Buenos Aires: Relations Condensed in Practice


by Ailín Grad

Episode 13 of the Timezones podcast series, co-initiated and co-produced by Norient and the Goethe-Institut. This episode examines how practices among friends help build networks to strengthen the explorations and works of artists while collectively building survival skills. The backdrop for this episode is the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, a very rich and complex city where mainstream spaces, venues, and cultural centers are playing a less than helpful role in the artistic scenes. It’s all about profit and not about culture, as producer Ailín Grad aka Aylu explains.

Notes from the Producer

Nevertheless, there are public cultural centers and public spaces in Buenos Aires that welcome and finance artistic practices. Yet self-created rules are always necessary, and small communities that connect with each other are essential. This city, like any big city in Latin America, is characterized by its mix of cultures, which is what fuels our creativity. We create with what we have, overcoming difficulties, and we marvel at every little thing that sparks inspiration. That’s how it feels here, where we insist on staying.

There’s a deeply rooted idea that self-care and individual growth is the only way to achieving happiness, stability, and success. In this TIMEZONES episode, we talk about how we connect with other people despite being bombarded with this premise.

#Being dependent on other people is not the same as being weak. We must acknowledge the fact that building our own networks to support our own rules is the most important thing we can invest our time and resources in right now. Do-it-yourself can be a utopia, but it can also be a misleading term when people simply cannot do it themselves. During the production of this episode, I came to realize that we support each other in our limitations and not just in our competences. That way, we not only amplify but also protect each other.


A podcast by Ailín Grad aka Aylu

Co-initiated and co-produced by Norient and the Goethe-Institut

Featuring: Elsa Justel, Miguel Garutti, Cecilia Castro, Rosa Nolly Bustos, Victoria Barca Opening piece by Aylu and AGF (feat. Constanza Castagnet) with a poem by AGF Includes a bonus talk, moderated and produced by Lola Granillo

Artistic Editor: Suvani Suri
Project Management: Hannes Liechti
Video Trailer: Emma Nzioka
Jingle Voiceover: Nana Akosua Hanson
Jingle Mix: Daniel Jakob
Mastering: Adi Flück, Centraldubs
Artwork: Šejma Fere

Full transcript of episode 13


Sendedatum: 20/11/2022 20:30 - 20/11/2022 20:54

Sprache: Englisch


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