Claudia Giannetti
Brief biography

Claudia Giannetti is a specialist in contemporary art, aesthetics, media art, and the relation art–science–technology. A theoretician, a writer, and an exhibitions and cultural events curator. She received a multidisciplinary training, that has been crucial in her subsequent professional development: music, Business Science, and History of Art, with a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Barcelona. She was born in Belo Horizonte.


In the last 18 years she was director and/or artistic director of institutions and cultural centers in Spain, Portugal and Germany: Associació de Cultura Contemporània L'Angelot, Barcelona, the first space in Spain specialized in electronic art; MECAD\Media Centre of Art & Design, Barcelona; Canariasmediafest – Internacional Arts and Digital Cultures Festival of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas; Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal; Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany.

Giannetti has curated more than 130 international exhibitions and events in museums and other institutions, including:
ARCO'08 (Madrid);
Caixaforum, Fundació La Caixa (Barcelona);
CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona;
Centre George Pompidou (París, France);
Centro Cultural Cajastur, Palacio Revillagigedo (Gijón, Spain);
Centro Nacional de las Artes (Mexico D.F.);
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany);
Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art (Oldenburg, Germany);
Factoría Habana (Cuba);
Festival Internacional de la Imagen (Manizales, Colombia);
Festival Videobrasil (São Paulo, Brazil);
Fórum Eugénio de Almeida (Évora, Portugal);
Fundación Telefónica (Madrid);
Gran Canaria Espacio Digital (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria);
Instituto Cervantes de Beijing (China);
Instituto Cervantes de Nueva York (EUA);
La Virreina (Centre de la Imatge), Barcelona;
Le Fresnoy Studio nacional des arts contemporains (Tourcoing, France);
Medi@terra International Art and Technology Festival (Atenas, Greece);
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid);
Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo MEIAC (Badajoz, Spain);
Neue Galerie Graz (Austria);
Netherlands Media Art Institut Montevideo (Amsterdam, The Netherlands); etc.

Selected exhibitons curated by Giannetti over the last two decades, considering the historical value and/or the international impact:

