Deadline for presenting proposals:
March 12, 2011

Within the framework of the project Ceci n’est pas une voiture. Nomadic devices loom around the museum, Idensitat, CanXalant. Centre de Creació i Pensament Contemporani de Mataró and ACVic Centre d’Arts Contemporànies launch an open call for ideas to develop two projects of intervention in the public spaces of Mataró and Vic.

The project Ceci n’est pas une voiture. Nomadic devices loom around the museum is born as a documentation and reflection exercise on the construction of mobile devices as elements of an expanded concept of the Museum or going as far as being an alternative to it. It is a research project that aims at cataloguing and reflecting on those projects which, circulating in the public space, challenge the conventional notion of the Museum and reformulate instead the functions of the exhibition display as a nomadic platform nurturing direct and self-managed participation, development of social research and dissemination of educational experiences. The project is carried out as a series of activities each of which is designed as a Parking episode. Parking 01, the first of this series, was developed and presented in Can Xalant in July 2010. The project as a whole is a build up of successive Parkings to be carried out throughout 2011.

Parking 02. Open call for a project of intervention in the public space of Mataró using Idensitat’s Dispositivo Itinerante.

Dispositivo Itinerante [DI]
Idensitat’s Dispositivo Itinerante (Touring Device) pursues the idea of an exhibition that expands in the territory and serves as a transmitter—receiver of data. It is a way to demonstrate and display one of Idensitat’s main objectives, which is to be an itinerant production space that travels within the territory with the projects it produces, while generating insights, analysis and proposals for change. In this case it is proposed as a support element that is integrated into the selected project and can be modified and adapted to its needs.

Parking 03. Open call for a project of intervention in the public space of Vic using Can Xalant’s CX-R caravan.

CX-R is an adapted mobile caravan. Its portability allows the center to expand into the public arena, establish collaborations with its environment, and expand its scope of action and repercussion.

Designed and produced in 2009 by Argentine architects a77 (Gustavo Diéguez y Lucas Gilardi) and Pau Faus, CX-R has been requested for different uses: artistic-educational interventions in schools, neighborhood festivals, stage for performances, artistic interventions, among others. CX-R can be modified for each application and project.

Who can participate?
Both open calls are for artists who provide proposals of intervention in the public space from a trans-disciplinary perspective and the willingness to interact with different strategies within the social space of Mataró and Vic (Barcelona). Participants will have to make a proposal that incorporates Idensitat’s Dispositivo Itinerante in the case of Mataró and Can Xalant’s CX-R in the case of Vic, and that will be carried out in the public space of the city. The concept of space is to be understood in its dual capacity, physical and social. There are no prerequisites apart from these mentioned above; the project can therefore tackle cultural, political, educational or any other issue. At any rate, the strategy and formalization will have to deal with elements of latent tension in public space. The final location of the selected proposal in the public space will be subject to obtaining a municipal permit.

The proposals will be carried out during a residency of 30 days, between May 1 and June 30, 2011.

The selected project will have 4.000 EUR, of which 1500 EUR in fees and 2.500 EUR for production (including taxes). The organization will take on the costs of accommodation, travel and technical support; likewise, it will endow a maximum of 1.750 EUR for travel and per diem expenses for a stay of 30 days. The selected projects will form part of an exhibition and publication that will be produced in the context of the project.

Presentation of proposals
Individuals or collectives wishing to participate in the call for projects should complete and submit the Application Form to be downloaded from the website: All information relevant to the project must be included in the document. Moreover, a maximum of 10 images should be sent in order to facilitate the understanding of the project. The documentation must be submitted by email to: [email protected].

Ceci n’est pas une voiture is a project curated by Martí Peran and realized together with Idensitat, Can Xalant Centre de Creació i Pensament Contemporani de Mataró, ACVic Centre d’Arts Contemporànies and Trànsit Projectes.