CORNERS San Sebastian / Donostia

The CORNERS in San Sebastian / Donostia will offer art installations, exhibitions, performances, shows and guided tours devised by around thirty international artists.

Most of the project will run between 28 September and 2 October, but there will be three prior events taking place on 19 September (“Hide or Reveal”, an installation on the No. 26 bus route) , 20 September (the official opening of the “Put Yourself in My Place”) and 21 September (“In Between” exhibitions at the Ernest Lluch Centre and Anoeta underground station respectively).

The programme’s activities will focus on different parts of the neighbourhood of Amara.

The Amara neighbourhood in San Sebastian will be hosting art installations, exhibitions, performances, shows and guided tours from 19 September to 2 October as part of the Corners of Europe programme, which San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture is participating in. The programme comprises 11 projects which involve around thirty international artists and have already been on display in Stockholm, Belfast, Blyth, Ljubljiana, Zagreb and Rijeka.

The projects require the collaboration of local agents and citizens, and they explore issues such as the emotional journey that follows a traumatic event and the situations experienced by two artists who swap lives. These pieces of work are the result of journeys that the artists have made to different points of Europe, where they have been working in collaboration with others on projects which are tailored to the reality of each place.

Areas such as Plaza de Ferrerías, Plaza de las Cofradías Donostiarras, Avenida de Madrid and Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre will act as the venues for some of the activities.

The programme will begin on one of the No. 26 buses on 19 September with the “Hide or Reveal” project, an installation which reflects on travel through the window of a bus. This will be followed by the official opening of the “Put Yourself in My Place” exhibition on 20 September at 19:00 in the Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre, and then the “In Between” project, which will be taking place on 21 September at Anoeta underground station. After this event has taken place, a range of activities will be happening in different parts of Amara between 28 September and 2 October.

Co-Creations:

Birdhouse Gallery

Birdhouse Gallery is an art workshop for school kids ending with a public presentation / exhibition. It is aiming to encourage imagination, develop children’s creative ideas, improve their artistic skills and strengthen appreciation for the arts.

Bridging the Silence

Bridging the Silence is a visual and sound installation designed to be shown on a pedestrian bridge, created by Hrvoslava Brkušić, Croatian multimedia & sound artist; Deirdre Cartmill, N. Irish poet, and Beatriz Churruca, Basque visual artist & Performer.

Flashes

Flashes represent a small program of personal favorites drawn from a vast pool of films screened at DokuFest in previous years. Films about cranes and crane operators high above London, bank robbery gone wrong somewhere in Sweden, ancient custom of …

Hide or Reveal

The publication “Hide or Reveal” sums the experience of two-weeks-long travellings, meetings of new places and constant change of location. It is a result of an artistic research that took place in the framework of two CORNERS Xpeditions: Balkan and …

In Between

Observation in philosophical terms is the process of filtering sensory information through the thought process. Input is received via hearing, sight, smell, taste, or touch and then analyzed through either rational or irrational thought. What happens if the observed object knows that he/she is being observed and the observation also changes positions so that the observer is being observed by the object? As artists we can play with these roles and also with the purpose of our observations which in contrast to the science can have a more open and indistinct objective and perhaps use different methods.

Oh My Home – Lost & Found

Borders and belonging, identity and rejection, struggle and intimacy, roots and mobility, walls and bridges. Making home. Reclaiming home. Losing and finding home. Composed of familiar elements that remind of a diversity of these experiences, the piece invites the public …

Put yourself in my place

Depending on our social background, we attribute different values to artworks, but also to different behavior patterns and to biological traits such as race, or sex. The consequence of this is always, inequality. Milijana Babić and Ida Hansson are two artists who developed their own methodologies for understanding differences in how society approaches art, through a specific long term continuous performance of swapping lives. By entering the life of the other, they did not play some kind of imitation game, but brought their own personalities into a different context.

Safari Here

Using tools and aesthetics appropriated by the Tourist Industry the artists of Safari Here are exploring the possibilities and limits of their experience and role within Corners. The work is happening in public and with the public’s participation in elements of its making.

Sister of Another Mama

Sister of Another Mama is a collaborative group of artists including: Tonya McMullan – a visual artist from Northern Ireland, Joseba Irazoki a musician from the Basque Country, Mila Pavićević – a dramaturge from Croatia, SIMKA (Simon Häggblom + Karin Lind) who are visual artists from Sweden.

Windows

Windows is a piece of participatory outdoor theatre, where local residents and visitors answer a series of questions on topics ranging from local to existential issues.

Artists:

Event Schedule:

Hide or Reveal

Installation
every day from 19/9 - 2/10 @ DBUS line 26

An exploration of travel and reflections through the window of a bus.

Artists: Helena Wikström, Una Bauer
Co-produced by: POGON – Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth, Intercult
Participants: DBUS San Sebastian Tram Company

Put Yourself in My Place

Exhibition
opening at 19:00, exhibition is open until 1/10 @ Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre

Exhibition which looks at the experiences of two artists from Croatia and Sweden as they exchange lives.

