Tales that are never told: ZeroStigma

Grant for the International Mobility of Creators - Matadero Madrid 2010
Medialab-Prado, Madrid / iMAL, Brussels / Public Art Lab, Berlin


Tales that are never told: ZeroEstigma aims to contribute to visualise part of the history of women and lesbians, regarding the role of mental control in society. Collaboratively, people of all genres built the final image of the project, the meaning of stigma in mental health. People with mental health problems diagnosed, therapists, families, activists, lesbians, trans, generated a discussion group connecting Brussels and Madrid, with critical testimony about the stigma of madness. This taboo for society, surrounded by prejudice against the dignity and installed in all aspects of our environment, maintains the belief of a shameful reality that must remain hidden. Toxic Lesbian based on the perspective of gender and sexual orientation wich generated a critical focus on the subject of mental health.


The project was selected to be produced in Medialab-Prado at Open Up Workshop for Media Facades projects. Social collaborators making part of mental health context and lgbt activists, helped to build the images and texts of the project during the workshop. Medialab-Prado selected this project to be presented at the Media Facades Festival and public media facades from art spaces in Brussels and Berlin exhibited it. Media Facades Festival Europe 2010 was an urban media art project that interconnects seven European cities through urban screens and media facades located in public spaces. Artists and media designers showed throughout Europe specially developed art projects, during screenings and Joint Broadcasting Events, opening a global window to create dialogue.


This public presentation includes an streamed action in the streets of Madrid, Brussels and Berlin where passersby can leave their opinion about this topic. Installation at media facades places disposed a connection point with a camera and a microphone where passersby can leave their opinion about the message of the project. The result were followed live by Toxic Lesbian’s and Festival’s TV channels and also mini-videos were uploaded in real time on You Tube.
Toxic Lesbian presents finally an open debate between Imal (Brussels) and Medialab-Prado (Madrid), as part of the activities of the Media Facades Festival Europe 2010. Guests at the two cities make a dialogue in two simultaneous languages streamed by Medialab, iMAL, Festival and Toxic Lesbian’s channels to Internet. The project was too presented at Maison Arc en Ciel in Brussels and Madrid as a conclusion.