What is Bòlit?

 

Bòlit, Centre d'Art Contemporani. Girona is a municipal facility belonging to Girona City Council and has been running research, artistic production & exhibition programs in the domain of visual art since 2008.

 

It is an open, participative space offering a service to artists & the public. It provides support for creative work & artistic production, presents solo & group exhibitions, organizes activities and educational programs, and has a project for artists-in-residence.

 

Its mission is to put together programs to research, produce and exhibit contemporary art projects by national and international professionals with strong ties to the local context.

 

 

Bòlit organizes programs of exhibitions and the activities (workshops, talks, urban actions, series of screenings, specific proposals and works in progress) designed to get civil society involved right from the start. 

 
 

The centre has three exhibition venues:

 

Bòlit_LaRambla, Sala Fidel Aguilar: exhibition and activities hall, promoted by the contemporary art centre. 

 

Bòlit_StNicolau: exhibition hall for the proposal promoted by the centre.

 

Bòlit_Carbonera: venue given to associations and other organizations to present contemporary art exhibitions. 

 

Since it was first set up, Bòlit has had its office on the second floor of the Mercè Cultural Centre in Girona.

 

 

The name of the Center, Bòlit, has metaphorical connotations. Without a established historical origin, bòlit is a popular game strongly rooted in Sant Narcís, one of the most popular quarters of Girona, where every year the Bòlit World Competition is celebrated, given that bòlit is also a universal game, played in locations like India and Pakistan. It is a sort of baseball, played with bats and a manufactured wood ball (bòlit), which has to be kept in movement in the air, non stop, batting, in a permanent "controversial conversation" between teams in competition.

 

Right from the start, when the word "bòlit" was chosen to designate Girona's contemporary art centre, the aim has been to work out of and for the local context. This documentary video, which links the Centre's identity with its territory, joins the series of artistic proposals of work in progress in the territory which have been carried out at Bòlit Contemporary Art Centre over the last two years. The idea of the video is to draw attention to the light-hearted, traditional etymology of the name of the Centre, which is linked to a traditional Girona activity.