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Gianni Vattimo on universal culture

May 24th, 2011 No Comments

With just a few hours to go before the start of the talks on ‘Democratic Imaginary and Globalization’, the VEUS CCCB blog wanted to recall the words of Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo.

As in the case of Nilüfer Göle, featured in the previous video, Gianni Vattimo is a past visitor to the CCCB, and we wanted to accompany his participation in the debate “The democratic forces emerging under globalization”, this Saturday 28 May, with the reflections he made back in 2007 on the concept of “universal culture”.

Nilüfer Göle on globalization

May 23rd, 2011 No Comments

Coinciding with the arrival in Barcelona of intellectuals to take part in the talks on “Democratic Imaginary and Globalization”, from 26 to 28 May at the CCCB, we wanted to put forward the testimony of some of the speakers who’ll be taking part in this 23rd meeting of the Academia de la Latinidad, which will be reflecting on the future of democracy and political representation in the present-day context of globalization.

One of the international experts visiting the CCCB this week is sociologist Nilüfer Göle, Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Göle came to the Centre in the framework of the exhibition “West seen by East” in 2005, which is when we recorded this interview, in which Göle reflects on the inexorable process of globalization and the relations and conflicts between East and West that it generates. In the video, the sociologist comments that any idea of progress must necessarily be linked to the “freedom to choose”.

Nilüfer Göle will be at the CCCB on Thursday 26 May, taking part in the debate “Democracy and Awakening Identities in the Mediterranean” and talking about the challenges presented by Turkey and the democratic rebirth taking place in the area following this spring’s revolutions.

Story of a day: #diaMagris

May 4th, 2011 No Comments

For many, 3 May 2011 was the day that Barça and Real Madrid met in the semi-finals of the Champions League, or the day they found out more details about the death of Osama Bin Laden. It will be remembered by Claudio Magris as the day that Barcelona University conferred an honorary degree on him, and by us as a day of tribute to the Trieste-born writer on Twitter. Yesterday we celebrated #diaMagris, an event dedicated to publicizing documentation, quotations and recommendations related to the work of the author of Danube.

Twitter users who took part in #diaMagris. Source: The Archivist (click to enlarge)

Storify del #diaMagris

Thanks to the involvement of many users—110 people altogether—over 400 tweets related to Claudio Magris were published. Barcelona University @ub_endirecte streamed the investiture ceremony of Claudio Magris and the accounts of @cececebe and @CCCBebeducacio published documents, videos and photographs of Magris and the CCCB’s exhibition, “The Trieste of Magris”. The Wikipedist @kippelboy updated Wikipedia’s entry on Claudio Magris specially for #diaMagris, @bibliotequesbcn provided information about the writer’s books that can be found in Barcelona’s public libraries, and many other Internet users shared quotations from Magris or recommended their favourite books. We posted a summary on Storify in the form of a collection of documentation, videos, photographs, quotes and recommendations that were shared during #diaMagris. On the CCCB’s Delicious, you can consult the tweeted links.

The result of the initiative showed us that, thanks to the collaboration of networks, it is possible to compile lots of interesting and useful information about an author. It is an experience that we recommend and one that can be applied to other cultural or educational activities. Thank you to everyone who contributed to #diaMagris!

YOUR VOICE. Beyond “I like it”

April 19th, 2011 5 Comments

New space for participation on the CCCB’s blog

How often have you been to an activity at the Centre and left wanting to raise your hand and give some reasoned criticism of what you’ve just seen or heard? YOUR VOICE is a space for conversation between the multiple voices of visitors to the Centre.

On the VEUS CCCB (CCCB VOICES) blog, we’ve opened a new channel of communication for all visitors to the Centre: YOUR VOICE. It’s an inbox where you can send opinions, criticisms, reflections, stories and impressions about the CCCB’s activities.

What’s the difference between this new window for opinion and others like Twitter, Facebook, blogs or an exhibition visitors’ book?

YOUR VOICE sets out to be a space for participation that goes beyond “I like it” or “I don’t like it”. You can write long articles (up to a page of Word) arguing your opinions about the CCCB’s programme.

Every week, the CCCB’s web team will review all the opinions received and publish, on the blog, all those that respect the criteria of participation:

  • All texts must have a title and a font size of no more than one page of Word.
  • All contents must be the work of the person who submits them and must be signed.
  • Mentions of authors or works should be indicated by links or bibliographic references.
  • Advertising, offensive contents and unreasoned criticism will not be accepted.

Using the form in YOUR VOICE, you can also send in photos and videos, provided they are your work.

“The City of Horrors” receives an award at the Museums and the Web Conference

April 12th, 2011 1 Comment

The CCCB’s online exhibition project receives an honourable mention in Best of the Web

“The City of Horrors”, the interactive web/mural in the CCCB’s exhibition “Barcelona-Valencia-Palma”, received an award in Best of the Web, organized annually in the United States as part of the international conference on museums and new technologies, “Museum and the Web”. The jury gave an honourable mention in the Exhibition category to “The City of Horrors”, as it did to the MOMA’s website, “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century”. The complementary nature of the virtual online exhibition, the effective use of multimedia formats and the level of participation of visitors are the criteria taken into account by the jury when evaluating candidates.

Website “The city of horrors”

A total of 108 projects by museums and arts centres round the world took part this year, 26 of them in the Exhibition category. The list of winning museums and centres is available for consultation on the conference website. The CCCB was also nominated in the categories of Social Media for its Kosmopolis Bookcamp wiki and Museum Professional for the CCCB Lab’s blog.

“The City of Horrors”, a project created in 2010 as part of the CCCB’s exhibition “Barcelona-Valencia-Palma”, was organized into two spaces: presential (the exhibition space) and virtual (a website). By means of virtual participation, users of the Internet could send in and vote for photographs of ugly spots in Barcelona, Valencia and Palma. The images to receive most votes on the website were chosen for the physical space, where they were projected as part of a mural that changed every day according to voting. This mural represented “The City of Horrors”, a mixed metropolis, the result of combining the least attractive places in the three Mediterranean cities.

Interactive mural showed in the exhibition

The city of horrors, exhibition space

Thanks to this initiative, an idea of the CCCB’s developed by the designer Ignasi Rifé and the firm Enfasystem, the exhibition included 477 photographs submitted by visitors. It was the visitors themselves—over 3,600 visited the website during the exhibition—who decided, with their votes (a total of 84,704), which images would be projected in the mural at the show. (Read article about the outcome of the participatory project)

The Museums and the Web Conference, which took place last week in Philadelphia, is one of the foremost international meeting places for producers and managers of cultural and museum websites. It has been held since 1997 in various cities around the United States and marks out the principal future trends in the field of museums and technology.