About us

We emphasize the importance of art in social life and propose a new system for artistic production.

Concomitentes is a non-profit organization founded in June 2018. It promotes a program for producing artworks commissioned by the citizenry through a process of mediation between art and society. This program emphasizes the importance of art in social life and, to do so, it proposes a new system of art production that involves transforming cultural policy.

Thanks to the generous support and impetus provided by the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, Concomitentes begins its existence in Spain with a solid pilot project in which other public and private organisms will take part in the coming years.

The Team

Listening, attentiveness and openness are Concomitentes' defining aspects, and that is why we would like to be in contact with you.

Between 2018 and 2020, mediators Felipe G. Gil (ZEMOS98), Fran Quiroga, Julia Morandeira and Veronica Valentini will respectively accompany pilot concomitancias in Tenerife (Canary Islands), Betanzos (Galicia), Madrid (Community of Madrid) and Barcelona (Catalonia).

At the same time, these mediators and Concomitentes' coordinator, Sören Meschede, will share knowledge of this art-production model with possible patrons, sponsors and cultural agents to successively receive new commissions from anywhere in the country.

felipe@concomitentes.org

is a member of ZEMOS98, a team of cultural workers, based in Seville. ZEMOS98 researches, programs and produces contents related to education, communication and audiovisual communication. Their activities are always mindful of how, where and why knowledge and culture is being produced and emphazise accountability and a critical approach to what is understood as the sociocultural function of communication, digital and audiovisual culture and, in sum, contemporary thinking.
www.zemos98.org

info@concomitentes.org

is a cultural producer and is based in Madrid. Sören coordinated the hablarenarte association until summer, 2018, generating projects such as CAPP and the Curators' Network. He recently co-edited the Impossible Glossary (Madrid, 2018), a compendium of texts and interviews about collaborative art practices.

julia@concomitentes.org

works as curator and researcher and lives in Madrid, where she directs escuelita at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo - CA2M. That collective-research organism operates as the institution's digestive system. Her work consists of a critical exploration of cultural and visual production and knowledge and it develops through long-term projects with a variety of formats and gestures, including Canibalia; Be careful with each other, so we can be dangerous together; Nothing is true, everything is alive, and Estudios de la Noche.

fran@concomitentes.org

is a trans-disciplinary researcher and currently co-directs the Fiestas Raras project. From his base in A Coruña, he explores new formulas for hybridizing areas of activity such as contemporary creation, social innovation and thought. His interests revolve around contemporary popular cultures, the commons, social participation, political imagination, the creation of new spaces for the production and distribution of knowledge, the rural and the public sphere. Fran has coordinated PEMAN (the Program of Studies in Shared Hands) and directed #salóndoMARCO.
www.franquiroga.gal

veronica@concomitentes.org

works as curator and researcher in Barcelona. Her practice addresses subjects related to the creation of the public sphere, developing exhibitions, public programs, residencies, training and research. She is co-director and co-founder of the BAR project and E.M.M.A., two self-organized curatorial organizations that she considers tools for thinking and imagination. The former is active around Barcelona, while the latter is international and itinerant in scope.

www.veronicavalentini.org

Our Methodology

While working together, artists, citizens and mediators achieve something transformative: artworks linked to society.

Concomitentes is the Spanish version of the French Nouveaux Commanditaires program. Its basis was established by artist François Hers in 1990 when he drew up a protocol that laid out the terms and conditions necessary for reestablishing art production as a part of social fabric.

Through this methodology, society can become the patrons [comitentes] of an artist's work. This is thus a response with infinite possibilities intended to address a need or demand formulated by the patrons. The process of negotiation and co-creation among the different parties involved (patrons, artists, sponsors, public or private organisms and all other participating social agents) is accompanied by a mediator who works throughout the process to concretize the patrons' demand, propose the right artist for the commission and accompany the development of the process of collective creation, thus assuring the work's production.

The resulting artworks are both the artist's pieces as well as the culmination of a shared undertaking that reflects the will of everyone involved. Financed with private and public funds, they become the property of the patrons [comitentes] with a value determined by the use and symbolic importance assigned to them by those patrons and by the collective of which they become a part.

The processes require a high degree of commitment by all involved parties. Two or more years can easily pass between the first contact and the formalization of the artwork. But this co-creation by artists, citizens and mediators generates something truly transformative: artworks with a deeper tie to society.

Our network

If you want to know more about other embodiments of this program, feel free to consult:

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info@concomitentes.org

+34 911981981

Concomitentes is a not-for-profit association founded in June 2018 and inscribed in the Registro nacional de asociaciones with the number 616306.

Concomitentes promotes the creation of artworks and media involving the society that commissions them and the artists that make them.

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