Synthesizing sense and movement data to re-imagine our urban present, SYNX is a project by Eina Idea in collaboration with MindSpaces and SónarCCCB that encompases art, architecture and interactive storytelling in a game-like experience.
Taking the form of an exhibition and a symposium at SónarCCCB 2021, the show will present the current research of the six contemporary artists as part of the MindSpaces residency program, an initiative of S+T+ARTS and the European Commission. SYNX will present digital works by Haseeb Ahmed, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Sarah Derat x The Radicant x ExperiensS, Emanuel Gollob, Joao Martino Moura, Michael Sedbon, with the special collaboration of Zaha Hadid Architects. Students and professors from EINA University Center of Design and Art and ESDi School of Design have also collaborated in the project. Full access to this experience, taking place in the exhibition area of the festival on the 28th 29th and 30th will be offered in VR thanks to the partnership of Pico Interactive. Meanwhile, an embedded, online version of SYNX will be launched and made available to players worldwide through Sónar’s website and social media.
The virtual exhibition will be accompanied by a symposium streamed live on October 29th, in which the exhibition artists and designers will share ideas with leading voices in science, urban planning, artistic research, and design fiction to discuss the topics of SYNX. Guest participants in the symposium include Elena Bartomeu, novelist and speculative design professor at EINA; Lluís Nacenta, musician, theorist, and director of HANGAR; Artur Garcia, head of quantum computing at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center; and Mel Slater, neuroscientist and virtual environments expert at the University of Barcelona. The event will be conducted and moderated by Béatrice de Gelder, head of the Neuroscience Laboratory at University of Maastricht, and Manuel Cirauqui, director of Eina Idea, and will include a virtual tour of the exhibition.