We paint the collective memory to recover it, vindicate it and celebrate it

Make visible and enhance

the episodes of the collective memory of each community through mural interventions in public space.

Build

a global map of popular memory based on local action.

Register and "map"

the plurality and richness of the memorial heritage with interventions throughout the territory.

  • Use culture and urban art as a tool for social and pedagogical cohesion contributing to the construction and strengthening of one's identity through the recovery of our history.

  • Disseminate and bring urban art closer as a transformative discipline, capable of dignifying public space and contributing positive values ​​to individuals and communities.

  • Recover the public space as a living space with/of/for the communities, an environment of exchange, enrichment and reflection of the concerns and needs of its citizens.

  • Materialise, with artistic interventions, all those participatory processes that review, claim and disseminate the non-tangible heritage that is memory.

  • Provide pedagogical material to the surrounding educational community. The interventions of Murs de Bitàcola are an event close to the students that encourage a wide range of educational activities.

  • Create a map of murals that projects an overall vision of each one of the fragments and episodes of memory, make possible itineraries whose murals illustrate the history in the settings that happened.

How do we work the collective memory?

One of the basic premises that promote the Murs de Bitàcola project is to respect and attend to the needs and characteristics of each community with which it works. Therefore, it is totally intrinsic to the project not to establish rigid work protocols.

The will to observe and accompany the processes and objectives of each community make it possible to deploy diverse strategies and actions adapted to each case. Murs de bitàcola is a tool adaptable to each place, to each socio-cultural reality, with the ability to propose various actions according to particular needs. This project can be the trigger and starting point for these processes, or the culmination of previous initiatives and activities such as talks and training on historical episodes, creation of community digital photographic archives or participatory processes, as well as a cultural activity that joins the existing dynamics and activities of each place (institutional projects, cultural and/or protest campaigns …).

Work process

Which episodes, events, social groups, of local memory will be the protagonists of the mural? 

How do you get the documentary material? (Local archives, personal material, bibliographic or web sources, citizen participation …)

Where will the mural be painted? What characteristics does it have and what technical details does it impose (permits, materials, lifting cranes …)? Will there be any complementary action to the mural? If so, who will carry it out and what will it be like? (Creation of a dossier that collects and documents the project. Previous work with the community to stimulate and expand actions, such as talks, participatory actions or creation of a community visual memory fund).

Murs de Bitàcola formalises the graphic proposal, the design of the final mural is agreed upon to the entity that carries out the commission.

The mural is carried out by urban artist Roc Blackblock on an individual basis.

Why do we do it?

The characteristics that are imposed, inexorably and too often uncontrolled, in today’s societies (hyperconnectivity, immediacy, urban environments in constant growth and development …), do not allow us to have a historical dimension of our abilities, our communities or our own individualities.

The environment, little by little, is transformed into a space for consumption, it loses its origins and its human dimension. Art in the public space becomes one more article of consumption, ornamental and devoid of content, with less and less real ties to citizens. History and memory evolve in the collective imagination as a discipline of specialized groups, isolated from the daily life of society.

Faced with this trend, the Murs de bitàcola project becomes a tool available for communities to reflect and fix the collective memory in public space through art, culture and participation. Murs de bitàcola wants to give citizens a voice in the public space.