Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

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

January 14th, 2011 9 Comments

The City of Horrors: taking stock of a participatory project

September 16th, 2010 6 Comments

On 12 September, the exhibition “Barcelona-Valencia-Palma. A Story of Confluences” closed, and we won’t be able to visit it again until next year in Palma de Mallorca. Until then, one element of the exhibition we can carry on visiting on the Internet is the participatory project “The City of Horrors”.

“The City of Horrors” occupied two spaces: one physical (the exhibition) and one virtual (a website). Via the virtual space, internauts could submit and vote for photographs of ugly places in Barcelona, Valencia and Palma. The most voted images on the website then went on to the physical space, where they were projected in a mural that changed every day according to the voting. This mural represented “The City of Horrors”, a mixed metropolis produced by combining the least attractive places in the three Mediterranean cities.

I think “The City of Horrors” is one of the most complete participatory initiatives conducted to date at the CCCB, partly because the contents contributed by users became part of the exhibition project, partly because it was the internauts rather than the exhibition curator or coordinator who decided, with their votes, which images should be projected in the mural.

The response of participants was quite good, in view of the results. From the day “BVP” opened in late May until the end of September, 477 photographs were published, all together receiving 84,704 votes. More than 3,600 users visited the website during the four months the show ran.

Some other interesting figures produced by “The City of Horrors”: according to the users, Barcelona is the city with most ugly places, followed by Valencia and Palma, with most of the photos submitted (406) being of public space in Barcelona.

Many participants sent in images of specific objects (puddles, rubble, piles of rubbish, abandoned bicycles, etc.) as though what really bothers us about the city is not so much the urban space itself as the way people treat it.

Below are the top five images of the ugliest places in terms of votes received. Many thanks to everyone who took part in this initiative (some of whom we have since followed on twitter or Facebook).

1. Dirty water in Maremàgnum (Barcelona) by Sonia Hita

Total votes: 195 | votes in favour: 190 | 97%

2. Rubbish in Poblenou (Barcelona) by Isaac Gràcia

Total votes: 231 | votes in favour: 220 | 95%

3. Saturday market (Palma de Mallorca) by Martín

Total votes: 232 | votes in favour: 219 | 94%

4. Carrer Banys Nous (Barcelona) by Albert Salamé

Total votes: 284 | votes in favour: 265 | 93%

5. Carrer Gramàtic Carles Ros, El Cabanyal (Valencia) by Eduardo Martín García

Total votes: 273 | votes in favour: 255 | 93%

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May 26th, 2010 Comments Closed

CCCB: Open to Internet

May 17th, 2010 3 Comments

Today, 17 May, we are celebrating Internet Day by opening the doors to all the activities of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona that are possible thanks to the existence of the Internet and the millions of internauts who interact using it.

We’re inviting you into our home through the most visible face of the CCCB on the Net: its corporate website. Today, it invites you to immerse yourself in the CCCB’s online offer: blogs and websites where you can take part in the Centre’s cultural projects.

The CCCB’s blogs

Today marks the first appearance of VEUS CCCB, a blog where you can follow the Centre’s activity through the many voices of its workers and collaborators. VEUS CCCB is a diary of the CCCB where you can find out about and comment on what is concealed behind the walls of an exhibition or festival. Every week—that’s the plan!—we’ll be publishing recommendations, reviews, curiosities and anecdotes related to the everyday life of an arts centre.

CCCB LAB presents a revamped blog, a window on the transformations at the CCCB and institutions in general at a time of major cultural change. In the words of Juan Insua, director of CCCB LAB: “the blog is a handy place to find, discover and share the inner workings of a cultural laboratory and the challenges presented by R+D+i that aims to explore the mutation of genres and formats, and so on.”

Since 2008, the cycle I+C+i, Research and Innovation in the field of culture, has also kept a blog designed to move the debate that starts in presential sessions onto the Net. At, you can research, hear the opinions of experts taking part in the cycle and give your opinion on themes such as 2.0 philosophy in the management of cultural institutions, multiplatforms, the future of files and virtual exhibitions.

Participatory Web Spaces

Is your city ugly? Internauts can decide on their “City of Horrors”, an interactive mural that will be created in the framework of the exhibition “Barcelona-Valencia-Palma”. At, send in photos of the most horrible places in these three cities and vote for your candidates for “The City of Horrors”.

Dictionary of the Unease of Culture – Another web initiative linked to a CCCB exhibition is “The Dictionary of the Unease of Culture”, a list of 113 words associated with the world of the exhibition “Atopia. Art and City in the 21st Century”. You can give a new meaning to words—defined by the exhibition’s curators—by adding text, video, photos or audio to each concept. Today, we suggest you play with the meaning of the word “Internet”!

A new way of reading the city: the Cerdà Year browser Could Ildefons Cerdà ever have imagined people “clicking” on the layout he drew 150 years ago and sharing their experiences of the city with the world? With their contributions to the Cerdà Year Browser, internauts have turned the layout of Barcelona’s streets into a living, interactive network with urban itineraries, unknown or invisible historic points, school projects and emotional journeys.

Kosmopolis BookCamp’s wiki

If you’re interested in the world of books and open debate on the theme of digitization, Kosmopolis has prepared a wiki so you can organize your own round table or work group at the BookCamp that’ll be taking place in October 2010.

@cececebe = #culture in #social networks

The CCCB is present in social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Flickr. “MIRADES CCCB” was set up in tribute to the thousands of users who daily photograph the Pati de les Dones courtyard or the activities that take place at the Centre or in the Raval district. On Twitter, @cececebe @ICI_CCCB i @Kosmopolis_CCCB explain what’s going on every day in an effort to communicate with an ever more demanding Internet public that is increasingly following what cultural institutions are up to on the Net. There’s no stopping us now! Happy Internet Day!