A small patch of land in urban Madrid is reclaimed and set up as experimental plot for cultivation, soil analysis and recovery, educational activities and social activation of the neighborhood. The activities are run by the Study Group members and other local groups. The greenhouse-classroom operated as city outpost for INLAND and information point of the activities INLAND carries in different rural locations, its ambition is to evolve towards a Centre for the Approach of the Rural where information
It was supported by Intermediae and Matadero Madrid throughout 2013 and is currently waiting for relocation.
A number of artists are either invited or selected through an open call, to live and produce new work in relation the particular context of a village. The villages are chosen in collaboration with social movement Rural Platform. The commission grants include the provision of a local connection agent, a production budget of up to 4000 E per project, artist fees and on-site accommodation and working space. The programme encourages and assists the insertion of the artist into the everyday life of the village. The duration of the stay goes from two weeks to two months.
Twenty-two projects have been commissioned between 2010 and 2014. The resulting works are of very different nature but share an emphasis on open, context-based collaborative processes, and focus on socio-political and economical transformative art practices which empower and respond to diverse current rural situations.
The methodologies, processes and final outcomes of each project are documented and evaluated through INLAND´s blogs, fora and publications, aiming to set reference points for future interventions.
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INLAND organizes periodical exhibitions that showcase the results from commissioned projects or that bring together existing works by artists. These take place both in the hosting villages and city-based major art institutions. To date, 22 exhibitions have been carried out in villages and 5 group shows in spaces such as La Casa Encendida ( Madrid, 2012) , Matadero Art Centre (Madrid, 2013) , La Panera / Fundació Tapies ( Lleida / Barcelona 2014) , Casco Projects ( Utrecht, 2015), PAV (Torino, 2015) , Visible ( Brussels, 2015) , HIAP Suomenlinna (Helsinki 2015) , and Istanbul Biennale 2015.