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‚A Present for Everyone‘, intervention at Fòrum de las Culturas, 2003. Photo: Hugo de la Rosa


corporate identity, artist collective, 2002-2006

with: Anita Serrano, Carlos Piegari (2004-2006), Sonia Abián (2005), Aitor Méndez (2005).

In 2002 I founded BCNova!, a fictional corporate identity and artist collective that operated like a discursive shredder, both off- and online, over-affirming the codes of Barcelona’s city marketing. These were the times before the Forum of the Cultures, a huge cultural event which was advertised by the city as „a present for everyone“. 

Over the course of four years BCNova! teamed up with other artists, with activists, neighbors‘ associations and civic centers to develop critical interventions in and around Poblenou/Barcelona and beyond.

Between 2002-2005 I conducted a field research related to three places on Barcelona’s coastline. I led 23 interviews with architects, neighbors, mobile vendors, migrants artists, politicians, policemen, activists and businessmen who have participated in or witnessed gentrification and urban transformation fueled by cultural mega-events. The interviews became part of explora_BCNova! an interactive online film programmed by Anita Serrano in the now obsolete software Flash.

Apart from interventions in public space, BCNova! produced installations, videos, workshops, exhibitions and publications which were shown at Arts Santa Mònica/Barcelona, Liquidación Total/Madrid, ARCO Madrid, Zemos Sevilla among others.