LA ESCUELA___ moves forward with the program of its 2022—II Semester with a formative project to be developed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, involving actions and interventions in public spaces. The Classroom will be led by Brazilian choreographer and contextual artist Gustavo Ciríaco, focusing on analyzing the conditions for creating visibility and invisibility applied to public spaces, in dialogue with the performativity of their architecture and experience. The proposal will encourage a collective situation conceived together with students and members of the Grupo de Experimentación en Artes del Movimiento of the National University of the Arts, in order to explore different ways of performatively activating these spaces of coexistence, conflict, and power.
LA ESCUELA___'s formative projects are situated collaborative works whose medium is education, presented as online Laboratories and on-site Classrooms. These programs seek to address pressing social, political, and ecological issues in different parts of Latin America through diverse artistic practices. For their development, the platform actively engages universities, institutions, artists, and students with their surrounding realities, to learn and act upon them.
This upcoming Classroom is developed in collaboration with the Departamento de Artes del Movimiento of the Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA), El Asunto de lo Remoto – performance program -, and Fundación Andreani.
The main axis of this Classroom is based on structural elements of Gustavo Ciríaco’s site-specific piece Where the Horizon Moves, which proposes a reflection on the horizon as a shared field of fiction. Beginning with the selection of a landscape and a place from where to look at it, the project invests in its gradual transformation through people who appear and disappear on the horizon, introducing artistic actions that reconfigure the common field of vision. Through texts, songs, movements, and visual effects, the work plays with perspectives and events to reveal the different layers of housing and the use of urban space.
"Making theater potentially implies building landscapes of action and enjoyment, where the audience is summoned to a place with a view. A place where interpretations, sensations, and understandings are in the constant making in direct relation to what is staged before our eyes."
His work encompasses visual theater and conceptual dance, live exhibitions, and in situ works, where architecture, visual, and performing arts meet in performances marked by a shared sensitivity and reconfigurations of the experience of the real.
Two public events will be carried out as part of this formative project, on December 2 and 4, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. The participants will activate the environment based on an investigation and immersion in the political, social, and architectural layers that are present in the Barrio La Boca of Buenos Aires—a working-class neighborhood historically marked by inmigrant settlements and characterized by colorful buildings, social complexities, and a growing touristic allure.
LA ESCUELA___ invites all people interested in watching the staging on the public space to follow the development of the project through its social networks (IG, FB, TW, YT). Visit laescuela.art and subscribe to the newsletter to learn about the upcoming formative projects and open calls.
The joint founders of LA ESCUELA___ are the artist, architect and educator Miguel Braceli and the nonprofit Siemens Stiftung international foundation. It is based on Siemens Stiftung’s experiences with co-creation programs and artistic interventions across Latin America, and the artistic and educational works of Miguel Braceli in public spaces.