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Interface Politics is a publication of GREDITS (Research Group in Design and Social Transformation) which includes all presentations and keynotes held during the First International Conference Interface Politics that took place in BAU and HANGAR  on 27, 28 and 29 of April 2016. The conference was organized by GREDITS, HANGAR, MEDIACCIONS (Research Group in Culture and Digital Communication UOC) in collaboration with Arts Santa Mònica and IMAGIT and with partial funding from Creative Europe Program of the European Union. The Conference aimed to reflect on the role and effects of interfaces in current communicative and productive systems to produce alternative narratives against the apparent naturalness projected by the instruments.


Híbrids #3: The crack of the Contemporary

Arts Santa Mònica y Mediaccions a través de Art Matters Lab llevan adelante una serie de conversaciones trimestrales entorno al arte, la ciencia, la tecnología y la sociedad. La tercera conversación la mantendremos con Rick Dolphijn y tendrá lugar el sábado 10 de octubre a las 10:00 en Arts Santa Mònica en el marco del congreso internacional Art & Speculative Futures.

The Crack of the Contemproary, Rick Dolphijn

The creative act, as an ideal, drives both art and philosophy and has a problematic relation to the social, political and economic realities that dominate the present. Híbrids #3: The crack of the Contemporary

Art and Design by other means

Vermouth-Session! [Pecha-kucha + Round-Table]

On the one hand, there is an ever greater tendency for art and design research to establish and enhance its links with science and technology studies (STS), this has happened for a variety of methodological and epistemological reasons. On the other hand, while STS were born within the social sciences, they have extended their field of action to other disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas, related to the arts and humanities. In fact, art and design shares a mutual approach with STS that is beneficial for both sides considering their drive to transform and to be transformed.

The purpose of the present session is Art and Design by other means


Next Monday 20th of June, from 14 to 17:30 a Mediaccions/ECIC joint Seminar on the Collaborative Economy, Cultural Production and the Commons at 22@ UOC Building, Rambla del Poble Nou, 156, Barcelona

Know Your Terrorist Credit Score

How are our lives being changed by the rise of machine learning, big data and predictive analytics? Why are the models of 20th century privacy and transparency struggling to keep up? In this talk, Kate Crawford considers the intimate landscapes of data prediction, and discusses why we urgently need a strong framework for data ethics.

 Speaker: Kate Krawford / @katekrawford
Date: 17th of June Friday
Location: Mobile World Centre in Plaça Catalunya
Free access. Registration required.

 This event is organized by:
RMIT Barcelona
Mediaccions Research Group
UOC-Telefónica Chair in Design and Multimedia Creation

ECSA 2016 and the future of citizen science

Liebe readers,

I just came back from a vibrant 3-day conference in Berlin by the European Citizen Science Association. Sitting at the gloomy hacklab of the autonomous social center ELI La Clandestina, I will attempt to outline my experience as an academic interested in public participation, but also as a citizen working with science and technology on a communal and political level.


As an academic, the conference represented a great overview of the vast and heterogeneous landscape of citizen science. As a brief introduction, the notion is generally related to participation, alternative expertise and the inclusion of particular publics in the processes of science and technology. In the past two decades, the practices and formation of communities around citizen science have largely increased with the introduction of digital infrastructures, to a point where it is difficult to talk about it without mentioning other notions such as wisdom of the crowds, big data or smart citizens. As I understood, this is also the general vision of the European Union commission, which has made citizen science one of the key frameworks in its agenda on open science and data-driven innovation – the transformation and opening up of science through ICTs (Open Science, EU). ECSA 2016 and the future of citizen science

Call for papers

Thinking about art from the prism of speculation may involve the creation of alternative futures. Introducing doubt, babbling, the “what ifs”, counter-memory against the ideal need of a primal origin (or source of meaning where we recognise each other) and being open to discontinuity, chance and materiality in history means asking ourselves if it is possible to both make and think about art in different ways. Call for papers

Salud, Emociones y Género

La Dra. Ana M. González Ramos participará el XX Congreso Internacional del Instituto Universitario de Estudios  Feministas y de Género “Purificación Escribano” en la sesión: “Bienestar psicosocial en el trabajo y género” moderada por Eva Cifre Gallego (Universitat Jaume I) y conformada por Esther López Zafra (Universidad de Jaén), Eva Garrosa Hernández (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) y Mónica Segovia Pérez (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos).

Ana presentará: “Mujeres y Carreras Profesionales: Una Carrera Sin Fin” Salud, Emociones y Género

Future makers

An ethnography within the design processes of smart things/smart citizens and their visions of future

The 2nd of May took place Débora Lanzeni’s oral defence at IN3-UOC in Castelldefels, Barcelona.  Congrats,  a brand-new  Phd. at mediaccions!

Her doctoral thesis examines the entanglement of material processes by focusing in the ordinary processes of designing smart technologies in the so-called “Internet of Things” and Smart City project in Europe, analyzing how visions of future and moral values are intermingled in the creation of digital technologies.

lanzenivivavoce Future makers

Cada uno lucha por lo que ama, luchar por todos no es más que una consecuencia.