Ars Electronica Garden Barcelona

Institut Ramon Llull, Hangar, UOC – ISEA Barcelona, OFFF Barcelona, .BEEP { collection;}, and NewArtFoundation, organize the Ars Electronica Garden Barcelona within the official program of the Ars Electronica 2020 Festival, which this year is held in distributed mode, with Barcelona as one of its locations.

From September 9th to 13th, Ars Electronica 2020 will take place under the title of Kepler’s Garden, a tour that from Linz (Austria) expands to other 120 cities. For the first time, the Festival becomes a sort of digital journey that will take visitors from all over the world to different biotopes and networked ecosystems where new alliances and forms of cooperation are possible. Simultaneously to local-physical and global online events, Ars Electronica appears once again as a laboratory focusing on experimental forms of analog and digital, real and virtual, physical and online coexistence.

Based on the notions of uncertainty and ecology, Ars Electronica Garden Barcelona presents a program that seeks to account for the diversity of relationships and interdependencies among the arts, sciences, technologies and critical thinking that make possible ways of thinking and doing that can provide non-univocal answers to the need to constitute and strengthen a material culture of life that will lessen the ecological and epistemic damage of capitalism, which the COVID-19 crisis once again puts into reconfiguration. The program of Ars Electronica Garden Barcelona is deployed in a variety of activities and formats that include exhibitions, live actions, round tables, shows or workshops, with a clear will to interconnect politics with art, technology and nature. Barcelona appears here through a network of heterogeneous agents that make theoretical positions converge with the practical work that multiple social groups, cultural producers, nodes, clusters or educational centres have been developing, interlinked with each other and with the world.

More information soon.

Resolution of the Production and Exhibition Grants by Institut Ramon Llull, NewArtFoundation and Hangar.

The selection committee consisting of:

Eva Soria and Maria Lladó (Ramon Llull Institute), Marisol López (director of the ICEC’s Digital Area), Marie-France Veyrat, Andreu Rodríguez Valveny and Vicente Matallana (NewArtFoundation), Pau Alsina and Irma Vilà (UOC – ISEA Barcelona), Roberta Bosco (curator and critic), Giuliana Racco and Lluís Nacenta (Hangar) and Jordi Llàcer (NewArtFoundation) and Miguel Ángel de Heras (Hangar), the latter two as technical advisors with voice but no vote,

Has decided to award to the following projects:

Modality 1:

  • Roc Parés

  • Santi Vilanova


Modality 2:

  • Monica Rikić


In Barcelona, 17 July 2020

Production and Exhibition Grants by Institut Ramon Llull, NewArtFoundation and Hangar in collaboration with the .BEEP { collection;}

The Institut Ramon Llull, NewArtFoundation and Hangar, Centre for Production and Research of Visual Arts in Barcelona open a call for proposals to award three grants for the production of artistic pieces in the field of the confluence between art and technology. These pieces will be presented in an exhibition at Arts Santa Monica, within the official program of the 2020 Ars Electronica Festival, which is held in a distributed mode, with Barcelona as one of its locations, due to the crisis of the COVID19.

“XV edition of the ARCO-Beep Electronic Art Award”

The BEEP Collection of Electronic Art has awarded its 2020 award at the ARCOmadrid fair to Joan Fontcuberta and Pilar Rosado, for the work entitled Prosopagnosia, exhibited at the Galería Angels Barcelona.

Fontcuberta is, without a doubt, one of the most respected photographers and image theorists of his generation, with a magnificent exhibition career, both national and international. In his work he has raised a lucid and playful reflection on the status of the image, the mutations of photography and what he has described as "fury of images". Far from the Barthesian and auratic referential conception of photography, he has stressed that the image always has a fictional component.

.BEEP { collection;} @ Ars Electronica Festival 2019

The .BEEP { collection;} will participate as a guest collection at the ARS ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL in Linz, the most important event of the year dedicated to media art and the most experimental and innovative expressions of contemporary art and creativity, celebrating its 40th anniversary.

A swarm of electronic fireflies, a sound installation controlled by a community of jellyfish and an approach to the concept of portrait through a system of representation of the face based on the observer's gaze are some of the most outstanding works which the BEEP Collection will present at the Festival, within the framework of an exhibition which poses an unprecedented concept of expanded bioart.

In addition, the BEEP Collection will exhibit its most recent additions: 3 new works by emerging artists, results of the first production program carried out in collaboration with the HANGAR Independent Production Centre and the NewArt Foundation of Barcelona.

