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ABSTRACT

Energy Island. Crisis Cabinet of Political Fictions

We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City. Goethe-Institut 

‘We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City’ is a project by the Goethe-Institut that connects since 2013 initiatives by artists, designers, activists and citizens from Lisbon, Madrid, Toulouse, Turin and Berlin. As stated by the curators “Angelika Fitz and Rose Epple, We-Trade increases ecological, economic and social sustainability. ‘We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City’ creates a knowledge and production platform for current and future We-Traders”. 

Within the activities of We-Traders, Elii + CCPF will prepare a Crisis Gabinet of Political Fictions to analyse the following radical crisis scenario: 

Within the deep and discontinuous changes that the energy sector has undergone in recent years, the Spanish Government plans to turn Spain into an Energy Island in the year 2020. The objective is to achieve the country's energy independence by 2020, coinciding with the Europe 2020 Project. This transformation poses new challenges for our cities, landscapes, production models, consumption patterns, legal frameworks, domestic behaviours, etc. A whole new strategy that entails the citizens’ participation is needed to develop and optimize the energy production infrastructures according to maximum efficiency criteria and, at the same time, rethink our ways of life.

The aim of this workshop is to design prototypes of possible future by means of fictional scenarios to evaluate and articulate the framework for new political ecologies

 

PROJECT

Energy Island. Crisis Cabinet of Political Fictions

We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City. Goethe-Institut 

‘We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City’ is a project by the Goethe-Institut that connects since 2013 initiatives by artists, designers, activists and citizens from Lisbon, Madrid, Toulouse, Turin and Berlin. As stated by the curators “Angelika Fitz and Rose Epple, We-Trade increases ecological, economic and social sustainability. ‘We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City’ creates a knowledge and production platform for current and future We-Traders”. 

Within the activities of We-Traders, Elii + CCPF will prepare a Crisis Gabinet of Political Fictions to analyse the following radical crisis scenario: 

Within the deep and discontinuous changes that the energy sector has undergone in recent years, the Spanish Government plans to turn Spain into an Energy Island in the year 2020. The objective is to achieve the country's energy independence by 2020, coinciding with the Europe 2020 Project. This transformation poses new challenges for our cities, landscapes, production models, consumption patterns, legal frameworks, domestic behaviours, etc. A whole new strategy that entails the citizens’ participation is needed to develop and optimize the energy production infrastructures according to maximum efficiency criteria and, at the same time, rethink our ways of life.

The aim of this workshop is to design prototypes of possible future by means of fictional scenarios to evaluate and articulate the framework for new political ecologies

 

CREDITS
  • Architects:
  • elii - Uriel Fogué, Eva Gil, Carlos Palacios
  • Team leader:
  • elii – Ana Herreros
  • Event:
  • We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City
  • Location:
  • Matadero, Madrid
  • Curators:
  • Angelika Fitz y Rose Epple
  • Institution:
  • Goethe-Institut 
  • Dates We-Traders Madrid:
  • 31st January 2014 – 16th March 2014
  • Dates GCFP – Energy Island:
  • 27th February, 6th and 13th March 2014