99. PROMENADE in TALAT NOI / Bangkok, Thailand

022016 started with a nice visit to one of the oldest chinese communities in Bangkok. Talad Noi is a beautiful neighborhood with little streets and great stories. Some of these stories are more than 200 years old. Perfect place for a walking-promenade. Thanks Nico, Joe, Bam and Earth…for your help on this project.

1. .steel things04 05In the old times, most of the neighbors were blacksmiths, steel tool producers. After World War II blacksmiths had to adapt and become mechanicals. Talat Noi become now a rhizome of little streets full of steel pieces stored on such different ways. I tried to understand what´s the sense of this pieces, but mechanical seems to be so complicated for me and my chinese is not so good yet to get philosophical conversations.

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2. .sàwatdii kráp06Here is the only little shop in the area. Locals came there to take a break, meet some people and buy snacks or soda. Not a big business, but just a social link for chinese Thai people in the area; just an excuse to say hello to your neighbors.06b07

3. .circles08Everywhere in the neighborhood you will found people working on strange steel pieces. I had asked an old man about where this came from and where will they go. He wasn´t sure about this. He told me that he just know that this pieces came from old vehicles and will be used on new vehicles. Maybe these new vehicles will become old vehicles one day and the pieces will came again to Talad Noi. Maybe.09

4. .happy new year10Some days before Chinese New Year, some posters appear on this wall. These cartels proclaim health, money, love and good luck for everybody. So cute! I´d tried to found who was the author of this nice present, but I didn’t get to find him.11

5. .safe temple 12 In Thailand, people know so well how important are symbols as magic requests. Everything means something, so people try to keep a lot of attention about objects and shapes. To please gods, people like to build little temples with lot of nice beautiful funny symbols.  If gods are happy, they will protect people from evil and illness. But gods need also protection, so people put little lion sculptures to protect them. I like this give and take. I protect you. You protect me.

After some days painting on Talat Noi, people start to ask me for some orders. One family wanted me to paint the wall from its little poor temple. They don´t have many objects inside, but they wanted me to paint it, just to protect them. Lets protect gods first. This should work.13

6. .double bench14– hello madam, could I paint your wall?
– of course! Just be careful to don’t dirt the bench. I love it so much.
– If you love it so much… Why are you seated on a plastic chair and not on the bench?
– because I like it, so i want that people can admire it.
– I totally understand. Maybe I can paint something for you. : )))

7. .floating stones15Talat Noi is an old neighborhood sided to the river. I heard a great story about this neighborhood which tells that in the ages, 200 years ago, big ships departed from Talat Noi transporting rice to China. In the way back, these ships bring chinese fabrics to Talat Noi. Because rice is more heavy than fabrics, sailors carry on board some stones from China to balance the weigh of the ships in the way back. With these floating stones Talat Noi citizens decided to build the floor from the main square. Stone by stone, the square reflects now all these exchanges between Talat Noi community and its chinese origins.1616b

8. .the pillow shop 17I meet this old woman that had spend its last 50 years hand-manufacturing cushions for pray and meditation. It´s so calm and quiet work, that seeing her seems to introduce me on a deep meditation. I understood that while she was working, she was meditating. These cushions should be good ones. 18 19

9. .Thai Chi20Walking on Talat Noi I was happy to realise that people is so clean and respectful with the environment. Probably because they truly trust on the importance of symbols and images. A dirty space will bring dirty feelings on its life’s, so better to have clean life’s. I had found a place with trash, so I tried to contribute with the purifying of the area with some Tai Chi exercises. I hope it will work.

Other than talk with people and walk around the area, I had the chance to discover some local hot featurings as…  22…a secret graffiti writer waiting the wright moment to intervent (tsssss! don´t tell anybody),

25…an interesting photo collage on the side of a catholic church (catholic art is getting better),

23…and some nice sculptures related with…mmmm….eeeee….I don´t know! (I usualy have difficulty to interpretate contemporary art).

