SWAB Stairs 2016
Swab announces the new edition of Swab Stairs 2016 that will take place from June 3rd until June 22th.
15 schools will participate in this edition, 10 catalan and, for the first time, 5 international schools from UK, Algeria, Argentina, Canada and Hong Kong.
"Swab Stairs", part of the "Swab Off" program and the cultural project TMB Culture, with the support of theDepartament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya and Fujifilm, purposes an activity where we give the opportunity to students from design schools from Barcelona and around the world, to create an art piece that will be exhibited in the access stairs of the most important metro stations of Barcelona.
Our aim is to link the academic world with the creative transformation of the landscape, ensuring the presence of Swab in the city whilst offering the students the opportunity to exhibit their creations to the eyes of everyday subway users.
Thus, students coming from the most prestigious art schools, have the opportunity to show their work at some of the most important metro stations of Barcelona during three weeks, coinciding with the Design Week, Primavera Sound and Sonar Festival.
The exhibition will consist on vinyl reproductions of the elected works, from the winners of the 15 design and art selected schools, which will fulfill of art the basement of the city during those days.
Date of the exhibition: From the 3rd to the 22nd of June 2016
“Utopic Paradigmas of the Future City”
At the beginning of the XX century, large cities were facing a major transportation crisis. Tones of horse feces and thousands of dead animals had to be removed from the streets every year, resulting in a highly unhealthy and unsustainable situation. The automobile, one of the biggest problems of the city of today, would then come as a miraculous solution to an even bigger problem.
A century later, global population has multiplied by four, increasingly concentrating in macro cities where pollution levels are close to being unsuitable for human life. Once again, the social and environmental struggles generated through an increased urban density and transportation could be impossible to solve within our present status quo.
The goal of Swab Stairs 2016 is that participants suggest, with the implicit freedom of artistic expression, creative and seemingly utopian solutions for the cities of the future; considering urban density, mobility and the positive impact of technology for the achivement of higher leves of sustainability and social harmony.
SWAB STAIRS TOURS
Jump into the metro and enjoy the underground contemporary art tour! Stop in each of the Swab Stairs stations following one of tours that we propose: Eixample Tour, Gothic Tour and Full Tour.
PARTICIPANT SCHOOLS / WINNER STUDENTS
Drassanes L3 Exit - Santa Madrona
Winner: Tiago Almança
Title: "A por Marte"
Diagonal L2. Exit- Rosellón Rambla Catalunya
Winner: Claudia Blanes
Liceo L2. Exit - Boqueria Via 1
Escuela Da Vinci, Buenos Aires. Argentina
Winner: Galina Besedina
Title: "En el séptimo cielo"
Liceo L2. Exit - Liceo Via 1
La Llotja. Barcelona
Winner: Raquel Luesma
Title: "Smart City"
Pg de Gràcia L2. Exit -Pau Clarís
Escuela Pau Gargallo. Badalona
Winner: Clara Ribes
Title: "Vistes des del jardí"
Sagrada Família L5. Exit - Plaça Sagrada Familia
ESCAD Hong Kong
Winner: Christy Chan Wing Tung
Title: "Sky Scrapers"
Drassanes L3. Exit - Drassanes
Winner: Arantxa Nova
Title: "Sin título"
Drassanes L3. Exit - La Rambla
Winner: Sahand Aizadeh
Title: "Leaf #1"
WIN AN INSTAX CAMARA
Pg de Grácia L2. Exit - Rambla Catalunya
Winner: Jordi Farreras
Diagonal L2. Exit- Rosellón FGC
Royal College of Art London. UK
Winner: Fran Gordon
Title: "Of production"
Liceo L2. Exit - Boqueria Via 2
École Supérieure des Beux-Arts de Alger. Algeria
Winner: Sneak (Aitouche Amine)
Sagrada Família L5. Exit - Sardenya
Winner: Pol Vaqué
Title: "Connexió natural"
Jaume I. Exit - Jaume I
Escuela de Bellas Artes de Barcelona UB. Barcelona
Winner: Bruna Belmonte
Pg de Gràcia L2. Exit - Pg de Gracia
Serra i Avella. Hospitalet
Winner: Judith Perez
Title: "La vida en illes suspeses a l´espai"
Liceo L2. Exit - Teatro Liceu Via 2
Winner: Ester Marín
ART SHOCK by SWABSTAIRSXINSTAX Award
A moment where the instant, goin upstairs and downstairs is fullfilled with a new experience, impressions, emotional twitched and imputs from an artistical and fortuitouis hit.
Which has been your reaction? Show us your Art Shock!
Check the contest conditions and rules at: swabstairsxinstax