International Festival of Art and Construction: 10 days of creative experimentation in a rural environment

Every year, artists and architects, creators and craftsmen, researchers and students from all over the world, gather somewhere in the world to explore together contemporaneity in rural environments. This meeting point is IFAC, a nomad festival, sparkly and reflexive, which develops during 10 days (and its nights) full of workshops, speeches, installations, music, food and party.

The main frame of the festival is to develop a series of artistic interventions and constructions, proposed by artists and architects selected after an open contest. To this workshop-style projects come about 200 participants from all over the world. Nights are filled of concerts and party, producing a formative event away from standard academicism, and surrounded by a festive and community-based atmosphere, to ask questions and explore answers to contemporary problems.

A nomad festival that, after three editions in Castilla y León (Spain), and a fourth in Bergen (The Netherlands), arrives to Andalusia to explore this year’s main topic: The Fragile Limit, from 16th to 25th of September, without previous requirements, everyone with a natural worry about self-sufficient and creative development for rural areas, interested in participative processes, can attend.

The full activities program, formed by 20 daily constructive and artistic workshops, speeches and lectures every afternoon, as well as concerts, parties and shows every night, is available at, where you can also find how to book your place as participant. Until this moment half the tickets are already sold, from places so far away like Egipt, Ukraine, Germany, Turkey, Holland, Greece, USA, Algeria, Chile, México, Colombia, France and so on.

This festival promises an intense meeting between international artist and local population, eased by the possibility of participating in every scheduled activity without the need of choosing one of them, as well as by the coexistence inhabiting the environment that irredeemably transforms both local and foreign point of view. It only rests to wait until September to take part in this particular festival, that fusions as teaching method different approaches such as experimentation, collectiveness and celebration.



1) The sea of recycled plastic (New Zealand). “Imagine how the andalusian sea of plastic greehouses would look if they made from recycled plastic”.

This workshop focuses on reusing waste to cultivate and create new life, by constructing greenhouses from fused plastic fabric. Using locally sourced plastic, participants will learn the process of grading and fusing plastic to create a reusable and durable material.

2) Kinematic Shelter (Egypt & Ukraine). “Exploring our idea which is indeed combine between art, architecture and engineering on a hand, and on the other hand crossing borders beyond nature elements”.

The workshop developes a  perpetual structure installation, a wind-walking mechanism called Strandbeest created by the great artist Theo Jansen, whom did a lot of convergence between art and architecture:a simple structure which is segmented into movable lines turning around each individual axis to be transformed into another form. With reeds, wires and sort of elastic connections we can reach our kinetic Breathing shelter.

3) Transformer (Spain & Italy). “A simple cube, connected by its vertexes, will build mountains or caves, flat podiums or slim towers, compact forms or disperse distributions. One single simple logic, with endless outcomes”.

Modular press-clip components, made out of thin wood and light fabric, will be interchangeable and reconfigured by the participants. Different modules will become seats or tables, hammocks or canopies, shifting roles and positions day by day, generating a dynamic interplay between people and environment.

4) LightLoom 2 (Spain). “This project is understood as a sculpture hanged over the trees. Its essence are threads, easy unions, and powerful colours”

This workshops works with light and colour, also play an important role in the creation of the different uses of the space.  Being in broad daylight or in the middle of the night give us opposed feelings of this installation. It means, in the end, interconnections, of new places or known people. As a social place where feelings could take shape.

5) Reciprocal Dome Penta-Hex (Colombia). “The proposal is to make a workshop on reciprocal frames and its importance as a design strategy in eco-architecture”.

In this workshop, participants will meet and learn about the morphology of the reciprocal frames and its mane applications, either in design of spaces, objects or accesories. in a theoretical and practical way. The result is the self-construction of a reciprocal dome made  by modular and collective reusing local vegetable materials as palm leaves.

6) Let’s design a(gender) toilet (Spain & Poland). “we want to look at how LGTBTQ+’s needs can be addressed, included, introduced in art and architecture”.

This workshop will be a series of meeting in which we will discuss the fragile borders between architecture, urban spaces, public utilities that cater the cisgender population and need a broader perspective. At the end of each session we will design different small and big interventions through Design – Thinking.

7) Walking without limits (Spain). “Walk as an act of knowledge creation and as exploration of the limits and connections diffused across the landscape”.

This proposal aims to roam the spaces in and around the IFAC without a pre-set course in an iterative manner for three consecutive days. Based on the observer personal perception, it will use drawing and writing as means for interpreting the limits that surround us.

8) Tensegrity pavillion (Spain & Italy). “Through the lightness of the cables, the slenderness of the pipes and the continuous change in between light and shadow, it creates a space that dissolves the limit between the inside outside”.

The tensegrity pavillion offers the opportunity to experiment with new models for living spaces. The structure born from the union of tensegrity with tensile structures. Tensegrity structures, used for the vertical elements, are formed by resistant elements to compression in a network of cables.

9) Palimpsest (Spain). “The “Palimpsest” idea is created to think about vernacular and rural architecture”

The proposal is focused on this aim. “Palimpsest” comes up with architecture as a limit, a fragile limit  everyday  more and more forgotten. In addition, vernacular construction systems are recovered, recycling materials and learning in group as a way to recover the vernacular heritage.

