Sticky Airs ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

What can be the space to discuss The Dark Side of the Party through art installations, performances and round-tables? The dark side of the party has to do with ephemeral effects, with what is left outside the party, with the hierarchies and rejections enacted and with the sordid recognition of the space when the party is over and the lights are turned on. To build that space Sticky Airs chooses a material that responds to these characteristics and which is at the same part and parcel of parties: smoke. Because smoke is ephemeral, ever-changing, pure effect. And yet, it is used not only as an effect producer, but as the only material to define and qualify the space for the Dark Side of The Party, exploring and exploiting its capacities.

So we “built” with water vapor, glycerines, solid carbon dioxide, hot water, high and low temperatures and ventilators to achieve the biggest amount of effects possible, to define temporary areas, diffused walls, floating floors, freshness curtains, visibility barriers to host and intensify the artistic installations and performances.

The stage is covered with an immense “cosmopolitical sheet”, a folded cloth that contains the smoke and at the same tame emits water vapor to leverage visibility and reduce temperature. It works as a celestial dome which appears and disappears depending on smoke density, and whose pattern contains cosmopolitical components of the air like pollen particles, airplanes or virus, as if it were a visualization of the atmospheres created with the smoke.

The objective of Sticky airs is to work with the politics of visibility that perform, appropriate or redistribute some of the conditions of the dark side of the party. For instance: if in traditional exhibition spaces circulation is the empty space of visibility, here it is inverted and becomes a thick space of uncertainty, disorientation and surprise. This sticky space also blurs conditions of representation of visitors, diluting their age, gender or ethnicity. In regards to art installations, the variability of smoke gusts helps to trace different narratives between pieces, which are also perceived differently depending on smoke density.

Working with water and smoke has also architectural implications that we recognized during the experimental design and construction process of the installation. It is a process that operates without defining shapes or limits. In fact, what is solid are not the limits but the interior space (making visible Sloterdijk´s atmospheres), qualified by emptying it with air. Walls are substituted by distributed infrastructures that solve the technical requirements of the space such as orientation, evacuation or accessibility with domestic materials like photoluminiscent stickers, ventilators or ladders.

Sticky Airs is then an experiment that explores blurriness, change and uncertainty, conditioning our experiences, sticking to our bodies and transforming our socialising practices, and disappears when the lights are turned off.


Design: C+arquitectos (Nerea Calvillo with Marina Fernández; cloth design pattern: Ana Melgarejo)

Construction:  Workshop with architecture students from the Universidad de Alicante directed by Miguel Mesa del Castillo:

María José Abellán, Mari Ángeles Aracil, Isabel Blanco, Maria Elena Carrión, Ester de Juan, Anabel de la Torre, Jose Alberto esteve, Joan Fernández, Alicia Fernández, Cristian Francés, Rosa Gómez, Paula González, Rebecca Guilabert, Esperanza Jurado, Antonio López, Manuel López, Begoña López, Eva Martín, Nuria Martínez, David Martínez, Agustín Morazzoni, Israel Pastor, Rosa Pérez, Mariana Tomás, Alejandra Vallejo.


Curator: Iván López Munuera


Neme Arranz, Bolleria Industrial, Sociología Ordinaria, Amanda Cuesta, Ethel Baraona, Miguel Ángel Hernández Navarro, Gerardo Cartón, Patricio Pron, Landa Layasi+David Álvarez, Lucas Platero, Victor Lenore, Gabriel Ruiz-Larrea, Miguel Mesa, Marisol Salanova, Tomás Fernando Flores, Marc Dorian, Las Lindas Pobres, María Jerez, Elii, Jaume Ferrete, R. Marcos Mota, David Mutiloa, Coco Fusco, Halil Altindere, Jeleton, FruFru, Jorge López Conde. Con la colaboración de: Cendeac, Galería T20, Fab Lab Alicante.

Area: 650 m2

Location: Murcia

Client: Festival de música, cultura y arte SOS 4.8.

Date: 2015

Images and video: Miguel de Guzmán (

MAS INFORMACION: www.cmasarquitectos,

The Dark Side of the Party.
Comisario/Curator: Iván López Munuera.
Proyecto Arte y Voces para SOS4.8 2015.

Parties have a dark side. In the spaces, songs, declarations, associated media and subject constructions that are established in the territories of the festive not all is celebration. Parties can segregate, exlude, passively of actively define those subjects involved in them, and hold representations of power and politics that are effective although seldom entirely visible. It’s a dark side that manifests itself through material devices such as velvet ropes at the entrance of discos or nightclubs; technology or the lack of it that leads to missing out on calls through social media; and finantial, through the monetary disparities that allow (or not) to take part; symbolic, through the clothes and looks that are invoked or that can be a reason for rejection; urban, because of the places where they happen and the territorial pacts they imply; or social, as in the exclusions ingrained in them even if these are not distinctly expressed.

The Dark Side of the Party is conceived as a project that intends to debate, discuss and confront these exclusions, this dark side of the party, through an array of coordinated actions that go from roundtables to performances, conferences and videos or installations, in a privileged scenario to test it all: the SOS 4.8 2015 Festival.

Architects: C+ arquitectos


C/Argensola 26, 1 izq. Madrid, SPAIN

92 Coldbath st, SE13 7RL London, UNITED KINGDOM

C+ es una oficina de arquitectura especializada en nuevas tecnologías como herramienta de proyecto. Ha realizado el diseño de numerosas exposiciones sobre arte contemporáneo digital, proyectos y textos de arquitectura y proyectos de investigación orientados a la visualización de datos y la generación de cartografías, que han sido publicados en periódicos y medios especializados. Los proyectos parten de una valoración de la sobre-especificidad, tratando de nacer de sus contextos para intensificarlos mediante la construcción de lazos con el mayor número de agentes posibles, haciendo especial hincapié en la inserción en los procesos de los agentes invisilbes. Para ello se diseñan dispositivos que funcionan desde la desobjetualización y desmaterialización para desarrollar sus capacidades performativas. Desde un punto de vista metodológico trabaja de modo artesano a través de la hiperproducción de opciones o modelos mediante un proceso de testeo que facilite la emergencia del proyecto según una economía de aglomeración.Para ello C+ funciona como una célula colaborativa, asociándose en cada proyecto con equipos especializados de distintos ámbitos.

Nerea Calvillo, estudió en la ETSAM y en el Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, ampliándolos con un postgrado de Diseño Avanzado en Columbia University de Nueva York gracias a una beca Fullbright. Desde 2006 es profesora del Departamento de Proyectos Arquitectónicos, Ciudad y Territorio en la Universidad Europea de Madrid, y desde 2010 es profesora invitada en la Universidad de Alicante. Recientemente acaba de obtener la Poiesis Fellowship de la Universidad de Nueva York, y ha sido directora de la línea de trabajo dedicada a pantallas urbanas Media(nera)Lab en Medialab-Prado en Madrid y comisaria del Media Facades Festival Europe 2010.