A SPACE FOR LEARNING AND CREATIVITY
The Ras Zone (in Catalan, ras is used to describe flat or smooth ground, as well as a clearing in a forest), is the basic element of the 1st Andorra Land Art International Biennial and features the special cooperation of the company Forces Elèctriques d’Andorra (FEDA). This is a geographic area that combines learning with creativity. Though it is especially conceived for schools, it is also a wonderful area to be enjoyed by families and visitors of all ages. For the 30 days of the Biennial, everyone can go and make their artistic contributions, no matter how small they may be.
This zone is located near Lake Engolasters, at the border between the Parishes of Encamp and Escaldes-Engordany. It is a broad, open, natural space with easy access by private car or public transport. The main objective of the Ras Zone is to get the people of Andorra as involved as possible in the Biennial, by giving them a natural area where they can display small installations of their own and practice Land Art in a real way. Hence, this area has a dual purpose, as an area for both art and education.
On the one hand, it features different installations that have been assembled onsite by artists Eudald Alabau, Rafel Contreras, Susanna Ferran, Sara Valls, Fred Hoffmann, Jordi Casamajor, Mònica Armengol and Nerea Aixàs. All of these artists will be there in the Ras Zone to explain their work, at specific times on certain dates that will be announced in advance and which will coincide with the school visits.
On the other hand, the Ras Zone is an educational area. Between 14 and 18 and between 21 and 25 September, about a thousand schoolchildren will be enjoying the activities that the Biennial has planned for them. The coordination of the educational facet of this space is handled by Eudald Alabau, an artist and former instructor at the School of Art of Vic (Catalonia), along with the support of different event monitors. The organisation provides the schoolchildren with natural materials for them to use in artistic experiences. Those materials include stones, slates from the country, tree trunks, branches and pieces of wood.
Before the Biennial begins, the artists listed above will be assembling a number of installations in the Ras Zone, in the different sites around Lake Engolasters. This way, on their way up, the school children will see different examples of Land Art before they begin their artistic activities.
The mission of the Ras Zone is to bring environmental art to the general public. Children and adults of all ages are sure to find that Land Art is easy to do. All they need to do is let their imagination go. Land Art develops creativity and artistic sensitivity. The wealth of nature is sure to inspire even those who do not consider themselves to be particularly creative.
The envisaged activities are associated with small Land Art installations, guided by the artists and teachers that will be accompanying the schoolchildren at all times. The Ras Zone will have a number of spaces with materials made from natural elements, to enable the participants to make small Land Art installations with the guidance of the mediating artists and under the coordination of Eudald Alabau.Below are the descriptions of some of the specific activities envisaged to be offered in the Ras Zone. The mediating artists are currently developing Land Art activity proposals for the schoolchildren of different ages.From 14 to 18 and from 21 to 25 September 2015.
SCHEDULE AND TIMETABLE
The ordinary outings and school activities in the Ras Zone are envisaged to be held during the weeks of 14-18 and 21 -25 September.
The school children will be collected from their schools at the first hour of the morning, depending on the specific time of day that each school begins. The children will then be transported from their schools to the Ras Zone at Lake Engolasters. Nevertheless, the travel time will depend on the Parish from which the bus leaves. For this reason, three different examples of activity schedules have been prepared, depending on the distance between the school and the Ras Zone. It must be noted that these schedules are flexible and can be adapted, and depending on the time it takes to arrive to the Ras Zone, the order of activities can be changed.