103. VEGETALES / Valencia, Spain

03El 23 de abril de 2015 se hizo público un informe policial basado en una investigación realizada en 1965, que corroboraba la ejecución de Lorca por las autoridades franquistas. En el informe se le acusaba de «socialista», amigo de Fernando de los Ríos, y «masón, perteneciente a la logia ‘Alhambra’, en la que adoptó el nombre simbólico de ‘Homero’», y le atribuía «prácticas de homosexualismo y aberración».02También afirma que fue condenado a muerte tras «haber confesado», aunque no especifica qué habría confesado. 01El informe está fechado el 9 de julio de 1965, y fue redactado por la 3.ª brigada regional de investigación social de la Jefatura Superior de la Policía de Granada a petición de la hispanista francesa Marcelle Auclair, aunque nunca obtuvo respuesta, ya que el informe fue ocultado por la dictadura franquista.

104. PROMENADE en Font de la Polvora / Gerona, España

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Hace unos meses, los amigos de Millestone me invitaron a pasar unos días en Gerona para trabajar en “la Font de la Polvora”, un barrio de gitanos, apartado de la ciudad. Este barrio se construyó en los años 60 para dar cabida a aquellos que no tenían cabida en una ciudad como Gerona. Se construyó un ghetto, literalmente, separado del centro histórico por una pequeña montaña. Existe un único acceso a través de un puente, lo que limita radicalmente su comunicación. El barrio está muy deteriorado y solo aparece en las noticias en la sección de sucesos, con casos de droga, delincuencia o marginalidad.

Tuve la suerte poder pasar allí unos días y comprobar que “la Font” es un barrio vivo, alegre y con una identidad muy fuerte. Un sitio muy interesante para pasear, dialogar y aprender que la vida no se vive en los despachos, ni en las peliculas, ni tan siquiera en internet. La vida se vive viviendo … y en eso la calle siempre irá por delante.

1. .palmeras de azucar.01/ Solo hay tres negocios en “la Font”. Uno de ellos es la panadería, punto de reunión de madres y niños. La bollería industrial representa para muchos, un placebo de integración social. Los niños que salen en la tele también comen esta basura. El mismo azucar, los mismos conservantes, los mismos saborizantes…son un sabor compartido por ricos y pobres.02/ Madalenas, donuts, palmeras y napolitanas de chocolate… pintadas en la pared lateral de la panadería.

2. .amor.03/ Los gitanos de “la Font” son muy aficionados a los Jilgueros. Saben apreciar muy bien su canto, sus colores y firmeza. Los crían y adiestran para competir entre ellos. Batallas de canto en las quel jilguero más melódico es el más diestro. Solo un oido muy fino sabrá apreciar este espectaculo.05/ Dos jilgueros cantan en medio de la barriada. Esto no saldrá en las noticias.04

3. .jinete.07/ un vecino del barrio quería que pintase su caballo. Me dió una foto en la que salía él montandolo. Me advirtió que no quería que se viera su cara, para que sus vecinos no lo reconocieran. Yo le hice caso, por si acaso.13b

4. .acido cítrico.08/ Desconcertante acercamiento visual entre la sección de un limón y el símbolo gitano.

5. .constelaciones familiares. 09/ En el barrio viven alrededor de 2000 personas. Todos se conocen. Es muy poca la gente que sale y menos aún la que entra. La estructura social gira entorno a la figura del patriarca y se organiza por familias que, mayoritariamente, tienen lazos familiares las unas con las otras.12

6. .los portugueses.10/ Dos de los bloques de edificios están habitados por una colonía minoritaria de gitanos portugueses. Ellos no se relacionan con los gitanos catalanes. Conforman un ghetto dentro del ghetto. Me pidieron de pintarles un gallo portugues en el frontal de uno de sus edificios. “Todos tienen que saber que este es nuestro bloque”.

11/ Muy agradecido a todos los vecinos con los que pude compartir experiencias, a Javier Abarca por su apoyo y colaboración, a Nacho, a Samuel, a Montse (algunas fotos son suyas) y a todo el equipo de trabajo.

107. OPEN THE WINDOWS OF THE MUSEUM

01The Perm Museum of Contemporary Art was opened in 2008 in the building of the riverside station, as part of the Cultural Revolution in Perm. In 2012, with the arrival of Putin as primer minister for Russia, priorities changed in all the country. Perm government decided to moves the contemporary museum to a provisional offices building with the promise that they will invest some resources in repair the riverside building to open again the museum.

The government postpones, year after year, the plan to reopen the museum again, so the building continue empty and spoiled. If they don´t actuate fast the building will finish falling cause of the degradation. hmmmm….Maybe we can help with some murals. : )

02If we get to copy exactly the closed windows, maybe we can build the illusion that Museum it´is open again. Just a psychomagic trick, not so ambitious.