  • Video Retrospective by Nam June Paik, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona (1994).
  • "I International Exhibition on Art on CD-ROM”, ACC L’Angelot, Barcelona (1996).
  • “Lo Humano y lo Invisible | Human and the Invisible”, first Web Art Exhibition organized in Spain and one of the first in the world in collaboration with Connect-Art, Barcelona (1997).
  • "The Discreet Charm of Technology – Arts in Spain" was staged at MEIAC in Badajoz, at the ZKM, Karlsruhe, and at the Neue Galerie Graz, Austria (2008­­–2009). The show, which featured 119 works by artists who were all either Spanish or resident in Spain, was the first to present a wide-ranging overview of art and media in this country, from experimental film, animation and video art to audiovisual and interactive installations.
  • "Carles Santos – La polpa de Santa Percinia de Claviconia” (1995–1996), first videographic retrospective exhibition of the Catalan music, including movies and videos by and about Carles Santos; photographic and visual scores; music library with all his recordings. ACC L'Angelot, Barcelona.
  • Sincronías” (1995), Eugenia Balcells, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
  • "Epifanía" (1999), Marcel.lí Antúnez, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid.
  • "Net Condition" (1999), international exhibition on net art of historic importance, curated together with Peter Weibel, Jeffrey Shaw and Toshiharu Ito. ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; InterCommunication Center, Tokio, Japan; MECAD\Media Centre d’Art i Disseny, Barcelona; and Neue Galerie Graz, Austria.
  • “Sin Salida de Emergencia”, Museu d’Art de Sabadell, and Centro Multimedia del Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City (2002)
  • "Enseigner/Produire: Le numérique dans l'art" (2005–2006), co-curator, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), and Le Fresnoy Studio nacional des arts contemporains (Tourcoing, Francia), in collaboration with MECAD and Culture2000/EU.
  • "Expanded Box", Feria Internacional ARCO, 2008, Madrid.
  • "Harun Farocki – Playing the Game" (2013), first solo exhibition in northern Germany on the artist, considered one of the most important representatives of German documentary film, and one of his last major exhibitions. He presented his most important installations and recent works. Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg.
  • "Puertas Abiertas | Open Doors" (2013), this project featured the work of nearly 500 artists from more than 60 countries, who established a bridge between the history of the place (the former Palace of the Inquisition) and the state of today’s societies, where such fundamental values as equality, freedom, inclusion and cultural diversity are being constantly challenged by manifestations of intolerance, exclusion, injustice and discrimination. "Open Doors" presented an overview of world contemporary creation, focusing on themes of particular concern amongst artistic discourses today.
  • "Something Other Than Photography: Photo & Media" (2013), thesis exhibition with Heiner Blum, Maisie Broadhead, Carlos Fadon, Franz John, Edmund Kuppel, A. Müller-Pohle, Sergio Prego, Patrícia Reis, Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud. Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg, Alemania.
  • "INTER[IN]VENTION – Collection ZKM Karlsruhe" (2013–2014), Fórum Eugénio de Almeida de Évora, exhibition with 33 master pieces by 39 artists, include Nam June Paik, Bruce Naumann, Marina Abramovic, Bill Viola, Paul Sermon, Tony Oursler, Valie Export, Pipilotti Rist, Paul Garrin, Robert Wilson, etc.
  • "GENERATION i.2 – The Aesthetics of the Digital in the 21st Century" (2013–2014), thesis exhibition, result of a research on the present and the future of aesthetics in contemporary art and the influence of digital media in the global era, bringing together works by artists from five continents and the most different disciplines: painting, photography, installation. Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg.
  • "Sükran Moral, B[r]yzanz" (2014), first solo exhibition in Germany by the renowned Turkish artist and performer.
  • "Carlos Fadon Vicente – Scenes: On Duets and Diaries" (2014), first monographic exhibiton of the Brazilian photographer in Portugal, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora.

Claudia Giannetti has organised and directed 18 congresses, symposia and/or international colloquiums in different cities. These include the now historic First International Congress on “Art in the Electronic Age: Perspectives of a New Aesthetics”, at the CCCB – Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona (1997).

  • International Symposium “De la tele–visión a la telemática – Las nuevas tecnologías y el futuro del audiovisual”, Festival de Vídeo de Navarra, Pamplona (1997);
  • Symposium "Arte & Media – Primer encuentro iberoamericano de nuevas tendencias en arte y tecnología”, CaixaForum de Barcelona (2005);
  • International Symposium "La razón caprichosa en el siglo XXI – Los avatares de la sociedad posindustrial y mediática", XII Canariasmediafest, Gran Canaria Espacio Digital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2006);
  • Colloquium Foro de Expertos de ARCO, Madrid (2008);
  • International Symposium "Praxis y Contexto del Arte Contemporáneo", Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal (2013).

She provides services as an expert consultant for several major international bodies, including: the Swiss Federal Information Society Strategy, attached to the Government of Switzerland (2001); DigitArts, UNESCO (Paris, 2002–08); Beijing International New Media Arts Symposium (Beijing, China, 2005–06); Fundação Eugénio de Almeida (Évora, Portugal, 2012 until now); the Re-new Media Art Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012–13); etc.

Claudia Giannetti has developed and directed more than 20 international research and production projects in the fields of visual art, audiovisual, online technologies, education and cultural management. Examples include two projects in the framework of the European Community Culture 2000 Programme and three projects developed for UNESCO headquarters in Paris (2004–06):
– Playing Field Project – Streaming Media Online, with the Netherlands Media Art Institute MonteVideo, Amsterdam, Holland, Institut für Mediengestaltung und Medientechnologie, Mainz, Germany, and MECAD Barcelona (2002–03);
Enseigner/Produire, with Le Fresnoy, Centre Pompidou, AFAA, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2005–06);
– UNESCO – Media art international: online platform for contemporary artists from Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Arab Countries;
– UNESCO e-learning platform Media Art Prospects, for specialized training for young artists in the theory and practice of media art.

