MIO starts its history in the BAQ 2014, when for the first time the Biennial proposes a “City occupation” as a space that would allow the interaction of different social actors using art and culture as a tool for the occupation of public space.
On Friday November 21, 2014, MIO14 “Tómate el espacio” was developed like a “drift” from Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana to 24 de Mayo Boulevard. It was the closing event for BAQ2014.
30 groups performing 15 interventions participated in this journey, which emphasized the importance of using public space to revitalize the city, especially the Historic Center of Quito. About 800 people participated in the walk among people from BAQ and general public. Through the project MIO14 “Tómate el Espacio”, the Biennial committed to leave the academic space in order to occupy the city and, from the perspective of architecture and art, to transform its context with the appropriation of the public space from its own citizens.