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Art, architecture and design

Paraíso is a territory full of art and creativity where the set design, the design of the space and its interventions are crucial. Through installations, sculptures, visuals, performance and lighting, Paraíso provides its space with new meanings and reflections that nourish its artistic ecosystem.

DANCING WAVE Light installation

Paul Friedlander

Dancing wave

Dancing Wave is the work of Paul Friedlander, an English physicist, mathematician and artist who defines himself as a sculptor of light. Dancing Wave is a component of the installation Tycho; Test One belonging to the Colección Beep de Arte Electrónico. The resulting version is over five meters high.

Although Dancing Wave is not strictly a hologram, what the spectator discovers when standing in front of it are large bodiless forms in movement, suspended in the air, which, when rotating on themselves, grant a three-dimensionality to the light that we are not used to contemplating in an immediate physical space.

Paul Friedlander has been researching all kinds of technologies and procedures for over three decades in order to make light a malleable and flexible material capable of taking any shape and volume. Dancing Wave has been produced for Paraíso 2019 by LaAgencia, a company specialized in the management, production and development of technological art.

PLASTIC BEACH Installation

Terrario Arquitectura

Plastic beach

Plastic Beach is an installation focused on the use of PVC the most commercially widespread polymer to reflect on the spirit of consumption in today's society through a vault of 180 kg of plastic, the average amount a family wastes in one year, made with beach mats. It will serve as a recreation and relaxation area, making it visible that polymers can be used more intelligently.

These mats will remain intact at all times so as to recover them and give them a new life after the festival. The material is 100% phthalate-free PVC, which facilitates its recyclability and durability. Also, the flanges will be removed without breaking, resulting in a completely reusable pavilion.

Plastic Beach has been selected in Paraíso's first Call of Visual Arts and has been created by Alberto Alonso, Sergio González, Enrique Mansilla and Maxi Martín of the architectural production group Terrario Arquitectura, formed by students and architects recently graduated from the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (UPM).

DENTRO Performance

Melisa Zulberti


Made in collaboration with La Juan Gallery, Dentro is the project selected in the category of living art, a performance that takes place under an inflatable sculpture to propose new experiences connecting space, the body and coexistence.

The performers rethink the space, their relationship with it and the way to inhabit it, so that the subject becomes an object and their body a territory of meanings, with the aim of transcending the limits of their own ego to build a collective ego.

Its analogy with the natural space explores different ways of connecting to the environment. Dentro portrays urban and intimate images that lead us to passivity and indifference as receivers. Agglomeration, interaction, mutation, inclusion and dialogue are some of the concepts underlying this work accompanied by illuminated atmospheres.

Dentro has been created by Melisa Zulberti, an Argentinean contemporary dancer, visual artist and creator of performance installations in continuous exploration of interconnections among various languages.

URBAN ESPORA Architectural space


Urban espora

Urban Espora is the project selected in the call organized by Paraíso in collaboration with Matcoam, the Materials Gallery of the COAM, from the Official College of Architects of Madrid.

It proposes a game of infinite possibilities that give shape to an organic cloud formed by plant cells. By means of an extrusion process, different arrangements can be improvised with hexagonal bricks. These are modulated using a basic piece made of recycled polypropylene that folds into a hexagon. This project uses the ESPORA module, from the company URBANESPORA, designed to make green roofs but used in an unconventional way.

Urban Espora has been developed by the TEXTWO group, made up of students María Galán and Claudia Fernández Seguén from the Madrid School of Architecture ETSAM together with Professor Jesús San Vicente and in collaboration with students Gonzalo Macías y Adriana Núñez.


UCM Fine Arts Students

Totem Paraíso

Paraíso 2019 will have its own totem: a sculpture where this year's image takes a leap to the leafy campus of the Complutense University of Madrid.

In order to create a meeting point, several students from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UCM have put themselves to work on several proposals that have resulted in a totemic creation with the seal of Paraíso.

This sculpture is the work of Álvaro Hernán, Carlos Gómez Benito and Juan José de Domingo Murillo. Álvaro Hernán Rojo, Rigoberto Camacho, Sonia Cabello, Sofía Lozano, Juan José de Domingo Murillo, Carlos Gómez Benito, Pablo Herrera Marugan, Rubén
 Manchon, Matías González, Carmen Mendoza and Patricia Aydillo have also participated on the project.

MAR DE MÚSICA Intervention

Estudiantes de Bellas Artes de la UCM

Mar de música

Mar de Música is an artistic intervention that uses the CD as a recent music icon to reflect on its use and brief duration as a medium due to the appearance of internet and digital formats.

Around 3,000 CDs will cover a row of trees following the organic forms of the ground, as if they were small waves dotting the festival. In these forms, reflections and light play a very important role. During the day, they will create flashes of sunlight and at night, they will cast reflections of blue shades.

The project Mar de Música has been conceived by Alba Díaz Hidalgo y Beatriz Fernández Elvira, students of the Degree in Design at the Complutense University of Madrid, in addition to the technical assistance of a group of 8 students of the same degree to construct it.


Instinto Salvaje

Bailando con Paraíso

Driven by a spirit of experimentation, Sara Kieninger and Lucas Ortiz have constantly applied new knowledge to each project. They teach Space and Interaction at the European Institute of Design in Madrid while running their creative project, Instinto Salvaje.

Instinto Salvaje uses design as a tool to narrate in full detail stories where words are tangible and at times even electrical.

Their quest to generate dialogue materializes with a light installation that will light each of Paraíso's seven letters and react to the rhythm of the audience's dance steps.


Monica Boromello


Italian stage designer and architect, Monica Boromello has forged her name in Spain after having worked in the mise-en-scène of multiple plays for venues like the Teatro Español or events like the Festival Internacional de Mérida. Simultaneously, she alternates stages with the design of exhibitions, spaces, macro-events and ephemeral installations.

In Paraíso, Monica moves into the territory of festivals to recreate an environment that integrates music, art and nature across all stages, spaces and rest areas.


Mario Sanz

Arte visual

Mario Sanz gives a new dimension to music by making it possible for us not only to listen to it, but also to contemplate it. Specialized in documentary cinema, this visual artist will make the visuals accompanying some of the artists on stage.

In this way, the spectator will experience an approach to music synaesthesia due to the hypnotic quality of the cinema, which adds new perceptions and enriches the audience's personal experience.