The full Hac Te’s program at Sónar+D

by | May 22, 2023

As the challenges faced by humanity are increasingly complex, a new, joined-up approach is required. This means breaking down the obsolete barriers between disciplines: from art to science and from the creative industries to the tech sector.

In light of this Sónar+D and Hac Te host an extended conversation exploring how to encourage relationships between these fields. Rather than panels and presentations, the forum format encourages open exchange between guests and audience members, whatever their background. 

The aim is to provide a global picture of where we are today and what remains to be done. Each of the three sections features specially invited speakers from across the artistic and scientific communities, who’ll kick-start the conversations. It will be followed by a presentation of two Spanish projects. 

-Open Forum of Art, Science and Technology

Why relationships between art and science are important

  • Featuring
    Ernest Giralt, a professor and chemist at the University of Barcelona specialising in synthetic molecules. Also an artist, he’s responsible for artistic residencies at Barcelona’s Institute for Research in Biomedicine
  • Anna Carreras, generative artist and creative coder from Barcelona whose work uses algorithms to create visuals that evoke memories and generate new ones.
  • Joan Llort, A biogeochemical oceanographer based at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, where he studies the links between the oceans’ chemical makeup and the organisms that inhabit them.

Exploring different residency models


How artists are contributing to current challenges


  • Rosanna di Nuzzo, Head of International Projects at the MEET digital centre in Milan, which was founded to support digital creativity and culture.
  • Ferran Marqués, Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)’s Image Processing Unit, focusing on image and video analysis.
  • Fernando Cucchietti, Head of Data Analytics and Visualization at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, which hosts a variety of artistic residencies. 

SónarÀgora / Sónar+D

SónarÀgora / Sónar+D


– Presentation of Red ACTS and the FECYT White Paper

The Forum will be followed by a presentation of two Spanish projects working at the intersection of arts, sciences, technology and society.Firstly, the freshly created Red ACTS will be unveiled: a network formed of artists, researchers and institutions across Spain. 

Secondly, La Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) will present the latest version of their White Paper on the interrelation between Art, Science and Technology in Spain.

Presentació del pilot GRAPA de la Red ACTS / Arnau Rovira

Presentació del pilot GRAPA de la Red ACTS / Arnau Rovira

– Hac Te’s stand at Project Area

From June 15th to 17th, Hac Te and the ACTS Network will present the first cartography created by the four nodes of the ACTS Network: Barcelona-Catalonia, Donostia-Euskadi, Valencia, and Madrid. The olfactory artwork “Chemical Ecosystem” by Yolanda Uriz will also be exhibited at Sónar+D. The piece exemplifies the potential of the relationships between art, science, technology, and society (ACTS).

In the same space, a series of four video capsules produced by Hac Te will be showcased. These videos reflect on collaborations between artists, scientists, and technologists, how we face transdisciplinary challenges, the digital art ecosystem in Catalonia, and the social and economic impact of digital culture.


Chemical Ecosystem de Yolanda Uriz / Tom Mesic

Chemical Ecosystem de Yolanda Uriz / Tom Mesic

-Hac Te’s Partners at Sónar+D

During the three days of Sónar+D, the Project Area will host different artworks and installations from Hac Te partner institutions, such as the Barcelona Institute for Biomedical Research (IRB Barcelona) – one of the centers that make up the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) community – or the NewArtFoundation. These exemplify the potential of co-creations between artists, scientists, and technologists, while positioning Barcelona as an international hub in this field.

At the Stage+D, einidea will present the performance “TURBULENCE AT BLACK BAY GRENADA” by British artist Gaika, and Playmodes studio will show case an installation powered by natural light, which is the ressult of a research collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).

Additionally, Pompeu Fabra University, in collaboration with Sónar+D, is organizing the AI & Web3 Creatives Summit, which will explore the relationships between cinema and Artificial Intelligence, coinciding with the festival.




AI & Web3 Creatives Summit,

AI & Web3 Creatives Summit