DiálogosElectroFlamencos Madrid

Santi Barber and Pedro Jiménez (ZEMOS98)

DiálogosElectroFlamencos Madrid Madrid Electro-Flamenco Dialogues) is a research and action project that has brought together in dialogue three spaces/contexts with seemingly different languages and cultural practices (a group of flamenco dancers and artists, the “Archivo de Cantos del Trabajo” (Work Songs Archive) and the El Corofón choir), using such tools as the art of action, remixes, interventions in public spaces, and flamenco singing combined with the hymns from Madrid, work songs, religious choral music, and other sounds that are unclassifiable into typical categories. We do not understand or exploit flamenco from the perspective of nationalism nor from the purity of a closed community, but rather as a popular lingua franca with which to work on public space, on representations of the city and on other resonances and sounds for building different communities.

By linking together presentations by the different collaborators who have shaped the project matrix, and through workshops and all manner of joint actions (more or less formal conversations and meals, to give two examples), occasionally open to neighbourhood spaces, a moving intervention was progressively created. An intervention that has been reformulated in each station or stage along the way, from the particular stories and experiences of the different communities in their own processes and in their intersections with other communities, as well as with other participants in the Una ciudad muchos mundos programme. The process of accumulation constitutes the identity of a work that is clearly inspired by its interest in how remixing works.

DiálogosElectroFlamencos Madrid intervenes in social and cultural matters in the broadest sense of the terms, hence the importance of recognizing differences and of rebuilding, through experimentation, a meeting space that includes, through forms and actions, scenic, theatrical, acoustical, textual, and audiovisual elements, among others. The materials are activated as forms of communication, primarily in the street, which is where, in a provisional and festive way, the results of this stage of the process are collected.

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