Cromópolis is a journey between the subjective and the objective, materialised in a series of participatory workshops whose result is a common and ephemeral work, which expresses with colours what characterises the environment in which each participant’s expression is located and condensed.
In the workshops, each participant indicates on a card what are the most representative elements of the environment and associates them with colours. Then, they paint a wooden strip, with a height proportional to the participant’s age, in the chosen colours. With this simple operation the subjective point of view of each person is reflected.
At the end of the workshops, the strips are fixed to the base, grouping them by age, so that they are all visible and the colours that express the most representative aspects for the participants play a central role. And again, with a simple operation, by grouping the strips, we obtain the global and objective vision the participants have of their environment, each strip being recognisable but always in harmony and/or dissonance with the surrounding strips.
Cromópolis is a creative process based on the search for expressiveness from standardised elements and the transformation of information into a plastic fact, allowing us to discover the other, reflect on what is relevant in our environment, recognize ourselves as someone else in the community, and have a global vision of it.
For these described characteristics, Cromópolis may be a useful tool for the recognition of concrete patterns, creating an ephemeral framework of coexistence that concludes with the visualisation of the shared information in the form of a physical installation.