The Salon of Espronceda

The Salon of Espronceda –Talk with a Special Guest project arises from the need to connect people in the fields of art, culture, literature education, science, politics, in a difficult period of movement, of moving. The pandemic and Covid has pushed us to a profound reflection on how to be together even if distant, on how to continue to dialogue together even if distant. Hence the idea of ​​creating the Espronceda salon, a corner dedicated each time to a Special Guest, to dialogue together on art, culture, politics, economy, and more, always in connection with art. The show is open to young people, and experts with years of experience to also compare the different generations, exploring together different themes from different points of view.



AI4Future is a Creative Europe’s project which involves three different European countries: Italy, Spain and Netherlands. It aims at enhancing the understanding and dissemination of A.I. related technologies for the active and creative participation of young activists to the European cultural scene, allowing them to work with artists for a joint creation of a new urban community awareness.

The A.I. approach allows the access and the interpretation of data to better understand both how this new technologies works and to discover new aspects of community societal mechanisms. The new generations will have a fundamental role in this change as they are maturing and growing in the progress of the technological revolution.

The main topic of collaboration between young activists and artists will be the “mobility”, considered in different meanings and different interpretations developed thanks to a dialogue between the partners. The meanings of mobility that emerged are: mental mobility, pandemic fatigue; social economical, and political mobility; virtual, interactive mobility, in which A.I. is not just a tool. Young activists, artists and policy makers will have the opportunity to deal with international meetings, workshops and artists residencies.



MindSpaces is a multidisciplinary effort, integrating the arts, neuroscience, architecture, 3D modelling, visual, text, EEG, physiological sensing analysis, AR/VR and a wide range of end users, from city dwellers to tourists, elderly living independently. Its aim, to improve the design of outdoors public spaces, indoors work and house interiors through participatory design that involves multisensory measurements of end user responses, will inherently integrate these multiple disciplines towards a common goal. The resulting artistic AR/VR installations, design tools and methodologies will allow future developments within this ecosystem through their use.
MindSpaces aims at burgeoning STARTS ecosystem by developing a novel paradigm of cooperation between artists, technology, research, industrial and user partners and a common working model (SIO1), which will allow for the initiation of projects of similar nature under the evolving STARTS ecosystem.

more about the project.



Act Utopia Lab

In a global and changing world, creativity is key to developing new professions, products and forms of interaction.

Human knowledge in other times was holistic, but it became specialized with the industrial revolution.

Artists, scientists and technologists work in their different creative areas, but without constant communication and synergy.

The European Commission, in the Horizon 2020 program, STARTS, analyzes that these areas must interact in order to produce cross-cutting creative thinking and that scientific and technological developers, as well as artists, leave their areas of comfort and dare to undertake Ideas that are not common or initially too utopian and with them generate successful startups.

It is the contribution to this Utopia, which prompts Espronceda to launch “ACT UTOPIA LAB”, Art, Science and Technology, conferences, workshop, network and startup incubator.




IMMENSIVA is an international platform for new digital platforms, focusing on VR, AR and MR, in cooperation with Espronceda – Institute for Art & Culture

VR / AI artist residency

Once a year, Espronceda gives the IMMENSIVA prize to selected artists who are invited for a 2-4 weeks residency in Barcelona to create art with cutting edge technologies, like VR, AI, AR and more.
The selection is done by an international jury.  Artists apply through an open call or are proposed by the advisors/curators of Espronceda and Immensiva.
In the VR / AI artist residency, up to 12 artists will be working and collaborating together to create new artworks in a collaborative environment.
The Immensiva and Espronceda team supports heavily the artists with all possibilities. We will also connect with the local and regional ecosystem and invite high-key speakers, advisors and curators during the residency to offer an outstanding & sustainable experience.
The created artworks (as well as potentially individual artworks) will be presented in a closing event and following exhibition, open to the public.
In February 2020, the first VR / AI artist residency took place.
And Espronceda is proud that the first edition was the world-wide biggest VR residency so far!





Espronceda is one of the Co-Founders of the VR Art Academy. The purpose is to instruct artists how to expand their creative vision via VR/AR/MR Art, and to provide them with the technology and advise how to use it.


Espronceda is one of the founding partners of ArtCosmos. The first edition was celebrated in ESPRONCEDA.

ArtCosmos is a platform dedicated to collaboration between artists, academics, and thought leaders at the intersection of Science and Contemporary Art. The first edition of ArtCosmos was held in ESPRONCEDA and represented 12 artists and invited 5 scientists, all with mutual links to the art and respectively science world. The second edition of ArtCosmos in New York City is held in honor of the 55th anniversary of the first human flight into space by Yuri Gagarin. The exhibition features a group of multidisciplinary artists creating new visual dialogues for humanity’s unwavering quest to explore deep space.


Espronceda co-founded and co-organized “Cruixent”, a collective exhibition for young, contemporary visual artists. The “Cruixent” Event is a full-day event, including performances from

Theater to dance to the experimentation with new technologies. The artists are selected by a Jury following the applications of an open call.


Inter_WE symposium


Focus of the arts symposium is the Liquidity of Gender and the work on current developments in German legislation changes to add a third gender to the traditional two options of fe|male. Intersexual people, i.e. people who have both male and female chromosomes, are part of our society in a ratio 1 : 500, so statistically each one of us should know a intersexual person. However, there is very little knowledge on this in society. The existence of intersex people is proof of the falsity of the binary gender construct. It is a society changing topic for every human living.Questioning the bipolar gender construct, it questions any gender debate in general. If we stop dividing people into man and women and just start thinking of humans, there is no more gender debate. We have stopped marking race and religion in the passport… erasing gender from the passport should be the next step.

Individuation primarily results from orientation towards suitable role models. Fine Art has always had a superior capacity in reflecting a contemporary vision of the prevailing conception of the human being.

Can Intersex people find their place in today’s dichotomizing world, where hardly any depictions of in-between paragons can be found in our museums?

How can “allegedly unaffected” gender- conforming people build up an understanding for alternative concepts of gender classification system, if predominant gender representations of the human being throughout the centuries are binary. Intersex is physical proof for the falsehood of the binary gender construct. It is proof of the grace of gender variety – a diversity that must be seen as a gift.
This symposium will become an annual event engaging and encouraging crossover of different subjects.


Artists In Residence TV

AIRTV is a project born in Barcelona, Spain, from the lack of video channels dedicated to the residencies of artists. The phenomenon of artists residencies is growing fast and worldwide, reducing the areas without such places.

AIRTV aims to map all those amazing creative spaces and present each of them with a video of introduction. It would greatly help artists, art lovers, but also the residencies to differentiate one from another. We do believe in the unique set of skills, people and services that residencies offer to promote art and culture, and the power of images to reach larger audiences.

The project also comes from a passion for traveling and an urge to meet and connect new cultures and people, new visions and opinions, new insights and lifestyles, as to have a good overview of the artist residence sector on the international scale.



Espronceda is supporting and contributing to the creation of “Clubhaus”, a space which unites Food and Art in a new concept and vision.
A big vision is to give visibility to emerging artists and to find a home for art lovers who are food lovers at the same time…
For our Espronceda community, please register for free (write “Espronceda” on the friend indication field)


On stage is a project, conceived by Manuel Canelles, that reflects on the matter of language, on the identity of perception and on the construction of the real perceived: what we enjoy does not necessarily correspond to (our idea of) reality. Elaborating a simulation of the filmic plan – language that in itself is already the result of a process of illusion – the project investigates the relationship between reality and its representation, exploring, through various phases of work, language as an expressive matter.