Corrillos is an initiative of David Maroto and Marjolijn Dijkman, supported by TENT. It is a series of presentations by and for Rotterdam-based artists, designers, architects, curators and theoreticians. The Corrillos meetings started in September 2008, and take place more or less monthly.
The sixth Corrillos took place on 16th June 2009. Hosted by artist Jonas Staal. He invited two couples of guests to choose and present a single recent project to public, to open up a subsequent discussion: cultural activists Gideon Boie and Matthias Pauwels (BAVO) and artists Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum. Dinner was served again by courtesy of Rode Kaapje.
Iratxe & Klaas say about their own practice: “For us as artists, working in the public space means that we think about what the public represents. When we were invited last year to involve the residentes of the districts of Overvecht (Utrecht) and Barakaldo (Bilbao) in an artistic project, we decided to use the zombie as a distorted image of the ideal citizen. We did this in order to draw attention to notions such as consumerism, the masses, dystopia, alienation and participation”.
In words of BAVO: “Through research and action, we engage in the synergy between the creative sector and public and private parties within the creative leap in scale of cities. Artists and architects often appear to react with reservation to the great faith placed in them. By running campaigns, we enthuse our colleagues to shamelessly create a distinct profile for themselves in the area of the conceptualisation of cities, social revitalization and mobilization”.
Corrillos are by invitation only: a limited number of interested guests are invited per meeting.
Jonas Staal: jonasstaal.nl
Iratxe Jaio + Klaas van Gorkum: www.parallelports.org