Screens have arrived and they are here to stay

January 19th, 2012 1 Comment

On 24 January we will be inaugurating the physical exhibition phase of Global Screen. Up to now, the exhibition has only existed on the Internet, at, where hundreds of creators motivated by the impact of screens on the world have been sending us their work. On the inauguration day, over 160 videos contributed by users will be integrated into the exhibition space, as a counterpoint to the version/vision of the curators, Gilles Lipovetsky, Jean Serroy and Andrés Hispano.

What the visitor will find at the CCCB is a 150-metre long strip of screen from which the discourse proposed by the curators can be followed. Facing this long screen will be the counterpoint, the audiovisual response from users to the theses of Lipovetsky and Serroy.  Inspired by the homonymous book by Lipovetsky i Serroy, the exhibition analyses all the screens that influence us in the 21st century: cinema, television, computers, smartphones, digital tablets, surveillance screens, etc. All the screens that have come into our lives to stay and which have a power that knows no precedents, as they affect all sectors: private, social, cultural, artistic, scientific and political.

Global Screen can be visited until 28 May and, during the entire exhibition period, audiovisual creators can continue sending in their videos, which will be incorporated into the exhibition space. How to take part?

The virtual exhibition – In parallel to the opening of the physical exhibition, a virtual environment for Global Screen has been created. The virtual version of Global Screen does not aim to be a transposing of the physical exhibition but rather it suggests a mutating audiovisual ecosystem, a media landscape in profound transformation, a new territory where cinema and television are no longer the hegemonic media. The director of the virtual platform, Juan Insua, explains in this article on the Global Screen blog how the digital version of Global Screen has been prepared.

Follow the countdown to #PANTALLAGLOBAL – On 24 January at 12 noon a press conference will be held to present Global Screen which you can watch live via@cececebe @pantallaglobal and the hashtag #PANTALLAGLOBAL.

Until 25 January when Global Screen will open to the public, we will be revealing audiovisual capsules with contants that you will find on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t miss the countdown to #PANTALLAGLOBAL. Screens have arrived and they are here to stay.


¿Qué será… será? Welcome 2012

December 12th, 2011 1 Comment

From the CCCB we wish you season’s greetings with these two Christmas carols produced by the audiovisuals team.

¿Qué será… será? sings Wax Taylor, whatever will be will be… The only thing we know is that 2012 will be, and for that reason we want to wish you a happy new year with this video-postcard. The piece includes fragments of Things to Come, a film from the year 1936 directed by W.Cameron Menzies with script by H.G.Wells, which considers the doubts and fears of a metropolis under threat.

Toni Curcó (CCCB, 2011) Images:  Things to come (1936) With script by HG Wells, directed by William Cameron Menzies.

A happier version of the holidays is that given to us by some peculiar camera operators wishing us a Merry Christmas from different spots around the planet (material from the Prelinger Archives). The tour of Christmas postcard scenes ends up in a place well known to all of us.

José Antonio Soria (CCCB, 2011) with the collaboration of Marc Desmonds. Images: “Round the World” (1950) by Warner Pathe News. This film belongs to the Prelinger Archives

Interview: Jonas Mekas, man of film

November 2nd, 2011 No Comments

Jonas Mekas, one of the key figures in experimental film, visits the CCCB to meet in person a virtual friend, a friend he has known through the Internet: José Luis Guerín. The two filmmakers have exchanged filmed correspondence in recent months, small pieces of video about everyday life. Their correspondence, as well as the correspondence of another five pairs of contemporary creators, can be seen at the CCCB at the exhibition: “The Complete Letters. Filmed Correspondences.”

We talk with Mekas about how he sees the world through his cameras and about how he understands film and the art of capturing images in motion. He explains to us that he can only film what he has before him: New York, Brooklyn, his son, his friends. He talks about the Occupy Wall Street movement and the citizens’ protests in New York in which he has actively participated.

He reflects on film, an art which, according to him, is very much alive everywhere thanks to new technologies. We are surprised by the simplicity and lack of orthodoxy of his words.

This interview is an advance of a longer conversation that will be viewable on different CCCB channels: on the “Soy Cámara” programme, which will devote a special episode to him, in the XCÈNTRIC ARCHIVE, where we will be able to see an introduction by the filmmaker to all his works acquired by the CCCB, and the virtual platform “Global Screen”, where Mekas will reflect on the end of cinema and the future of screens.

Interview by Lucia Calvo and Gloria Vilches. Camera and lighting by José Antonio Soria and Juan Carlos Rodríguez

GLOBAL SCREEN: Create, publish and exhibit your vision

October 14th, 2011 No Comments

“Even though the screen has over a century of history, during the 20th century it has constantly grown in terms of importance, prestige and power, moving from cinema to television and now from television to the web” Gilles Lipovetsky, co-curator of the Global Screen exhibition.

At work, on the underground, at home, at the doctor’s surgery, at the airport, at the shopping centre, in the street… We live surrounded by screens, images and cameras that record our activity. The audiovisual language has become one of our main forms of communication. The CCCB’s “Global Screen” exhibition is a reflection on how we see and how we understand the world through screens. The exhibition’s curators, Gilles Lipovetsky and Jean Serroy, understand that to create this exhibition it is essential to include the vision of screen users: anyone who is interested can participate by sending a video of their own creation which reflects upon the power of the screen.

How to participate

Global Screen is an exhibition that has existed on the Internet since 1 October 2011 through the virtual platform, from where participation in the project is coordinated and the exhibition’s work in progress is explained.

If you are interested in forming part of the Global Screen project:

1. CREATE A VIDEO of less than 2 minutes’ duration that reflects on one of the seven screens/themes proposed by the curators:

  • HISTORY SCREEN: Is there any present possible without casting a glance at the past?
  • POLITICS SCREEN: Have you ever wondered about the relations that exist between media screens and the exercising of politics?
  • SPORTS SCREEN: What vision of sport are we creating through the numerous screens?
  • ADVERTISING SCREEN: Are you a fan of advertising, brands, fashion, and trends? Or does it all irritate and repel you?
  • EXCESS SCREEN: Are you into speed, excess, a life free of limits and want to express it?
  • SURVEILLANCE SCREEN: Are you scared of Big Brother, or to the contrary, do you like to spy, observe and keep watch?
  • GAME SCREEN: What kind of pleasure do you find in old and new screens?

2. PUBLISH THE VIDEO on the virtual platform of Global Screen.

3. EXHIBIT AT THE CCCB – All those videos published on the Global Screen virtual platform will be exhibited at the physical “Global Screen” exhibition in January 2012 at the CCCB.

If you are interested in collaborating directly with the project, you can personally contact the Global Screen team.

(Català) Entrevista col·laborativa a Jesper Huor, autor de Wikirebels

January 14th, 2011 9 Comments