From 2004 to 2013, Antoni Abad devoted his activity to undertaking the megafone.net online communication projects based on publications from smartphones done by various groups at risk of exclusion in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, United States, and the Algerian Sahara.
In October 2014 he began developing the BlindWiki project in Rome, an online citizen network conceived for people with visual impairments. Participants use smartphones to make geo-located audio recordings of their everyday experiences in the city. Through the mobile BlindWiki application, the previously posted recordings are always accessible on the streets, reflecting the urban landscape as experienced by people with vision loss. The project promotes the collaborative creation of a sensorial public map that has been deployed in Sydney 2015, Berlin and Wroclaw 2016 and Venice 2017.
His work has been presented in Europe, Australia and the Americas, including the following art biennials: Venice, Italy 1999 and 2017; Lima, Peru 1999; Seville, Spain 2004 and 2008; Mercosul Porto Alegre, Brazil 2009; Curitiba, Brazil 2013 and Berlin, Germany 2016.
In 2006 he was awarded the Visual Arts National Prize of Catalonia and the Golden Nica Digital Communities of the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.
Last update: May 24th, 2017