Cerveira Creative Camp. Great installation: Air + Plastic by Penique Productions and Cerveira Creative Camp.
Cerveira Creative Camp can be deployed in several concepts and wills, but one word imposes: innovation. “In the first national creative camp, we’ve felt an unique vibration that stimulates imagination, artistic dialogue and creation in all its forms”, said Nuno Alves [director of Canal180, and Creative Camp curator]. Vila Nova de Cerveira received 120 participants from different artistic fields with the ultimate and common goal of learning, listening and sharing experiences and knowledge.
One of the highlights goes to Penique Productions; they are a collective of Spanish artists that make temporary and unusual facilities by creating spaces entirely filled with inflatable balloons. Their work is based on the relation between full and empty, public and space. New (and perhaps most primitive) shapes are generated from the folds and volume of the material, conferring to the occupied space a new atmosphere and identity. The balloons are built from regular modules, adjusted according to the features of each space.
Together with sponsor SUPER BOCK, Penique “breathed art into Vila Nova de Cerveira”, bringing the inflatable facilities up to the place. Using yellow plastic and a great shot of imagination and creativity, the Catalan duo, along with the participants of the creative camp, settled a large dose of art into an empty room. They’ve produced a temporary facility on a large scale, using one of the rooms of the building where the camp is based. Resorting to inflatable balloons, designed their intervention specifically for the space on which it is located. The outcome is a yellow empty room, containing only a pendant lamp.
During the second week, the target was the village, which hosted an urban installation. Once again they were noticed, with modified workshops; the result ended also with an urban installation. Its raw material was yellow plastic, which led to the center of the village.
There were two weeks that encouraged the artistic dialogue, creation and increased creativity and imagination to another level. At the conceptual level, this event promises to extend in time and space, not summarizing Vila Nova de Cerveira nor the two weeks that happened. In an event that brought together more than 25 guests, 100 participants and 40 events, it became clear that in Portugal there is still room to create, innovate and imagine!