Press releases | Culture 27.02.2014

CHANGING PLACES / ESPACIOS REVELADOS: Transformation of empty buildings through artistic interventions in urban environments

The artistic works draw another map of the city following the traces it leaves behind in the course of its development.
© Magdalena Arau

March 27 – April 6, 2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The project CHANGING PLACES / ESPACIOS REVELADOS uses empty buildings in Buenos Aires for artistic interventions to highlight social cohesion in the megacity. With their works, artists from Argentina, other Latin American countries and Europe explore the types of communities that can arise through a city’s “blind spots.” Changing places provides new space for art and opens up new spatial experience for city residents.

Abandoned residential and commercial buildings, imposing empty banks, a railroad bridge over the Riachuelo, and terraces high above the city, as well as walls and facades in public places are converted into a stage by outstanding theater and performance artists. CHANGING PLACES / ESPACIOS REVELADOS addresses the issue of local transformation in two respects: first, the project transforms unused places in a city through artistic ideas; and second, it mobilizes residents and artists to leave their familiar places to view the city with new eyes. To that end, shuttle buses for visitors connect the banking district in the city center with the La Boca district. The project draws another map of the city with new input and access to the idea of public space, which many people appear to have long abandoned.

The public presentation of artistic interventions is part of a comprehensive work process initiated by Siemens Stiftung in close partnership with the Ministerio de Cultura, El Cultural San Martín, Subsecretaría de Desarollo Urbano, and a number of other institutions, building owners, and artists.

The artists have been asked to respond to specific places and urban situations with their own proposals. They are doing so by assimilating the visible and invisible traces a city leaves behind in the course of its development. The artists shift time and space, and evoke the imagination, doubt, and hope found in the people and the city in which their work is embedded. They occupy places with words, send messages into the public space, reflect the conflicting dreams and possibilities of a city or find their themes in the void that points to what is missing and what demands presence. Places need people who perceive and use them. For that reason, various artistic works invite people in Buenos Aires to contribute to the composition, to bring, for instance, a bank hall to life or transform an abandoned building into a green oasis with their plants and thus create a social space of encounter.

Societies need places where they can demonstrate cohesion and where fears and desires can be expressed. Changing places can change perspectives and this can provide the impulse for changes in modes of thinking and behaviour. That is the reason why Siemens Stiftung initiates international projects in the area of Culture. The project in Buenos Aires marks the beginning of an inter-national series that aims to foster artistic pertinacity as well as creative powers and sense of responsibility in the city.


Zona Microcentro

Mariana Tirantte / Mariano Pensotti (AR) „Hoy es el día“
La Ribot (ES) „Laughing Hole“
Performance and installation
Rabih Mroué (LB) „Pixelated Revolution“
Video work
Magdalena Arau (AR) „La invención del barco es la invención del naufragio. Museo del Presente“
Edificio Tornquist, Bartolomé Mitre 523

William Forsythe (USA/DE) „Scattered Crowd“
William Forsythe (USA/DE) „Solo“ & „Lectures from Improvisation Technologies“
Video works
Palacio Reconquista, Reconquista 46

SIMA (AR) „Resonador Blindado“
Sound installation and concert
Palacio Reconquista, Reconquista 46

Leonardo Moreira (BR) „Do Lugar Onde Estou Já Fui Embora (From where I was I‘ve already left)
Performative installation
Museo de la Ciudad, Alsina 421

Alejandro Tantanian (AR) „Bencich“

City walk
Edificio Bencich (Terraza), Av. Roque Saenz Peña 615

Magdalena Arau (AR) „La invención del barco es la invención del naufragio. Museo del Pasado. Museo del Paisaje“
Galería Güemes (Mirador), Florida 165

Julian Hetzel (NL / DE) „I‘M HERE“
Edificio Lanusse, San Martín 236

Tim Etchells (UK) „Some Imperatives“
Intervention in public space
Pared 1: San Martín 280
Pared 2: Bartolomé Mitre 357
Pared 3: Av. Almirante Brown 1330

Tim Etchells (UK) „Neon Work“
Intervention in public space
Palacio Municipal del Gobierno de la Ciudad, Bolivar 1

Zona Sur

MAMAZA (CH/GR/IL/DE) „Garden State“

Choreographic community garden 
Marialena Marouda (GR): Walking in the City: on the Poetics of Space
City walk in the frame of “Garden State”
Rabih Mroué (LB) „Old House“
Video work
Casa del Sur, Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1621

Vivi Tellas (AR) „Museo de la Paloma“
Magdalena Arau (AR) „La invención del barco es la invención del naufragio. Museo Invisible“
Barraca Peña, Av. Pedro de Mendoza 3003

Beatriz Catani (AR) „Infierno“
Puente Ferroviario, (frente a Barraca Peña)

Tim Etchells / Hugo Glendinning (UK / BE) „Empty Stages“
Cine Teatro Dante, Almirante Brown 1239

Tim Etchells „Some Imperatives“ (UK)
Intervention in pubic ara

¿Tienes una idea para mejorar tu barrio?
La Usina del Arte
Agustín Caffarena 1, Actividad especial

extra location:
Federico León (AR) „La última película“
Estacionamiento Cuadra (ex cine 9 de julio), Bauness 2533

Bus shuttle: Departure Casa de la Cultura, Av. de Mayo 575
Transfer every 30 minutes between Microcentro and La Boca-Barracas

Admission is free.