03Let´s open the windows of the museum again.

So so many thanks to Ilya Protasov and Yan Melnikov for its heroic help on this project. Also Nailya and Dasha for make it happens and Fermin Jimenez landa for teach to russian people how to drink Vodka in a healthy way.

GREETINGS FROM MOLOTOV / Perm, Rusia

00 After 6 years, I finally get convinced to prepare a solo show. PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art invites me to prepare an exhibition in the 3rd floor of the building. The show opened the 1st October and can be visited till the 15th November.

01b“Greetings from Molotov” seeks to influence the space for dialogue that arises between the visitor’s curiosity and permeability of uncharted territory. It is the encounter with the other that always establishes this negotiation.

The shoes fall part as they continue walking on the path. It is the same condition for human beings in our digestive process; swallow, assimilate, digest, and throw away.

01a01cFrom a more poetic perspective “Greetings from Molotov” highlights the need to open doors, build pathways, open spaces to enable accessibility, invent bridges and relationships; formal and conceptual. Claiming intuition and improvisation. Flee linear logic and reasoning. Tear down the establishment and find a new order and meaning . Questioning all and surprised by the magic of error. To face contradiction as a space for transit. Banish the arrogance of conclusions and coordinates.

01d“Greetings from Molotov” tell the experience of exchange that we had in the process to prepare the show. You don’t understand? Don´t worry. Me neither.

02aThe exhibition presents a big installation composed by tables with graphic installations + little installations in dialogue with the tables.

2c 2dTo be honest, we just make fun with everything we found, so, other than put drawings on tables, we tried a lot of little stupid things as…

1. HIDE MONEY INTO MUSEUM WALLS 04b.esconder dinero04a.esconder dinero/ We hide some bills in the wall of the exhibition space to increase the price of the building. Gentrification is great! JAJAJAJA! (sounds like evil laughter)

2. SECURITY CHAIR05.security chair/ We put a lock in the security chair, just to be sure that no one still it. The security chair should be safe….we thougt!

3. PING / PONG06a/ Perm is a región that divides the East from the West in Rusia, but also Occident from Orient, but also Europe from China. At the same time, Perm región is considered as one from the hottest spots in the earth to see UFOs. So, we can also understand that this región divides earth form other possible worlds. A sort of big and complex intersection.06b/ Last year, a big hole appeared in Perm región and it continues to grow wider and deeper. Causes are not officially revealed, but seems strange that this big hole appear on this big intersection that’s Perm region.06c/ A big drama that government try to cover on white snow and dark smoke. 06d

4/ ANARCHITECTURES07a/ -There are some leftover wood pieces from the tables in the trash.    -No! Don´t throw it. We can get a nice installation with it.

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5/ SECRET AGENT MAN08a/ Secret drawing of a secret agent man. Please, don’t tell anybody that I told you this.

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6/ BROKEN DREAMS09a/ Beauty and decay on the border to nowhere. Approx. something as this. 09b

7/ BODY CULTURE10a/ A little exercise about body and walls and space and …whatever 10b

8/ DEGRADATION11a/ Empty alcohol bottles found on Perm streets inclined at the same degree at their alcohol range 11b 11c

9 / JACK DANIELS13/ We found this nice graffiti about the possibility to get some american whisky cheaper than usual. Great!

13e13a/ So we put a museum phone on the exhibition…13b… and we distribute some advertisements with this nice offer around some creepy areas on Perm.13c/ “For cheaper Jack Daniels bottles, please call to 245-35-76” 13d

10 / CHAIR-CHAIR12a

11/ LIFE IS ELSEWHERE

1414a/ A little hole in the wall of the museum to remember everybody that life is elsewhere.

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and finally… some photos from the opening.15a 15b 15c 15d 15e 15hSo many thanks to Fermin, Dasha, Nailya…and all the crew taht made this project happends. Viva Vodka!

114. MEDIDAS ECONOMICAS / Valencia, Spain

02Hace unos meses fuí invitado a pintar la pared de entrada de la Universidad de Bellas Artes de Valencia. Encontrar una imagen que reuna los valores esenciales del arte me parecía muy complicado, asi que decidí ir a tomar un refresco. Cuando fuí a pagar, la respuesta apareció en mi mano. Los clásicos nunca fallan.