Conception and direction of “ArteVision – A History of Electronic Art in Spain” (2000), the first compilation in the history of Spanish media art. This project received the prize for Best Multimedia Author at the 9th Canary Islands Video and Multimedia Festival and the First Möbius Prize on the Iberian Peninsula for cultural multimedia production.

Conception and direction of "NET_SPAIN", an online anthology of media art in Spain (MECAD, Ministry of Culture of Madrid and MEIAC Badajoz, 2007).

Conception and direction of "Video online" – Video art works for Internet, e–mediateca, Fundación La Caixa, Caixaforum, Barcelona, 2004

For the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe and the Goethe-Institut, Germany, she wrote the section on Aesthetics of the Digital (2005) for its groundbreaking Media Art Net portal:

She has been a jury member for more than 30 international awards, including:
Digital Art DDAA–d.velop digital art award, Berlin;
European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Germany;
Festival Vid@rte of Video and Media Arts, Mexico D.F.;
Grants for Media Art of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at ERH, Oldenburg, Germany;
Media Art Award ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany;
Medi@terra Art & Technology Festival, Atenas, Greece;
Nam June Paik Awards, Düsseldorf, Germany;
Premios Nacionales de Cultura de la Ciudad de Barcelona;
Premios del Goethe Institut, Múnique, Germany;
Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria;
Sergio Mota for Art and Technology Award, São Paulo, Brazil;
Social Media Art Award, del Science&Art, Wolfsburg, Germany;
Video Festival of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain; amongst others.           



Claudia Giannetti has given more than 150 lectures at museums, art centres and congresses in Spain and all over Europe (Germany, Austria, Denmark, France, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, etc.) as well as in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, the United States, Canada, India and China, including following institutions among others:
World Summit on the Information Society, Gent, Switzerland; The China Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China; ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Germany; Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France; Goethe Institut – Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, India; Fundação Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Cultural Center of Spain, Santiago de Chile; ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art 2000, Paris; Fundació "la Caixa" of Barcelona; ICI - Spain Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon; MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; XIII Festival de Arte Cidade de Porto Alegre, Brazil; Ex–Centris Complex, Montreal, Canada; Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Festival DEAF Rotterdam, Holland; Gijón International Film Festival, Gijón, Spain; European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Germany; C3 Center for Culture & Communication Foundation, Budapest, Hungary; Goethe Institute in Buenos Aires, Argentina; International Congress of History of Art, São Paulo, Brazil; Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; International Image Festival, Caldas, Colombia; SESC Pinheiros, Sao Paulo; Palacio das Artes, Belo Horizonte; PhotoEspaña 2008, Madrid; Imai - inter media art institute, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, etc.

Her research and work as an author, with 14 books and more than 150 articles and assays published in several countries, form an essential part of her professional and intellectual production.

