Recycling Identities

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  • Title: Recycling Identities: “Recyclayspain” for Updating the Uniqueness
  • Author(s): Pablo Romero Gonzalez, Estefania Sanz
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts
  • Keywords: Uniqueness, Culture, Assimilation, Hybridation, Identity, Icon, Reconstruction, Learning
  • Volume: 12
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2017
  • ISSN: 2326-9960 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2104 (Online)
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  • Citation: Romero Gonzalez, Pablo, and Estefania Sanz. 2017. "Recycling Identities: “Recyclayspain” for Updating the Uniqueness." The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts 12 (4): 15-24. doi:10.18848/2326-9960/CGP/v12i04/15-24.
  • Extent: 10 pages


In this article, we use an Art Based Research (ABR) methodology inspired on the transformation processes that gave rise to the current Asian Art, where concepts such as global & local are closely attached to uniqueness and cultural heritage. Hence, we do assume a postmodernist frame based on deconstruction and reconstruction, adding assimilation of the own culture. They are part of a projection towards the future of a reinvented and eclectic historic past. This creative reading of the history leads the artwork into a sort of magic realism close to a nostalgic aesthetic. This process is an essential cultural key to bring us closer to a culturally enriched art practice. The adaptation of these concepts to the methodology that we do propose is related to creativity concepts such as problem-solving, recombination and flexibility.The awareness about cultural identity is crucial in the work of a number of artists; this methodology integrates it consciously in the creative process. We will illustrate this methodology through the project “RecyclaySpain,” which spins around the national sense of uniqueness; the way in which you deal with the previous; and possibilities for transformation through new connections and new gazes into a global and amplified environment.