Andrea González Garrán is a designer and visual artist with a background in architecture, with a strong focus on experimental publishing. She works with sensibilities, tools, and research topics related to the infrastructural and the contemporary landscape.
In her research, she is interested in underrepresented artefacts, from objects to architectures and infrastructures, and their ability to symbolically and materially convey narratives that have been overlooked.
When working in commissions and collaborations, she mostly develops printed publications and publishing platforms for artists and cultural institutions, crafting formats, content, and form of distribution in experimental, playful and inviting editorials.
Andrea currently co-runs Home Cinema, a screening and streaming platform for art films, is a member of fanfare amsterdam, platform and design studio for cross-disciplinary collaboration and visual communication, and is a regular contributor to Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, an online radio dedicated to the arts based in Amsterdam. She hosts the bi-monthly show Curva Ras in Radio Relativa, focussing on the intersections between music and architecture.
Es imposible, no puede ser (It is impossible, it cannot be)
Self initiated project
Es imposible, no puede ser is a speculative film that works with fragmented elements of a Spain’s ruinous landscape and collective imaginary— responding to the complexity of capturing something that is not here anymore. La Ruta del Bacalao was a club scene that appeared magically and disappeared tragically between 1977 and 1993 along the highway CV-500 near Valencia, Spain. I went to look for vampires where the images were missing. Set in a car trapped at full speed on the CV-500, the script is a fictional reconstruction of ruins of a future in a past that cannot be. The film crosses archeological and speculative means to sculpt an impossible dreamscape outside of time.
Screened in Het Hem, Amsterdam, Filmhuis Den Haag, Den Haag, Cinema Galeggiante, Venice, Autocine Madrid Race, La Casa Encendida, Cineteca Matadero, Madrid, and Tabakalera, Donostia. Awarded the price Circuitos de Artes Plásticas de la Comunidad de Madrid 2021.
Image 1: Maher Fahim Fernandez
En Castilla la Mancha hay más de cien polideportivos iguales
(There are more than a hundred repeated sports pavilions in Castilla la Mancha)
Self initiated project
In Castilla La Mancha, Spain, a project designed for a specific place was replicated, turning it into a particular distortion of a generic typology. During the summer of 2017, Íñigo Barrón and I visited almost a hundred villages in Castilla la Mancha, from Toledo to Albacete, documenting the same building repeatedly and repeatedly and bringing stories from one to another. An architecture turned infrastructure that cannot be understood without its material narratives and inhabitants—a neverending example of the overlooked architectures and their placements.
Self initiated project
Public installation and event
Parkineo consisted of twenty cars playing loud music parked in the main square of Matadero Madrid. A ready made that transposes an informal urban configuration into a cultural infrastructure, the summer program of Matadero Madrid and explores the possibilities and contradictions of this displacement and the car as a mediator device. The incredible imagery and stories about Parkineo, the name given to this phenomenon of disco car parks, explain cars and their expanded uses as one of the main innovations of club culture in Spain in the 90s. The cars for Parkineo were selected with a local association of tuning called KDD Madrid. Each car was associated with a local music collective that curated their music, playing twenty of them simultaneously.
An event in collaboration with Paula García – Masedo and Lorenzo García – Andrade, curated by Playdramaturgia and Elgatoconmoscas for La Plaza En Verano, Matadero Madrid, 2017.
A book for Javi Cruz´s solo show in CA2M, Museum of Contemporary Art of Madrid. Trémula is a show about a dead nature, one and multiple bodies, processes of transformation, construction and reconstruction. The book embodies this through its process of manufacturing and printing. From the sheet to the pages, from the issue to the stack of books. The artist ́s system of writing connects the contiguous pages that would later be split to form the book, in a semi secret gesture only witnessed by the printer operators.
Magazine design for Pasarela, edited by Puente editores architecture publishing house. Responding to the need of finding more agile formats that can include urgent proposals, certain intuitions or conversations. Pasarela is a biannual magazine, in which each number has a central notebook dedicated to a particular city or theme, which in this first one focuses on the city of Barcelona.
Pasarela is edited by David Bestué, Miquel Mariné and Moisés Puente.
I worked with Ainhoa Hernández Escudero to develop a series of containers and garments for SORBITO, a curatorial gesture during festival megustaspixelad_, La Casa Encendida, 2022, and Door Creative Studio, Zaandam 2021. SORBITO connects the pieces of a festival through a sensorial experience. Potions elaborated after several conversations with each artist of the context in relation to their proposals, which the public will take during the pieces, attending to the sensitivity in each encounter. Each potion adopts a format, a specific materiality: chewing gum, candy, facial mask, oil, wafer, inhaler, drink or infusion; and contains an herb with specific properties designed in relation to the piece it accompanies.
BOSQUE REAL was born in 2019 in the form of a festival, to revisit from the contemporaneity the history and anecdotes of the Casa de Campo in Madrid.
A project by Javi Cruz and Jacobo Cayetano, with the support of Injuve, Zuloark and Museo Reina Sofía.
The Way Things Go
Edited by Caniche Editorial, with contributions by MAIO and Taller de Casquería.
Photos by David Díez.