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Creating a sense of place and community in times of confinement

The 2020 shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic triggered a shared sense of place on a global scale. People around the world shared the same experience: being enclosed at home for days and weeks, emptied cities as seen before in dystopian movies or tourist postcards, and an unprecedented extension of life through digital networks. There was an awareness of the limits of space, of existing confines and of new ones to be discovered: locked in our homes, and in our minds, in a movement of physical and mental introspection; expelled from public space, and thrown into the digital universe. There was a shared global sense of place because these experiences were the same everywhere.

 

The expression of this unknown sense of place through artistic media, by creators from all over the world, also had some points in common: it emerged an aesthetic of emptiness, the void and the absence, and the visual representations of emptied spaces - in photographs and films - were complemented by the haptic senses (smell, touch) projected onto them. The artistic works produced during those months of confinement were a living testimony of a situation experienced personally, but shared by many. They are testimonies of a unique period, an instinctive reaction to a situation that surprised everyone.

 

In front of the disappearance of cultural activities in established structures and channels (museums, galleries, festivals, workshops, events, conferences), it became necessary to foster the creation and dissemination of works of art through digital media. The new platforms that have emerged can be the basis for new forms of artistic production, putting digital media (use of virtual platforms and personal devices, online presence with impacts in multiple places) at the centre of the creative and artistic process and redefining the interaction with the public.

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April 2020 to May 2020

A Confined Place

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A Confined Urban Vision

A short film competition “A Confined Urban Vision” was organised to explore and widen the meaning of places in the unprecedented situation of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the first ...

Posted on 21/01/22

Perception and representation of space in time of confinement with photographic media

These works were planned and carried out in the period of confinement, during March and April 2020, within the subject Systems of Representation at the School of Architecture La Salle.   Th...

Posted on 20/04/26

Videos

Quarantine Mood

“Quarantine mood”  was the recipient of the first prize of the A-Place short film competition 'A Confined Urban Vision' (2020). Director Alessandro Marinelli, written and edi...

Posted on April 21, 2021

Photographs

Lost_and_found

Empty and covered with vegetation, this neighbouring swimming pool has become a trap where many items get caught. Looking at the objects inside, I recognize my brother’s ball that flew over the ...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Dessert

A schoolyard has been left empty, alone, with no children playing. We contemplate an abandoned place, where only the presence of a football goal gives it meaning....

Posted on December 23, 2020

Matryoshka’s_evolution

I made this cupboard house for my three-year old son because he can’t go to school and has to stay at home. It has everything he likes: a big tree, two wings behind, the train inside and a small...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Silence

I took this photo two days before the state of emergency. This restaurant was renovated and was about to open up. But it is still closed. ...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Envy

During the quarantine we began to appreciate things that otherwise we would have taken for granted, such as simply being outdoors for the sake of being there. That feeling of envy is captured in the d...

Posted on December 23, 2020

The_sunny_side

The characteristic grid of Barcelona’s Eixample district loses some of its purpose without vehicles. What is usually such a busy crossing is now empty. The shade of the building looks like an of...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Silence

Lisbon. My apartment is located in an avenue with rush-hour traffic, noise and people passing on the street! This is an avenue not far from one of the main entrances of the city. The avenue is well-k...

Posted on December 23, 2020

From_my_bathroom

Public space perceived from the inside of home. ...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Working_with_the_master

During these days, the table we normally use for large meals or celebrations with friends has become the family office. A placeonly occupied by a table and some chairs, where nothing is missing, but n...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Dawn

A curtain, which prevents light from entering the room, announces that it is already daytime....

Posted on December 23, 2020

What_it_was_what_it_is

During this period of pause, we need to reflect on how to recover the harmony between built environment and nature, geometry and life....

Posted on December 23, 2020

Meeting point

The most common meeting point, a city’s main square, has no purpose now, at least for its human inhabitants. Nevertheless, the public space continues to exist for another kind of public.(Photogr...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Shielded

We live in a frightened society that does not know how to react to an unexpected catastrophe. People hide in their houses, protected by them. They remain surrounded by an empty environment which can o...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Multifunctional

In our daily lives we use different spaces for different activities. But in this situation of scarcity, the lack of space forces us to use it in multiple ways. ...

Posted on December 23, 2020

8:00 pm

Barcelona on a Friday at 8:00 pm, during the quarantine. Encouraging responsible citizens who stay at home, and the brave ones who do their job to fight the coronavirus....

