Authors: Cíclica [space·community·ecology]

Members of Cíclica: Marina Casals (coordinadora), Marta Serra, Joaquim Arcas

Collaborators: Club Muntanyenc Sant Cugat and Ateneu Centre Cívic Sant Cugat.

With the Support of: Regidories de Cultura, Participació i Medi Ambient de l’Ajuntament de Sant Cugat del Vallès, i la Vocalia de l’Àrea de Cultura de l’Entitat Municipal Descentralitzada de Valldoreix.

Project Year: 2014

Photography: José Tostoneone i Enric Curto

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FesCamp is an annual festival that combines action and reflection to turn the citizens’ gaze towards their surroundings. It is based on a community work process through artistic and collaborative practices which promote a critical reflection about the overall city of Sant Cugat del Vallés from a sustainability lens. 

Its objective is to identify the deficiencies and the sustainable opportunities in the peri-urban context and to strengthen neighborhood cohesion and social relations. Although there are protected forest preserves in this area, the pressure from the housing crisis and the state of the territory between the city and nature not only cause difficulties in neighborhood cohesion and the urban fabric of the residential area, but the myriad of impacts to nature aso affects the forests and the aquatic ecosystem and creates a disconnection between people and nature which increases ignorance of the natural resources in the area. For these reasons, it is necessary to intervene in a creative and comprehensive way to improve the citizen-to-environment relationship and citizen-to-citizen relationship and to look for solutions to the diverse problem present. 

The projects of FesCamp are based on partnership between the local community member and the artist. In the first phase, locals propose topics related to the objectives of Fescamp and the topics are presented and selected. In the second phase, artists choose the topic/local and propose a project to develop in the theme. 

Both sides worked together from February to May of 2015 to present the results of the process on the day of the Festival, Saturday the 24th of May 2014. 

In the first edition, seven projects were developed: 

-Cajas Niu Architectos (The Biodiversity). By N. Benet and E. Viver and the School of Catalonia

-Think About Can Mates (Plazas, Streets, and Open Spaces). By V. van Geffen and the AAVV Can Mates

-Mural Painting and Literature (The Streams and the Water). By Adolf and AVP Mas Gener

-Sensible Topography: Walking Mira-Sol (The Food). By Anna Recasens and the Turó School of Can Mates

-Urban Squetching (The Home and the Domestic Space). By Cristina Curto and the Ciutat d’Alba School

-The Public Space is for Everyone (The Waste). By The Renadivola Collective and the Leonardo da Vinci Institute

-The Earth Moves Us (The Rural Memory). By The Lawu Collective and the AAVV Sant Joan of Mira-Sol

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