From 9 May until 26 October 2014

From 12 March until 24 May 2015

From 2 July until 28 November 2015

BIG BANG DATA explores the phenomenon of the information explosion we are currently experiencing. The last five years have seen the emergence of a generalized awareness among academic and scientific sectors, government agencies, businesses and culture that generating, processing and above all interpreting data is radically transforming our society.
We all generate data, with our mobile phones, sensors, social networks, digital photographs and videos, purchase transactions and GPS signals. What is new is that it is increasingly easy to store and process these vast quantities of data that detect patterns (of incidents, behaviour, consumption, voting, investment, etc.). This fact is very quickly and completely changing the way decisions are made at all levels.

Is data the new oil, a potentially boundless source of wealth? Is it the ammunition for arms of mass surveillance? Or should it be primarily an opportunity, an instrument for knowledge, prevention, efficiency and transparency, a tool to help construct a more transparent, participatory democracy?

Taking part in the project are creators such as Christopher Baker, Chris Jordan, Ingo Gunther , Erik Kessels, David Bowen, Aaron Koblin, Eric Fischer, Near Future Laboratory, Bestiario, along with investigators, activists, designers, educators, analysts, cartographers, engineers, economists, architects, communicators, programmers, journalists and many others.

New CCCB Beta exhibitions

The CCCB has created a space for exhibition projects that bring an integrative approach to the culture of the 21st century and the far-reaching transformations of the digital age.

BIG BANG DATA is the first in this series of proposals to address the areas of friction that these changes are introducing in the fields of science, technological and social innovation, and political, economic and cultural challenges.

For the five months of BIG BANG DATA, the expository space will also be a platform for meeting and debating this highly topical theme, with workshops, hackathons, education programmes and meetups for local and international communities.


Olga Subirós
Architect, strategic communicator, creative director in conceptualisation and design projects at exhibitions, installations, stage sets, museums and cultural institutions.
Her projects always seek the interaction of the public, which she places at the centre of her work, introducing new and unexpected forms of experience in transmedia environments.

In 2006, together with Mona Kim (Paris), Todd Palmer (Chicago), and Simon Taylor (London), she founded Program Collective, a multi-disciplinary studio and think tank that operates internationally in the field of architecture, art, design, publishing and cultural analysis.

Among her most recent works, highlights include: design of the exhibition “Ferran Adrià & elBulli”, (Barcelona-London-Boston, 2012-2014); design of the exhibition “Global Screen” (CCCB and San Telmo Museoa in San Sebastian/Donostia 2012); design of the exhibition “Are You Ready for TV?” (MACBA 2011); the installation for Dora García (Spanish pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale 2011) and the stage set for the television programme “Die Klau Mich Show” featuring artist Dora García (Documenta (13), Kassel 2012).

She collaborates in the Master’s Degree in New Exhibition Formats run by Elisava-UPF (Pompeu Fabra University) and the Master’s Degree in Exhibition Design run by Barcelona Tech (UPC).

José Luis de Vicente
Curator, Researcher and Writer based in Barcelona Spain.
His work investigates the cultural space between technologies, social innovation, art and design.

Currently he directs the Visualizar Program for Data Culture at Medialab Prado, an arts and technology space and citizen lab based in Madrid. He is the head curator of Sónar+D, the Innovation area of Barcelona’s acclaimed Sónar Festival, and is a member of the curation team of FutureEverything Festival, Manchester.

He is one of the founders of ZZZINC, a consultancy working in innovation for cultural organizations based in Barcelona. He has curated multiple symposiums and exhibitions on new media art, science and design. These include “Machines and Souls” (2008, Reina Sofia Museum), “Arcadia” and “Habitar” (2009, 210 Laboral Centro de Arte), “Invisible Fields” (2011, Arts Santa Monica, with Honor Harger), “Playtime: Game Mythologies” (2012, Maison d’Ailleurs) or the upcoming “Big Bang Data” (2014, CCCB).


A platform formed by curators, journalists, university lecturers, independent researchers and cultural producers.
This is an experimental laboratory and a resources centre devoted to generating continuous thought on the role of innovation in the sphere of culture. An activity space and meeting point that aims to connect the local community with international professionals and knowledge networks that are temporarily circulating through Barcelona.


BIG BANG DATA a co-production


The exhibition can be visited
At CCCB (Barcelona) – since 9th of May until 26th of October 2014
At Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Madrid) – Spring 2015

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