Villa Futuro is a story development project and an ongoing artistic research by media artist Gonzalo H. Rodríguez inspired by the communal urban history and day-by-day experiences of the inhabitants of urban precarious places such as Villa El Salvador (Peru), Ocupaçao Izidora (Brazil) and Kowloon Walled City (Hong Kong) among others. They all (so different these places and their stories might be) are plenty of examples on how the contrast between the adversity of living conditions and the belief in a shared future can create the basis for establishing an autonomous, communal urban cosmos with a high level of social mobilization.
Highlighting media art practices as tools to explore, enquire and produce new cultural perspectives, the research‘s methodological approach is set up as a digital platform that contains several artistic proposals and formats. Their task is to propose a redistribution of sensitivities by shifting narratives of citizenship and social participation in precarious urban communities. In this spirit, villafuturo.com is not only dedicated to reach a tacit reflect on the massive challenges of the slum’s dwellers but also to enquire anyone’s possibilities and limitations to imagine the future as a community from her/his own realities. Thus, the focus of the project lies on aspects of agency encompassing possible future trajectories to understand the movements within the slums as a human condition creating social structures. By fictionalizing reality through the development of a story that affirms the capacity of any person to reconsider different realities as connected, rather than divided, Villa Futuro is expecting to break the dichotomy between the local and the global in the in favor of the idea of a fluidly interrelated future shared by everyone and everything, while an interrogation is asked on the ways in which arts and media participates in the invention of new forms of collective action.
So then, by visiting this website you are accessing a narrative platform. It is structured in a participation-based storytelling development, which means that you can contribute to create the story of the slum Villa Futuro. The contents generated from this digital platform are copyleft under an Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 international license.
If you want to know more about the artistic research or be part of the creation of this story take a look to the artistic proposals.