Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Prof. Frans Vogelaar are presenting the project “Deep Space: Re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” and contributing to the panel “Lost Memory – Recovered Memory” („Memoria perdida – memoria recuperada“), discussing together with the photographer Miquel Gonzalez, the journalist Emilio Silva and the historian Prof. Gutmaro Gomez Bravo (Contemporary History, Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
The panel discussion is followed by the opening of the photo exhibition „Memoria perdida” of Miquel Gonzalez and of the public space installation “Deep Space: Re-signifying Valle de los Caídos” by Hybrid Space Lab.
“The International Workshop” Deep Space: Reorientation of the Valley of the Fallen “, carried out by the Hybrid Space Lab in Madrid in October 2018, aimed to stimulate a redefinition of this highly controversial Francoist monument. Part of the Hybrid Space Lab’s long-running Deep Space artistic research program, which focuses on remembrance culture and politics and controversial memorial sites in the digital age, this workshop explored creative processes and digital tools. Revealing the potential at the intersection of art, technology, and historical and scholarly studies, this workshop explored the intricate, historically painful meanings of this monument and unfolded spaces of possibility for the site once Franco’s remains have been removed and reburied.
The workshop focused on the networked digital and physical tools that enable transformation of a place without physically touching it. These tools would also support the incorporation of previously suppressed voices in the sense of a polyphonic monument, counterbalancing the place’s totalitarian narrative, thereby paving the way from recognition to reconciliation. This creative, innovative and interdisciplinary way of working, as expressed in the workshop, contributes to a process of integrative collective remembrance work.
At the Goethe-Institut Madrid, the elaborated workshop graphics of the Valley of the Fallen will be presented on the outside facade of the building. There is an accompanying free brochure in German and Spanish with detailed information.“