Copenhaguen: are there reasons for optimism?

December 13th, 2009 Comments Closed

Experts in environmental issues give their opinion on the upcoming climate conference.

Dec 7th through 18th the United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place in Copenhaguen, a new attempt by developed countries to reach an agreement on the ways and means to curve down the current ecological crisis. For the first time, the USA will be attending this conference, along with representatives from 192 countries.

The last edition of NOW. Meetings in the Present Continuous welcomed relevant specialists on environmental issues, activists and politicians that have long been warning governments on the devastating consequences of poorly planned energy policies. We have asked them what are their perspectives for the upcoming conference and if there are still reasons for optimism.


(Català) Viatge a l'ànima de l’exposició

November 27th, 2009 Comments Closed


(Català) Un altra vida és possible… en alta mar

November 27th, 2009 1 Comment


What did the Fall of the Berlin Wall represent?

October 29th, 2009 Comments Closed

Contemporary thinkers give their views on walls old and new

The debate “1989. Europe, 20 Years after the Fall of the Wall” brings together at the CCCB writers, philosophers and journalists, people who have some kind of link with that historical event that transformed Europe. We ask them how the world changed after the night of 9 November 1989, and if dreams of a freer, less divided continent really came true. Twenty years on, we also want to know which other borders or dividing lines, visible or invisible, affect humankind with the same force as the Berlin Wall.


Xcentric packs its bags

September 15th, 2009 Comments Closed

The CCCB’s film programme is setting out to travel the world with a cycle of Spanish experimental films

“From Ecstasy to Rapture. 50 Years of Alternative Spanish Film” is the title of the programme of Spanish experimental film going on show as of October in cities such as Melbourne, New York, Washington, Miami, Tokyo, Madrid and London. It offers a retrospective of the experimental film made in Spain between the 1950s and the present day. “From Ecstasy to Rapture …” is the brainchild of Xcentric, the regular film programme at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.

Thanks to the joint work of the CCCB and the Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior (SEACEX), foremost international museums and arts centres will be screening the works of filmmakers such as José Val del Omar, Joaquim Puigvert, Eugenio Granell, David Domingo, Oriol Sánchez, Laida Lertxudi, Carles Santos, Javier Aguirre, Eugeni Bonet, José Antonio Sistiaga and Iván Zulueta.

Antoni Pinent,  comissari del programa i Rosa  Cardona, conservadora de la Filmoteca de  Catalunya, repassen les còpies  de les pel•lícules abans d'enviar-les a  Melbourne, primera ciutat on es  projectarà el cicle.

Antoni Pinent, the curator of the programme and Rosa Cardona, curator of the Filmoteca de Catalunya, check the copies of the films before sending them to Melbourne.

Antoni Pinent, the curator of “From Ecstasy to Rapture…”, has chosen 43 titles from over 1000, a careful selection of the last 50 years of art-house film and creation. Some works have received little or no projection, and have now been loaned by film libraries or the directors themselves. Xcentric is setting off round the world to showcase some of Spain’s little-known film heritage.

Centres hosting “From Ecstasy to Rapture. 50 Years of Alternative Spanish Film”:

ACMI, Melbourne, October 2009

Anthology Film Archives, New York, January 2010

National Gallery, Washington, January-March 2010

Bass Museum of Art of Miami, January-February 2010

Image Forum Experimental Film Festival, Tokyo, April 2010

MNCARS, Madrid, May 2010

CCCB, Barcelona, May 2010

TATE-London, March-April 2011

Also interested in the programme are the Prague Film Theatre, Berlin’s Arsenal, the Pacific Film Archives in San Francisco, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna, the Cinémathèque Québecoise de Montreal, the Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Bologna’s Cinemateca and the MAXXI centre in Rome.

DVD catalogue

The documentation and cataloguing of work for “From Ecstasy to Rapture…” have produced a catalogue in DVD and booklet format containing information about the films and the filmmakers represented. The catalogue is edited by Andrés Hispano and Antoni Pinent and will be on sale at the different venues hosting the programme, in specialist shops and on the website of Cameo production company: