(re)vuelta al patio (2022-23)

Condeduque Cultural Centre, Madrid

Central Courtyard of the Condeduque Cultural Center (Madrid)

From October 2022 to June 2023, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

(re)turn to the patio mutates in this third edition to put the Condeduque patio and the game at the center of its project. The game as a space for experimentation, learning and research where the world is put in parentheses and, simultaneously, in which the world is discussed, shaken and reworked. This edition aims to answer questions such as: what do families play? How have the games changed, what traditions have been lost and what new games have appeared? What parameters govern the games, beyond competitiveness? Can a cultural center activate other ways of playing through co-creation processes with artists and social groups?

(re)turn to the patio proposes to use the Condeduque patio for six Saturday afternoons to make room for experimentation through play, to be a meeting point for families close to the center and to invite others that are further away or less frequent in this place. Each of the game sessions will be co-designed between the team at hablarenarte and an artist, educator or social group specially linked to playful practices. In this way, it will seek to connect with families, audiences and diverse communities, inviting them to imagine and manage a session of open cultural programming.


SESSION 1 Saturday October 29 Spatial exercises

hablarenarte + Fuentesal & Arenillas + Infinite Creatures

With proposals from artists who use modular pieces to invite free play, and other forms of play and board games based on geometry and rectilinear or circular movements.


SESSION 2 Saturday, November 19 Actions for the cold

hablarenarte + David Crespo + Dragons of Lavapiés

A football game with other rules. A field for more than one ball and with unforeseen obstacles.


SESSION 3 Saturday, February 11 From the street to the patio

hablarenarte + families for safe school environments

Games by and for the streets. Games that aim to return to childhood the public spaces snatched away by traffic and adult haste.


SESSION 4 Saturday March 11 Images that ride

hablarenarte + Olaf Ladousse

Trompe l'oeil, zoetropes and runaway horses will fill the patio of Conde Duque with visions and movement.


SESSION 5 Saturday, May 20 Back and forth

hablarenarte + families from different countries

Playful traditions from other latitudes coexist in the courtyard to explore other visions of what is playable through its rules or guidelines.


SESSION 6 Saturday, June 3 Scout Patio

hablarenarte + Scout collective

Summer games proposed by groups of scouts based on their long tradition of caring for the natural space and self-management.


Photo: Guillermo Gumiel

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