Antoni Abad

Born in Lleida, Spain 1956, Antoni Abad is based in Barcelona. He holds an Art History University Degree from the University of Barcelona (1979) and a MFA European Media Master from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona 1997). After working with sculpture, photography and expanded video, he focused on the Internet, wich is the raw material of his practice today.

From 2004 to 2013, Antoni Abad devoted his activity to undertaking the online communication projects based on publications from smartphones done by various groups at risk of exclusion in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, United States, and the Algerian Sahara.

In October 2014 he began developing the project in Rome, an online citizen network conceived for people with visual impairments. Participants use smartphones to make geo-located audio recordings of their everyday experiences in the city that are always accessible on the streets, reflecting the urban landscape as experienced by people with vision loss. The project promotes the collaborative creation of a sensorial public map that has been deployed in Sydney 2015, Berlin and Wroclaw 2016 and Venice 2017.

His projects have been presented at the following art biennials: Venice, Italy 1999 and 2017; Lima, Peru 1999; Seville, Spain 2004 and 2008; Mercosul Porto Alegre, Brazil 2009; Curitiba, Brazil 2013 and Berlin, Germany 2016.

Among other venues, his work have been presented from 1986 in Europe, Australia and the Americas, including the following: Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Centro Centro and Matadero, Madrid; Hamburger Banhof Berlin and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; New Museum of Contemporary Art and MoMA PS1, New York; Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Fundació Suñol and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Centre d’Art Contemporaine, Geneva; Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires; Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, México DF; Centro Cultural São Paulo and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil.

In 2006 he was awarded the Visual Arts National Prize of Catalonia and the Golden Nica Digital Communities of the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.

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