10) Project sombrajo (Spain). Sombrajo is a workshop to build a bench with a wall that provides shade, because of the climate conditions in Almeria.

To build the canopy, this team is going to use GREB technique, that combines wood, straw and lime and cement mortar. This technique was develope in Canadá 25 year ago and we are going to learn how to build a wood structure, how to handle straw bales and how to line with lime mortar.

11) Light Shed (Poland). “Where are the limits between the shadow and the light, nature and technology, day and night, exterior and interior?”

The proposal consist of a spatial installation that would encourage the material and teorical discussion . The shadow as an essential element of every public space in southern Spain The “Light shed” constructed by simple bamboo structures covered with photovoltaic cells during day lets the visitors take rest in spite of Andalusian heat, and at night this dome-shaped structure lights up using solar energy collected during the day.

12) Roly Poly (Spain). “The proposal consists in the reinterpretation of the water tanks that appear as landmarks in the fields of Almería”

This workshop try to give them a new meaning with this proposal  as gathering people instead of gathering water. The covering will be built with a wood structure (branches that form the round shape and curtains made with palm leaves). The inside will be a wall and bench made with adobe and filled with glass bottles as a mosaic.

13) Mexican Vaults (Spain).  The proposal consists on the construction of a mexican/nubian vault, because it means the difference between having a roof or not”

It will be made with mud bricks, and there’s no need of a wooden temporary frame to hold it while on construction.
This way of roofing symbolizes this subtle line/layer/space where the things that can make the difference in this world are waiting for us.

14) Pixel Seeding 2.0 (Mexico). “Art is our vehicle to approach to the seed. We seek to create awareness of its cultural significance around the world and how increasingly faces economic, climatic, social, chemical and even political threats”.

This workshop consists on a mural installation designed and built collectively taking as base line traditions of communities from the center of México using as principal materials seeds from the region.

15) Beyond the boundaries (Chile). “The proposal consists in constructing elements or mediums to appreciate and perceive the sourrounding by the sound”

Make little artifacts that can be used by everyone to have a mayor conception of the place itself. To make everyone conciuous or aware of where he is and his own scale. This artifacts can also be used as communication aparats, to connect two places that can’t be physically connect, with something build, but that can be connect by sound.

16) Waterscapes (Spain & France). “Water is the driving force in nature”, Leonardo Da Vinci said.

This workshop seeks to raise awareness and inspire other practicioners to consider the treatment and reuse the wastewater (particularly greywater) in their projects and/or homes. The workshop will combine a theroretical component about greywater treatment and reuse, rainwater collection and natural pools design, together with a practical and hands on experience .

17) Researching architecture & photography (Spain). “The aim of the workshop is to investigate around the possibilities of the photography today in relation to tell an architecture”.

The departure point is to define what is architecture today, and in relation with the technique and the tools we have now, to explore how we can work in it. Our testing ground will be what is happening at the Festival. The workshop will have 3 parts: lessons of photography, practice and time to talk, share and think. finishing with an open sky exhibition.

18) Infinite Challenge (Spain). “We are going to build a universal space with a human scale to be able to feel the geometry/energy of infinite creation”

The workshop look for to approach the exact geometries of all elements and combine them to create a complex figure which is an expression of infinity. Besides organizing a constructive process that requires many hands and, therefore, a strong coordinated team.The main material used will be palm leaves from Almeria’s desert to create circles. Within their perfect intersection we will find the Villarceau section.

19) Ifilm (Egypt & Spain). “During ten days we will document IFAC’16”

Getting the audiovisual material for the creation of a documental (10/15′) with interviews to tutors, participants, Sierra del Alhamilla habitants, visitors, and all people related with the festival, in order to know and spread goals and results. For recording they will be able to used their mobile phones or personal cameras. At the same time we will explain basic audiovisual knowledge and techniques.

20) Inhabiting in the Extreme (Turkey) “Edge Effect as a design principle of Permaculture refers to the use of edge and natural patterns for best use”

Patterns in nature are in an indispensable relationship with energy efficiency and survival. In this workshop cluster, we will question, rethink and redesign the limits/borders of our interior habitats through permaculture principles of Edge Effect, biomimicy principle -order of magnitude- of patterns, and with a contemporary interpretation of mud-brick earth construction.


We are surrounded by limits. Natural, artificial, imposed or chosen. Moral and real. We have barriers, invisible lines that restrain flows. We have oceans and mountains, separating privileged worlds from misfortunate. We have human people without human rights due to crossing limits. We have lost souls deep down the ocean due to sailing a limbo. We have a diminishing nature, bounded by dashed lines in a master plan. We have built and virgin environments, dependent on urban policies. We have layers to shelter us. We have clothes, houses, walls, fortresses, jails.

We are thinking about the inbetween. What happens within those limits. A threshold of mixing, transformation, interchange.

We flirt with the idea of walking down forbidden lines. We have fears that paralize us, and dreams that make us chase the unimaginable. We are curious about crossing borders, doubtfull about their fragility. We have ideas that make us imagine present and future worlds. We have all we need to start building them. We have 10 days to start.

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