Artists: Usman Haque / Bestiario, Santiago Ortiz / Michele Catanzaro, Ramon Balagué, ¨Álvaro Robles / Laurent Mignonneau, Christa Sommerer/José Manuel Berenguer / Sony Lab: Luc Steels, Michael Spranger, Martin Loetzsch / Raquel Paricio, Juan Manuel Moreno Aróstegui / Interaction Research Studio-Goldsmiths-University of London / Prospect and Innovation Studio-Goldsmiths-University of London: Mike Waller, Terry Rosenberg, Pete Rogers, Andrew Weatherhead, Duncan Fairfax / Digital Methods Initiative: Richard Rogers, Esther Weltevrede, Erik Borra, Marieke van Dijk / Foundation: Alexander Galloway, Erik Borra, Michael Stevenson, Marieke van Dijk

Curated by:
Josep Perello and Pau Alsina, with the assistance of Irma Vila.

Cultures of change. Social Atoms and Electronic Lives examines the social and cultural dynamics from a highly multidisciplinary perspective, from the hand of the complexity sciences and digital technologies.

Information and communication technologies have made possible to quantify and monitor, process and display aspects of our society and our culture unthinkable until recently. The so-called complex systems theory seeks to explain this phenomenology based on the hardest sciences through models that assume nonlinear properties, self-organization, emergence, feedback, heterogeneity and uncertainty. These theoretical abstractions contributions describe the social and cultural interactions maintaining the unique and the co-evolution with the environment as an essential element.

Both the whole and the singularities are particularly important, and robotics, artificial intelligence, electronic circuitry and new technological devices are getting closer to our human peculiarities. The exhibition seeks to experience in person all these ideas and artistic practices through experimental projects, and providing access to scholarly information on the subject in a friendly environment.

The exhibition project will be inaugurated during the celebration of the International Conference “Cultures of Change | Changing Cultures in Barcelona, inside the NEST PathFinder initiative A Topological Approach to Cultural Dynamics, as part of the European Commission’s 6th Framework Programme ( where sociologists, philosophers, mathematicians, biologists, physicists , technologists and artists contribute with their views on cultural dynamics in the contemporary world. The project involves also a database, a book, a series of workshops and a range of activities related to the exhibition.

International Conference.

Changing Cultures: Cultures of Change. 10-12 December 2009. Facultat de Filosofia, Universitat de Barcelona. Among 160 participants.

Plenary speakers include: Rosi Braidotti, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands / Matthew Fuller, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK / Alex Galloway, New York University, USA / Penny Harvey, University of Manchester, UK / Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich, Switzerland / Scott Lash, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK / Richard Rogers, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Brian Rotman, Ohio University / Luc Steels, SONY-France, France / Sergi Valverde, University Pompeu Fabra, Spain / Eyal Weizmann, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK For more information:

Exhibition Book

Edited and published by ACTAR, 128 pages.

Short Texts by the exhibitors and by 20 international experts: Alex Adriaansens, Usman Haque, Sergi Valverde, Santiago Ortiz, Albert Díaz-Guilera and Alex Arenas, Esteban Moro, Fabian Muniesa and Daniel Beunza, Jaume Masoliver, Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer, Eugene Stanley, José Maria Berenguer, Maxi Sanmiguel, Luc Steels, Michael Spranger and Laurent Mignonneu, Dirk Helbing, Raquel Paricio and Manuel Moreno Aróstegui, Philip Ball, Celia Lury, Pi Studio, Maximilian Schich and Albert-László Barabási, Interaction Research Studio, Mike Michael, Alexander Galloway, Erik Borra, Michael Stevenson, Marieke van Dijk, James Crutchfield, Richard Rogers, Tiziana Terranova, Matthew Fuller.