Cascoland @ Barraco #55

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)


Tamagotchi Verde in Praça #55

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!


JAM do Barraco #55

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.


Rio + 20 / Rio – 20

Rio +20 is over but it turned out that the planet will not be saved yet. Unfortunately, but are we surprised? Of course we had the chance to accompany the event closely, as we’re now in Rio. But to be honest, we lost our apetite due to a couple of incidents regarding the whole event, […]


Cinemoto I: screening in Complexo de Alemão

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, […]


BARRACO #55 has arrived in Rio de Janeiro…

The first week in Rio: After one week in Rio I feel like we haven’t had time to relax much since we arrived. On the first day already we had several meetings, a viewing of three houses and a meeting with Sebrae, an organization that helps small NGO’s in getting organized. On Saturday 5:00 Rodrigo […]


Opening Up de Favela: Locality in the ‘pacified’ favelas in Rio de Janeiro

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, […]


Digital Gateway to the Complexo do Alemão

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 […]


The “Telefairy Tale” of Complexo do Alemão

On March 23 I wrote one of my first blog posts about Complexo do Alemão and the occupation. I wrote about the cable car (Teleférico) that is a project of the government’s PAC program and built as a new form of public transport within the community. Supposedly it would improve the mobility of the community […]


Favela Festival a.k.a. Idols

In my earlier blogpost I already announced Favela Festival, an initiative by NGO CUFA with support from the state secretary of culture. The festival focused on MPB (musica popular brasileira), aiming to promote music styles other than funk within the favelas. Participants were all residents of favelas in Rio. Apart from a few (serious) criticisms […]