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José Luis de Vicente

Curator and cultural researcher.

José Luis de Vicente researches the current and future impact of social and technological innovation by means of artifacts, objects and narratives that explore emerging social and political scenarios. His projects are strongly anti-disciplinary, and create contexts for collaboration and dialogue between artists, designers, architects, technologists, scientists, activists and communities.

He is the founder and artistic director de Sónar+D, the digital culture and creative technologies congress of Barcelona’s Sónar Festival, and founder and artistic codirector of MODEL, Barcelona Architectures Festival (2022). Since 2018 he has been a member of the artistic direction of LLUMBCN, the light arts festival of Barcelona. He has been co-artistic director of Tentacular, the Matadero Critical Technologies festival, Madrid (2018-2019), and director of the VISUALIZAR programme at Medialab Prado, Madrid (2007-2012). From 2012 to 2019 he was associated curator at FutureEverything, a cultural innovation agency in Manchester. From 2002 to 2008 he was subdirector of ArtFutura, Spain’s first art and technology festival. Since 2005 he has been a collaborator of the CCCB, where he has directed, programmed and curated numerous activities, symposia and exhibitions.


He has curated various exhibitions in Spain and beyond, including projects such as the Mirador Torre Glòries permanent installation (Torre Glòries, Barcelona, 2022), the review of Buckminster Fuller’s legacy, Radical Curiosity: In the Orbit of Buckminster Fuller (Espacio Fundación Telefónica Madrid - ArtScience Museum Singapore, 2021-2022), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s large-scale interactive environment Atmospheric Memory (Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, Manchester International Festival, 2019), the expository essay about the climate crisis, After The End of the World (CCCB Barcelona, 2017), and the international exhibition about the science, politics and culture of Big Bang Data (CCCB Barcelona, travelling to London, Madrid, Singapore, Prague, Boston, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo). Since 2017, he has worked in close collaboration with singer and artist Maria Arnal in the development of artistic and musical projects.

Update: 1 September 2022



Has participated in

Each Layer of the Atmosphere. A journey through the sounds of the planet

Podcast and sound installation

Christl Baur

GiriGiri – On the Edge of Possibilities

A Thousand Sibyls

Maria Arnal, José Luis de Vicente and Eduard Escoffet with Marta Mathéu


Kim Stanley Robinson

Mary Flanagan and José Luis de Vicente

New Perspectives on Digital Leisure

Lecture by Aubrey Anable

Playing with Feelings

Artists Talk

A journey beyond the end of the world

Climate, culture, change

Activity programme and prize award presentation ceremony of the 2nd Cultural Innovation International Prize 2016-2017

Social Insects: Common Learning and Pollination for Change

Event about art, science and technology projects.

The State of Surveillance

Technology and social control in the “smart city”


I+C+i. Performative conferences

With Bruno Giussani and José Luis de Vicente

The Invisible Conquest:

a Social and Cultural History of Hertzian Space

3rd session I+C+i. Atlas Ilustrado de Sistemas Operativos Culturales

José Luis de Vicente and Óscar Abril

After the End of the World

Big Bang Data