10 January - 31 December, 2013

Activity from the Conect@ project
Activity from the Conect@ project

Conect@ is a collaborative project between the Reina Sofía Museum and the Centro Ocupacional Municipal Carlos Castilla del Pino de Alcorcón (the Carlos Castilla del Pino County Occupational Centre in Alcorcón) which researches new ways towards social inclusion for adults with learning disabilities. The group consists of Museum educators, ten users of the Occupational Centre and three of its professionals (a psychologist, and social worker and an employment consultant). Madrid’s Autonomous University participated in the project during research into assessment methods, which was carried out during the first year of the group’s existence.

Conect@’s objectives go beyond simply helping people with learning disabilities to gain access to culture, because the project’s aim is to create active roles and critical attitudes that promote the exercise of citizenship among the participants. The idea is to place people with disabilities in a position where they can contribute and be useful, thereby helping to make society more aware and inspiring any or all individuals, collective and institutions.

One of the central concepts of the programme in its initial stage was immersion in the museum through fieldwork covering elements such as orientation, the relationship with Museum workers and critical assessment of the ‘museum-space’, with particular attention paid to problems of access. The group also came into contact with contemporary artistic languages and the documentary and emotionally communicative use of photographic and video recordings. Finally, a blog was started for the group to put together, explain and communicate to the general public the whole project experience.

The second stage saw attempts made to ensure that the skills acquired could be applied beyond the known contexts, creating new interchanges with other human groups. It also included the introduction of the concept of creativity as a new working tool to enable the articulation of ideas and individual sensations.

In its third stage, the Conect@ group has been concentrating on drawing conclusions and raising awareness of the project. To this end, it has made a short film and is compiling a publication that gathers together a wide range of opinions in writing, explaining the group’s input from a plural and self-critical point of view.


25 may, 2011 - 25 may, 20111 Past event

Visita a Matadero Madrid

Madrid se contextualiza en la invitación recibida por parte del grupo de artistas con discapacidad intelectual que participan en el programa Al Matadero sin miedo, organizado por la Asociación Debajo del Sombrero. Se incide así en el trabajo de extrapolación de conocimientos a nuevos entornos y también en el fomento de las relaciones sociales, mediante la interacción con las monitoras del grupo y con los propios artistas con discapacidad.

17 noviembre - 15 diciembre, 20101 Past event

Fotografía e identidad

Motivados por la visita a la exposición de Hans-Peter Feldmann, Hans-Peter Feldmann. “Una exposición de Arte”, el grupo Conect@ comienza una exploración de la identidad, especialmente a través de la experimentación con el medio fotográfico. Paralelamente, este proceso de reflexión permite establecer un diálogo indirecto y unas dinámicas de conocimiento mutuo con el grupo de jóvenes denominado “Equipo”, con el que también se comparte espacio de taller. Ambos grupos se reúnen en días de la semana distintos por lo que la comunicación se establece a través de mensajes escritos, propuestas y realizaciones plásticas que se dejan en la propia sala.