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Social Insects: Common Learning and Pollination for Change

Event about art, science and technology projects.

Courses and workshops + Debate

The MACBA and the CCCB suggest a day-long theory and hands-on event aimed at educators, artists, mediators, social workers, scientists and anyone who is interested. Talks, workshops and documentation on outstanding projects that blend art, science and technology and inspire us to action and civic participation.  

Are you keen to put a multidisciplinary activity into practice in your education centre? Do you want to know how art, science and technology can move on to action to jointly address immediate social challenges? Are you interested in learning from community initiatives that could have a direct impact on your neighbourhood? Or might you perhaps like to contribute with the artist Natalie Jeremijenko to a project to combat climate change based in the Raval but which started out in New York?

During this day-long event, some 20 voices with very different tones will share their favourite projects, will speak about their particular initiatives, will read exhibition rooms with different eyes and will stir us into participating in activities to pollinate minds, streets and schools, producing seeds of change, social impact and collective action. New ways of understanding learning and knowledge suitable for anyone involved in the realm of education will coexist, move between and adapt to two institutions and a neighbourhood with a mobile, fragile and mutable format. For one day at least, we will become social insects capable of intervening collectively in any space, ambit or context.



10.00 - 11.00 am Welcome and opening talk

The artist Natalie Jeremijenko looks back with us at her career to date and her approach to projects involving the idea of collaboration.

Jeremijenko is an artist, scientist, engineer and inventor with a special interest in environmental and urban issues. She is a professor in the Visual Arts Department of New York University and is affiliated with the university’s Computer Science Department. Her multidisciplinary practice develops the emerging field of socio-ecological systems design in the Anthropocene, the current geological age that began with the advent of the Industrial Revolution. Jeremijenko uses attractions and ongoing participatory research spectacles that address the challenge of reimagining our relationship with natural systems, particularly in urban environments. Her approach encompasses various strategies for redesigning energy and food with a view to contributing to the common good and improving the health of humankind and the environment.

Activity in English with simultaneous interpreting

Venue: Meier Auditorium at the MACBA


11.00 - 12.00 midday  Present a project that is not yours

In just five minutes, various local actors will present a project they found truly inspiring.

  1. José Luis de Vicente
  2. Cecilia Tham
  3. Efrain Foglia
  4. Monica Bello
  5. Sira Doménech
  6. Alina Mierlus
  7. Enric Senabre
  8. Mónica Garriga
  9. Ignasi Labastida

 Venue: Meier Auditorium at the MACBA.


12.00 - 12.30 pm Coffee Break


12.30 - 2.30 pm Museums and exhibition tours

We will let ourselves be guided by artists, scientists and activists will read the exhibition space for us in a participative and unusual way.

Led by the DIYBio Barcelona biohacker collective through the Human+ The future of our species exhibition at the CCCB.

Led by Jordi Ferreiro and Antoni Hervàs through the rooms of the MACBA.

Venues: Exhibition Room 2 at the CCCB and the MACBA Collection Exhibition Rooms.


4.00 - 7.00 pm

Workshops (*you must choose one)

Practical sessions in small groups during which tools, strategies, methodologies, technologies and even the possibility of working actively in a project led by the artist Natalie Jeremijenko will be presented.

*Everyone registering for the full-day option will later receive an e-mail so that they can choose which of the three workshops they want to join.

BeAnotherLab: the machine to be another

The collective will develop and share with us Creative Commons immersive tools that provide innovative solutions for research into cognitive processes and human behaviour.

Venue: Beta Station at the CCCB


Natalie Jeremijenko, treexcloud (in English)

The artist, who lives in New York, will propose and set us to work on a series of specific initiatives to combat climate change in a productive and collaborative way at the local scale of the Raval neighbourhood.

Venue: Workshop Space at the MACBA


Domestic Data Streamers: playing with data

The collective of designers proposes an activity in which we will combine our forces to find ways of representing data from very different sources with the help of everyday objects.

Venue: Convent Auditorium at the MACBA.


All the participants in the seminar will be given free admission to the Experience MACBA activity, which will be led by the artist Natalie Jeremijenko.

7.00 -8.00 pm Experience MACBA

Natalie Jeremijenko, Museum of Natural Futures

Just after the COP21 conference on climate change held in Paris, the artist Natalie Jeremijenko will present some aspects of her work relating to this subject and will share some of the initiatives launched in collaboration with the residents and organisations in the Raval neighbourhood.

Venue: Atrium at the MACBA


Event curated by Josep Perelló, who leads OpenSystems Research at the University of Barcelona.

This event is intended to continue the line which began at the MACBA with the Open Systems programme for teachers on the usefulness of discovering and examining the hybridisation and convergence of artistic and scientific practices. The CCCB has launched an experimental programme of activities and research (2016-2017) on how to address the issue of climate change in cultural institutions.


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