"Filling up the 'free space' with ideas and dreams"

How could the creative future inside a changing city stand up? Multiple answers may come from a changing open place.

Mandril Freespace is an open place for the creation of new projects (cultural, artistic, collective) brought together by a collaborative and dynamic community of professionals, who put aside real life formalities to propose innovative and practical ideas. A space where ideas are executed thanks to the willingness of their founders. The freespace becomes a place of confluence where aspirations and dreams are increasing every day. Here the possibility of creating, teaching, learning, sharing thoughts and making contacts that strengthen both individual work and collective work is part of the daily basis.

How do you describe the beginning and trajectory of your professional background?

Since the year 2014 we started working in audiovisuals field and marketing. Through time we take it as something cyclical, this is how we closed paths and opened others. The whole space has been a place where many people have met. This year we took the initiative to open ourselves to the neighborhood and to work more as a co-working platform of ideas. So we decided to open ourselves to new paths, more to collectives and to people who seek help in the execution of ideas – to be a free space

Where does the idea of ​​Mandril come from? Why did you decide to call yourselves like that?

Mandrill comes from the conception of a strong and eye-catching animal. The brand worked!

This year we decided to open ourselves and collaborate with other professionals and now the idea is to merge and enter new alternatives and fields. We started as a producer, now we mutate like the city, everything is in return.

The city is in transition and you take this as an opportunity to be a space for change, can you elaborate more on this by your own work?

We are located in the north of the city, and we know the potential that it has. Quito is growing fast and over time, less exploited places will be activated through the arrival of the metro, the change of the airport. We want this place to be the link for the interests of the city. People need culture and places to explore. We want this to be part of the change that this city has. The process takes time and also a lot of work, but at the end we want to be a space that offers you new relationships and also ideas.

We are part of a place for change, in a neighborhood in transition within a changing city. We still have a long way to go, we think cities need a communion between neighborhood and culture and that is what we aim.

We all have ideas, how do you describe your creative process as a collective?
(Everyone laughs) The creative process varies according to each one, it is developed by different positions, the conception of image in our case is necessary. In turn, the visual route marks a super interesting starting point. Viewing images or visual references and clearing our minds to enhace fluidity of thoughts is also important. Ideas should usually have a background. Perhaps the best process will be to understand the minimal fraction of each of our concept’s components. The work dynamics of each of us as members of this collective are found and complement each other for ideas co-creation.

Finally each idea ends up being a child of all.

What is an important factor in giving birth to an idea / project in a city full of changes?
We believe that communication of ideas is the basis of all projects. Ecuador itself is a captive market. There is not too much competition yet there is huge potential to exploit, explore, open places and doors.
About Quito, how possible is it to incubate ideas here?
In Quito almost every new idea works! There are a lot of projects to do. The meeting of various actors and cultural management of events is vital for the formation of new dynamics and funds within the city. As every beginning, difficulties might be found. Work opportunities do exists, the challenge is to generate a whole contact net and get known.

To have our own projects, is to project an idea, we do it real time, real life.

Involved city makers
Edgar Dávila Soto
Mandril Freespace, Quito
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