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La Toma

March 3, 2016
March 3, 2016

Intervención urbana

Calle Elice. Municipio Chacao, Caracas 2015

Proyecto │ Incursiones + Jan Vormann

Equipo │ Josymar Rodríguez, María Valentina González, Yanfe Pedroza, Jan Vormann, Daniela Rodríguez, Andrés Stohlmann, Andrés Peñaloza

Colaboradores │ Ana Segovia, Andrea Castellanos, Arianna Torres, Bárbara González, Carlos Sánchez, David Soto, María Fernanda González, Elizabeth Mata, Geliana Díaz, Jesús Goncalves, Josbel Chacón, Laura Sayan, Patricia Gómez, Valeria Graterol

Fotógrafos │ Luis Manzano, Julio Mesa, Tiago Loureiro

Video │ Edwin Corona

Aliados │ Goethe-Institut, Cultura Chacao

Infiltrados │ Ana Pereira, Ana Vargas, Andrés Peñaloza, Andrés Contreras, Béla Kunckel, Daniel Martínez, Daniela Schloeter, Gaelle Smits, Indira Aguilera, Juan Mendoza, Khristian Ceballos, Lino Cáceres, Martin Duno, Nikolai Elneser, Yabeth Bautista, Jonathan Reverón

La Toma happened first on 14th Nov 2015 in Calle Elice, district of Chacao, Caracas. The title describes a 'takeover', in this case the 'takeover of the public space'. La Toma is a collaborative project with Jan Vormann. We developped this concept for revitalizing the nighttime with street-life in Caracas all the while artistically proposing a moneyless system for exchange of goods.

Long tables and benches were installed on the sidewalk around a mini “calle del Hambre” (food court): a hot-dog-stand, cotton candy, popcorn and drinks. The visitors couldn’t use money but rather purchased the items by paying with the time of their presence.

The guests were handed digital timers of different colors to monitor the due time to pay: A grey clock at the hotdog-stand, a yellow clock for the beverages and a blue clock for Dessert. Each item had different value: A hotdog for instance cost forty minutes, a dessert twenty-five and a beverage cost fifteen minutes of their time.

While waiting for the food, the participants were free to pass their time however they wished, standing and sitting around the initially blank white tables. With the provided permanent markers, the visitors slowly filled the tabletops with a collective scribble and can now be read as the guestbook of LaToma.

The action appropriated the setting of the “calle del Hambre” to turn Calle Elice into a real ‘street of hunger’: Hunger for street life in the dangerous nighttime; hunger for exchange and companionship; hunger for discussions and laughter with friends or the new neighbors.

But rather than having to work for the money to spend, so the idea of ‘LaToma’, the participants could now get off work earlier to spend their actual time here instead. La Toma is an experiment returning to the public space of Caracas the vivid interaction of people the public space needs, while filling the streets with music and joy.

The event relied on valuable “infiltrated” guests whose task was to introduce specific content in the conversations. We challenged architects, teachers and urban activists whose work we admire to engage participants and share their knowledge and views on Caracas, citizenship, place-making, projects, etc., in order to stir up passions around a subject common to all: the city.