Urbanbat is a research and mediation office on urban regeneration processes whose project Behatokia kicked off on 6th October 2022, as part of the Azkuna Zentroa – Alhóndiga Bilbao’s Collective Residency programme.
Behatokia is an urban observatory i.e. an open interactive Situation Room from where you can observe how this multi-dimensional crisis (environmental, health, economic and social, etc.) context unfolds in the city; and how art and culture can contribute to improving urban inhabitability conditions.
Presented as a portable infrastructure shaped like a public square, Behatokia is a space for dialogue between local agents and visitors proposing action-research projects via artistic cultural practices in the face of contemporary urban challenges. The programme is complemented with an interactive feature which proposes the visitor collects and visualizes data on this crisis scenario in our local environment.
The project is presented as part of the Centre’s Open Doors Session, tackling the “Crisis Scenario_1: Contamination & Health Crisis” with the participation of Olga Subirós and Diego Sologuren.
Behatokia will travel to different areas of the city to open spaces for debate as to the role of art and culture in urban transformations.