DGTL reveals plans for ongoing sustainability through the Revolution program, raising awareness on saving water and not consuming meat while DGTL Art presents Brazilian visual artist Muti Randolph and his work ‘Supergrid’
The third edition of DGTL Barcelona promises to be one of the greenest yet, bolstering DGTL‘s core fundamental projects: the ‘Art & Revolution‘ program.. with sustainability being at the very top of the agenda. As the collective has grown and expanded its’ reach to several countries (and continents!) DGTL’s aim to reduce its overall footprint is improving after every event and will continue to do so in Barcelona with several innovative actions in place through the DGTL Revolution program. DGTL Art will host the European premiere of Brazilian artist Muti Randolph’s spectacular ‘Supergrid‘ installation, something we’re very excited to see for ourselves.
The organisers can be proud of seeing their concepts come to fruition over the few years DGTL has been present in Barcelona and of course, with this years’ main actions of urine recycling, the awareness pool, bike rental, a meatless food court promoting vegetarian food and perhaps the most refreshing addition; the ‘Food Makers’ project involving refugee input. The entirety of the festival will now be grid powered in agreement with Barcelona Sostenible, a local network formed by the cities’ council, connecting 600 sustainable brands, universities, initiatives and other outlets all sharing the same common goals the government targets.
DGTL Revolution – Progress towards a ‘zero waste‘ festival
As stated previously, standing at the core of the DGTL Revolution project is sustainability. Considerable changes are being made to the arrangements of the festival as well as general day-to-day activities in order to achieve this goal. A quick run through of the aspects to reach success in sustainability are as follows:
- Going Veggie: A theme that will be actively encouraged throughout the two-days of DGTL Barcelona, increasing awareness about the hidden environmental costs consuming meat has on a global scale. Some numbers from the team at DGTL put this into perspective – If all 40,000 attendees stayed eating meat-free for 2 days we could save 53,000 kg of CO2 equaling almost 295 return flights from Amsterdam and Barcelona!
- Urine recycling: The major sustainability factor for the Barcelona edition is the recycling of urine phosphate in order to produce plant fertilizer. Just last year we attended the Amsterdam edition of DGTL and saw first hand similar processes in action, a leading first for festivals that we’re happy to see continued throughout all editions of DGTL. Perhaps not so surprisingly this has never been done in Spain on such a scale; recycling 3,000 litres of urine per day. Ultimately, the project is aiming to demonstrate that there is many ‘outside of the box’ ways to recycle, look after the environment and give back to natural processes which at times are severely overlooked. The goals of this initiative will be achieved by installing special toilet cabins that provide information on ecological issues including the phosphorus crisis and water scarcity. The urine collected in these cabins enters the recycling process almost immediately, beginning to produce phosphate, which is used to fertilize trees, vegetables, plants and fruit (see the special urine cabin below).
- Refugee Food Project: Another boundary-pushing project within the Revolution program is ‘Food Makers’, an association that’s all about aiding those that are most vulnerable of social exclusion and offering them a basic occupation, leading to a realistic engagement into the host society. Integrated with the Going Veggie concept, ‘Food Makers’ will include a brand new product called Heura, explained as a soy protein having the same texture as chicken, will be used for the first time ever at DGTL Festival. Regarding the veggie initiative, an ‘awareness pool’ filled with foam cubes will visibly demonstrate the amount of water to be saved thanks to the consumption of vegetables instead of meat during the festival (every 100 grams of meat will save 2250 liters of water)
- Plastic recycling on the spot: An initiative from Taller Esférica a group of industrial designers who are set to organise workshops around the festival showing attendees how to manufacture their own recycled key chains on the spot.
- Transportation initiative: the festival has partnered up with Baja Bikes to offer bicycle rentals at very competitive prices so more visitors will be enouraged to travel to the festival by bike instead of by car, bus or metro. Undoubtedly, it is the most environmentally-friendly means of transportation. Taxis, on top of polluting with their CO2 emissions, are more expensive and the metro does not run all night (except on Saturdays), which leaves the bike as the best option. Through this collaboration, attendees will be able to benefit from a 50% discount on Baja Bikes rentals throughout the DGTL week, from August 7 to the 13.
DGTL Art, a program fundemental to the festival
Alongside the music, technology and sustainability programs DGTL aims to hone-in on the most relevant cultural and artistic projects on display. This is why DGTL Barcelona will be providing the opportunity to see and experience some of the most forward-thinking conceptual art installations. Highlights include artist Muti Randolph’s impressive ‘Supergrid’ installation, which will be premiered in Europe at the festival. Also, the locals Playmodes, a reference in visual arts in the city, will be coming back and the collaboration of the studios Palnoise and Volume Tricks will be presented.
- Muti Randolph presents ‘Supergrid’: The Brazilian artist studied Visual Communications and Industrial Design at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, where he lives. As one of the pioneers in computer art in Brazil, he has been shifting from virtual 3D to real 3D spaces by creating sets, installations and interior architecture projects. At DGTL Barcelona he will create, for the first time in Europe, ‘Supergrid’, an installation in which
he plays with overlapping effects on partially transparent panels, using software specifically created for this project. His idea is to observe the relationships between lines that overlap in space. In a corridor, the iamges will be generated in real time, with overlapping continuing as people walk by offering a ever-changing and continuous experience.
- Playmodes – Crossing Lines: an immersive light and sound installation. Using LED tubes placed inside four cargo containers, they will create an abstract space, a labyrinth of light that visitors can explore and enjoy. Audiovisual content for the installation is made in real time using self-made generative software tools. Since both sound and light will be generated live, no content will be repeated while the installation is active. ‘Crossing Lines’ tries to create a dreamlike space, an atmosphere of abstract geometry and sound in which the changes of perspective build the illusion of traveling, taking visitors through an immersive and futuristic journey
- Monica Rikic and Marta Valverde – Oscilightor: This project is a beautiful 3D geometric installation set on a tall stand that visitors can climb up to take photos. Participants will see the frequencies they give off in relation to each other, as well as to space and time. This is a unique experience provided by a large format interactive installation that, with harmonious light, draws the relationship between two people when balancing their bodies on connected pendulum swings.
- Peter Ankone with his Infinity Experience: The immersive Infinity installation represents the entrance to a new world in which visitors will be alone with dozens of reflections of themselves. Every person’s image will be distorted and sent to a world in which they can let themselves go by moving, dancing and exploring this unique project called Infinity, see this new world below.
- Palnoise and Volume Tricks present Icosahendricks: Visual studios Palnoise and Volume Tricks will create a 3D geometric LED installation with a 20-sided body. It is a project entirely made with a 3D printer and LED bars. An exclusive creation in which the modular form of the lights embodies an elegant and totally surprising creative atmosphere. This will be the first time the installation is shown in Barcelona, something spectacular for sure.