The big idea of Fabra i Coats is to have a platform for hybridisation between different creative arts and industries and between creative industries and general private sector business all on one campus area contained on the grounds of a 19th Century textile factory and mill.
It is a great big ideal to chase and I hope it works. I think I am tainted with skepticism. I can’t help thinking it will look like it is achieving its aims from the outside but may not produce true hybridisation across artform and business. I think it needs to fit into the existing community in San Andreu.
“FABRA I COATS – CREATION FACTORY GIVES SUPPORT TO ARTISTIC CREATION AND HAS WORKING AREAS FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, MUSIC, PLASTIC AND VISUAL ARTS AND MULTIMEDIA CREATION.
Fabra i Coats is a multidisciplinary space which will be promoting artistic hybridisation to become a point of reference in artistic research and in the generation of new quality contents, as well as a meeting point for groups, creators and proposals from different spheres and backgrounds.
The goal of Fabra i Coats – Creation Factory is to give support to artistic creation and it has work spaces for the performing arts, music, plastic and visual arts, multimedia creation and also for projects relating to information and communication technology (ICT). In all these artistic projects the work is based on various lines of action:
Internationalisation: Fabra i Coats hopes to become an international centre of reference and form part of the European networks of facilities for creativity.
Multidisciplinarity and transversality: The centre houses and accompanies the different moments in creative work (from research to production, presentation and distribution), always fomenting hybridisation of disciplines and formats. It is therefore a space designed to bring different artistic languages in contact with one another.
Network integration: Fabra i Coats does not work alone. On the contrary, it has to fit in with the art scene in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and the rest of the world and spawn partnerships and interrelations with artistic projects by other collectives and professionals, both local and anywhere in the world.
Excellence: The maximum quality and rigour are demanded of projects developed at Fabra i Coats. Quality is promoted here both in the creative processes and in the final proposals, in such a way that the projects developed at Fabra i Coats are identified as the product of a genuine cultural laboratory.
Public-private hybridisation: The viability of the proposals developed at Fabra i Coats is considered on the basis of partnerships between the public and private sectors. Any project must take into account the distribution networks, which are often driven by the private sector.”