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Artists and users regain control of technology at Sónar+D 2016

Sónar+D 2016 re-centres the artist at the core of processes of technological and social innovation, and encourages the creative industries to interact with the world of science, education and business.
Sónar+D 2016, the 4th International Congress for Digital Culture and Creative Technologies will be held in Barcelona on 16, 17 and 18 June and takes place within Sónar by Day.
More than 4,500 professionals from 50 countries will participate in 150 activities distributed between the following Areas: the Congress (talks, panels, workshops and networking sessions); the Expo Area (the exhibition space for prototypes and new technologies including a new dedicated zone for start-ups); the Live Performance program (with installations, live shows and VR experiences)


Sónar acts as a catalyst for building relationships between the world of creativity, technology and knowledge. The program of activities encourages interaction between various leading figures from the innovation ecosystem through partnerships with universities, scientific research centres and business.

Among this year’s topics of discussion at Sónar+D 2016: the impact of algorithms on cultural taste making and its effect on our daily lives; the challenges facing artists to use technology as a transformative tool with cultural and social impact; alternative models for greater Internet decentralization; the links between culture and activism; the narrative and experiential possibilities of virtual reality or the potential of data to become the raw material for artistic creation.

Spanish and European premieres of virtual reality experiences, wearables, new musical instruments, sound & A/V prototypes and collective experiments that unite science and art, feature among the highlights of this year’s program.

Brian Eno

Key figures include producer, thinker and creative agitator Brian Eno, who will give the Inaugural Conference; one of the public faces of TOR (The Onion Router, the deep web browser), the renowned journalist and American computer security researcher Jacob Appelbaum; Matt Clark co-founder of United Visual Artists, one of the world’s leading creative studios and Takashi Kawashima, artistic director of Google Data Arts. Also giving talks and lectures at the Congress will be musicians and producers Jean-Michel Jarre, Richie Hawtin, Carsten Nicolai and Kode9 for explaining the art behind the show.

Prestigious scientific institutions such as CERN (the European Organization of Nuclear Research) and ALMA, the world largest astronomical observatory located in Chile, will explain the how and why of their artists in residence programs and the importance of forstering relationships between the world of art and science.


Also of note will be the talk by Adam Clarke, the leading voice of the Minecraft user community, who will explain the potential of video games as an agent for positive change and as an educational tool.

At the MarketLab, programmers, creative technologists, hackers, artists and designers will meet with festival audiences to develop projects in real time, with installations and collective experiments: Spotify and Barcelona studio Domestic Data Streamers will present “The Timekeeper” an installation developed exclusively for Sónar in which patterns of user behaviour are visualized, allowing visitors to revisit their musical memories and create new memories for the future.


Artists working at the forefront of innovations in digital aesthetics take center stage in the LIVE PERFORMANCE program, presenting works by key figures in the worlds of new media and sound design. A total of 15 tech shows will take place, across various of the festival stages, including Jean-Michel Jarre, Kode9 and Lawrence Lek, Raster-Noton, Howling and Gazelle Twin, among others.


Two monumental immersive installations: “Earthworks” by British studio Semiconductor for SónarPLANTA at Sónar by Day; and “Microtonal Wall” by New York artist Tristan Perich in the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

Realities+D premieres featuring the latest virtual reality experiences presented at the most recent Tribeca and Sundance festivals, by studios such as Wevr and directors such as Felix and Paul.


Sonar+D will be held in Hall 4 of Fira Montjuïc, a spirally configured space capturing the event’s spirit of interaction and networking. All Sónar+D activities will be open to the Sónar public, except for the networking sessions and the inaugural conference of Brian Eno, which are exclusive to Sónar+D delegate pass holders

Sónar+D delegate pass holders will also enjoy preferential access to conferences until seating capacity is reached. Workshops will require website registration.

The Sónar+D schedule for badge holders is from 10:00am to 9:30pm, with doors open to the public between 1:00pm and 8:00pm.

All information about the program and accreditation can be found at: and on social networks Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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