From the 5th to the 8th of February 2009, the seminar and meeting entitled Urban Buddy Scheme, directed by Cecilia Andersson, curator of Madrid Abierto 2009-2010, will be held at La Casa Encendida (Ronda de Valencia, nº2).

The city of Madrid is growing in an unprecedented pace. Multi disciplinary initiatives are engaged in processes that formulate new possible relationships with the city and its inhabitants, this while revealing complex layers of information. Activities that aim to envision possible futures, beyond the current construction crisis, continue with impressive strength.

This edition of Madrid Abierto sets out to investigate the potentials of collaborative socio-cultural and politically engaged work and how such work may perform as catalysts for change in the city. We will also try to activate processes that integrate new bodies of knowledge into the already existing.

Urban Buddy Scheme is built around the presentations by artists and architects involved in some of the existing activities carried out in the city. The seminar aims to merge such practices and concerns with those of the invited participants for Madrid Abierto 2009-10. As much as Urban Buddy Scheme is envisioned as an opportunity to exchange information, it is also meant to serve as a social hub for activities and networks.

Thursday 5 February
6.00-6.15 pm.
Welcome speech by Cecilia Andersson, Curator of Madrid Abierto and Jorge Díez, Director of Madrid Abierto.
6.30-7.15 pm.
Brief introductions for all invited participants. Open to the public for participation.
7.15-21.00 h.
Presentations by Andrés Jaque, Basurama, Ludotek and Wunderkammer. Chaired by Javier Duero.

Friday 6 February
6.00-6.45 pm.
Presentations by Studio Kawamura Ganjavian, Uriel Fogué, C.A.S.I.T.A. y Exprimentolimon. Chaired by Luis Úrculo.
7.00-7.45 pm.
Presentation by Kyong Park.
8.00-9.00 pm.
Presentations by Apolonija Šušteršič + Meike Schalk, Alexander Gerdel y Teddy Cruz. Chaired by Kyong Park.

Saturday 7 February
12.00-2.30 om.
One-on-one meeting expert meetings with inivted participants and the attending public.
6.00-6.45 pm.
Presentation by International Festival.
7.00-7.45 pm.
Presentations by Laurence Bonvin, Susanne Bosch y Josep-Maria Martín. Chaired by STEALTH.
8.00-9.00 pm.
Presentations by Jean François Prost, Adriana Salazar y Gustavo Romano. Chaired by International Festival.

Sunday 8 February
6.00-6.45 pm.
Presentation by STEALTH.
7.00-7.45 pm.
Presentations by Pablo Valbuena, Iñaki Larrimbe y Lisa Cheung. Chaired by STEALTH.
8.00-9.00 pm.
Final discussion with all the participants. Chaired by Cecilia Andersson.