By Ben Stokke The past two weeks I have spent time in Complexo do Alemao helping to run an exhibition for the community living in the largest complex of favelas in Rio de Janiero. I have worked alongside a wonderful team of professionals and students in various fields to make and run this exhibition. […]
By URBZ User Generated Cities (Mumbai) published on 23 dec. 2013. One of the most unbearable aspects of Brazilian “favelas” is the paranoia that surrounds them. That paranoia creates an extraordinary sense of distance, a psychological firewall of fear between “favelas” and the “asphalto” – as the people on the hills call the concrete city […]
Som do Barraco – Sound of Barraco – is a collaborative musical project aiming to promote local musicians, encourage DIY musical production and to boost cultural musical exchange. The encounters occur every two weeks and will produce a music video of every meeting, in which a song of one of the participants will gain attention. […]
From November till December 2012, our Barraco #55 team has been joining hands with the artists of Cascoland. They stayed in the community for 1 month working on the project Lajes que Falam and the Comuniférico, in collaboration with Barraco #55 and the local residents of Complexo do Alemão. (portuguese below)
Here’s a video of our one day intervention Tamagotchi Verde. For those that do still remember, Tamagotchis were the little electronic animals that equalled real life pets. You were required to feed, water and caress your little digital friend or it would die. With that idea we set up Tamagotchi verde in order to let the kids of Alvorada experience how to care for nature. I hope soon enough someone will come enforce our team with green fingers in order to continue this process!
Finally Saturday the 8th of September has come, the day of the fourth JAM do Barraco. The day starts with the film workshop given by Rodrigo. Luis, his student, has a lot to film on Praça #55, the square next to the hostel/cultural centre “Arte na Favela”where the JAM is going to take place. People walking up and down the street, filling the refrigerator in the shack with beer, Eddu making a bench of carpet and tubes that normally function as electricity poles, Carlinhos connecting wires for the sound, laptops and the beamer that projects visuals on the wall above the graffiti painting.
The party starts at 7, people gather on the square and by passers stop to watch the musicians that take turns in jamming together. People enjoy the music and a beer and some dare to taste the ‘arabic pizza’ with humus. Next to the shack Maria set out her collection of self-made bracelets and in the mean time she braids tereres in hair.
After almost 2 weeks in Rio’s Complexo de Alemão, we figured it was about time to get some action. Although we’re still trying to figure out the best way to work and live together, we are getting a little closer to what we are aiming for every day. Over a beer and some fried fish, […]
The ‘pacification’ of the favela Complexo do Alemã0 in Rio de Janeiro has caused many changes in the everyday lives of the residents. A territory that used to be occupied by drugs gangs is now being (re-)taken by the Brazilian state through the occupation by the army, in order to increase security in these areas, […]
After the occupation of Complexo do Alemão in November 2010 – until then considered one of the “most dangerous” favelas of Rio – there is an increased interest from actors (public, private and non-profit) outside of the community. Especially digital technologies play an important role in this process. Community residents have recognised the interest from […]