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Intro - ArtFutura 2009



29th October to 1st November - Exhibition until the 15th of Novmber

From Virtual Reality to Social Networks
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EXPONENTIAL TIMES

We are living in exponential times. Every month, there are 31 thousand million searches carried out in Google. Every day, we exchange more than 6,000 million text messages. If Facebook were a country, its 350 million users would make it the fourth most populated country on Earth. And China will very soon be the country with the highest number of English speakers in the world.

The future is speeding up. In its day, it took radio 38 years to reach 50 million users. Television achieved the same number in 13 years. It took Internet four.



In 1984, the number of Internet users amounted to about a thousand people. In 1990, it amounted to a hundred thousand. In 1992, to a million. In 95, it exploded: more than 50 million. At present, the number of Internet users is more than 1,700 million.

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ARTFUTURA CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

This year, ArtFutura offers its twentieth edition. Twenty years of existence in which the evolution of ArtFutura has marched hand in hand with the evolution of digital culture and the implantation of the new technologies in all walks of life. From the dream of Virtual Reality to the explosion of Internet and the present era of Social Networks, the festival has been a space of constant speculation on the role of technology in our society, culture and art.

Ever since January 1990, when ArtFutura first presented Virtual Reality in Spain, the festival has been under constant review and new themes, such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Communities, Internet as Cyborg, Collective Art, Artificial Life or Data Aesthetics have been continually introduced. All together, with the 2009 edition, ArtFutura will have completed 20 editions which will have been attended by more than 500,000 spectators in 19 different cities.
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ARTFUTURA 2009 - IMPROV EVERYWHERE

With the social networks, we have seen the appearance of a new type of creativity. A form of creativity that wouldn’t be possible without the exchange of information that networks such as Facebook or YouTube permit. Improv Everywhere have more than 72,000 friends in Facebook and their videos have been seen more than 55 million times on YouTube.

Their performances or practical jokes range from freezing 200 people in Grand Central Station, New York to a fictitious opening in a subway station or generating hilarious mobs spontaneously in public parks.



All together, up until now, there have been 85 “missions” that have involved thousands of participates and one basic rule: laugh, make witty social comment, have a good time… but never insult or humiliate anybody.

Now, in collaboration with ArtFutura 2009, they are planning their first “mission” in Spain. A fun party that will take place as much in Madrid as in Barcelona. Further information: Improv Everywhere

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ARTFUTURA 2009 - AUDIOVISUAL PROGRAM in FOURTEEN CITIES


In total, ArtFutura’s Audiovisual Program will be presented in fourteen cities simultaneously: Alicante, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cadiz, Gijon, Granada, Madrid, Murcia, Palma (Mallorca), Pamplona-Huarte, Segovia, Valladolid, Vigo and Zaragoza.


As every year, ArtFutura’s Audiovisual Program 2009 will explore the projects and the most important ideas that have appeared on the international panorama of design, videogames and digital animation. Among its programs: the new selections for the ArtFutura Show and 3D in Spain, documentaries on the work of Chris Landreth, PES and Digital Kitchen, various retrospectives and two new sections: Reality Bytes (dedicated to new documentaries) and Futura Graphics (motion graphics and videoclips).

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ARTFUTURA 2009 - CONFERENCES + ACTIVITIES
SOCIAL NETWORKS, DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE, 3D and VIDEOGAMES


This year, ArtFutura distributes its main conferences and activities among Barcelona, Alicante and Madrid. In Barcelona, the conferences and projections will take place in the IMAGINA Space and the Arts Santa Monica center. Among our distinguished guests at the festival will be the creative New Yorkers Digital Kitchen, the interaction designers Multitouch-Barcelona, Enric Ruiz-Geli and Cloud9 with their project "A Green New Deal", the founder of Improv Everywhere Charlie Todd, Franz Fischnaller from Fabricators and the director of Siggraph 2009 - Computer Animation Festival Carlye Archibeque.

Digital leisure and videogames will also have their place in ArtFutura 2009 with various panels of Independent Developers and the now classic Games in Spain where the festival once again unites important personalities from the national field of videogames. And to top it all, the presence of the outstanding international figure: Tim Schafer (creator of Full Throtle, Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island and Grim Fandango) that will introduce his latest work Brutal Legend”.

In Alicante, Carlye Archibeque from Siggraph will offer a lecture in the space CAMON.

And in Buenos Aires, the Dvein studios will present their projects for the first time in Argentina.
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