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Barcelona Connect: ‘The creative citizen’

February 20, 2014 - February 21, 2014

The city of Barcelona has a vibrant creative community experimenting with new technology and science. The ICT  & Art Connect event will be held in conjunction with the inauguration of the Barcelona Lab, a ‘creative hub’ gathering a number of local actors. The concept here is to organise an event rooted in the local reality, able to spark off a valuable connection between the EC-funded project and the local everyday creative practice.

The event – organised by Sigma Orionis - will take place at Fabra i Coats – Barcelona Creation Factory, a cultural facility based in an old factory that gives support to creativity, talent and innovation in the city. In close contact with emerging talent and various local collectives, it also hopes to become a space with international outreach. Fabra i Coats is a central node in the Barcelona Creation Factories network of facilities promoted by the Barcelona Institute of Culture and is housed in an iconic building forming part of the city’s industrial heritage.

Thursday 20th


11:45 – 13:30

This session is designed to bring together creative and ICT/Technology practitioners in order to ignite new project partnerships. The connection with other attendees will be facilitated by the organisers.. better than any speed-dating.


Art & tech co-creation – Going beyond the limits

15:00 – 16:00

Collaboration between art and technology is both a new phenomenon and part of the tradition of human endeavour. Art has always employed cutting-edge innovations (e.g.: perspective in the 15th century), and science has always been guided by creative principles. Today we are problematising this collaboration because of the pervasive, radical and transformative nature of new technologies, and the societal shifts we are encountering in the present age.

A renewed approach to working at the junction of art and technology has to account for the instrumental role each side plays in this collaboration, starting from terminology, through to methodology. Three ‘provocators’ will deliver inspiring speeches on the topic ‘limits’ (disciplinary, ethical, technical, methodological…).


#Frederic Fol Leymarie – Goldsmiths, University of London (UK)

#Steffen Holly – Fraunhofer IDMT (DE)

#Enrique Senabre – Platoniq (SP)


Consultation between Art and tech practitioners

16:00 – 17:00

Following the talk, attendees will be invited to split into small groups and choose a topic of discussion among a proposed set. The goal of the Consultation is to collate prior collaborative experiences from artists and ICT/Technology professionals and to put forward recommendations for future collaborative approaches.

Friday 21st

Roundtable: Citizen engagement through Art and Tech

11:00– 13:00

The roundtable will be opened by inspiring keynote working at the junction of art and ICT in a particular urban context.

#Laure Chataigner – Atelier Arts et Sciences (FR)

#Marcos Garcia – MediaLab Prado (SP)

#Francesc Aragall, Design for All (SP)

#Laia Sanchez – Citilab (SP)



14:30 – 16:30

Unlike a traditional conference, a BarCamp is an event which is shaped by the attendees. Rather than having a day of scheduled speakers, you are given the opportunity to present yourself. The goal is to share what you know, learn from others and ignite discussion.

Each speaker is given 10 minutes, and can choose how to present (demos, simple talks, presentations…).

While the final agenda for BCNCamp is to be made by the participants, the BarCamp will be structured around the following themes:

–        Art and Tech/ Art and Science collaboration

–        Citizen engagement

For the draft detailed programme, please click here

For registration, please click here


February 20, 2014
February 21, 2014


ICT & Art connect


Fabra i Coats
Carrer de Sant Adrià, 20, Local 12, Barcelona, Spain
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