From the collective Remix El Barrio – Food Waste Material Makers, we have just received the European Commission’s Grand Prize which recognises innovation in technology, industry and society stimulated by the arts.
@startseu is an initiative of the European Commission to foster partnerships of technology and artistic practice that effectively implement European policy making to promote innovation and also benefit the art world. The focus is on people and projects that contribute to mastering the social, ecological and economic challenges facing this continent.
Remember the Arts and Crafts Movement of the 19th century? Remix el Barrio can be seen as the translation of Arts & Crafts into our time, confronting familiar contemporary issues with manufacturing and consumption in our daily lives. Remix El Barrio is a collective of designers who propose projects with leftover food using craft techniques and digital fabrication. They collaborate with agents in the Poblenou neighbourhood to promote a more local and circular ecosystem. In their manifesto they want to “promote artisanal fabrication sites and designer/artisan cooperatives in the development of short-circuit products, creating direct synergies with neighbourhood actors, facilitating access and rehabilitation of abandoned sites, supporting logistics and partnerships between actors”.