How to be together if we are apart?
Is it possible to create a remote connection?
The First Law of Geography states: “everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things”.
Historically, it was only possible to establish a connection between two distant points through the deployment of an expensive assembly of devices, knowledge, and people, who travelled from A to B.
For instance, a Portuguese ship sailing towards the West Indies used to carry not only its crew of sailors but also a set of devices and assembled knowledge that made it possible to understand what they were crossing, to orient themselves and forecast potential meteorological events.
In order to establish a long-lasting relationship between distant agents, it was necessary to construct a “knowledge of the other from afar” as well as a shared code for the exchange of information. New methods to interpret the world, such as the Linnaean taxonomy, worked precisely this way, aiming at establishing a universal language that made it possible to understand the natural world and predict or control distant or even future events.
Is it therefore the case that being close and distant at same time is only possible if we establish a special form of knowing the other or, better, of knowing with the other?
In an era when even the instantaneous character of email has been overcome by the use of applications for mobile phones (which are almost extensions of our bodies), which have supplanted face-to-face communication, the project Remote Interludes sets out to investigate how to establish a link between two points in real time, through a shared and publicly displayed language.
The project invites two pairs of architects and artists to move apart from one other. One half of each couple will conduct a research residency in Mexico, while the other half will follow this experience from Spain. The communication channel between them is an online chat on WhatsApp, which is hacked and made public on this web.
LIGA, Espacio para Arquitectura
Website developed by:
Space in Madrid:
Espacio TOL, with the collaboration of Escuela de Arquitectura de Toledo
With the support of PICE by AC/E (Acción Cultura Española)
MAIO is an architectural office based in Barcelona that works on spatial systems. The practice has developed a wide range of projects, from furniture or exhibition design to housing blocks or urban planning.MAIO’s members combine professional activities with academic, research and editorial ones. They are currently teaching at the School of Architecture of Barcelona etsab/etsav and they have been in charge of the magazine Quaderns d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme (2011-2016). MAIO is also co-director of TheWholeHoleHall, an exhibition space in Barcelona curated by Curro Claret and Moritz Küng.
The practice has lectured in MET, GSAPP, UC Berkeley, RMIT Design Melbourne, Yale, Piet Zwart Instituut, Het Nieuwe Instituut, ETSAM-UPM, Washington University, Architecture Department of Lisbon and the School of Architecture of Bruxel UCL-LOCI, among other places. MAIO’s work has been published in magazines such as Monocle, Domus, Frame, AIT, Volume, Blueprint, A10, and Detail, and awarded several times, including by FAD Prize 2016 for Ephemeral Interventions and by FAD Prize 2015 for Critical Thinking.
Their work has been exhibited at the Chicago Art Institute, Storefront for Art and Architecture y en el MoMA (Ney York), among others. In occasion of the Venice Biennale in 2016, their work has been included in the Spanish Pavilllion, later awarded with the Golden Lion.
MAIO’s team also took part in the 2014 Biennale, co-curating a Special Weekend with the Space Caviar and DPR-Barcelona. In 2015, MAIO realized an installation for the first Chicago Architecture Biennial and they have been invited to participate in the 2017 editorials well.
In 2016, Anna Puigjaner, among the MAIO’s co-founders, was awarded with the Wheelwright Prize (Harvard GSD) .
Paula García-Masedo is, together with LIGA, co-curator of the series Interludios Remotos. An architect and curator, Paula takes a theoretical approach that enables interdisciplinary displacement between art and architecture, establishing experimental networks and systems.
Between 2011 and 2015, Paula was teaching assistant at ETSAM and taught at the UIMP / XII BEAU Summer Workshop. At present, Paula is a member of the Department of Research, Data, Documentation, Questioning and Causality (DIDDCC) at Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid.
As a curator, Paula has developed international projects such as “The Way Things Go” at Monoambiente, Buenos Aires (2015-16). She also curated an exhibition series at the Colegio de Arquitectos de Madrid. Her work has been published by El País, El País semanal, ABC, El Cultural, and Cadena SER.