Artists: Ida Hansson, Milijana Babić
Co-produced by: Drugo More, Intercult
Participants: Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre

Bridging the Silence

Installation
28 and 30/9 - 16:30-20:30; 1/10 - 10-14h @ Mikel Laboa pasabidea

Audio installation which explores the emotional journey that we go through after a traumatic experience.

Artists: Beatriz Churruca, Hrvoslava Brkušić, Deirdre Cartmill
Local partner: Danele Sarriugarte
Co-produced by: POGON – Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, DSS2016EU.
Participants: Cáritas; M-etxea; Citizens

Flashes

Film screening
28 and 30/9, 20:00h @ Amara Zaharreko frontoia

A screening of short documentary films which have won awards at the major festivals in Europe and give us an insight into different realities across the continent, not all of them comfortable.

Curator: Veton Nurkolari, director of Dokufest Festival in Prizren (Kosovo).
Co-produced by: Intercult, DokuFest

Birdhouse Gallery

Exhibition
Opening: 29/9, 17:30, opened until 2/10 @ Madril hiribidea

This project/workshop focuses on designing and building small birdhouses which act as individual art galleries.

Artists: Nedyalko Delchev, Maciej Salamon
Co-produced by: Intercult, City Culture Institute (Instytut Kultury Miejskiej)
Participants: Easo Polytechnic School. Carpentry students; Uba Safe House; Amara Berri School; La Salle Ikastetxea.

In transition

Show
18:30 @ C.C. Ernest Lluch K.E.

A participatory stage piece which combines dance, music and drama as it explores the transition from adolescence into adulthood.

Artists: Borja Ruiz, Kajsa Sandström, Nils Personne
Co-produced by: Exodos, Rex, Intercult, DSS2016EU
Participants: Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre, Usandizaga – Peñaflorida Amara Secondary School, Uba Safe House, La Salle School.

Oh My Home - Lost & Found

Installation + Performance
29/9, 19:45; 1/10, 12:00, installation is open until 1/10 @ Frantzia pasealekua

Art installation and performance which explores and questions the concept of “home-homeless”.

Artists: Ixone Ormaetxe, Lalya Gaye, Saadia Hussain
Co-produced by: Intercult, ISIS Arts, DSS2016EU
Participants: Cáritas, Stop Desahuci

Amara Safari

Guided tour
30/9, 12h & 18h; 1/10, 12h @ Easo plaza

An agency of tour guides that give us another perspective on the neighbourhood based on encounters with its residents.

Artists: Isabella Mongelli, Miloš Tomić, Maria Anastassiou
Co-produced by: ISIS Arts, Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, B92/Rex
Participants: Deusto School of Tourism, Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre Amarauna, Amara Residents’ Association.

In Between

Performance + Exhibition
performance: 30/9, 20h @ Ferrerias plaza; exhibition: 21/0-1/10 @ Anoetako topo geltokia @ Performance @ Ferrerias plaza; exhibition @ Anoetako topo geltokia

This performance and exhibition uses observation and interaction and is based on the unique perspective of a neighbourhood and its residents.

Artists: Juan Aizpitarte, Siniša Labrović, Elvin Flamingo (Jarosław Czarnecki), Helena Wikström, Davor Sanvincenti
Co-produced by: Intercult, Drugo More, City Culture Institute (Instytut Kultury Miejskiej), DSS2016EU
Participants: Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre Amarauna, Amara Evangelist Church, Amara Residents’ Association, Amara-Osinaga Residents’ Association, MusikAmara, Escivi Film and Video School / residents from Plaza Ferrerías, Euskotren.

Sister of Another Mama

Performance + Publication
19h @ Nestor Basterretxea plaza

A temporary editorial space where short stories retrieved from participants are used to create an artistic publication and a performance.

Artists: Joseba Irazoki, Mila Pavićević, SIMKA – Simon Häggblom and Karin Lind
Co-produced by: Intercult, Drugo More, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, DSS2016EU
Participants: Group of upcoming local artists, Tabakalera

Windows

Performance
20h @ Donostiako Kofradien plaza

A participatory performance in a public space which sees residents and visitors respond to a series of questions about issues that range from local matters to the existential.

Artists: Asier Zabaleta, Michael Hanna
Co-produced by: Teatro Pubblico Pugliese, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, DSS2016EU
Local partner: Harkaitz Cano
Participants: Ernest Lluch Cultural Centre Amarauna, Parents’ Association, Barianterik ez – Variante no, Amara-Osinaga Residents’ Association, TAE Donostia Performing Arts Workshop, residents of Plaza de las Cofradias Donostiarras, La Salle Ikastetxea,
Performers: Iván Aizpurua, Garazi Aldasoro, Haritz Morras, Jugatx Mirasolain; Dancers: Thiago Luiz, Almeida, María Andrés.