Since the end of 2015 and throughout the whole of 2016, Es Baluard and Arts Santa Mònica have been working on “Ciutat de vacances” (holiday city), a project related to the world of tourism. It is comprised of various production and research phases and actions and is due to be completed in the summer of 2017, under the supervision and curatorship of Nekane Aramburu. Ciutat de vacances aims to show the results of the research and production work carried out over these past months on cultural tourism and gentrification at Es Baluard and Arts Santa Mònica.
Ciutat de Vacances is a networking project involving cities that have undergone far-reaching urban transformations as the result of a significant development in tourism, such as Barcelona, Mallorca, Venice and Miami. The project will be exhibited in Venice during the first months of the 2017 Biennale to show the results of the proposals developed at Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, together with activities in situ to encourage audiences to reflect on cities that are gentrified by tourism.
The goal is to carry out a global analysis of the tourism phenomenon linked to urban transformations.
With the support of the IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), a prototype for a temporary tourist information point has been designed for the research group. The development of this stand is intended to test and analyse in real time the phenomenon of trends in global movement and their relationship with cities at a time of high tourism intensity.