Some months ago, I ´d been invited to paint the entry wall from Valencia Fine Arts University. So difficult to find an image that fit essential art values, so I decided to take something to drink. When I paid my drink, the answer appear on my hand. Clasics never fail.

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119. SKATE 4 EVA / DISMALAND, UK

r01Not sure about why the emperor statues are above teen graffitis. Maybe it´s about who is behind the alternative culture, maybe it´s a tribute to those who founded the imperialism, maybe I should take some drugs and go to the disco… whatever!

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120. SELFISH / DISMALAND, UK

01If you ever go to Dismaland, be careful with the seagulls. They love selfish….I wanna say shellfish… I wanna say sell fish. So take care with your “fried and cheap” meal…I wanna say “fish and chips” meal. I mean… share your food with local wildlife!

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121. HOPE / DISMALAND, UK

h01 Another BIG THEME should be Global Warming and how we are wasting the earth’s natural resources. It seems that we are trying to destroy our planet, but the planet is something bigger than us, little humans. In the war against the planet, we lost…he wins. Maybe we can get to kill ourselves (bravo!), but life will continue without us. Not a big deal.

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122. AMERICAN PISS (PEACE) / DISMALAND, UK

Some months ago I was invited to take part on a big project called Dismaland. A sort of amusement park where you can find the big themes of today. american pis02After several discarded proposals, we arrived to the clever idea that there isn´t a bigger theme today than piss (peace) in the world, so lets think about it. What if the actuals wars arrive to Occident? Let’s search for the toilet please!american pis02bAMERICAN PISS / DISMALAND, UK

125. TO BREAK A PLATE FOR GREECE / Tommarp, Sweden

w01 Historians are not agree where it comes from the Greek tradition of breaking plates. The version I like the most says that the ancient greeks broke plates against the marble floors of their houses to ward off evil spirits with the clatter of broken crockery.

Breaking a plate for Greece is a psychomagic act to ward off evil spirits from Greece. I hope that it works.

…Opa!

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Los historiadores no se ponen de acuerdo dónde nace la tradición griega de romper platos. La versión que más me gusta dice que los antiguos griegos rompían platos contra el suelo de mármol de sus casas para alejar los malos espíritus con el ruido de vajilla rota.

Romper un plato por Grecia es un acto de psicomagia para alejar los malos espíritus de Grecia. Espero que funcione!

…Opa!

/…so many thanks to Street Art Osterlen and Alejandro to make it happens : )

126. PROMENADE in Kerala, Sud India

00Some months ago, I had the chance to spend some weeks in Sud India. Walking, talking, painting, eating, meeting nice people, doing some yoga, learning, learning, learning,…

02Kerala is a comunist state in sud India, where people seems to live in a soft relaxing way, surronded by coconut trees and local dolphins.

01Here are some images from our walking-promenade around the area…

03// “Toilet”

04 b.Hello Sir. It´s possible to paint on your wall?
c. Sure! Just don´t paint any god or religious image. The wall is side to the Toilet, so that could be offensive.
b. I don´t want to be offensive. It´s your wall. Do you have any idea about what I could paint on it?
c. Could you paint me?
b. Oh, it´s a clever idea. I like it.

c. Yes05

06People in Kerala like rest better than working. In the image above one waiter taking a rest on a improved rest area. 07// “Parking at owners risk”

08// “Spicy”
Interesting items you can find on gourmet Indian cuisine

09// “Tiger prawns”
It seems that the most expensive prawns you can find in the area are the famous tiger prawns. A friend told me that they are so good that even a tiger might eat them. Not sure what´s exactly the meaning of it.

10// “WIFI and prawns”
It’s not so easy to found WIFI in the area, so places that have are so proud about it. I had the chance to paint on one of this places, so I have not many choices about what paint on it.

11// “Paysage”
…and one classical beautiful romantic paint to finish with the walk. Oooohhhh….Poetry is in the air.

12Beware of the monkeys. They like to take everything that´s on the air. Also poetry is concerned.