Posted on December 23, 2020

Window

In this work space -my room, where I spend most of my time these days- the window, with that large block of flats in front, becomes an almost fixed screen all day long, which changes as day and night ...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Reclaimed classroom

During the lockdown, education finds a way of continuing through any digital device that coexists with all other learning materials. Where the physical world fails, the digital takes over....

Posted on December 23, 2020

Known neighbour

Even in a period of restricted freedom, we are still social animals. In this strange and surreal stage of isolation, we establish connections with unknown neighbours. Spaces that were once just transi...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Blur

This was one of the first pictures I took when we started quarantining. It was a photo taken almost out of curiosity. I remember listening to music and looking at the rain. A month ago, the idea of no...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Face

I took a walk on a park close to my house. I needed to breathe. It had been more than a week without stepping a foot out. The park was different: the lawn was completely empty, the benches were isolat...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Abandoned

This playground is left unused, as the children can no longer go outside to play. Since the pandemic, there are no activities or interactions in this place. Its purpose is no longer to connect people ...

Posted on December 23, 2020

Mixed Media (6):

A Playful Place

Marina Kyriakou, First prize (category #ARediscoveredPlace) open call "A Confined Place", 2020. A catalogue of games to give you some ideas of how to bring more fun in the neighbou...

Posted on 21/04/13

An Everyones Place

Charlie Hatmann, Second prize (category  ​​​​​​#ARediscoveredPlace) open call "A Confined Place", 2020. “Home Together Covid-19 Choreography”, a piece about s...

Posted on 21/04/13

A Habits Place

Marina Papadakis, Third prize (category #ARediscoveredPlace) open call "A Confined Place", 2020. Video produced with personal notes, assumptions, and creations during the time of confin...

Posted on 21/04/13

A Social Place

Sophie Thiel and Miriam Cooler, First prize (category #AReimaginedPlace) open call "A Confined Place", 2020. Proposals to transform public space to fight the isolation and lon...

Posted on 21/04/13

A www Place

Johannes Mundinger, Second prize (category #AReimaginedPlace) open call "A Confined Place". A playful and fragmentary online archive launched mid-March 2020, at the beginning ...

Posted on 21/04/13

A Strategic Place

Eirini Gri, Third prize (category #AReimaginedPlace) open call "A Confined Place". The challenges that cities are facing that cause harm to the beings that are inhabiting it (...

Posted on 21/04/13

Placemakers (15):

Adrià Sanchez Llorens

Partner

Barcelona (Spain)

Adrià Sanchez Llorens is a practicing architect, trained and qualified at La Salle University...

Leandro Madrazo

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Barcelona (Spain)

A-Place project coordinator, full professor and director of the research group ARC Engineering and A...

Maria Irene Aparicio

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Lisbon (Portugal)

Maria Irene Aparício (Ph.D. in Cinema, New University of Lisbon, 2011) is a researcher of Cin...

Patrícia Pereira

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Lisbon (Portugal)

Patrícia Pereira is a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center of Social Sciences, Faculty of Soc...

Špela Verovšek

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Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Špela Verovšek graduated from the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and gain her PhD degree...

Angel Martín Cojo

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Barcelona (Spain)

Architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2006, finalising previous studies at the Scho...

Tadeja Zupančič

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Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Tadeja Zupančič is a professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture. She is Vice-...

Matevž Juvančič

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Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Is an architect, a teacher and a researcher at the Faculty of Architecture. His research work was in...

Rosaura Romero

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Brussels (Belgium)

Rosaura graduated in Architecture (Urban Projects and Urban Cultures) at the University of Ku Leuven...

Ruben Verdu

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Barcelona (Spain)

Ruben Verdu is an artist, researcher and writer dealing with issues related to contemporary art. He ...

Luisa Bravo

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Bologna (Italy)

Luisa Bravo is a global academic scholar and educator, cultural entrepreneur and public space activi...

Giulia Gualtieri

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Bologna (Italy)

Giulia is an architect and urban development strategist, specialised in human-centred design and pla...

Alessandro Marinelli

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(Italy)

Alessandro graduated in Cinema at Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA). Since 2003 he has been workin...

Anika Salvesen

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(Norway)

Anika Salvesen is a Polish filmmaker based in Norway. She works in both fiction and documentary, wit...

Marina Kyriakou

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Nicosia (Cyprus)

Marina Kyriakou is an architect and urban planner currently working in Nicosia, Cyprus. During her a...

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