RCR LAB·A 2015 Workshop

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The Moixina of Olot is a natural area of great geo-botanical value. The many fountainheads that characterize this area have formed a depression where water tends to accumulate creating uninhabitable wetlands. In the early eighteenth century, this water was channeled into Indianes factories which produced patterned fabrics called this way. This trade represented the basis of the Catalan economic recovery after the 1714 situation. Indianes production began in Olot, which, in turn, means that it began at the Moixina. This production required the participation of artists to draw the patterns, which is why the School of Fine Arts in Olot was created (Only the second of Catalonia after the Llotja in Barcelona). The Fine Arts School of Olot that originated in the nineteenth century later founded the Landscape School of Olot. This was group of painters who developed a specific Artistic style, inspired by the countryside of Olot, in particular The Moixina was represented profusely in their paintings and in doing so closed the circle. This connection facilitated the declaration of the Moixina as a scenic spot by the Government of Spain in the early 40s. The Moixina is currently the most important place reservation of all Olot together with the extinguished volcanoes that shelters the city.

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La Moixina. J.M. Dou Camps archive. Source: Arxiu Comarcal de la Garrotxa.

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Joaquim Vayreda, Summer, 1877, a sample of Landscape School of Olot painting.

To work on the Moixina is to work on the origins of Olot as we know it today. The work on Moixina represents a manifesto to define Olot in the XXIth century.

Time to meditate. RCR presents our first retrospective exhibition in Barcelona at the Palau Robert, and their drawings in the Arts Santa Monica Centre. It is time to think about the work of the group and their work processes. RCR found in Espai Barberí the natural place to develop its work. This space is opened to the city each August on the occasion of the workshop RCR LAB·A. In 2015, on its eighth edition (the fourth with an international vocation, these 3 events sum up a process of reflection on RCR. Participants are immersed in the world of team living and working in and on Olot, constantly in contact with their work and within the work of RCR. Time to talk to the authors of this work with who is able to see it externally and provide perspective.

The Moixina area will be the main topic of the Workshop RCR LAB·A 2015. It will be time to think about Torn City, to ponder green corridors, back to the essence of both the contemporary city and the city of Olot. The Workshop ponders this contrast through exercises with site visits and conferences that affect this exogenous own vision of the participant.

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Olot. Work scope RCR LAB·A 2015. La Moixina, El Triai, Parc Nou. Source: RCR BUNKA Fundació.

The Workshop is a guide to RCR universe, animated by all this complexity. The Workshop concludes this year with a meeting where former RCR workforce will present their work to contrast influences and views. At the end of the Workshop, one last visit to the exhibition in Barcelona will allow participants to feel a greater connection with the work of RCR.

Information and resitration on the workshop en este enlace. Until may 31.

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Photo: Pep Sau. Source: RCR BUNKA Fundació.

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