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New MACBA website + Debate

Current situation and future proposals.

Friday 14 November
MACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

To mark the launch of the new MACBA website (http://www.macba.es starting
14th of November), this event would like to foster a public debate on the
use of the web by museums and on the specific nature of the medium in
relation to the way it is used by artists.

Internet and digital media has made a significant contribution to the
redefinition of the traditional concept of new media. This event
will serve as a forum to review the achievements of these years from a
technological perspective, as well as from an artistic and cultural point
of view. We would like to discuss a number of issues, including the museum
as a production space and the hybridisation of exhibition and communication
aspects, the possible existence of a new public digital sphere not related
to any particular territory, and the potential of the new technologies to
promote new forms of self-management that challenge the traditional notion
of artistic autonomy, the institution of which has historically been the

It is already accepted that museums must assume an integral role in
promoting artistic experiences related to the web through involvement in
exhibition and conservation. This debate aims to define the current
state of the relationship between museum institutions and the Internet by
establishing coordinates and lines of action for the future


16.00 Talk by Christiane Paul, curator of New Media Arts and founder of
Artport, the online exhibition space of the Whitney Museum in New York, and
the co-founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Intelligent Agent.

18.00 Presentation of the new MACBA website by Roberta Bosco, Stefano
Caldana and the group of artists area3, who were responsible for the site's
concept and development.

19.00 Round table with Christiane Paul, Jose Ramon Alcala, Director of
MIDE (International Electrography Museum) and Professor of New Technologies
at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Cuenca, and Roc Pares,
artist and lecturer at Pompeu Fabra University. Chaired by Roberta Bosco.

Auditorium. Free admission. Limited number of places available
Simultaneous translation service