In 2001, Chilean media artist Mariano Maturana founded the Tactical Tourism project in Barcelona. The project has organised a number of urban interventions in diverse cities drawing on the practices and language of tourism. These interventions use different formats – such as tours on foot or by bus – and employ within them audiovisual media, radio broadcastings, maps, publications and performances.
A striking example is the Route of Anarchism, a tour in Barcelona highlighting the hidden (hi)stories of the great anarcho-syndicalist movement of the city. Since 2009 Mariano Maturana has also developed and designed Augmented Reality projects using mobile devices for further subversive interventions of public spaces. Together with Consol Rodríguez and Manu Valentin, Maturana is also the co-founder of the Barcelona based Augmented Reality research and project group Cierto.
“What makes Tactical Tourism especially interesting is the ways in which it wraps art, tourism and politics together.”
– Pau Obrador & Sean Carter