El Colgadero 2nd Edition: Parque de los Hippies
Project by Colectivo Mezcoliche
Artistic Intervention in public space
Parque de los Hippies, Bogotá D.C. Colombia
This project proposes to rethink the social dynamics of the public space of Bogotá, Colombia through the activation, in non-institutional approaches, of the cultural processes in the public space of the city.
It is an artistic intervention in the form of a clothesline where objects, knowledges, experiences, services and everything that can be exchanged in this context are “hung” and taken down. El colgadero is an allegory of the clothesline, it is a rope that invites exchange: someone picks up something and in return offers something else, resulting in dialogues between the people who inhabit the city. The rope works as an object that creates a place to appropriate, where citizens can initiate a more significant and closer relationship with the space they constantly use.
El Colgadero earned Convocatoria Bota (Bota Call) awarded by the Art Department at Los Andes University that funded the project.
The second version of El Colgadero took place in Parque de los Hippies in the city of Bogotá, a square where the city’s alternative, underground, rapper and student scene converge. It is a public place that has been appropriate and where El Colgadero was very well received because the curiosity about this social dynamic took over the event, resulting in prolific exchanges.
Like the last version, El colgadero began by hanging graphic pieces made by the members of the collective with an urban and underground theme. Later, it began to nourish itself with all kinds of objects and experiences: musicians who sang, sellers who exchanged their products for graphic pieces, students who left until their exams, artists who decided to hang their tests and copies of engravings and serigraphy and even clothes . The dynamics moved quite a bit to the point that a second rope was taut.
At the end, the rope was left with more hanging objects and became an X-ray of the objects with which people live and interact. It was a space of appropriation by different social groups.