4 de juny 2015: Interface Clasp 

Presentation Interface Manifesto + MEMBRANA Residency with César Escudero + Soren Bro Pold (post-digital interfaces)+ ICONUU

18-20h / Ricson room. Hangar, Emilia Coranty 16 / Free admission

After nearly two years of research on interfaces, where we have organized seminars, workshops, reading sessions or residences,  PIPES_BCN  reaches the end of a cycle. On Thursday June 4  will take place the final presentation of the European project  PIPES (Participatory Investigation of Public Engaging Spaces) carried out by Hangar and the UOC in Barcelona.

To close this polyphonic and interdisciplinary research PIPES_BCN team Quelic Berga, Laia Blasco, Clara Piazuelo, Andreu Belsunces and Tere Badia will present the project and the Interface Manifesto, developed in collaboration with Pau Alsina, Jorge Luis Marzo, Rosa Llop Jara Rocha Cesar Escudero and Femke Snelting.

In this context, Soren Bro Pold, author of the essay “Criticism Interface” and professor of digital aesthetics at the University of Aarhus, will talk about “post-digital interface to criticism The Interface After the Interface.”
César Escudero, MEMBRANE artist in residency  will present his application designed under PIPES research, that explores the boundaries between Inferface and Interface-Interface-Human.

And ICONUU platform will be introduced with an installation for the public experimentation on the creation of icons.




5th March, 2015: Conference at MediaLab Prado #EDCD15

PIPES_BCN participates at “encuentro sobre Diseño y Cultura Digital” with a conference about the awareness of the designers and users on the impact of interfaces.

More info: Streaming, and links to the references


11th & 12th December, 2014: AMIC2014

PIPES_BCN present interface manifesto work in progress in the Art Matters International Conference

More info:


Until 10th January, 2015: Open call for MEMBRANA residency

Residency for artistic interface criticism

Read the open call information here

OpenDesign workshop

7 November, 2014: Workshop

Mixed experience: when ‘users’ and ‘developers’ make tools together

by Femke Snelting & OSP (Open Source Publishing)

Free access with (limited seats).  To register, send an e-mail to: formacio[@]


This workshop asks how digital tools can refuse strict separations between ‘users’ and ‘developers’, both in the way they are built and how they are put to use. Mixed experience starts from experiments by artists, designers and programmers affiliated with Constant, a Brussels’ based association for Arts and Media, and design caravan OSP. Our tools are sometimes built from scratch, and often combine existing packages in ways that allow actual experiences of and with software.

This work is rooted in the culture of Free, Libre and Open Source software. It allows us to critically interrogate how tools condition our practice but above all is an invitation to use, study, distribute and improve software. It inspires us to mix the expertise of ‘users’ and ‘developers’ and to work simultaneously on the level of code, structure and design. In order to shift our digital practices away from the pressures of meritocracy and the limits of technocentrism, we need to make tools together.

From 10 to 13h

The workshop consists of a panorama of tool-experiments in the context of the practice of Constant/OSP, followed by a detailed presentation of Visual Culture (a tool to share and publish collaborative design projects), a hands-on experience of several tools that shift the paradigms of practice, and a discussion.

Please bring your laptop!

HANGAR, Emilia Coranty 16 08018 Barcelona, Tel. +34 933 084 041

Brendan Howell, Jon Nordby: software architecture for the Piksels and Lines Orchestra (2013)

Femke Snelting / (BXL)
An artist and designer, developing projects at the intersection of design, feminism and free software. She is an important member of ‘Constant’, the Brussels-based association for arts and media, and co-initiated the design/research team Open Source Publishing (OSP). She formed De Geuzen (a foundation for multi-visual research) with Renée Turner and Riek Sijbring and recently co-ordinated the Libre Graphics Research Unit, a European partnership investigating inter-relations between free software tools and artistic practice. Femke currently teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute (Master Media Design and Communication), the Ecole de Recherche Graphique and the Advanced performance and scenography studies.

More info about Femke Snelting, and from Open Source Publishing

This workshop is part of the Free Culture Forum 2014 in collaboration with BAU


4 June, 2014: Workshop

Symbology DIY: Make your own Symbols

by Genís Carreras

Free access with previous registration (limited seats)

Symbology DIY Workshop is an exploration about the use of symbols, signs and icons in our modern society and the creation process that exists behind all of them. The participants will be encouraged to work with coloured cardboard, scissors and glue in order to reinvent existent icons, create stories using road signs, or to design a national flag from scratch.

The workshop will be a one-day event and it will be fragmented into small practical activities, each of them consisting on a project brief and context, creation process, and sharing and commenting our results.

11 to 14h workshop
14 to 15h lunch time
15h to 18h workshop

Genís Carreras
He is an independent graphic designer based in London. He is author of Philographics, a book that uses minimal graphic design to explain 95  philosophical ideas. Funded through Kickstarter, this work has been reviewed by magazines like Wired, FastCompany or Yatzer, among other, and this and other pieces have been exhibited in France, Netherlands, London or Spain. As a graphic designer he has worked for clients like Sony Music, O2, We Transfer or Red Cross.

