Panel | We are all the other. Inclusion experiences

15.03.2019 - 15.03.2019

Letizia Solanas and Violeta Fatás

Letizia and Violeta are the creators of Pares Sueltos, an inclusive dance project started in 2014. Both were trained in performing arts, also in social intervention, when functional diversity (still commonly known as disability in English) appeared in their lives. Pares Sueltos emerged from their concern to mix these different worlds and their awareness of the absence of people with functional diversity on stage.

Pares Sueltos came into being from their interest to create in Zaragoza a research and creation group in performing arts, in which people with and without functional diversity participate together. Their goal is to achieve an accessible art, free of architectural, communicative and mental barriers,  through artistic training, show production , as well as accessibility and inclusion consultancy.

 

Leticia Romeo

Leticia is co-director of FESMAP (Festival for Mental Health and the Arts of the Pyrenees). She is as well, Founder and CEO of Vamos Scotland and EUPM (European Professional Mobility), president of the Cultural Association CQTC Branding Talent, and co-director of FESMAP.

Francisco Grasa

Apart from being co-director of the FESMAP (Festival for Mental Health and the Arts of the Pyrenees), Francisco is a Socio-cultural development agent at the Agustín Serrate Foundation. He has been coordinator of culture, promotion and tourism in the Alto Gállego region, founding partner and president of the association of writers of Huesca Aveletra, exhibition curator, conductor of radio programs and literary workshops. Endless descriptions to define this poet of the indefinable everyday.

The Festival for Mental Health and the Arts of the Pyrenees (FESMAP) is a pioneering initiative held in different parts of the Pyrenees’ geography to address the theme of mental health through artistic proposals during the months of September and October. The event gathers many projects and initiatives that share values ​​of destigmatization. At the same time, it seeks to internationalize local actions and bring global proposals to those territories located far away from the big urban areas. The festival has already held five editions approaching talks, exhibitions, workshops, concerts, activities and various initiatives against the stigma of mental health in rural areas of the Pyrenees.

 

Javier Rodrigo is the coordinator of Transducers, a platform for cultural mediation, research and proximity policies. He has developed several processes of community culture and proximity in different state and international institutions, as well as educational projects, publications and applied research. Transductores coordinates Interfícies, a platform for culture, education and community health. Interfcicies has been operating since 2015 from the Santa Monica Art Center in Barcelona, and later as a territorial program in Raval and Roquetas districts of the Catalan city, together with the GRICS research group since 2018, with the support of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, and several community networks of Barcelona.

The work of proximity, co-design with local agents and the ways of producing platforms of involvement and networking are key elements to weave processes of diverse inclusions and work ecosystems. Both Interfícies and transducers try to be careful with contexts, their rhythms and skills, articulating cultural practice in broader ecosystems, providing the possibility of including, represent and generate knowledge, experiences and experimental spaces for the participation of under-represented or subaltern groups. Javier  will tackle in his talk different working methods to reflect about diverse inclusions and experimental mediations, taking as starting point his 4-year experience at Interfícies, and also work models to generate other forms of hybridization and relationship between community culture, community health and social issues of their own concerned groups.

Eduardo Pérez Bona is a cultural manager and co-founder of Born! Music, an organisation from which he has set in motion different projects related to music, audiovisual and education in different parts of Spain. He is in charge of projects aimed at pursuing the democratisation of culture and the artistic impact on citizenship. In Etopia Center for Art and Technology, he has been running the FUGA program since 2015, a program of artistic residencies, an exhibition platform and an educational content incubator nurturing a community of artists, technologists and public in Zaragoza.

FUGA is program to immerse the audience in sound as a physical, sensory, spatial, spiritual, social and political experience; it stimulates reflections on music and its inherent processes; it also creates bridges for technology to facilitate the development of new forms of artistic production.