School for Tourists: Before going

“INLAND- CAMPO ADENTRO is a project that examines the role of territories, geopolitics, culture and identity in the relationship between the city and the countryside in Spain today.”

(www.campoadentro.es)

 

“… when the last rural threads of […] society are being woven into the national urban fabric, the idea of the city is becoming indistinguishable from the idea of society. If we lack consensus on an organizing conceptual structure of the city, it is mainly because we lack such a structure for society as a whole. The burden, then, rests upon all the arts, the humanities, and the sciences; and the task grows increasingly difficult as the complexity of contemporary society itself increases and as rapidly accumulating knowledge deprives us of what we had thought to be stable pillars of understanding. In previous eras, when the goals, the beliefs, the behaviour, and the roles of city folk were clearly distinguishable from those of their rural bretheren, and when urban settlements were spatially discrete and physically bounded, schoolboy common sense was sufficient to identify the marks of ‘urbanness’. Now […] the physical boundaries of settlements are disappearing; and the networks of interdepenence among various groups are becoming functionally intricate and spatially widespread. With it all, the old symbols of order are giving way to the signs of newly emerging systems of organisation that, in turn, are sapping the usefulness of our established concepts of order.”

(M. Webber writing on the situation in America in the 1960’s in Order in Diversity: Community without Propinquity, pp.23-24)

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La práctica social de Emma Smith incluye tanto la investigación como la producción y responde a las características específicas del lugar donde trabaja. Sus proyectos exploran la interrelación entre personas y lugares desde una perspectiva interdisciplinaria, abarcando eventos organizados, participación, performance, sonido y texto. Situado en el día a día, el trabajo de Smith investiga conductas históricas y su relación con el presente y explora las relaciones transitorias que establecemos con los lugares y con uno mismo. Su trabajo se centra en la acción social y colectiva. Para ello, excava saberes sedimentados, investiga la psicología del espacio e incorpora la dinámica relacional. Como parte de su proceso de Smith regularmente colabora y trabaja con equipos multidisciplinarios. El resultado, eventos, sucesos e instigaciones son momentos efímeros y particulares para la gente que los experimenta. Proyectos recientes y en curso son ?E =W (Tate Modern, Londres, Reino Unido); A Call for a Song (Mistaken Presence, Lincoln, Reino Unido); or Confabula (Artsadmin, London, Reino Unido).