It is an installation made with cardboard tubes with a metallic appearance atop a mosaic made of 96,000 wooden pieces.
During the Fallas festival in Valencia held every year the ultimate goal of these installations is to be burned to celebrate the arrival of spring. In this context we built a structure entirely of cardboard and wood joints. The purpose was to investigate to what extent we could carry up this type of structure, and also to place in a traditional context a contemporary image to provoke the debate between tradition and modernity.
The installation represented a temple where citizens can meet and realize the power they have to change things through debate and confrontation of ideas. Hence the title Ekklesia, as this was the ancient Greek assembly that met once a year between elections to decide if someone was annoying for the polis, and if that was the case expel him from the city for ten years.
The facility was visitable and columns were screen printed with real political messages with critical messages of citizens, trying to highlight the emptiness of political discourse and the need to provide it with content to generate discussion and be owners of our future.
The stage on which the installation was settled was a mosaic of 96,000 pieces based on designs of Nolla Mosaic, a traditional Valencian ceramic that was lost in the middle of 20th century. On the one hand its function was highlight a lost heritage and to emphasize that any innovation in a traditional context should be based on a thorough knowledge of tradition.
At the same time we also wanted it to be a participatory project and therefore the completion of the mosaic was made in different workshops with children at risk of social exclusion and various neighborhood associations.
Ekklesía is an urban intervention that was held in Valencia during March 2015
The ekklesia (from Ancient Greek «ἐκκλησία ‘) was the main assembly of Athenian democracy in Ancient Greece. Is the Greek term that has come down to us as the famous exile by ostracism, and it was nothing but a law allowing citizens to banish for some time political or other harmful citizens for Polis.
Taracea wasn’t only an urban sculpture, it was a playground, a sculpture to be touched by kids.
It began as a reticular table plenty of colours, but this was only the beginning.
The artwork was made of a multitude of colored wooden boxes, each one filled with objects that made a sound when the box was moved. The structure was composed by four low-profile tables, easy to move.
From that moment the game started, we were not more in control of what was happening. Only kids and their playing. It was a toy not a sculpture anymore and the street kid’s property.