Art

I have an interest in the intersection between art and anthropology. This has led me to explore artistic languages and formats as vehicles and forms of expression for anthropological knowledge. A relevant project in this sense was the series of three exhibitions called ‘Madrid, a medias’ (2017-2018), a project dedicated to the emergent grassroots urbanism and urban activism in Madrid between 2007-2017.

A second exciting project I carried out for the Madrilenian cultural festival Los Veranos de la Villa consisted of a rap spectacle called ‘Pelea Villana’ (2019). This was certainly a challenging experiment hybridizing the hip hop genre of rap and anthropology. I lead the project and wrote the lyrics of Pelea Villana, a critical and hopeful text that allowed me to explore new writing genres for anthropology.

Finally, this impulse to learn from art practices 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

Futuros concretos
Taller de investigación estable en Condeduque dedicado a indagar sobre la ciudad y las múltiples formas del habitar urbano y propone para ello un diálogo inusual entre tres disciplinas: arte, arquitectura y antropología.

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


Image: Performance “The illusion of economy” (Collective Mmmmm & Ginès Olivares, 2009) at the ethnography-based art festival Rifrazioni in Anzio-Nettuno, Rome. Picture by Francesca de Luca.