More info about him:



5 June, 2014: Workshop

RAABLAB. From object art to connected art

by Stella Veciana and Dan Norton

Free access with previous registration (limited seats)

The RAABLAB workshop gives local artists and scientists the opportunity to use various interaction techniques to develop connected research practices.

The workshop is based around the simple creative behaviours of selecting and mixing derived form the DJ’s model of informaiton interaciton. These are used to build a mesh of connectivity.
Each participant brings to the workshop a work of art, that is, or is represented by an object no bigger than a potato.

During the one-day event, participants will share their knowledge and develop skills and resources to collaborate in joint sustainable networks.

The workshop creates a setting to connect and integrate the personal into a common narrative and to co-design out of this local shared spaces.

11 to 14h workshop
14 to 15h lunch time
15h to 18h workshop

Stella Veciana
Studies in Experimental arts at the UdK University of Arts Berlin, Computer Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Cultural Policy & Management at the University Barcelona. Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona and author for online master modules at the Postgraduate Institute of Madrid. PhD dissertation entiteled “Research arts: the interface between art, science and technology as a field of knowledge and action” at the University of Barcelona.

Dan Norton
Studied Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art, and Electronic Imaging at the University of Dundee. In 2009 he co-founded WAKA Espai d’Art, an independent artist-led gallery in Palma Spain. PhD thesis entitled “Mixing the Library: Information Interaction and the DJ.” Previously Associate Lecturer at University of Dundee, College of Art and Engineering, Scotland.

More info about them:


27 May, 2014: Round Table

Interface Dictatorship

18:30 pm. free access
Hangar, Emilia Coranty 16 08018 Barcelona Tel. +34 933 084 041

Our access to reality is increasingly being filtered by interfaces. They become input and output surfaces, spaces of creation and confluence where multiple agents coexist. These exchange spaces are designed, and therefore they are never neutral, they belong to a point of view, a culture and an ideology. Interfaces dictate rules and uses, by showing and hiding options and information, establishing relations and setting up control strategies, most often under a freedom and transparency appearance.
If the Interface is a point of interconnection between two independent systems, then interface itself should maintain that balance and not favor one system over the other. But does this balance of power really exist? Is this neutrality an aim that we should pursue? How can we analyze the ideology embedded in the interface? What are the strategies to design an honest interface that visualize its ideology? Can be interface considered as a dictatorship? What are its power and control strategies?


Hugo Roy

Hugo Roy (Lille, France) leads the Terms of Service; Didn’t Read project, and is part of the board of the General Assembly of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). He’s also the co-founder of the Digital Freedoms association and also a member of April and French Data Network.  He has a masters’ degree in copyright, patent and trademark law from Sciences Po Paris. He is currently a lawyer-in-training at the Paris Bar. // More info

Carlos Scolari

Carlos Scolari (Rosario, Argentina) is Professor of the Department of Communication of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). PhD in Applied Linguistics and Languages ​​Communication by Catholic University of Milan, specializated in the study of digital media and the new media ecology from a semiotic perspective. Since 2000 he has given lectures, courses and workshops on digital communication, semiotics of interfaces and interaction design at universities and institutions of several countries. Among other books, he published Hacer Clic. Hacia una sociosemiótica de las interacciones digitales (2004), Hipermediaciones. Elementos para una teoría de la comunicación digital interactiva (2008), El fin de los medios masivos. El comienzo de un debate (con M. Carlón, 2009), Crossmedia Innovations (with I. Ibrus, 2012) y Narrativas Transmedia. Cuando todos los medios cuentan (2013). // More info

Mayo Fuster

Mayo Fuster Morell (Valencia, Spain) has being active or has developed research in the field of social movements (Global Justice Movement, Free culture movement and 15M/Indignados movilization in Spain); online communities; common-base peer production; Internet and politics; public policies. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where she is part of the Cooperation group overseen by Yochai Benkler. Additionally, she is member of the Institute of Government and Public Policies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she is the principal investigator of the research project “Information, culture and knowledge: New citizens’ practices, new public policies”. // More info

Marga Padilla

Marga Padilla (Spain) is a computer engineer and former director of the Mundo Linux journal, she belongs to the small minority of women who are able to create and maintain systems. She learned about GNU/Linux and the social and political uses of new technologies at squatter social centres— it’s not something they teach at university.  Along with other hackers, she founded She has published various articles about political action and new communication technologies, including “Agujeros negros en la red” (Black Holes on the Web), in the Archipiélago journal; “Penélope, tejiendo y destejiendo la red” (Penelope: Weaving and Unweaving the Net), in the book Ciberguerrilla de la comunicación (Communication Cyberguerrilla), published by Virus, and others available on the Internet. Currently, she works at Dabne, the workers’ cooperative company (cooperativa de trabajo asociado) founded by women and engaged in the development of Web applications for free software, although she likes to say that her work consists of “making Internet”. // More info


Andreu Belsunces, is part of the research team of this project.

Relatograma by Carla Boserman