Posts Tagged ‘participació’

Barcelona, then and now

June 14th, 2011 1 Comment

11 September 1931 portrayed by Josep Brangulí and the camp in Plaça Catalunya in 2011, photographed by Marcello Vicidomini.

The aim of the participatory project “Brangulí was here. What about you?” is to find out how present-day photographers see the themes that Brangulí photographed.

Josep Brangulí’s camera focused on the social, political and industrial changes of a specific era, the early 20th century in Barcelona. The 300 photographs and the original printed matter that form part of the exhibition «Brangulí: Barcelona, 1909-1945» document ways of life, forms of political protest, recreation and work of the Barcelona residents of the time.

But what about the Barcelona of today? How do present-day photographers see life in a city that is also going through a change of century? The participatory action “Brangulí was here. What about you?” aims to find answers to these questions. This is a participatory photographic project aimed at professionals and amateurs organized on the website and leading up to an exhibition at the CCCB to present the best images of contemporary Barcelona that take Brangulí as their inspiration.

The work of Brangulí will serve as the departure point for photographers taking part in this initiative. The participants can submit images taken since the year 2000 that correspond to the themes chosen by Brangulí presented in the exhibition: Barcelona by night, political and social events, industrial spaces, work places, emblematic social and commercial premises, museums, beaches, urban remodelling, transport and street life.

We want you to portray present-day Barcelona with your photographs. Grab your camera and capture the city: what’s happening in the street, industrial districts, the new Barcelona born of urban remodelling, today’s night life, new means of transport or emblematic social or business premises.

Everyone who wants to take partmust have a Flickr account and join the group “Brangulí was here”. Once they’ve been viewed by the curators, the images will be posted on the website. Under the heading ‘How to take part?’ you’ll find details about how to upload your photos.

A team of curators will select the ten best photographs, one for each category, which will be shown at the CCCB from 20 September to 23 October 2011. The ten best submissions to “Brangulí was here. What about you?” will be printed in a special format, and the rest of the photographs submitted will be screened during the exhibition.


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.

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%

(Català) Oda a la lletjor de Barcelona, València i Palma

May 10th, 2010 3 Comments