An underground utopia is born between two mountains in the Valls d’Aguilar, Alt Urgell. Two moun- tains facing each other, the Mountain of Ares and the other range known as Coll de Mu, where there is an ancient, now closed quarry.
The abandonment of the area, left on the fringes of the capitalist system—one due to the closure of the quarry around 2000, and the other due to its difficult access, being a rocky mountain full of cliffs—makes these spaces spaces that we could consider almost free, Temporary Autonomous Zones (TAZ) in the words of Hakim Bey, or waiting zones, caught between the current capitalist model and the one that might arrive in the future. But in the meantime, as we wait, and as long as we don’t make too much noise—that is, as long as we don’t arouse the attention of the machinery of the state—we can transform these places into spaces of creation and insurrection, unders- tanding creation as a form of resistance. Extractive actions, distant from capitalist frenzy, in their decline, can open their doors to forms and artistic creations. In this case, they can remind us of prehistory and cave paintings, menhirs, the cars of Wolf Vostell, Malpartida, Cáceres... Or we can scrape the skin of the rock to extract the marks left by the extracting machines and the diamond wires with which the stone was extracted.
An Underground Utopia ultimately proposes new forms of utopia in these times filled with uncer- tainties, like Alberg Meister’s “Beaubourg.”
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