Artist duo Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet are currently showing work at Alpha-ville’s New Realities Exhibition in Barcelona. This is what they recommend.

Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet

New Realities is an exhibition curated by Alpha-ville and powered by Mobile Word Capital that takes place at the Mobile World Centre in Barcelona. The exhibition which is part of the Music+Arts showcase explores the current art and cultural landscape through the work of 30 artists, designers and musicians from around the globe. It reflects on concepts brought by the integration of digital and the Internet into our society. The artists involved use new technologies to express their interests, perspectives and visions of a new cultural reality that is breaking boundaries.

For New Realities, artist duo Varvara Guljajeva & Mar Canet have been commissioned to create “The Highest Human Tower” – a new interactive art project inspired by the Catalan tradition of Castells (human towers). The onsite installation and a dedicated website collects the measurements of participants, creating the highest human tower ever made.

Hangar by Manuel Portela
Photo: Manuel Portela

Hangar (ArtSpace)

This is one of the core spaces for art in Barcelona. Hangar is an art production space by the Catalan artist association.

The Plague

The Plague (Movie directed by Neus Ballús)

The Plague is a film of intertwining stories, that offers a moving portrait of life in the outskirts of Barcelona. The main characters are not actors and it was shot in the hometown of Mar. Watch the trailer here.

la central

La Central Macba (Bookshop)

This bookshop attached to MACBA museum is a place we regularly visit in the center of Barcelona. It offers a good variety of art books.


the influencers

The Influencers (Festival)

The Influencers is a festival about unconventional art, guerrilla communication and radical entertainment. It happens every year in November and is hosted at CCCB. This is the kind of festival you don’t want to miss. We travel a lot and we missed it several times but luckily for us they have a nice online archive with all the talks for each year.

More: Website


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