Algunos dibujos / Some drawings… 2015

www.elsewhere.es

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Elsewhere ya está disponible aqui   //   Elsewhere is now available here

sl01 sl03 / ELSEWHERE is a book with a compilation from ESCIF last 5 years. Not just about murals, but also with sketches, drawings, ideas, feelings, recipes, deep secrets and everyday life thoughts. This is not a book about ESCIF work. This is a work about ESCIF book

/ We printed a first edition of 1000 copies. Hard cover, 330 PAGES, sized 17,5 x 24 cm, full color in 4 different papers and different tastes…

sl04 sl05/ELSEWHERE es un libro con una recopilación de los últimos 5 años de ESCIF. No solo de murales, pero tambien con bocetos, dibujos, ideas, sentimientos, recetas, secretos profundos y pequeñas anecdotas . No es un libro sobre el trabajo de ESCIF. Es un trabajo sobre el libro de ESCIF.

/ Hemos impreso una primera edición de 1000 copias. Tapa dura, 330 PAGINAS a todo color, tamaño  17,5 x 24 cm, en 4 papeles diferentes  y diferentes texturas….

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Imagenes de ESCIF

Texto de SANTIAGO ALBA RICO

DIRECCION DE ARTE de ENRIQUE CASP / romboide.net

“Los coches ahora son las Fallas…

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” Los coches ahora son las Fallas. En los últimos dos años 800 vehículos han sido quemados en Valencia por jóvenes que dicen pertenecer al «movimiento antiburgués». Un periodista de Crónica ha conseguido desentrañar los mensajes que estos gamberros, chicos de entre 14 y 17 años de clase media alta, se cruzan en Internet. Aunque aseguran que sólo van a por coches mal aparcados, no es así. Los implicados pertenecen a un grupo denominado Razonamiento siempre manda. califican sus acciones de “vandalismo razonable” y se comunican por internet. La policía ha interceptado muchos de sus mensajes, que destacan por su ideología y su calidad literaria.”

El Mundo. Domingo 17 de febrero de 2002

 

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“Cars are now the Fallas. In the last two years 800 vehicles have been burned in Valencia by youth who claim to belong to the “anti-bourgeois movement.” A Chronicle reporter has managed to unravel the messages that these thugs, boys between 14 and 17 from upper middle class, chat on the Internet. Although they ensure that they only go for illegally parked cars, this is not true. Those involved belong to a group called Reasoning always Rules. They justify thei actions as “reasonable hooliganism” and communicate it online. Police have intercepted many of their messages, distinguished by their ideology and literary quality. “

El Mundo. Domingo 17 de febrero de 2002

/photos by Pascual Arnal

TODO LO QUE SOBRA / Valencia, Spain

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“La versión popular del origen de las fallas dice que fueron iniciadas por el gremio de carpinteros. En la víspera del día de su patrón San José, quemaban en una hoguera purificadora, las virutas y todo lo que sobraba, haciendo limpieza de los talleres antes de entrar la primavera.

La propuesta que Escif presenta en Falla Corona este año consiste en reproducir aquellos elementos que “sobran” en el escenario habitual de una falla. Hacer una falla con todo lo que no es una falla, pero que irremediablemente forma parte de la transformación del paisaje urbano durante este acontecimiento. Tanto los elementos que han de quitarse para despejar el espacio, como aquellos que son accesorios al monumento fallero.

Así pues, la falla consistirá en diferentes objetos copiados de la realidad, tales como un contenedor gris, señales de tráfico, tres vehículos aparcados en la plaza, dos cajas de petardos vacías, bicicletas, bolardos, tres paquetes de tabaco, cuatro bolsas de snacks, vallas de separación con sus respectivas publicidades, cinco chicles pegados, doce colillas, vasos rotos, confeti…

¿Dónde están los límites entre ficción y realidad?

¿Dónde están los límites entre vida y espectáculo?

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“How it makes a Falla that it doesn’t be a Falla, but that it is a Falla?

The proposal that Escif present on “Falla Corona” this year consist in reproducing those elements that are in ‘excess’ in the habitual Falla’s stage.

Make a falla with everything what isn’t a falla, but it is a part of, irremediably, the transformation of the urban scene while this celebration is taking place. Elements which have to be removed to clear the space as well the complements of the fallero building. Therefore, the falla will consist in different objects copied from the reality, as a gray container, traffic signs, three stopped vehicles in the square, two empty firecracker boxes, bicycles, bollards, three tobacco boxes, four bags of snacks, separation fences with their advertisements, five chew-gums stuck, twelve cigarette ends, broken glasses, confetti…

Where are the limits between fiction and reality?

Where are the limits between life and show?

Where are the limits between what it is and what it isn’t?

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