PACTO x La Guarida
/london, uk/





2018

La Guarida is the name MilesKm embodies when becoming physically present in a space, or when occupying a location for a period of time. So far La Guarida has hosted two events in two different locations in London:

  • ARTLICKS 2018

For Artlicks Weekend we hosted a two-day event responding to this year’s theme of ‘peripheries’, through a showcase of MilesKm’s history as a collaborative research programme, discussing current strategies for collectivity and introducing our next project Tregua (Truce).


The event included an installation in the form of an anthropological museum showcasing a film and objects from the six projects the collective has initiated over the past seven years. This is an attempt to unpick and illuminate how groups can successfully exist in the periphery, whilst revealing what has gone wrong at times and make a record of the learning outcomes.


MilesKm is, itself, an expert of navigating and existing in the periphery. Be it on the peripheries of the ‘art world’, the arts education system or the geography of the spaces it has inhabited. The group has lasted for seven years and has plans to continue to operate, producing research and residency programmes that challenge the existing models of how art oriented groups should aim to exist.


MilesKm has never attempted to operate in the centre of the bubble, but is more interested in finding opportunity and collaboration on the fringes. A research platform that has championed operating locally, in conjunction with thinking internationally, developing tactics to undertake its work without funding and constantly overstretching itself in its desire to think and act big.


Alongside the installation, MilesKm, hosted a participatory seminar on the 7th of October, that gave context to their upcoming project, Tregua (Truce), looking to ask, “What allows a truce to be achieved? How can individuals and communities negotiate towards equitous and mutually supportive co-existence?” The seminar was followed by a potluck and the launch of Tregua.


‘La Guarida’ was shortlisted by Artquest for the Workweek Prize 2018.

  • LA GUARIDA FIESTA

Aiming to fundraise for PACTO’s last residenctial and to celebrate MilesKm temporary physical hideout / burrow / headquarters, we hosted an event with an arts film night and a party afterwards. We showed work by Demelza Watts, Pedro Moreira, Benji Jeffrey, Mati Jhurry, Sophie Rogers, Luis Amalia and Sam Williams. We also sold popcorn and sandwiches