After the Festival this proposal will be presented at the Young Gallery Weekend.

“XIV edition of the ARCO-Beep Electronic Art Award”

The BEEP Collection awards in its XIV edition the work The Wall of Gazes (2011) by the Argentine artist Mariano Sardón exhibited at the Ruth Benzacar gallery (Buenos Aires).

It is a magnificent installation in video resolution, with a special software support, generated from an eye tracker device. Sardón investigates the mutations of the contemporary gaze. Each subject establishes a journey with his vision generating lines and flashes that make up faces that appear from a situation of apparent disorder. In this sort of visual labyrinth, a countenance that seems to question us ends up composing itself. At a time when we endured a data tsunami with hardly any information nuclei being settled, the work of Mariano Sardón comes to propose a resolution of the collective visual itineraries in semblants-epiphanies that are subject to the dynamics of time.

This “wall of gazes” allows establishing a dialogue with other works from the BEEP Collection that also influence the conceptualization of “ways of looking”. If art is a strange combination of what we see and what looks at us, in this case what challenges us is a face that does not intend to petrify us in the manner of the Gorgon but to incite us to contemplate reality in other ways.

“The .BEEP { collection;} presents a selection of
works at Mobile Week Barcelona”

In its 3rd edition, Mobile Week Barcelona presents the exhibition “Our simple relationship with technology: a reflection on the digital transformation of our society through the selection of ten works by international artists and works from the BEEP Collection of Electronic Art”.

As a starting point for the open call for artists, Mobile Week proposed to rethink the daily relationship established between human beings and technology, with special attention to artificial intelligence. Far from explaining simple connections, our simple relationship with technology seeks to trace relationships of mutual influence that are often not evident as daily. Clad in apparent simplicity and, in many cases, a sense of humor, the 10 selected works address our relationship with technology in all its complexity, a relationship that is ubiquitous in the Beep Collection.

Tycho; Test One by British artist Paul Friedlander is the first result of the ATA (Advanced Technology Art) Program developed by the Collection, the NewArtFoundation and Eurecat, the leading Technology Center in Catalonia, with the collaboration of Escofet, serving as a meeting point for the presentation of the works Gust by Daniel Canogar, Try Not To Think So Much by Eugenio Ampudia and Luci by José Manuel Berenguer that complete the Collection's proposal.

These works will be accompanied by the artists selected by an international jury made up of Olga Subirós, Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás, Roberta Bosco, Rosa Ferré, Axel Gasulla, Amanda Masha and Rosa Arredondo who selected works by the artists Albert Barqué-Duran, Fidel García, Martina Solés Caldés, Mónica Rikić, Karin Fischnaller, Ivar Veermäe, Adriana Tamargo & Guillermo Escribano, María Castellanos & Alberto Valverde, Martin Nadal & César Escudero and Miguel Solimán López Cortez.

The exhibition will be open from February 14 to March 16, 2019, at Disseny Hub Barcelona.

The XIII edition of the ARCO / BEEP Award is convened, and the BEEP Collection dialogues with the Es Baluard Museum Collection

The BEEP Collection of Electronic Art is the result of the artistic patronage of Andreu Rodríguez, president of the TICNOVA Group. In its 13 years of existence, the primary objective of the Collection has been to be a witness and agent of the transgression created by the intersection between art, science and technology.

Linked from its beginnings to the ARCOmadrid International Contemporary Art Fair, through the ARCOmadrid / BEEP Prize for Electronic Art, it has generated one of the most important electronic art collections in Europe. More than 40 works show the trends of the technological media in the field of artistic practices.

The Collection will once again be present at what is the appointment with the Spanish contemporary art market: the international fair ARCOmadrid. And it does so with a new call for the most traditional award at the fair, the ARCOmadrid / BEEP Award for Electronic Art. The objective of the award is to promote the research, production and exhibition of art linked to new technologies or electronic art. Its purpose is to promote artistic creation linked to technology, to promote communication between technology manufacturers / creators and creative artists. A natural collaboration that will benefit and enrich both.

.BEEP { collection;} @ Ars Electronica Festival 2018

Starting on 6th September the Austrian city of Linz will host the most important event in the world of digital art: the Ars Electronica festival.

In this latest edition, the .BEEP { collection;} will be
one of the protagonists as an invited collection. As such, it will be charged with exhibiting one of its latest productions as well as various selected works from the collection.

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