Twelve warning urban tales. Exhibition design / Taller de Casqueria
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Elena Fuertes, Ramón Martínez, lvaro Molins, Jorge Sobejano
Text description provided by the architects. The exhibition Twelve Warning Urban Tales, based on Superstudio’s Twelve Warning Tales for Christmas, aims to “rethink our role in the construction of the city”, in the words of Ethel Baraona, curator of the exhibition. . Through twelve installations that focus on different aspects of society and its relationship with the urban environment, Twelve Warning Urban Tales explores utopias and dystopias about the future of the city.
The exhibition route takes up the first idea of the city as a limit: the physical and legal framework in which citizenship is born. The proposal defines a space within the Matadero Madrid exhibition space in which the interventions are located. Consequently, an intermediate space appears which is not an exterior properly speaking, but not an interior: a prolonged threshold that surrounds the exhibition. A semi-dark transition space, which allows the visitor to understand the exhibition from the outside and to look for alternative ways to approach it. A staircase placed in this threshold allows visitors to rise above the wall and have a distant view of the entire exhibition.
Inside the perimeter, the exhibition space is structured by a regular grid distorted by the proposed boundary. This structure in the form of a game board assigns a cell to each intervention and guides the movement of visitors through the exhibition, opening up different paths. The grid also serves as a support structure for each of the installations as well as for the graphic material, which takes the form of larger banners, flags and textiles. The materiality of the perimeter mixes and blurs the reflections of the interventions in a continuous background.
Twelve uplifting urban narratives construct an image of the city based on different projections of the future to come, prompting visitors to create their own narrative.