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Barcelona, march 2014 : fifth meeting

Report on the Barcelona stage of the educational partnership EEE

The fifth stage of the European project “Enough for Everyone, Forever” took place in Barcelona from the 5th to the 10th of March 2014.

The “Punt d’Interaction de Collserolla (PIC, social centre), the Spanish partner of the project, had invited its colleagues from Poland, Germany and France.

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Can Masdeu
Global vue of the building and gardens, from the entrance

he meeting was held at Can Masdeu, where PIC is domiciled. Can Masdeu is an ancient hospital for leprosy patients on the outskirts of Barcelona. Abandoned for over half a century, it was squatted in 2002 by activists from several social movements: ecologists, anti-globalists, anarchists. Police attempts to remove the squatters failed. There have been both civil and criminal cases brought against the occupants. Although the owners won most of them, no eviction notice has since been issued.

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Can Masdeu
Participative work: cleaning, planting trees in the patio

Right from the start the residents of Can Masdeu made efforts to connect with the surrounding local population. In particular, the community encouraged local gardeners to come plant their own gardens on the grounds, an offer that generated considerable interest. The community gardens of Can Masdeu are the biggest of Barcelona today.

Most Sundays of the year the social centre PIC opens its doors to the public. Between 100 and 300 persons participate in activities related to ecology, activism, and self-sufficiency. On the 9th of March these topics were replenished by the workshops of the European project.

The days before that, the project partners had the opportunity to discover how the community works.

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Can Masdeu
collective meal with the community in the patio

The 25 residents live a sustainable lifestyle, consuming little energy and resources. Organic gardening, experimentation in permaculture and ecological water management are also part of the collective’s activities. The residents hold bi-weekly meetings, participate in organic gardening and pay a rent of 25 euros per month. Can Masdeu has a quite low resident’s turnover rate. The community runs a bike shop and repair clinic, provides space to the local high school for meetings and performances, and it also hosts meetings of progressive and resistance groups.

The “Enough for Everyone, Forever” project partners used the stay in Can Masdeu to assist the community in its everyday work and life, but most of all to provide the final touches to their workshops, developed during the previous stages.

Workshop GO

The acquisitions of the GO workshop were the following:
Completion of the supporting structure (mobile and totem of the “Euro Actors for Environment”-project, dyeing with walnut stain, completion of the attachment devices)

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Preparing sunday event
Installing the "Tree of expectations" a pedagogic add-on of "EAFE" totems, the GO’s green exhibition structure
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Preparing sunday event
Finalizing "EAFE" totems, the GO’s green exhibition structure
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Preparing sunday event
"EAFE" totems, the GO’s green exhibition structure ready-made for sunday event !

- Integration of an artistic intervention based on the reemployment of materials found on site (old hemp bags, bicycle handlebar grips, leafs, fruits and rind of spruce)
- First public testing on the outside during the visitor day at Can Masdeu
- Testing of the impact or an artistic performance during the workshop
- Testing of the mobile structure under real operating conditions, testing of the suspended graphic elements (free form …) and methods of attachment (tongs, strings …)

Assessment of the Can Masdeu-Meeting
- To sum up the most important results of the practical test of the GO-Workshop were the following:
- Participation: 15 persons did actively contribute to the workshop, a large number of spectators watched the performance
- The spectators did ask lots of questions about the workshop
- The workshop did attract children especially, thereby mobilizing their parents as well
- The participating adults showed genuine interest
- The structures did pass the test: The totem proved to be stable enough, the mobile was actually mobile

Possible Improvements
- Improve the persuasiveness of the workshop design (storyline and course of the event, explanation of the objectives
- Make an information board
- Associate the artistic performance more closely to the animation (share the artistic process based on reemployment with the participants, improve the suspension system both technically and graphically)
- In the case of short interventions: collect the different reemployment materials in advance
- Reflect on form, size and further use of the of the suspended graphic elements in view of the dissemination of the results
- Use mixed techniques based on reemployment to create the suspended graphic elements instead of cutting them out
- Improve the structures for outdoor use (guying, ballast)
- Switch from spontaneous participation to an workshop with prior registration
- Develop forms of the workshop adapted to school environments and socio-cultural centres

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Sunday event
Fist users of information point
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Sunday event
First arrivals near the EAFE information point
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Sunday event
Writing and graphic workshop for "Tree of expectations"
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Sunday event
Hanging first creations on the "Tree of expectations" a pedagogic add-on of "EAFE" totems, the GO’s green exhibition structure
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Sunday event
Artistic performance showing how to make creation while reusing local ingredients
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Sunday event
Artistic performance... reusing example (old hemp’s bag)

Link to the items and practices presented in Can Masdeu (free download) :

- Mobile
- High totem structure
- Writing workshop

Link to other products presented during the visitor day :

- Bioclimatic habitation game
- Model of the bioclimatic habitation

First conclusions of the EEE educational partnership
The partners will meet this summer for a final debriefing session in Barcelona. The French partner likes to point out some significant benefits in advance:
- Encounter between different cultural universes
- Breaking cultural deadlock (Southern/northern Europe, differences in layout and organisational embeddedness of the projects)
- Possibilities of later, more focused partnerships

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