Pandemic City / Ciudad Pandémica Exhibition

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Just when we are about to let our guard down, an online exhibition reminds us of the transformation that the pandemic city has undergone and the consequences that derive from it.

An unusual exhibition of public art and transmedia analyses and traverses the new pandemic city, intervening in its main spaces that are basically exterior.

Curated by the feminist artist Mau Monleón Pradas, and organised by the collective Tácticas Pandémicas of the Universitat Politécnica de València, the unusual exhibition entitled Pandemic City / Ciudad Pandémica includes the work of 26 young artists, most of them women, from different European countries such as Spain, France and Germany. From this first-world European cultural perspective and taking the specificity of the city as an object of analysis and transformation, 116 works of artistic creation have been produced over a period of 4 months in which the city has been used both as a support and as the content of the action. Also, the exhibition has counted on the participation of a team of professional women in graphic design and web programming, to configure the image and interface of this “pandemic city”.

Pandemic City / Ciudad Pandémica is a public art and transmedia exhibition presented online in the context of the current pandemic by COVID-19. The exhibition seeks to articulate a debate around the changes in the city’s public space, highlighting those open spaces that link to each other. These are urban areas that have often retained their public utility but whose uses have mutated to redefine their forms and interrelationships.

Thus we find the public bench, the wasteland, public transport and the park as the main spaces in this exhibition, while other places such as the street, the square, the cycle path, the bridges, the sea, the school playground, the river or the internet, help us to trace the territory of a new city which, after not so distant events such as “the Spanish flu”, has once again been touched by the sword of Damocles. 

This persistent threat of a danger in the city focuses precisely on public health and is intimately related to fundamental aspects such as social relations and the family, which have been clearly impacted, suffering the main blow. The economy that promotes hyper-capitalist politics has also been hit by this onslaught. But it so happens that, at the same time that the global economy is faltering and the capitalist system is showing its great aporia, the concern for social justice and environmental responsibility; the concern for life itself; the planet earth and the care of people is re-emerging with greater force.

Pandemic City / Ciudad Pandémica is part of this concern, taking as a precedent the previous exhibition entitled Pandemic House (2020), whose reflection was based on the state of alarm and the first confinement of people. Initially, in Spain we were locked up on 14 March 2020 while the WHO declared the pandemic that same week – the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was notified for the first time in Wuhan (China), on 31 December 2019.

At that time the curator Mau Monleón Pradas presented the exhibition Pandemic House, which dealt with the creation of a common house based on the personal experience of each of the selected artists. After that first confinement, the city is once again practicable today in Spain and in other countries, and open spaces become the indispensable territory for a “new normality”: this has been the new starting point.

Pandemic City / Ciudad Pandémica starts from the investigation of the different expressive languages of art and especially public and transmedia art, to generate various interdisciplinary works of art that use different languages and techniques such as animation; public art; artivism; body art; embroidery; photomontage; digital photography; installation; performance; illustration; net.art; performance; painting; street-art; subvertising; or video art, among others. 

Also novel and relevant is the glossary of terms that converges in this exhibition and gives critical content to the proposal. From this glossary, organised by the concepts of art; the concepts of the exhibition itself; and the concepts of the new pandemic city, one can navigate through the works and the exhibition proposal, getting to know those words that invade and concern us, and learning the meanings that circulate in the new public sphere. “Aerosols”; “isolation”; “social anxiety”; “antigens and asymptomatics” are just some of the new realities that have emerged in the popularly called “pandemic city”.

For the artists, the pandemic is experienced in this exhibition in the present tense, and the city – that collection of buildings and streets whose dense and numerous population is usually engaged in non-agricultural activities – has become the pandemic city: a city that suffers the consequences and adapts to COVID-19. 

From the collectivity of a group of people who live in the same territory and share certain circumstances, we wanted to contribute this reflection and this space for debate on the new meaning of our cities, transformed as a result of the pandemic. Working from ecofeminism; the methodologies of the south; and in a transmedia way, we have accepted the challenge of “overcoming pandemic fatigue” by locating the weaknesses of this new besieged city and combating these weaknesses in order to put into practice our strengths as users of the new cities.

Fundamental to this has been the association and promotion of the collective work of the artists, who have gone beyond the inevitable individualism imprinted in their “digital genetics”. This is why the exhibition invites various participatory actions in which everyone can collaborate, such as the debate forum on instagram @tacticaspandemicas. 

In short, Pandemic City / Ciudad Pandémica suggests that this new pandemic city, born under the influence of capitalist individualism, should not only be capable of producing group immunity to COVID-19, but should also be able to overcome social injustice and restore environmental health. 

LGTBIQCALUM+: m’estime, m’estimo, m’estim

It is already the month of LGTBI+ Pride and the Student’s Recreation Centre has wanted to join both the support and the claim for the rights of people of the collective.

