Factorial is launched with the aim of providing an international platform for debate and reflection on arts factories.
This first edition of Factorial will focus on presentations of outstanding experiences promoted by institutions and art production centres, and on expanding and strengthening existing networks.
The main objective of this event, promoted by Culture Institute of the Barcelona City Council, is to think aloud about such issues as: strategies for creative development; the tension between excellence and proximity; and the role of art factories in reinventing a city's creative fabric.
Through a programme of workshops and round tables, we shall also consider such common issues as governance, mobility, the social return, finance and communication, all from a European-wide perspective.
Defining what is and what is not an art factory is a complex exercise, one framed in the fundamental tension between a container (often a heritage site, sometimes industrial) and content (which is not always creative, or not only creative). This dichotomy generates a highly heterodox typology in which it is possible to identify historical archetypes and frequently-found trends that shape a landscape characterised by high diversity. In this sense, each factory is a world, and the same is true of the way in which different cities have designed local networks of art factories. The purpose of this opening session, which will begin with a presentation of the network of art factories in Barcelona, is to make an initial approach to drawing a map featuring the basic coordinates that make it possible to describe this diversity.