Ars Electronica Garden Barcelona Exhibition Program

Estampa (ES), Andy Gracie (UK/ES), Óscar Martín a.k.a noish (ES), Esther Rodríguez-Barbero (ES), Anaisa Franco (BR), Stefan Tiefengraber (AT), Antoni Abad (ES)

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This exhibition program is articulated around a long-term sedimentation process that emerges from the transdisciplinary collaboration between different institutions (art production centers, the university, scientific and technological centers, citizen lab center), that has led to the awarding of six scholarships for artistic research-production through an open call and a collective selection process. During the fully funded production and research residency, artists intertwine and situate their respective practices at the intersections of scientific centers (BSC, ICFO, BIST) associated with the Barcelona art, science and technology hub (Hac Te), as well as visual arts and dancing arts centers (Hangar, La Caldera). Some of the results of this collaboration process that combine art, science and technology will be presented in critical perspective and in dialogue with society (Canòdrom). Together with the presentation of these ongoing pieces by Estampa, Andy Gracie, Óscar Martín, Esther Rodríguez-Barbero or Anaisa Franco, the show will propose a dialectical confluence with an historical work by Antoni Abad and a new production piece by Stefan Tiefengraber (NAF, Beep Collection), under the central theme linked to the interdependence between agents and disciplines of knowledge, as well as the hybrid condition of our times. The purpose of this exhibition is to highlight the processes initiated by the different artists, with their motivations and associated themes, disciplinary intersections and lines of research from which to continue the debates on the contemporary challenges we face nowadays.


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Andy Gracie (UK/ES): Andy Gracie explores the tension between the arts and the sciences, creating situations of exchange which allow for new understandings and knowledge systems to develop. Much of his work looks at space and deep time as nonhuman and unfeeling, featuring an ongoing engagement with semiotics, simulation theory and apocalyptic scenarios. His work has been exhibited and awarded internationally, and he is a collaborating member of the Institute of Cosmic Science at the University of Barcelona. http://hostprods.net

Estampa (ES): Estampa is a group of filmmakers, computer programmers and researchers who take an archeological approach to audiovisual technologies. Between experimental cinema and essay, between détournement and critical engineering, their productions appropriate the tools that automate surveillance and exploitation, imagining a critical pedagogy for artificial intelligences. They have exhibited projects selected in different research and production calls. http://tallerestampa.com

Oscar Martin a.k.a noish (ES): Oscar Martin a.k.a noish is a sound artist and independent researcher. His practice could be understood as a knowledge device where art, science and technology hybridize and converge in an unorthodox and experimental approach. From the dimension of sound, his pieces propose to encourage active listening and expand our perception. His work has been shown at the Reina Sofia Museum and CentroCentro in Madrid, at the Piksel Festival in Norway, Sónar in Barcelona and at the Festival de la Imagen de Manizales in Colombia, among others. http://noconventions.mobi/noish

Anaisa Franco (BR): Anaisa Franco is an artistchitect creating interfaces that artistically elaborate an “affectivate” experience between people and materials, whilst creating new forms and relationships. Her production synthesizes concepts of psychology integrated into parametric digital fabrication, mixed with technological materials available in the market. In the last years, she has been developing artworks for international public spaces, museums, medialabs, residencies and commissions. www.anaisafranco.com

Esther Rodríguez-Barbero (ES): Esther Rodríguez-Barbero is a choreographer, performer, architect and researcher in the arts. Her work operates between choreography, performance and architecture, using principles from all these disciplines to design artistic and social practices. Specialized in contemporary dance together with architectural studies, she has a Master in Performing Arts Practice and Visual Culture by the UCLM-Reina Sofía Museum and is a postmaster at a.pass (advanced performance & scenography studies) in Brussels. www.estherbarbero.com

Antoni Abad (ES): Antoni Abad has evolved away from a traditional sculptural practice to the use of new technologies, especially community-based artworks. He also migrated from photography to video art, followed his interest in computers. He uses the Internet as a creative and research platform, and expresses his desire for formal experimentation around the concepts of space and time, with ironic and critical aspects. https://antoniabad.info/

Stefan Tiefengraber (AT): Stefan Tiefengraber is a sound artist working between kinetic sound installations and audio-video noise performances. He experiments with the modification of devices which are originally manufactured for different purposes. Combined with audience perception, this attempt to explore old and new materials, leading to new and unpredictable results. http://www.stefantiefengraber.com/