How being 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 will be an online chat on WhatsApp, which will be hacked and made public on the web www.interludiosremotos.liga-df.com
Remote Interludes revolves around the topic of the space between us, of the distance—whether large or small—that separates us and how to subvert it through a connection
LIGA, Espacio para Arquitectura
MAIO (Anna Puigjaner and Guillermo López)
María Jerez y Uriel FoguéWebsite:
Concept – LIGA, Espacio para Arquitectura, Paula García–Masedo
Developed by – Luis MesejoSpace in Madrid:
Espacio TOL, with the collaboration of Escuela de Arquitectura de Toledo
Calle Jorge Juan, 55The Interludios Remotos series has been realized with the support of Acción Cultural Española AC/E, thanks to its Movilidad program within the project Internacionalización de la Cultura Española (PICE).
Uriel Fogué and María Jerez, respectively an architect and an artist, collaborate on a regular basis. Uriel Fougué’s practice involves teaching, research, communication and architectural production, as part of the architects’ collective ELII. María Jerez is an artist whose work involves live performance, cinema, choreography, architecture and visual arts.
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.
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.