The Modern Digital Audiovisual Center will launch its program for the first semester of 2023 with presentations and workshops intended to energize the professional and emerging sector associated with the field of digital arts, video games and audiovisual. The proposal seeks to publicize the strategic lines of the center through conferences by experts and, at the same time, to give visibility to the projects and success stories related to the subject that are being carried out today in the city of Girona Registration is now open and all activities can be viewed online on the El Modern website.
"We want El Modern to be a center of attraction for creativity and, at the same time, to serve as a connection between the different cultural facilities of the city and of the urban area of Girona as a whole, with the intention of achieving this support in the training of new talents", assured the vice-mayor and Councilor for Culture of the Girona City Council, Quim Ayats, who added that "the old Modern is once again filled with activity and it does so, above all, in the area audiovisual and digital".
On January 26, at 6 p.m., the first presentation will take place, "Art and technology: experimental games and digital art", by the electronic artist and creative programmer Mónica Rikić (National Culture Award 2021). Rikić will talk about the artistic process linked to the generation of creative code and its combination with non-digital objects, creating interactive projects that become experimental games or robotic installations that make the public reflect on the social and educational impact of technology through of the art.
During the month of February, El Modern will host the "XYZ Transmèdia Exhibition", from the University School of Arts (ERAM), where the projects developed by the students of the Degree in Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication will be exhibited. "Transmedia" is a narrative strategy that is based on the fact of dividing a content into different parts that are disseminated in various media, platforms or supports both online and offline . The exhibition includes artistic installations, digital environments and audiovisual pieces that can be visited for free from February 12 to 22.
Continuing in the field of dissemination, on Thursday March 23, at 6 pm, a new activity will allow us to delve deeper into the relationship between culture-technology hybridization and its impact on the creation of new audiences. The proposal will be made by the executive director of IDEAL Barcelona, Digital Arts Center and expert in digital culture, Jordi Sellas, who will bring to the table the debate on what is meant by digital culture and will talk about immersive experiences, augmented reality , metaverses, virtual reality, video games or other content in which the public goes from being a spectator to interacting with the work.
With the aim of revitalizing and publicizing video game projects and studios established in Girona, on April 13, at 6 p.m., a round table will take place with a representation of studios and developers. Specifically, the CEO of Petoons Studio, Sergio García, will participate; independent developer Carlos Coronado; the developer of Epic Games Jordi Rovira, and the winner of the KREAS grant for the EUMES project, Júlia Bozzino. The panel discussion will be moderated by JellyWorld Games CEO Gisela Vaquero. The day will end with the Demo Day of the first edition of the GameGi video game incubation program, where the projects of the two incubated teams (Artilogics Game Studio and Kinnkiku Studios) will be presented. An exhibition space will be enabled to try and test the video games.
In terms of training, the video mapping creation workshop will take place on March 10 and 11, where the fundamental concepts of this technique will be presented from a theoretical and practical point of view. The course will end with the creation of a project.
Continuing with training proposals, during the month of April, specifically on the 21st and 22nd, a stage design and LED mapping workshop is scheduled. The course will delve into the design of spaces, stages and installations using specialized software and hardware to control light using LED technology and DMX/Arnet protocols. The workshop is designed to help participants create staging based on structural design and light. Therefore, the proposal is open to all those who work or are interested in getting started in the world of scenography, lighting, virtual design or visual arts.
Both workshops will be run by the Telenoika association, an audiovisual experimentation collective. Both activities are expected to have an intensive schedule concentrated on the following days and times: Fridays, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. The workshops are free and registrations are limited, with the obligation to attend both days.
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