Women’s stories of affection as a form of social balance.
Creative grant, Department for the arts, Madrid City Council 2017.
This project maps affection, both in terms of its artistic content: a range of pieces, portraits and audio files; and in terms of social mediation: initiatives to strengthen networks among women in Madrid. The artwork resizes the value of female networks, often deemed lesser than other sorts of relationships, and yet, from this project’s gender perspective, one of the crucial networks underpinning social balance.
Over a number of months, it will evolve into a visual and audio piece of fluctuating netart, depicting the entire city of Madrid and, by selecting a myriad of case studies, will grow into a map of relationships among women, with affection and caring as its nexus. Couples, neighbours, sisters, girlfriends, mothers and daughters, all sorts of relationships with the same anchor.
Work of netart
‘Intimate (Cartography)’ can only be viewed online where a map of Madrid’s districts and streets is waiting to be discovered. The work is designed as an image with multiple dots indicating the case studies that, one by one, weave together to form the symbolism of the piece. The dots pinpoint the participants’ homes, spread out across the entire city of Madrid. By moving the cursor over the map, each of the dots opens to display the individual cases, with an image, portraits of the women, while also playing a linked audio file. The audio files, each approximately a minute long, are extracts from the one-on-one interviews with the couples, neighbours, girlfriends, relatives, participating women, and centre on the description of what unites them. The selection is a symbolic depiction of the universe of relationships among women, offering a glimpse into the solid network of affectionate and caring connections, of mutual support, which usually goes unnoticed. A dense structure which, as each case study is viewed and heard, changes the map from just an initial series of dots to a web of connections linking each of the nodes with beams of blue lights, gradually building up on the map of Madrid and revealing its ultimate purpose: a map depicting stories of love.
This project has been granted by Madrid Council 2017, Matadero Contemporary Art Center