ELISAVA's Bachelors and Study Abroad students take part this week at the Ús Barcelona festival with two interactive facilities that you can visit until October 7 at La Modelo, the former prison center in Barcelona. The objective: to reflect on the experience and history of this emblematic space.
The two facilities are located in two different cells and seek the interaction with the visitors:
Room for One
Initially, the Modelo was designed for a population of 820 prisoners. During the Franco regime it came to accommodate up to 13,000. The cells, spaces where supposedly only had to coexist two people, got to welcome up to 15 people.
This installation invites visitors to enter to a crowded cell with the aim of experiencing the sensations produced by overpopulation and to reflect on what it meant to live in this building for maximum occupation.
The walls of La Modelo continue to preserve signs of the passage of thousands of prisoners, who used the walls to express their emotions, capture their daily life and as artistic support.
This installation collects photographs of different messages found on the walls of La Modelo and invites the public to leave their mark in the form of drawing or message through the brilliant sign that produces the light of the mobiles or a flashlight.
About Use Barcelona
Use Barcelona is the urban art festival and traveling public space that is celebrated in different disused spaces in the city that have lost their social function. The event seeks to rescue the value of these spaces by giving them a new life with new uses through urban art and citizen participation.