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MAYRIT is a bienal platform for architecture and design taking place in May 2022 in Madrid, Spain.

It aspires to dialogue with the city’s aquatic past through a series of interventions and events that engage with the city’s infrastructural, geologic, and ecological identities. This edition thus seeks to design and implement an operating model to drive multi-level change in the way biennials are run. A connected and rooted network of national and international architects, designers, art professionals and media becomes the bedrock for a project which aims to consolidate and validate the work of an upcoming generation of experimental creatives. In this moment of uncertainty it is essential to embrace the transdisciplinarity found within current design practices, opening the spectrum of possibility for an urban, cultural and social restructuring of our cities.

Email us at bienal@mayrit.org
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The Institute for Postnatural Studies is a centre for artistic experimentation from which to explore and problematize the postnatural as a framework for contemporary creation. Founded  in 2020, the Institute is a platform for critical thinking, a network that brings together artists and researchers concerned about the issues of the global ecological crisis through experimental formats, sharing and producing open knowledge.
In the search of a new operating method for contemporary design exhibitions, MAYRIT commissioned the Institute for Postnatural Studies to develop a transversal investigation into the etymological context of Madrid, its uncertain origin and its underground water flows. This collaboration re-conceptualizes the pertinence of Biennials in the contemporary moment by diving into the diverse range of ecologies within Madrid's water and time cycles.

MAYRIT 2022
“Los Mundos Sumergidos”


This theme promotes the understanding of design as a radical practice, to be perceived as a tool for change that speculates on new material ecologies as a commitment towards the future, but above all with the present. In order to do so, fiction acts as a powerful tool for the design of other realities. Basing ourselves on the eponymous science fiction novel written by J. G. Ballard “The drowned world” we explore the fiction of a flooded world, profound implications of time, space and coexistence between species in order to dismantle anthropocentric narratives of design and in turn, open alternative forms of conceiving subjectivity and contemporary aesthetics.

This approach towards design unfolds new ways of tackling design practices that dilute the binary boundaries between creative disciplines, allowing us to speak of symbiotic and fluid relationships. Thus, water not only sustains our own body, but connects us with other bodies, other worlds, other scales and other realities. MAYRIT seeks to develop a new type of design from which to promote a practice that is aligned with contemporaneity. As a relatively new approach to the discipline, speculative design can provide an open set of tools, techniques and methods. This ecosystem of closely connected practices implement speculation and fiction as engines of change for a new way of both producing and thinking.





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MAYRIT 2022- “Los Mundos Sumergidos” 

This theme promotes the understanding of design as a radical practice, to be perceived as a tool for change that speculates on new material ecologies as a commitment towards the future, but above all with the present. In order to do so, fiction acts as a powerful tool for the design of other realities. Basing ourselves on the eponymous science fiction novel written by J. G. Ballard “The drowned world” we explore the fiction of a flooded world, profound implications of time, space and coexistence between species in order to dismantle anthropocentric narratives of design and in turn, open alternative forms of conceiving subjectivity and contemporary aesthetics.

This approach towards design unfolds new ways of tackling design practices that dilute the binary boundaries between creative disciplines, allowing us to speak of symbiotic and fluid relationships. Thus, water not only sustains our own body, but connects us with other bodies, other worlds, other scales and other realities. MAYRIT seeks to develop a new type of design from which to promote a practice that is aligned with contemporaneity. As a relatively new approach to the discipline, speculative design can provide an open set of tools, techniques and methods. This ecosystem of closely connected practices implement speculation and fiction as engines of change for a new way of both producing and thinking.

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The Institute for Postnatural Studies is a centre for artistic experimentation from which to explore and problematize the postnatural as a framework for contemporary creation. Founded  in 2020, the Institute is a platform for critical thinking, a network that brings together artists and researchers concerned about the issues of the global ecological crisis through experimental formats, sharing and producing open knowledge.

In the search of a new operating method for contemporary design exhibitions, MAYRIT commissioned the Institute for Postnatural Studies to develop a transversal investigation into the etymological context of Madrid, its uncertain origin and its underground water flows. This collaboration re-conceptualizes the pertinence of Biennials in the contemporary moment by diving into the diverse range of ecologies within Madrid's water and time cycles.