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Memory Fields: @BrossaInedit Visual Poetry

14th October 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 29th October 2016 @ 8:00 pm

 The new unpublished new collection from Joan Brossa is chosen by you.


In this activity we merge the avant-garde visual poems from Joan Brossa (most of then yet unpublished), with the installation Memory Fields.

Joan Brossa practiced since the early 1940s poetry that extended to all forms and channels, and used all kind of techniques, among them the visual arts such as collage. Over the years, he would say “visual poetry”, but in the beginning he was more interested in “experimental” or open research, or communication. 

The result of his query was a first two sets visual poetry books, the Visual Suites from 1959 to 1969, and Livable Poems in 1970. This was the most prolific year, although at that time Brossa could not but strive for publish some of those jobs.

Both books have been very partially exposed until now, only a few more have been published in Catalonia and France. But the vast majority of the more than a thousand visual poems presented with the Computer Vision Centre – UAB Library at the Library Living Lab at Miquel Batllori Library in Sant Cugat are first seen. Brossa continued working on this set until the end of his life to editing visual poems loose, or in some cases whole sets edited with the help of friends like Joan Miro and Antoni Tapies. Thanks to these publications in the seventies came into channels for the dissemination of experimental poetry and contemporary art. Some of these poems have become iconic, but now for the first time one can see them in their original state.

The main feature of this action is that, from 14 October 2016 for two weeks, it will be the same audience of the exhibition who will have the chance to choose from the wide collection of unpublished poems using an interactive tool which will add their feelings and impressions to the poems chosen. These poems will go on the Internet via the Twitter account @BrossaInedit, who became from that moment on the real new collection.

Joan Brossa Foundation launches in this way a policy of spreading its virtual archive, preserved at the Centre d’Estudis i Documentació́ del MACBA. Joan Brossa always repeated that visual poetry was for him “a communication service.” Doing so with the media today is to stay true to the idea of the poet. Bellow you can see the aspect of the final installation in the Library Living Lab:



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#GenerationCode 2016 at EU Parliament

The Library Living Lab actively participated in the event #GenerationCode, “Born at the Libray”, which was hosted at the EU Parliament in Brussels in October 18-19 of 2016.

The event was showcasing the top innovative digital exhibits from public libraries across the EU, and one of its aims was to attract the attention of Members of the EU Parliament to novel participative approaches for libraries in society.

Library Living Lab, active from 2011 and adherent member of ENoLL from 2015, contributed with an installation for the re-valorisation of digital collections. In this case, a collection of more than one thousand unpublished visual poems from the Catalan poet Joan Brossa was offered to the participants in an interactive two-screen display. The participants had the opportunity to contribute with their feelings and emotions to their favourite poems. Both the poems and the annotations were then sent to the twitter account @BrossaInedit. The result is that the people themselves are now the actual curators of a brand new collection, which is being increased day by day by the people attending at the Library Living Lab.

Fernando Vilariño from the Library Living Lab had the chance to introduce the initiative to H.R.H Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, UNESCO Special Envoy on “Literacy for Development” and founder of the Reading & Writing Foundation. Princess Laurentien has kept a permanent support to literacy and libraries and we shared our common views about the central role of people in collaborative creation in libraries, through the link between physical and digital documents.

Glòria Pérez-Salmerón (President) and Gerald Leitner (Secretary General) of The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and a number of Members of the European Parliament such as the Spanish Beatriz Becerra had the chance to interact with us. Beatriz is now a new enthusiast of Living Labs, and she showed her interest in visiting us in Barcelona to know more about ENoLL and spread the voice at EU level.

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  • Day 1 14th October 2016
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Glòria Bordons

  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fernando Vilariño

Glòria Bordons Directora Fundació Joan Brossa
Fernando Vilariño Project Leader and Associate Director at Computer Vision Centre, UAB.


14th October 2016 @ 7:00 pm
29th October 2016 @ 8:00 pm
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Library Living Lab
Carrer de Pau Muñoz, 3 – 5
Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona 08174 Spain
935 657 077


Fernando Vilariño
+34 93 5812961

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