Exhibition

Antoni Abad

megafone.net/2004-2014

18 Feb. to 24 June 2014

Participants in the You Plural project

Participants in the You Plural project

  • Fecha:
    01 Aug. - 18 Oct. 2015
    Lugar:
    Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Fecha:
    31 Oct. 2014 - 11 Jan. 2015
    Lugar:
    Matadero Madrid. Centro de creación contemporánea
  • Fecha:
    20 Mar. - 08 June 2014
    Lugar:
    Centro Cultural de España en México
  • Fecha:
    19 Mar. - 13 Apr. 2014
    Lugar:
    Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mèxic

Between the late eighties and early nineties, Antoni Abad (Lleida, 1956) focused on the development of mobile sculptures that, accompanied by photographic sequences, already inquired into the possibilities of the expanded and moving image. After a period as artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre for the Arts (Alberta, Canada), he began working with the videographic medium, without renouncing to the spatial and architectural concerns of his earlier work, as we can see in the piece Últimos deseos (Latest Wishes), 1995, which was presented in 1999 at the Venice Biennale curated by Harald Szeemann. In 1996, following an invitation from Roc Parés for the platform ‘MACBA online’, a project initiated by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and MACBA, Abad made Sisyphus, a video installation that reinterprets the classic myth and that also unfolds into a new version for the web: his first foray into the Internet. In 1997 he made a further video installation, Natural Sciences, which investigated users’ reactions of empathy and repulsion.

Since then Antoni Abad has focused on digital media, making proposals as emblematic as Z (2001–3), a work that anticipates the use of social networks, where users interact with each other by downloading to their computers a virtual fly allowing for collective and simultaneous interaction. The Z project was presented at MACBA in 2002 and received the Ciutat de Barcelona 2003 award in the Multimedia category.

Based on the above-mentioned investigations, megafone.net pioneers the exploration of other possible social and communicative uses for mobile phone technologies, which were in wide use at the end of the last century.


Press Conference and Opening: 18 February 2014. Dates: 18 February – 24 June 2014. Exhibition organized by the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) in collaboration with the Laboratorio Arte Alameda and the Centro Cultural de España en Méjico, Méjico DF, Matadero Madrid, and the Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brasil.

Given the specificity of this exhibition, the exhibition can travel to other venues using Internet download instead of transport, and also adapting and scaling the project according to the characteristics of the space and audiovisual equipment available at each venue.

The format of this tour consists of two essential elements:
- Slideshows and documentaries that will be downloadable from the Internet, with prior authorisation. These contents will be adapted to the number of projectors and media players available at each venue.
- megafone.net projects and additional documentation will be available for consultation by iMac and/or iPad, which will be provided at each venue.

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  • 'Antoni Abad. megafone.net/2004-2014' exhibition views. Photo: Miquel Coll
  • 'Antoni Abad. megafone.net/2004-2014' exhibition views. Photo: Miquel Coll
  • 'Antoni Abad. megafone.net/2004-2014' exhibition views. Photo: Miquel Coll
  • 'Antoni Abad. megafone.net/2004-2014' exhibition views. Photo: Miquel Coll
  • 'Antoni Abad. megafone.net/2004-2014' exhibition views. Photo: Miquel Coll
  • 'Antoni Abad. megafone.net/2004-2014' exhibition views. Photo: Miquel Coll
  • 'Antoni Abad. megafone.net/2004-2014' exhibition views. Photo: Miquel Coll
  • 'Antoni Abad. megafone.net/2004-2014' exhibition views. Photo: Miquel Coll
  • 'Antoni Abad. megafone.net/2004-2014' exhibition views. Photo: Miquel Coll

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