The Magnetic Terrace is back with open-air cinema and live music, a vegetal encounter that will take place every weekend through July and August on the Terrace at La Casa Encendida.
Inspired by the exhibition A Vegetal Encounter, this year the Magnetic Terrace invites audiences to explore humanity's relationship with nature throughout history. While we may be passionate about nature, we have not always treated it fairly or in a balanced manner.
The Saturday film programme features a selection of titles that are united by the imposing presence of the plant world.
The films selected highlight the overwhelming force of nature at its wildest, such as the all-powerful Amazon rainforest in Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, Wrath of God. Others, such as Old Joy by Kelly Reichardt, present nature as a shelter and place to gather, and we even find nature as the mythical territory in which legends are forged, as in Tropical Malady by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
The film programme also addresses humanity's insatiable desire to control and monetise nature, with titles like Taming the Garden by Salomé Jashi, as well as exploring dystopian realities in which plants rebel against humans, encapsulated by films such as Little Shop of Horrors and Little Joe.
Meanwhile, the Sunday concerts provide a listening space in which to rethink our relationship with nature and the way in which we understand it. These concerts will also be live streamed through the YouTube channel of La Casa Encendida.
The meditative sounds of the harpist Angélica Salvi take us on a journey to a wild world, unspoilt by human action, while the Peruvian artist Ale Hop, who creates her music by observing insects, highlights the need to change how we relate to other species. Other music proposals in the programme invite us to respect natural cycles. For example, through her album Aura Aura, Bikôkô will show Magnetic Terrace audiences how African music is integrated into our everyday lives, modifying and conditioning our existence. We will also have the opportunity to discover the remote worlds of artists like Verde Prato, who sings in Basque and injects the Basque oral tradition into her songs about love, family and friendship, as well as fear, absence and desire.
The festival also presents other gazes, such as those of Molero, a Venezuelan artist who has lived in Barcelona for many years and critiques Eurocentric myths about the rainforest, re-appropriating the utopian language of soundtracks. There is also room for the idea of metamorphosis courtesy of Ikram Bouloum, a multifaceted artist with Moroccan parents who was born in Torelló and explores a radical sound that destroys the implants created by the type of dichotomy that is associated with cultural shock.
The Angolan producer DJ Nigga Fox presents us with his unique interpretation of sound as an uninterrupted and independent organic entity forged out of the diaspora. Lastly, we celebrate the arrival of a post-anthropocentric future with DJ Marcelle and her compositions that mix and fuse genres to create uncharted soundscapes.
03 JulyScreenings, Films 'Little Shop of Horrors', by Frank Oz
Remake as a comedy musical of Roger Corman's classic B-movie The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) in which an (…)
04 JulyLa Casa On, Concerts Bikôkô
Bikôkô presents her first EP Aura Aura, a project inspired by R&B and the neo soul music of Erykah Badu and (…)
09 JulyLa Casa On, Concerts LYZZA
The Magnetic Terrace runs until Friday 9 July to celebrate this year's extraordinary summer edition of ARCO with a (…)
10 JulyScreenings, Films 'Old Joy', by Kelly Reichardt
This film catapulted Kelly Reichardt to the international scene after it won the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Festival (…)
11 JulyLa Casa On, Concerts DJ Marcelle
Her sets are ingenious, euphoric and, above all, powerful. Witnessing her in action is an unforgettable experience.
17 JulyScreenings, Films 'Taming the Garden', by Salomé Jashi
A portrait of the megalomaniac project of a Georgian billionaire, former prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, and his (…)
18 JulyLa Casa On, Concerts Ale Hop
Ale Hop’s electronic music is a fusion of pop melodies crackling with noise, field recordings and a complex (…)
24 JulyScreenings, Films 'Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus', by Sebastián Silva
A road trip through northern Chile by an American tourist and his group of friends in search of a legendary (…)
25 JulyLa Casa On, Concerts Ikram Bouloum
An aesthetic dialogue between western cutting-edge electronics and a personal reinterpretation of Maghrebi popular (…)
31 JulyScreenings, Films 'Aguirre, Wrath of God', by Werner Herzog
A portrait of greed and human irrationality in the quest to find El Dorado by the conquistador Lope de Aguirre (…)
01 AugustLa Casa On, Concerts Verde Prato
This artist sings in Basque and injects the Basque oral tradition into her songs, bringing the past into the future and (…)
07 AugustScreenings, Films 'Little Joe', by Jessica Hausner
An exquisitely made horror fantasy fable about alienation and the loss of real emotions to achieve artificial (…)
08 AugustLa Casa On, Concerts Angélica Salvi
Angélica Salvi's music transports us from the dawn of times to the present, through a delicate exposure of her (…)
21 AugustScreenings, Films 'Tropical Malady', by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
A love story between two young men, a soldier and a peasant, evolves into a dream about the rainforest, a journey to (…)
22 AugustLa Casa On, Concerts Molero
The Venezuelan composer takes us on an enigmatic journey of no return as his analogue synthesisers capture the European (…)
28 AugustScreenings, Films 'Adaptation', by Spike Jonze
Metanarrative and semi-autobiographical film about the creative process of a celebrated Hollywood screenwriter who is (…)
29 AugustLa Casa On, Concerts DJ Nigga Fox
Nigga Fox is one the leading artists of the Portuguese label Príncipe Discos (…)