Comunitats de Memòria is intended as a tool for sharing Barcelona’s past, according to different themes and territories, through collective cultural creation processes. These processes represent a meeting point, a space for dialogue and community organisation around memory and its incorporation into the public sphere. Comunitats de Memòria is also a programme of recognition and collaboration, in a decentralised and participatory manner, with entities, groups and individuals who work to preserve, highlight and activate various memories of Barcelona in the present day. We understand “comunitat de memòria” (memory community) to mean a group of individuals who produce narratives and representations of events from the past and organise them for the purpose of keeping the memory alive so it can be shared with the rest of the citizenship.
The launch of Comunitats de Memòria is being developed in two stages; the first is an assessment stage during which the first connection and dialogue spaces will be established. During the second stage, local initiatives and processes will be promoted through specific communities. Therefore, it will be necessary to recognise those initiatives that already exist, promote new ones and create a network—through resources and the provision of spaces—for collaboration between institutions, the social fabric and cultural agents.
Beyond traditional forms associated with monumental, patrimonial and custodial paradigms, the aim of Comunitats de Memòria is to explore the possibilities of intertwining memory and cultural practices with the social fabric, public space and neighbourhood life, through open processes of creation, connection and community organisation. In other words, Comunitats de Memòria aims to become an instrument that facilitates meeting, discussion, and the creation and sharing of narratives and representations of the past that will improve the way we consider and act upon the present.
Moreover, Comunitats de Memòria can become an instrument that will compensate for the lack of visibility of subalternised memories (and their storytelling methods and related knowledge). Furthermore, we suggest that communities define the protocols to facilitate and promote access to information, based on the democratic guarantees of transparency and open models of document management.
The initial process of launching the programme and the subsequent promotion and support of the Comunitats de Memòria network will be handled by the LaFundició cooperative.