New European Bauhaus




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NEB LAB Symposium:

Creating a sustainable culture ecosystem. 20 October 2022
ESPRONCEDA – Institute of Art & Culture. Barcelona.

It is necessary for the cultural and social sphere to adapt new forms and practices to ensure the sustainability of our planet. But, to what extent can Art and Culture Institutions be of great value to achieve this transformation towards a sustainable environment? On October 20th and in line with the New European Bauhaus Mission, ESPRONCEDA – Institute of Art & Culture organizes a symposium on “the creation of sustainable ecosystems of cultures” which aims to raise discussions and reflections on such a pressing issue, questioning our values and habits through which artistic practices and cultural actions can be adopted, in order to create a sustainable model for the cultural sphere. Through scientific and artistic research, the symposium provides a space to develop reactions, reflections and ideas from a community of scholars, artists and activists to understand the state of culture in relation to ecology, environment, mobility and other aspects of sustainability.

The main themes of the symposium are:

1) Integrating Sustainability in Cultural Organizations.
2) The role of culture in the development of a sustainable future.
3) Creation of a new NEB LAB for Sustainable Culture.

The symposium is followed by a set of milestones that Espronceda is carrying out leading up to the annual NEB LAB Sustainable Culture convention. Upcoming activities will be executed as follows:
10/30/2022: Launch of the open call for Interdisciplinary Projects. 11/30/2022: Selection of projects to move on to the Incubation Phase.
15/01/2023: final presentation to a jury that decides the winners and negotiates the date of the exhibition in Barcelona and other Spanish locations.
April/2023: Exhibition of selected works in Barcelona, and other locations in Spain – Exact date to be determined by the Jury.
05/2023: NEB Lab’s annual Sustainable Culture Convention.

NEB LAB SUSTAINABLE CULTURE. Barcelona. October 20, 2022

11:00 – 11:30 Welcome and opening remarks
Welcome from ESPRONCEDA – Institute of Art & Culture and brief explanation of the objectives of the day. Alejandro Martín. Head of Innovation and European projects.
Opening by Ms. Bàrbara Pons. Commissioner for Agenda 2030. Barcelona City Council. Presentation of the Agenda 2030 objectives and their relation with Sustainable Culture.
First session:
11:30 – 12:20 Introducing Sustainability in the Cultural Institution.
Summary of the report Sustainable Culture, online presentation from REDS, Ms. Lucía Vázquez. (online)
Presentation of FAB LAB BCN/ Distributed Design, by Mr. Guillem Camprodon (online).
12:20 – 12:40 Coffee break.
12:40 – 12:55. Inspirational conference. Linking to the territory as an exercise of institutional ecology. Christian Alonso (cultural researcher, curator and Director of the Centre d’Art La Panera de Lleida).
13:00- 13:30 The role of culture and cultural industries in the development of a sustainable future.
Institutional presentations, actions in sustainable culture:
NEÀPOLIS. Mr. Jordi Romero. Head of Innovation
Audiovisual Cluster of Catalonia.
Presentation of New European Bauhaus Lab, objectives of the European initiative and examples of existing NEB Labs. Mr. Alejandro Martín. Espronceda.

Lunch 13:30 – 15:00. Nave 10 Espronceda.
A catering will be served to the participants of the institutions invited to the event and that are part of the subsequent working table.

Second session
15:10 – 16:30 Workshop on Creation of a new NEB LAB for Sustainable Culture.
Creation of working tables to generate the proposal to be submitted to the European Commission.
16:30 – 17:00 Questions and answers + Conclusions.
Agreement of the key points to be included in the proposal to be presented to the New European Bauhaus Brussels Committee.


Participation in the symposium is by invitation.
A more detailed program will be sent to participants.


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Conferences and discussions on the morning are open to the public

The event will be presencial and online.

NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS FESTIVAL 2022/ ISEA2022 Barcelona, extended program. 

From education to social impact and human identity

Today’s society moves between the physical and the digital, both territories are part of the same reality, so it is necessary to become aware of that flow through education, the social awareness of all our actions with respect to humans and our terrestrial ecosystem. The exploration of new worlds, metaverses, digital, is a great challenge the conscious use of advanced technologies and at the same time it is important to maintain cultural heritage, material and immaterial, linked to artistic creation and communities.
From June 10 to 18, 2022. Within the program proposed by the New European Bauhaus Festival – side events. ESPRONCEDA – Institute of Art & Culture – organizes a major exhibition and workshops in collaboration with national and international entities, which are also part of ISEA2022 Barcelona City, the urban proposal of the International Electronic Art Symposium, which this year explores human objectives and sustainable.

Program content:


Harddisk Musem:

The exhibition proposal of the artist Solimán López, INTRONS – consists of the creation of three-dimensional digital entities that represent the genome of humans and plants, as well as their research environment in the metaverse. The project aims to extend the concept of representation in new digital environments. This is the time to develop a more internal understanding of the world of matter and nature. The installation consists of a physical portal that, when crossed, converts the organic presence into a digital presence, with its own identity and that inhabits the nascent metaverses.



AI4Future: Art, artificial intelligence and activism. The exhibited works are from the selected artists in the open calls of Barcelona, Rotterdam, Milan and Sardinia, who collaborate with various activist groups ranging from the digital barrier in cities to the gender perspective. The use of artificial intelligence creatively will be a tool that works in favor of those social objectives. Artists/projects: Bernat Cuni/DIVIDE , Nino Basilashvili/ Moving forward, Luca Pozzi/Rosetta Mission 2022, and Chunju Yu/ Being a Dog.


Aalto University

Aalto University, the prestigious Finnish university, will show the project: Heritage as a Source of Knowledge in Art and Design Education by Lily Díaz-Kommonen, Cvijeta Miljak. The research MA Fellowship programme has ran alongside the conceptual phase of the digital reconstructions of two momentous historical exhibitions. These being Les Immatériaux (Centre Pompidou, 1985) and Iconoclash (ZKM, 2002) from autumn 2020 to summer 2021. The exhibition intends to use a combination of media (digital and analog) to create an experience with visitors, sharing the processes and results of their co-design methodologies. Attempting to show a selection of various aspects of the work at different points in time, activities include group work sessions with local collectives, also explanation of concept design presentations and videos of individual sessions/interviews with experts. This work has been carried out as part of the Beyond Matter, Cultural Heritage on the Verge of Virtual Reality research project funded by Creative Europe programme, with the ZKM as Coordinator and Centre Pompidou as partner.

Leonardo ISAST

Finally, Leonardo ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology) introduces to Barcelona “Digital Awareness for Sustainable Futures” exploring the Possibles of global futures that ReImagine Everything for a more vibrant, just, regenerative world. Selected from collaborations across the Leosphere in partnership with Wisdom VR, ASU’s Seize the Moment, Meteor Studio, Interplanetary Initiative, viewers experience immersive VR, AR and video art tackling challenges of climate change, war, and sustainability.

Curated by Alejandro Martín.
Address: Carrer d’Espronceda 326, nave 4-5. 08017 Barcelona



JUNE 10th. 5:00 pm. Press preview.
JUNE 10th. Opening of the exhibition and guided tour. From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. With the presence of artists and partners.
June 11th. From 12:00 noon to 3pm Workshop by Aalto University on: Cultural heritage as a source of knowledge in art and design education.
Day June 13th.
From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Openhouse with artists from Leonardo ISAST.
From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Guided tour for ISEA 2022 experts and visitors.