im writing to you from a very special place in a very special time; new MAKABRA @ Can Ricart, Pueble Nou, Barcelona
after a profoundly creative, artistic, political, architectural act has combined to create a point in time which i believe has sparked the beginnings of a truly participative architecture to emerge and a space has been (illegaly) created to facilitate the dialogue and space for that dialogue to lead to an actual built reality. In fact that reality is being constructed and built as i write to you.
Makabra ( www.lamakabra.org ) have just produced a little bit of magic, entering and occupying the old Can Ricart factory ( www.salvemcanricart.org )in the Pouble Nou Barrio of Barcelona, where 70 years ago the CNT trucks left from to attempt to build a better world ( struggle.ws ). Now its Makabra´s turn to add to the unfolding story of creativity, passion and the love of life. In Barcelonas newspapers this has been front page news since Saturday.
Their struggle also has has the support of the UN commisioner for housing, Miloon Kothari, who said "I think your struggle is just, what your doing is correct, I´d just request you to be peaceful.... and keep performing." ( barcelona.indymedia.org )
Weaving together many strands of life here in Barcelona (community, squat, circus, political, media, humour, history, story telling) they now have a lovley new home and complete support from the ever helpful neighbours. Their struggle also has has the support of the UN commisioner for housing, Miloon Kothari, who said "I think your struggle is just, what your doing is correct, I´d just request you to be peaceful.... and keep performing." ( barcelona.indymedia.org )
This the culmination of what has for me personally been a profound but amazing quarter year architectural journey or battle, from heading to the architecutural bienalle in Venice to "confront" the architectural world (see Cities, radical urbanism, sqatting, social centres - radio.indymedia.org ) to meeting with my old friends from France and living with them in the french Pavillion, METAVILLA (
Onboard the (French) pirate ship METAVILLA (whats being pointed at in Venice this year? - easa.antville.org ) to witnessing first hand, listening to and archiving Lucien Kroll: Moments D`Architectures (easa.antville.org ) , which talked about the base of architectureand ecology (the relationship between things), to a healthier "participative bottom up" approach to architecture, planning, society instead of the present which, it was argued, leads to cities burning as we saw in Paris earlier this year in the riots, when communities, people and place are bypassed for profit.
earlier audio with Lucien Kroll talking about this "bottom up planning and architecture which does not exist today"
listen to Luciens half hour intro to "From Bauhaus to our uncles house: eco decolonisation"
ill keep you posted about progress in this project, as best I can, and I hope that you can manage to understand this difficult and complex situation, and from that support us in this struggle. Its not only a struggle here in Pouble Nou, its about what quality of life people have in other places, its about people taking control of their lives, their communities, their space, their existence.
This is the next stage in the "spiritual ecological revolution" ( easa.antville.org ) which is working toward simply a healthy and sustainable existence for all.
We are working with ASF (architects sans frontiers)www.asfit.org
all info from the occupation of Can Ricart by Makabra, in English
listen to hours of audio; music, interviews and sounds from the ocupation
Makabra audio : el arte de okupacion : the art of occupation
message from Manu Chao to the squatters:
HOLA A TOD@S
ESTOY AHORA BIEN LEJOS DE BARCELONA
Y NO PUEDO ESTAR PRESENTE CON VOSOTR@S
PARA PROTESTAR CONTRA EL ABSURDO DESALOJAMIENTO
DE LA MAKABRA...
...QUÉ FALTA DE CIVISMO...
...QUÉ FALTA DE LUCIDEZ PENSANDO
EN CÓMO TENDRÍA QUE DESAROLLARSE EL ARTE Y LA CULTURA
EN CATALUNYA...ESTOS PRÓXIMOS AÑOS...
...DESALOJAR LA MAKABRA ES UN ACTO BRUTO Y DE AGRESIÓN
A LA CULTURA DEL FUTURO DE ESTE PAÍS...
... UN FUTURO EN EL QUE LOS POLÍTICOS QUE MANDAN HOY EN DÍA
NO ESTARÍAN...YA QUE RETIRADOS...Y VIVIENDO DE SUS RENTAS...
...ESTEMOS Tod@S UNIDOS PARA ENCONTRAR SOLUCIONES
EN VISTA DE ENCONTRAR UN NUEVO ESPACIO PARA LA MAKABRA...
...PARA ENCONTRAR NUEVOS CAMINOS, LIBRES E INDEPENDIENTES
PARA LA CULTURA Y LAS JUVENTUDES DE CATALUNYA...
DESDE TIJUANA, BAJA CALIFORNIA
audio from the ocupation:
interviews with people about the situation;
occupation, squat support from the UN, background into speculation 22@ and the Peuble Nou barrio, the community stance and support groups, what this ocupation might lead to...
Emilios views, one of the neighbours who came to last nights assembly speaks his mind.
UN housing officer meets Makabra in Can Ricart
Poble Nou and speculation part 1
Poble Nou and speculation part 2
people starting to wake up, what this Makabra maigical spark might lead to...
the Makabra funeral procession
crying girls at makabra funeral procession
makabra wake, sounds from the procession 1
makabra wake, sounds from the procession 2
music outside the gates of the Can Ricart factory
drumming at the gates
reggae at the gates
talk at the gates - hallelujiea
chanting at the gates - carer mos mas
sounds from the crowd at the gates
inside the gates
gates opened, sounds from the newly occupied Can Ricart factory
inside the gates - makabra okupa music
inside the gates - makabra accordian and flute reggae
inside the gates - makabra Can Ricart bello chao
inside the gates - makabra Can Ricart bom
inside the gates - makabra fire in babylon
inside the gates - makabra human sound system
inside the gates - libertad hip hop
later on in the occupation
comida, we have food
cops create tension at gate when makabra say hi to amigos outside
cops leave friends arrive into okupa
banjolin music at fire, relaxing after the siege
audio from the eviction:
1 - when the last bit of the makabra circus roof came down
audio from the manifestations in placa Jaume
makabra musicians, placa Jaume, start of the street circus, musicians play while a girl dances to the music waving a large red flag
makabra musicians 2 and the MC speaks to the crowd
makabra musicians 3, the girl with the guitar
makabra musicians 4, girl sings "girona" and crowd joins in
makabra musicians 5, the orchestra plays gentle under the conductors dancing
makabra musicians 6, the orchestra raise the tempo
sssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhuuuuutttttt, time to depart
crowd chants "otre okupacion"
always drinking marching band, night 2
night 3, african drumming and dancing
related Barcelona squat info
3 part audio interview, in spanish and english, with some of the Pallars squatters
audio part 1 : (6 minutes - english)
"pallars , mondays battle to resist the false eviction"
interview with J.
audio part 2 : (22 minutes - english)
"backround to palllars squat, the legal situation, Peuble Nou: resisting speculation of @22"
interview with J. and Y.
audio part 3 : (6 minutes - english)
improving the squatter network, homeless and political
Makabra film screening from streets of Gracia
manifesto read in gracia, after nightime street screening
Barcelona: 3 early morning raids on 3 squats, including MAKABRA
Makabra : the art of occupation : el arte de okupacion
indymedia.ie - indymedia ireland thread with ever helpful commentry from barcelona resident iosaf.
building up the RADICAL radio network
Revolt video collective (ireland)