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Within the context of questioning many artistic structures, Improbable Connections wants to revindicate the essential role of the structures of art training, dissemination and production. Without them, it would be difficult for artists and thinkers, who contribute great value to society in general and a project such as Improbable Connections in particular, to continue researching and experiencing other ways of conceiving and constructing the world.
Final results
Video-summary, april 2013 [20 min.]
Poster-summary you can expand here.
Blog of the project
The process step by step
17 March 2012: TodoEnCaja. Activities thought to generate new prototypes of intervention for the Cultural Center.
March 2012: Today is tomorrow, a representation of the future of the Centre.
December 2011, Introduction video for the OpenLab in Melbourne, Australia.
March 2011, request for an Improbable Connection
Sociocultural Development Centre
: Peñaranda de Bracamonte (Salamanca)
Legal status: Non-profit foundation
Year Foundation was created: 1981
Year Sociocultural Development Centre was created: 1989
Workers: 90 distributed among the centres of Madrid, Salamanca and Peñaranda de Bracamonte.

Ownership of results: Option A (copyleft / creative commons).

Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation (FGSR) + Banana Asylum

[january 2012] Developed project

The goal marked by the Sociocultural Development Centre of the Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation, through the Improbable Connections’ “En la niebla” (In the Fog) project, is to address the challenges posed today on cultural consumption and to experiment with new models of cultural, physical and virtual spaces.

Approaches and methodologies have been expanded by collaborating with c2+I and Banana Asylum, opting for a new approach that combines art, anthropology and technology, as well as the active involvement of the community where the centre is located.

The intense unease that this change in perspective and action produced in the personnel was channelled through a process of slow innovation that led to assimilating the process that resulted in different levels of involvement and participation in the proposed activities. These activities helped visualise the project and discover highly enriching individual contributions.

It involved months of design and execution in which the community was also involved, both users and non-users, to finally extend them the invitation to rise up to the cloud to talk, understand and create culture together.

The Sociocultural Development Centre is a cultural centre in transit that is already committed to becoming a centre for breathing. It is catching a glimpse of what it want to be and already articulating the words and concepts that will define it. It is prepared and will soon be ready to make the great leap.

[may 2011] Draft project presented by Banana Asylum

In the clouds: 
The project will involve an initial research phase supported by anthropological, narrative based research into the nature and significance of the cultural centre for people within the community. As part of this research process we will set up a series of activities, taking library books on walks within the community, making films in the class room, bringing the cloud into public life and letting the information overflow inform the types of encounter that are possible within the Centre. Blog of the project:

[january 2011] Research requested by the Foundation

Taking into account the paradigm shift we are experiencing in terms of cultural/work and leisure behaviour, with a streaming culture – cloud culture – that is gradually being imposed, the research requested is to investigate what role is being played within this context by the cultural centre’s spaces located in the countryside (library, exhibition hall, auditorium and classrooms) and what skills should the people managing these spaces hold.

In other words, music, movies and books are becoming more present in this cloud every day, instantly satisfying the demands of any citizen. In turn, conversation and the involvement of citizens in cultural issues are also more possible with the generalisation of social networks in which communities based around different cultural interests are enhanced at a global level. In this context, the FGSR wants to investigate what these new habits imply for a cultural centre that has been working for twenty years in the countryside, aiming to reconcile cultural consumption in this cloud with a physical space of encounter, making conversation a fundamental basis of the relationship between citizens and culture and the community.

The Foundation

Created in 1981 by the Spanish publisher Germán Sánchez Ruipérez, the Foundation focuses most of its programmes on the dissemination and spreading of the culture of books and reading, while simultaneously addressing many other areas of cultural intervention. Its work is carried out in various cultural centres created by the Foundation in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca and Madrid (where the Casa del Lector, or Reading House, will soon be opened in Madrid’s Matadero centre).

The research requested will be specifically carried out at its Sociocultural Development Centre (CDS) located in Peñaranda de Bracamonte (Salamanca), a town with a population of 7,000. The CDS opened its doors in 1989 with the aim of satisfying the needs and cultural demands of the citizens of Peñaranda and its region. Over the years, it has become an integral centre for information, training and cultural services.

The group involved in the improbable project are 20 people comprising professionals with an academic background in Philosophy, History, Library Science and Documentation, Education, Fine Arts, Music, Computer Studies and Technology, with extensive experience in cultural programming, promoting reading and education; a group capable of reinventing and multiplying itself.

Banana Asylum

Work areas: art and anthropology.

Leili Sreberny-Mohammadi and Madeleine Hodge are a team interested in the cusp of artistic and anthropological practice, exploring the ways in which the two fields mimic and diverge. Working in the mediums of performance, photography, film and live art we employ art as a socio-cultural force engaging in artistic research that provokes complex exchange between people places and social structures.

Leili holds a Master in Science in Digital Anthropology from University College London; she is 29. Madeleine Hodge is an artist, born in Australia, she is 32; both live usually in London.