Praxis is linked to the culture of DIY (do-it-yourself) and stems from the current economic crisis. At the same time, it is a laboratory or experimental workshop that is dynamic and complementary in character and which in itself generates an alternative module to the annual programme.
Founded on the notion of improvisation and underpinned by values such as recycling, process, the relational and above all direct action and DIY, it is intended to ensure that the artist plays a much more active part and puts an end to the prevalence today of the artwork versus the artist-subject.
This principal role will be reflected in a number of areas, such as opening up exhibitions to the public from the very start, thereby enabling visitors to witness every step along the way.
Praxis will consist of a varied selection of projects that embody an attitude, an initiative inspired by the subculture that emerged alongside the punk movement of the 1970s, in which artists managed their own bands and produced their own albums, creating their own labels as well as their own merchandising, t-shirts, caps, etc., along with their own self-promotional material.
The culture of DIY has expanded exponentially with the rise of multinational corporatism and has almost become a political and social ideology, a doctrine of ‘non-consumerism’ applied to art. Praxis intends to reconcile the underground with the institutional, to fight against its own status quo and, at the same time, to bring together globalism and localism. As a result, it has adopted an expression typical of DIY culture: “think global, act local”.
Programme curated by Blanca de la Torre