The Watching Machine / La caixa màgica

The Watching Machine / La caixa màgica

by Macarena Recuerda Shepherd Samples with La caixa del Lliure

14/11 - 18/11/22
Montjuïc. Espai Lliure


Mon. - Fri. 09:30 and 11:30

Mon. 21/11 workshop
09:30, 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30

Running time

45’ / 45’ (workshop)


Montjüic. Espai Lliure


In Catalan (just a few text)


€7 students (workshop included) / capacity 56 people


Hearing assistance via mobile phone


+10 (middle cycle)


El Lliure del futur


by the Educational programm

The artist Macarena Recuerda Shepherd uses the device of La caixa del Lliure for primary education to explore the optical illusions of light, shadows and reflections, in this show that is presented only in school functions.

The machine of looking was the name given to those objects of the nineteenth century that, through mirrors and shutters, created optical illusions. In the piece The Watching Machine / La caixa màgica, the artist will imagine that the machinery generating illusion is La caixa del Lliure itself. With it and other devices, you will play with the light, shadows and reflections created by the body to carry out optical effects and experiment and reflect on what is illusion, what is representation and what is theatrical convention.

Focusing on the perception of the viewer, on the convention of the two levels that we commonly find on a stage, reality and fiction, the artist will build two narratives. On the one hand, the body and objects in the space before the public who observes them. And at the same time, that of another reality that is told on the walls and in the reflections, as in the myth of the cave of Plato: another construction and another reading of the images that we see.

In addition, on 22/11 in the morning we will offer an experimental workshop with La caixa del Lliure for primary school conducted by the artist. In small groups, attendees can discover this educational proposal, play with it and understand some secrets of the magic of the theater.

Macarena Recuerda Shepherd is a visual and scenic artist who has created numerous works in prestigious theatres and entities in the last 10 years. She is the founder of the Collective Estraperlo, a platform of new creators difficult to label.


Macarena Recuerda Shepherd


Jorge Dutor, Ana da Graça, Macarena Recuerda Shepherd and Miriam Ubanet


Teatre Lliure and Macarena Recuerda Shpeherd & co.

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