Potosí, is a neighborhood in the urban-rural border in Bogotá, Colombia, founded in the 1980’s as an informal settlement with no running water, electricity, cultural buildings or activities, not even public space reserved for their inhabitants. The community almost immediately started their own cultural initiatives, through an organization called Cerros del Sur Institute (Hills of the south Institute), that included a film festival, an audiovisual school, a radio station among others. Ojo al Sancocho is the name of the film school and festival that has been running for over ten years now. Potocine is the building designed by Arquitectura expandida, that aimed to contribute to the film activities and to become a landmark. The project worked as a self-built project and now it is self-managed by the community.
From the researcher -
From a curatorial point of view this particular project and its relationship with the Design Museum of London results greatly interesting as an opportunity to think the exhibition as a place that allows and encourages a series of unprecedented encounters in the way that is the institution the one that finances most of the project. The curator Gonzalo Guerrero invited Expanded Architecture Collective to be part of the show “Fear and love: reactions to a complex world” that took place in London in 2016. Even though the curator knew clearly what kind of work Expanded Architecture Collective usually makes, the invitation had, as a condition, that they had to provide something to be exhibited in the museum premises. This condition generally requires exercises of translation, relocation of the spaces and communities to the exhibit room that are resolved in mockups that in most cases lose a great deal of the senses and meanings of the projects. Still, this project, impossible to relocate for being an in-situ creation down to its social and contextual senses, avoided this fate by substituting the translation exercise by a self-representation exercise. In this case, the community audiovisual school Ojo al Sancocho that were the connection with the territory and with whom Potocine was conceptualized and built, video recorded the development of the project, resource that was used for the exhibition in the Design Museum in London.