Art

I have an interest in the intersection between art and anthropology. This has led me to explore the use of artistic languages and formats as vehicles and forms of expression for anthropological knowledge. A relevant project was the exhibitions ‘Madrid, a medias’ , an exhibition in three parts dedicated to forms of emergent urbanism and urban activism in Madrid (2017-2018).

A second singular project I designed consisted of a rap spectacle called ‘Pelea Villana’ (2019), a challenging experiment hybridizing the hip hop genre of rap and anthropology. I design the project and wrote the lyrics of Pelea Villana, a critical and hopeful text that allowed me to experiment with new literary genres for anthropology.

Finally, this impulse to explore the intersection between art and anthropology is an integral part of the Colleex network (Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation) I co-founded in 2017, an official network of the European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA).

Publications

Tomás Sánchez Criado & Adolfo Estalella. 2016. Antropocefa: Un kit para las colaboraciones experimentales en la práctica etnográfica. Cadernos de Arte e Antropologia, 5(1), 155-167. (PDF)

Adolfo Estalella, Jara Rocha y Antonio Lafuente. 2013. Laboratorios de procomún: experimentación, recursividad y activismo. Teknokultura, 10(1), 21-48. (PDF)

Alberto Corsín Jiménez & Adolfo Estalella. 2011. The prototype: a sociology in abeyance. ARC (Anthropological Research on the Contemporary), Episode 3, [non-peer review].

Alberto Corsín Jiménez & Adolfo Estalella. 2010. The hospitable prototype: a technopolis in construction (video). Prototyping cultures conference, 5 November 2010, Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain). [non-peer review].

Projects

Madrid, a medias
A series of three exhibitions dedicated to the forms of emergent urbanism developed in Madrid during the period 2007-2017. It was exhibited in the public cultural centre Centro Centro in Madrid between 2017-2018.

Pelea Villana
Un espectáculo de rap y antropología creado dentro del festival de arte y cultura de los Veranos de la villa 2019 en la ciudad de Madrid. Una obra que ofrece un relato crítico y esperanzado de la ciudad contemporánea, hibridando la estética sincopada del rap con la aspiración conceptual de la antropología.

Colleex network
#Colleex /kɒli:ɡz/ (Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation) is an academic network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) that aims to open a space for debate and intervention around experimental forms of ethnographic fieldwork, it seeks to explore novel forms of knowledge production for anthropology.

Sendas (o)cultas
Sendas Sendas (o)cultas es un proyecto que navega entre la investigación y la intervención artística realizado en el barrio madrileño de Fuencarral durante el año 2020. El proyecto está movido por el afán de desvelar de esos saberes diseminados por la ciudad (y ocultos) a través de los cuales podemos aprender otras formas de relacionarnos con la naturaleza urbana (en su doble sentido). Más sobre Sendas (o)cultas en Ciudad Huerto.