Sónar+D Barcelona 2019 new confirmations and themes

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Sónar+D 2019 will be held July 17, 18, 19 and 20, simultaneously with Sónar by Day, at Fira Montjuïc in Barcelona

Nearly 200 technologists, cyberactivists, researchers, scientists, and artists from the fields of music, videogames and immersive creation will offer talks, workshops, and lectures in a summer edition of Sónar+D especially dedicated to learning and participation.

Sónar+D Barcelona 2019 Main Names & Themes

Among the conferences on experience design, the congress includes the presence of technologist Timoni West, director of the XR unit at Unity Labs, the R&D laboratory of the most important video game engine; Juha van ‘t Zelfde, a solidarity activist who advocates collective joy and founder of Progress Bar, a conceptual political party that supports diversity, inclusion and radical club culture; Natalia Fuchs, new media curator and co-founder of the GAMMA Festival in Saint Petersburg; and Alba G.Corral, visual artist and creative programmer renowned for her impressive audiovisual performances.

The internet to come, or the challenges and reflections on the next 30 years of the internet, will be another of the main topics of discussion by the hand of Xenia Ermoshina, researcher at CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research in France) and analyst of the technologies of surveillance and censorship against journalists and activists; Marta Peirano, journalist specialized in free culture, security and privacy, Internet rights and author of the book “The enemy knows the system“; and Jay Springett, theorist “solarpunk,” the new utopian trend of science fiction that imagines a green future with free energy sources and decentralized energy infrastructures.

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Quantum computing and its impact on science and technology in the not-so-distant future is another of Sónar+D 2019’s themes. It will discover how it works, what impact it will have in the future and how it can be explored and understood through creativity. To delve deeper into it, Sónar+D invites Libby Heaney, a British artist and quantum physicist whose artistic practice focuses on the impact of new technologies; and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS), Spain’s National Supercomputing Center specializing in high-performance computing (HPC), which is currently developing its own quantum computer.

The theme of sound and music technology is joined by the British project The Rattle, a London and LA incubator for musicians and music technology entrepreneurs: its two founders Jon Eades and Chris Howard will offer a talk on financing for artists.

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The SonarMies programme will present the annual sound intervention of the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona pavilion, which this year will feature the piece ‘Dazwischen‘ by Colombian artist Lucrecia Dalt. In this sound and architectural investigation of the pavilion, the artist takes up ideas from the architect, such as spatial continuity or open-plan structure. In ‘Dazwischen‘ (German word meaning between unexpected and intermediate condition) Lucrecia Dalt will propose an experience using sound to question the spatial limits it occupies. The work also has a textual and vocal deconstruction component that turns the pavilion into a talking entity.

Jules Laplace and Los Voluble join the workshop program: Jules Laplace, the programmer who has developed Holly Herndon’s “Spawn”, the “baby” of AI, will offer a workshop to understand what neural networks are and how to train them to work with sound; and the activists of audiovisual experimentation Los Voluble will give a workshop on political remixing and live cinema. Other workshops already announced are those of the CANADA studio, Hamill Industries, Peter Kirn or teenage engineering.

All information and registration at www.sonarplusd.com

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