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!
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Before I started my research three months ago, I visited a sociologist based in Rio de Janeiro, Bernardo Sorj. We discussed my research topic and he warned me not to focus too much on the misery. “You Europeans have the tendency to focus on the bad things, making the favela seem like a miserable place”. […]
I’m about 5 weeks coming and going to “my favela” to talk with people, observe their behaviour, interview people and to try to understand the complexity of the Complex, the conjoint of the 14 communities that have been occupied by the army since November 2010. I have learned a lot about the local reality and […]