That is why we wanted to adapt the activity and image of the Student’s Recreation Centre in the most appropriate way, so that everyone can feel included in these claims. Thus, as every year, we have raised the LGTBI+ Pride flag on the terrace of the third floor. In addition, we have received the Pride 2021 posters from the City Council of València and the LGTBI+ collective of València, Lambda, which we will hang on the first floor of the Student’s Recreation Centre and distribute to all the schools on campus.

In addition, this year we have organized activities to, beyond enhancing the visibility of the Pride, bet on its vindication. That is why, this Friday, will be organized by the collective DIVERSA UPV an information table on the rights of Trans and the collective in general. We have also prepared a LGTBI+ alphabet as slides that will be projected on the televisions on the first floor of the Student’s Recreation Centre. Finally, since it is possible that there may be errors of approach in our activities and we want to be self-critical about LGTBI+ realities in the Student’s Recreation Centre, you can send us an email to casalum@ddaa.upv.es in case you have any ideas or suggestions to make a more inclusive Student’s Recreation Centre.

ABCDEF

WORKSHOP – “WORKSHOP BUILDING GENERACIÓ ESPONTÀNEA”

sustainable – symbolic – flexible

Since today can visit in the low plant of the Student Recreation Centre, an exhibition on the project of building of the new building of Generation Espontánea of the UPV.

In the exhibition can contemplate a series of explanatory signposts of the project, as well as a model of this.

The exhibition will be until the 4 of October.

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CREDITS

Vicerectorat dels Campus i Sostenibilitat

Vicerectorat d’Alumnat, Cultura i Esports

Equip d’Ideació del nou Edifici de Generació Espontània

Àrea d’Ordenació dels Campus

Oficina Tècnica d’Infraestructures

Àrea de Projectes Institucionals i Experiència Universitària

Delegació d’Alumnes UPV

MAYDAY Concert

Today, 3 June 2021, after 15 months without face-to-face activities, a concert took place on the terrace of the first floor of the Casa del alumno with the aim of publicising the MAYDAY radio programme in the open air, as well as highlighting the proposal of the invited musical groups and promoting the image of the Casa del Alumno in the current context. The performance, without an audience and by surprise, of the invited Pop/Rock groups by the radio programme “MAYDAY”, which is part of the programme Generación Espontánea, as well as on the UPV RADIO station, aims to promote emerging culture and open the doors of our university community to a breath of fresh air in the midst of the current situation.

Extraordinary opening for examins period of the Student’s House

From Saturday 5th June the Casa del Alumno will be open during the weekend for individual silent study. The opening hours will be from 8am until midnight, without interruption. Only the ground floor of the building will be accessible, and only for individual study or work.

All anti-covid measures indicated by the UPV Prevention Service will be followed, following the recommendations of the health authorities to ensure compliance with the rules, in the same way as they are carried out during the week. In order to enter, you will need to show your university ID card. Consult the timetable here.

We will also be open with the same timetable on Thursday 24th June, a public holiday.

Good luck in the exams!!!

OPENING OF THE STUDENT’S HOUSE TO THE PUBLIC

From Monday 31st May, the Student’s House will be partially open again with restricted seating.

Since March 2020, the Student’s House has been closed to the public. From Monday 31st May, the Student’s House will partially open its facilities and with controlled capacity.

The ground floor of the building will be open, as well as the spaces for associations and the groups of the Design Factory programme.

Opening hours will be from 09:00 to 21:00, Monday to Friday.

Users must comply with all health and safety measures.

You can check the opening hours here.

Gradually the various services offered by the Student’s House will be recovered.

Best regards,

Student’s House

NEWS
UPV News – Opening of the Student House
Radio Valencia – Cadena Ser: Hoy por Hoy Valencia (01/06/2021) minute 06:16

UPVisió Activity

Eurovision week is here and, as we at the UPV don’t want to be any less, we have organised our own contest. And no, here we won’t be voting for countries, we’ll be voting for the best place in our territory from among last week’s student proposals. And what’s more, if you give your “12 points”, you will be eligible for a wonderful draw of 5 sweatshirts from the @tiendaUPV.
How to participate? In this Instagram post. To cast your vote you will have to give MG to the comment below where your favourite place is, follow us on our account and tell us which person from the UPV you would go with.
Good luck and… START VOTING NOW!!!!

GAME RULES

  • Participate in the draw through the Instagram post from 18 May to 21 May.
  • You will have to give MG to the comment below where your favourite place is, follow us on our account and tell us which person from the UPV you would go with.
  • The winners will be published at the end of the activity.

 

TERMS

  • The participants in the activity, by the mere fact of being, cede to the House of the Student of the Polytechnic University of Valencia for a maximum period of 14 days, the rights of dissemination of the Instagram accounts provided, and the House of the Student of the Universitat Politècnica de València, during said period, use the name of the accounts, always within the scope of its powers.

 

COMPLETE BASES

Descripción actividad UPVisió