[5-8 February 2009, La Casa Encendida, Madrid] The program of public art MADRID ABIERTO initiated its sixth edition with the international seminar Urban Buddy Scheme in La Casa Encendida of Madrid. This edition of Madrid Abierto intends to investigate the possibilities of a work of social and cultural collaboration politically concerned, as well as to analyze the way in which this work can function as a driving force for change in the city. Also, it intends to activate processes witch shall integrate the new fields of knowledge within the already existing ones. Urban Buddy Scheme is organized around the presentation of the selected artists and other artists and architects involved in the already existing activities of the city.
As much as Urban Buddy Scheme was envisioned as an opportunity to exchange information, it is served as a social hub for activities and networks. STEALTH moderated two of the panels and participated in the symposium along with a/o Andrés Jaque, Basurama, Ludotek, Wunderkamer, Kyong Park, Apolonija Šušteršič + Meike Schalk, Teddy Cruz, International Festival, Laurence Bonvin, Susanne Bosch, Josep-Maria Martín, Jean François Prost, Pablo Valbuena, Lisa Cheung. Madrid Abierto 2009-2010 is curated by Cecilia Andersson. See Urban Buddy Scheme seminar program.