An immersive journey into human’s limbo between nature, our roots, and technology, our invention. Midway overlaps three real time projections that represent three different temporalities: a microspcope image of a leave, a rain of X messages and the visitors shadows. 

What does it mean to exist in between a high-tech environment that is rapidly changing and the disobedient nature, our creation and our origin? In an era where the climate crisis is getting increasingly urgent and technology is on the verge of surpassing human intelligence, people seem to be trapped in this intermediate condition. In a way, our inability to relate to either of these phenomena reveals our disconnection not only from our surroundings but also from our starting point. We no longer feel one with nature, but we cannot keep up with technology either.

By projecting real-time footage of data and nature, “Midway” invites the visitors to explore this sensation of being alienated between the slow nature and the accelerated technology and act as a mediator between them. In that sense, the installation attempts to turn this unsettling feeling of existing in between into a game of introspection.

Toni Montes, Roger Paez, Xevi Bayona 
Aitor Inchausti, Ane Santillan, Athina Fatourou, Axelle Van Eupen, Diego Mata, Eduardo Lazo, Emma Rosales, Ignacio Montero, Jana Deulofeu, Josephina Gestoso, Júlia González, Kiran Karwal, Lara Bertin, Laura Gimenez, Laura Palacios, Mária Tkáciková, Mileva España, Pau Diaz, Paula Sánchez, Rana Genç, Rebecca Diaz, Sahar Hameiri, Sofia Giannoulidou, Ufkum Kaçar, Xavier Molins

ICUB (Maria Güell)

Home Moira

Exhibition curatorship and design

Now you See Me Moria is a no profit organisation created by a Spanish photographer and some refugees from Moria’s refugee Camp in Lesvos to raise awareness and promote civic mobilisation to denounce and put pressure on European policy makers to change the present shameful migration policy.

Now You See Me Moria uses diverse digital platforms to publish images and videos of the daily life and the dramatic life conditions in the camp and invites European citizens to take action, based on theses images, to spread the information and send messages to the EU politicians and mass media.

The project also reaches cultural institutions all over Europe (museums, photography festivals) while keeping the original aim: to reach as many citizens as possible and engage them to spread the message.

Home Moria is a result of a collective research in new exhibition formats for NYSMM, based on the original aim, rules and philosophy of the project. Home Moria reflects on the concept of home and creates a radical juxtaposition between the qualities the make a home and the dreadful reality of the camp.

Home Moria proposes a very basic interactive format, where the visitors, European citizens unveil the shameful reality of the Camp hidden under the beautiful words that define what a home is. The exhibition kit, to be easily produced and implemented anywhere, includes also a series of cards that, based on the same interaction principle, invite visitors to sign them and send the to the European policy makers.

Home Moria was exhibited in Nantes, in the context of the Matia Mou contemporary Greek culture festival.

Toni Montes, Roger Paez, Elsa Pacheco

Diana Mehrez , Nour Awarki, Sanjana Paramhans

Mar Gené, Sena Kocaoglu, Mana Pinto, Qhosha Vad, Cristina Valarezo, Tiffany Whittaker, Noa Yarkoni, Amber Zhang, Elodie Bodart, Yana Latinovich,

Seure a la Fresca

Seniors is a project made collaboration with the Urban Ecology and Social Rights departments of the City Council of Barcelona to provide temporary quality public space in direct contact with the more than 80 senior homes located in the city centre.

The project was developed in two parts, involving two MEATS year students. The first part included filed studies and the design of a methodology to approach each case, in order to identify potentials and opportunities.

The second part consisted in proposing a material system and developing four different prototypes. One of them was developed to a construction level and is expected to be implemented soon.

The material system proposed is based in prefabricated rammed earth blocks, an innovative material used in permanent construction that has never been used in temporary urban space projects.

Once we assume that tactical interventions are not only an emergency solution but a new powerful tool for fast-track urban transformations, it is time to explore new material solutions that, allow for an harmonic integration in the urban fabric while being fully consistent as temporary and sustainable. Its mechanical and tectonic qualities, together with an immaculately closed life cycle, make rammed earth block an extremely interesting material.

Toni Montes, Roger Paez, Xevi Bayona

Diana Mehrez , Nour Awarki, Sanjana Paramhans, Mar Gené, Sena Kocaoglu, Mana Pinto, Qhosha Vad, Cristina Valarezo, Tiffany Whittaker, Noa Yarkoni, Amber Zhang, Elodie Bodart, Yana Latinovich

Agustina Angelini, Momen Bakry, Dasstan Bissen, Malak Ghemraoui, John Gillen, Liana Kalaitzoglou, Gal·la Knoph, Julia Llorens, Elsa Romero, Chloé Rood, Giulia Tufariello, Irini Vazanellis, Aleksandra Zaitceva

Pause Space

A shadow by day, a beacon by night. An unprogrammed space, a place to pause, becomes a salient feature in the ebullient atmosphere of a music festival. 

Pause Space is an installation designed and built by MEATS students for Monumental Club Festival in Barcelona. The challenge was to conceive an element that could work as a beacon and a meeting point while representing the brand identity of the sponsor, a bear company based in Granada which corporate image is based in arabesque jalis.

The second main challenge was logisitics: the installation had to be setup in 9 hours.

The projecte was conceptualized and developed taking these major constraints as design opportunities. MEATS team proposed a construction system using a metal mesh and 11.000 reused plastic glasses to create a light responsive jail, that would wrap a 6 meters tall steel structure with a hexagonal plan. 

The result is a both a beacon and a contemplative space, where people laid on a soft ground made of carpets and pillows and observe the sky framed by the kaleidoscopic hexagonal tube. 

Toni Montes, Roger Paez, Xevi Bayona

Ihab Al Baraki, Sara Bhaty, Luís Cabrera, Elise Chukri, Estefanía Cortés, Partitosh Hatolkar, Amira Ihab, Ridhima Malhotra, Camille Moins, Mariana Magalhaes, Anna Piliugina, Èrica Soler, Jessica Tallabas, Nieves Torbado, Lijing Wang.

Sant Boi, En mitjons a la plaça

Temporary space design as a social cohesion strategy. Active citizens, primary school children, city council members and design researchers collaborate to reclaim a neglected public square for common public use. This project unleashed a grassroots initiative that continues to this day.  

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MEATS + ELISAVA RESEARCH (Roger Paez, Toni Montes, Manuela Valtchanova)

Fundació Marianao (Daniel Osiàs)

Fundació La Caixa (Joana Prats)

Ajuntament de Sant Boi de Llobregat