CLOSED MADRID

The Counter-Call for Submissions
2004



ATOMIC EYE / ANTIMUSEO

25 Mantuano street, Madrid

2003-2007





Participantes:
Cesar Borja / EL CORTEINGLÉS CLOSED
Teodora Zamfirescu / 50% COTTON, 50% PURPOSE
Pepe Abascal / ART IS NOT FOR DRIBBLING PEOPLE
Mikelo / FARMNAZI / PROPOSED FONT FOR THE CURRENT CIBELES PLAZA
Leo Ramos / SICUREZZA SUI CULITI. STREET FURNITURE ANTI-SPIKE
María María Acha-Kutscher / MEXICO CIBELES FONT IN MADRID
Esperanza Bringas y Eva Solano / NO TITLE
Marta Romo / NO TITLE
Sua Arana / TO BE OR NOT TO BE
Tom Lavin / IT COULD HAVE BEEN HERE / TAR WATERFALL
Jàson Portell / TERRITORY RECOVERED
Juan Gómez / DIALOGUE?, SILENT DIALOGUE
Felipe Araujo / THE BLUE LIGHT DISTRICT
Christian Bagnat y Elvira Poxon / THERE WAS ONCE AGAIN..
Sin Domicilio Fijo / MADRID REAL / APPRECIATING THE STREET
Ricardo Díaz y Manuel Morales / LEGAL VICTIMS , URBAN BOATS
Diego Peris / UNSTRUCTURED ICONS
Ali&Cía / DEVOUR MADRID
Marcos Corrales / NO TITLE




Closed Madrid was an exhibition of interventions in the urban space, presented as a counter-call-for-submissions to Open Madrid, an institutional initiative which, during the celebration of ARCO 2004, presented a number of "public" art projects in downtown Madrid.

The counter-call-for-submissions was an open one, and asked for scale models for installation on a map of downtown Madrid that was drawn on the floor of the exhibition hall.

This project addressed the need to adopt critical positions before institutional culture. At that time, a month after the invasion of Iraq, and with the conservative party in power in the national government, and in the Autonomous Community of Madrid and the city council, we had a massive response, allowing us to shatter the cultural blockade that Aznar's government had erected with exhibitions and programs that on the surface seemed very progressive but were in fact very reactionary, as in the case of Open Madrid.