thought and experience, reveal the imprint on creative practice and intellectual reflection, or even the repercussions on career or artistic mission."
Extract from the essay by Martin Dufrasne, coordinator of the SATELLITE project and coordinator of DARE-DARE programming
Bitamine Faktoria's Emotional Atlas of Bidasoa.
This publication is the continuation of the research carried out in 2019 within the project "Emotional cartography of Bidasoa". It is a series of notebooks accompanied by the work of the illustrator Elena Odriozola, which highlight significant social aspects. These ten fascicles tell the stories of a geographical area - that of the river Bidasoa - elegantly written by María José Noain Maura in a language accessible to all audiences.
Helga Massetani's visit is possible thanks to the support of the Etxepare Institute and the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec, within the framework of the cultural cooperation agreement between Québec and Euskadi.
Atlas: A collection of maps, mainly geographical, presented in book or notebook form.
This project arises as a continuation of the research carried out thanks to the 2019 Ribera Grant awarded by Irun City Council, which was entitled "Emotional Cartography of Bidasoa".
The main idea revolves around the decision to carry out a practical mediation exercise on the contents researched. Not only to highlight different characters, events, hobbies, etc., but also to work on it in a transversal way with different artistic disciplines.
We are sure that research of these characteristics that deals with interculturality, in a border context at the moment we are living in, provides more plural results in the revision of many aspects of the historical memory of this territory. "In a time of globalisation, the most revealing object of study, the most questioning of ethnocentric or disciplinary pseudo-certainties is interculturality" (Canclini, 2006: 101). Interculturality is the tool with which we have to work for integration. Dialogue, in order to understand and accept our diversity as cultural richness and intangible world heritage, is the basis of our coexistence.
We have called it an atlas, because it presents a series of educational booklets combined with the work of the illustrator Elena Odriozola, highlighting relevant social aspects. Ten small notebooks that tell stories of a geographical space written in an elegant way by María José Noain Maura and with a language that is accessible to all kinds of audiences.
Texts: Maria José Noain Maura
Coordination and layout: Helga Massetani Piemonte
Ilustrations: Elena Odriozola
Traduction: Joxan Elosegi
LG D 00104-2022
THE MEMORY OF THE BIDASOA THROUGH ART.
The aim of this programme is to combine contemporary art proposals with historical memory, as well as the culture of water and its influence on social relations in the city. It is based on artistic processes from multiple disciplines in a commitment to co-creation, participation, research and experimentation. The sixth edition will be held on Saturday 18 September 2021 on the banks of the Bidasoa River. Subsequently, in October, a day of presentation of results will be held at the CBA.
WALLS OF MEMORY
The aim of this call is to activate a permanent framework for research-action projects in the field of human sciences and art. The tandem artist + anthropologist work in the border area and especially in the Bidasoa River and its surroundings.
Cross-border cultural meanings
Amaia Molinet and Olesya Dronyak
Installation, photography and video (general dimensions variable)
Artistic intervention based on the research carried out in the project of the same name developed with one of the Ribera grants.
Larreaundi, documentary of a working-class neighbourhood
Tamara Cuéllar and Félix Martín Cámara
Visual memory of a young working-class neighbourhood. Documentary based on testimonies and memories of the residents of the Larreaundi neighbourhood.
Palindrome Workshop / Materials included
We will approach the palindrome by playing with the names of animals: word, image and voice.
Duration: 1 hour
"Orillas" is a work of sound fiction in which, by means of voice, sound effects created live and sound backgrounds, it proposes a sonorous journey to the audience. The guiding thread will be the experience of an anthropologist in the Peruvian Amazon, an experience of connection, exploration and rediscovery with what we are and what surrounds us.
Script and editing: Inko Martín. Actress: Saioa Royo. Sound technicians: Mikel Cerezo and Eneko Yaben.
Duration: 40 minutes
NATURE AND ITS TREMBLING
IDOIA ZABALETA, SOFÍA ASENCIO, CHUS DOMINGUEZ Y TOMÁS ARAGAY
"Nature and its tremor" proposes a leisurely walk along the banks of the river Bidasoa on its way to the sea, inviting walkers to watch and listen to these currents through different voices and points of view".
Duration: 1 hour
Recommended for people over 7 years old
Starting point: Checkpoint. Please be there 10 minutes beforehand for capacity control.
MAITE ARROITAJAUREGI (MURSEGO)
The soundscape is a piece of music in constant expansion around us and we are at the same time listeners, musicians and composers of it.
Duration: 1 hour and a half.
Recommended for people over 10 years old.