A huge fish made of recycled materials floating on Mapocho river, more than 2,000 paper boats floating on the Plaza de la Constitución square pool facing La Moneda, lighted balloons flying over the Yungay square. These are some of the 100 interventions that will take place in Santiago next sunday on October 26th, as part of the second version of the urban carnival of “100en1día”.
The initiative seeks to reconnect people with their territory through art, creation and playing, and as well transforming public spaces of Santiago in big amphitheatres or exhibition venues. All the interventions that are part of “100en1día” are created by the community and for the community. This is how this movement is defined on their web site, where they state that an intervention is a “present for the community.” Following this premise, they want to repeat the success of the first version, which gathered more than 120 interventions in 2013, and filled the streets of Santiago with colour, magic, and celebration.
With the aim of rescuing traditions from the native peoples from Chile, the Taller Textil intervention “Con el alma en un hilo” (literally “With the soul hanging on a thread”) will install old cots in Brazil square to transform them in handlooms to teach the pedestrians the basic weaving techniques and the world view of these peoples. Furthermore, Roque Saenz and Simón Villalobos will transform a Transantiago bus stop into a recreation area, surrounded by vegetation, together with a swing, a hammock among the typical benches.
The interventions are not the only ones that are created jointly with the community for “100en1día”, but also the management and difusion of the movement. A network of volunteers, who range from journalists, publicists, photographers and professionals from the audiovisual field, are the ones in charge of documenting the event. This colaborative task is not only limited to the day the interventions are carried out, but also months before this. During this time, the “100en1día” team conduct several workshops to work on ideas and projects from the community that could become future interventions.
The movement “100en1día” was born two years ago in Bogotá, Colombia, thanks to the work of two collectives (“Acciones Urbanas” y “Kaospilot”). After their first version, the idea has been adopted by 10 countries, Chile being one of the latest.
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