SonarExtra: a tour through the centre of Barcelona


SonarExtra is an itinerary through the heart of Barcelona offered by Sónar during the week of the festival.

The tour will start at Palau Güell, one of the few places capable of hosting a Hyperorgan, an organ activated by computer tools via MIDI access. It will be the first time in Spain that this instrument can be heard while walking through the Gaudí designed building. Visitors will be able to hear a piece created especially for the occasion by the Berlin retro-futurist ensemble gamut inc, known for their constant collaboration with technology in the artistic field. In addition to Palau Güell and Sónar, this co-creation project involves organ builder Albert Blancafort (of Blancafort OM), gamut inc and technologist Santi Vilanova (Playmodes). Anyone visiting the Palau Güell between 15. and 19. June will be able to experience this absolutely unprecedented experience.

Palau Güell (C. Nou de la Rambla, 3-5)
From 15 to 19  June from 10:00 to 20:00

The next stop will be the Hotel ME Barcelona, where the public can visit the immersive audiovisual installation Transient by the Italian artist Quayola, presented by ME by Meliá. It will be accessible free of charge from 15. to 18. June.

Hotel ME Barcelona (C. de Casp, 1-13)
From 15 to 18  Junio from 12:00 to 20:00

The third and last stop of SonarExtra will be the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, where you can visit the sound installation Sondear, created in 2001 by Mika Vainio to record in real time the urban environment through the vibrations of the sculpture Núvol i cadira (1990), which dominates the façade of the Fundació building. In addition, the listening room ‘Sound Museumwill also opened to the public, an empty room in which music by the late Finnish artist will be played, selected by his wife Rikke Lundgreen and his close friend Tommi Grönlund, with whom he co-founded the Sähkö Recordings label.

Fundació Tàpies (C. Aragó, 255)
Sondear from 1 June to 31 July from 10:00 to 19:00
Listening room 'Sound Museum' 16, 17, 18 and 19 of June 

Finally, Sónar and ISEA join forces and agendas for their respective editions. Coordinated by Hac Te - Barcelona's Art, Science and Technology hub - ISEA 2022 Barcelona (International Symposium of Electronic Arts) - which will be held in Barcelona and across Catalonia from 10. to 16. June - and Sónar+D are jointly presenting a series of activities at both events. 

Specifically, ISEA is partnering with Sónar for the programme of SonarÀgora, Sónar+D's training and debate space for artists and professionals.

Sónar will co-present three series of audiovisual pieces as part of the ISEA 2022 Barcelona programme covering possible futures related to gender, environment, human rights and machines.

The alliance between Sónar and ISEA 2022 Barcelona reflects a characteristic that marks both events and is an inherent quality of the electronic arts: their hybrid dimension. This collaboration aims to reinforce the synergies between the academic, research-focused community and the artists and their audiences.

CCCB (C. de Montalegre, 5)
From 10 to 16 June from 10:00 to 20:00