BOOKS selection:
• Culture Media (Barcelona, 1995);
• Art in the Electronics Age – Prospects of New Aesthetics (Barcelona, 1997);
• Ars Telematica - Telecommunications, Internet and Cyberspace (Lisbon and Barcelona, 1998);
• Aesthetics of the Digital - Syntopy of Art, Science and Technology (Barcelona, 2002; New York / Vienna, 2004, Karlsruhe / Germany, 2005, Belo Horizonte, 2006, Lisbon, 2012);
• Vilém Flusser und Brasilien (Cologne, 2002);
• The Capricious Reason in the 21st Century - The Avatars of Post-industrial Information Society (Las Palmas, 2006).
• The Discreet Charm of Technology. Arts in Spain (ed.), Book and catalog (Badajoz / Madrid, MEIAC / Ministry of Culture, 2008).
• AnArchives - A Minimal Encyclopaedia on Archaeology and Variantology of the Arts and Media (ed.), Book with 100 texts by 53 internationally renowned theorists such as Hans Belting, Boris Groys, Erkki Huhtamo or Peter Weibel (Oldenburg, 2014).
She has published more than thirty exhibition catalogues, including:
• Reflectáforas: Eugenia Balcells, exposición “Sincronías”, Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 1995
•  Epifanía, Marcel.lí Antúnez Roca. Madrid: Fundación Telefónica, 1999.
•  Por la ventana... afuera, XIII Canariasmediafest – Festival Internacional de Artes y Culturas Digitales de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria Espacio Digital, 2008.
•  Harun Farocki: Playing the Game, Oldenburg: Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, 2013.
•  Something Other Than Photography: Photo & Media, Oldenburg: Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, 2013.
•  Generation i.2 – Ästhetik des Digitalen im 21. Jahrhundert, Oldenburg: Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, 2013.
•  Inter[in]venção / Inter[in]vention – Collection ZKM Karlsruhe. Évora: Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, 2013.
•  Sükran Moral ­– B[r]yzanz. Oldenburg: Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, 2014.
•  Carlos Fadon Vicente: Scenes: On Duets and Diaries. Évora: Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, 2014, catalogue raisonné.

• Publisher and director of the "Mecad Electronic Journal", an on-line magazine on art, science and technology (1999–2007)
• Project and director "Galería VirtualProyectos de Net Art", MECAD (1999–2007)
• Project, curator and director "Netáforas – Muestra de diseño online y offline", MECAD (2001)
• Project and director "Media art internacional", Digi-Arts/UNESCO & MECAD (2003–2004)
• Co-editor and coordination of the "Playing Field Project - Streaming Media Online", Netherlands Media Art Institute Montevideo, Amsterdam, MECAD (2003);
• Project, director and editor of Video online, e-mediateca of CaixaForum (2004) (;
• Writer and editor of "Ästhetik des Digitalen / Aesthetics of the Digital", for the Portal Media Art Net, ZKM Center for Art and Media & Goethe Institut, Karlsruhe, 2005 (;
• Project and director "Net_España – A Panorama of Media Art in Spain" MECAD, Ministry of Culture, MEIAC (2006).

Advisor and coordinator of the media art section of the magazine – International Contemporary Art, Madrid (2004–2008)
Member of the Scientific Board of the Ghrebh Magazine, CISC Interdisciplinary Center for Semiotics of Culture and Media, São Paulo, Brazil.
Member of the Scientific Board of the Magazine Ars Longa, University of Valencia, Spain.



In the academic sphere she has taught at the University of Barcelona, the MECAD/University Ramon Llull, Barcelona, and the University of Évora (Portugal). Invited Professor by the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), University of Valencia (Spain) and National University of Cordoba (Argentina).

Giannetti has conceived, directed and taught in the following Masters programs at the University Ramon Llull/ESDi: Master on Curatorial and Cultural Practices in Art and New Media (2003-2006); International Master on Creation and Design for Interactive Systems (2002-2006); Audiovisual Creation and Communication for Interactive Media (2003/04). She has conceived, directed (2010–2012) and taught in the Ph.D. Program for Visual Arts at the University of Évora; and the following specialized courses: "Media Art Perspectives" (UNESCO and MECAD, 2003/04); "Conservation of Artistic Heritage and Use of New Technologies" (MECAD/ESDi and Ministry of Culture, 2006); "Video and New Online and Offline Technologies” (Universidad de Chile, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Universidad de Manizales, UNESCO, ESDi/MECAD, 2006).

She has been an adviser and tutor for more than 70 research projects for MA and Ph.D. degrees for artists, theorists, and curators.

Giannetti has given workshops and more than 30 seminars in universities in Spain and throughout Europe and South America, including: University of the Basque Country; Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo; Complutense University of Madrid; University of León; University of Valencia; Polytechnic University of Valencia; University of Salamanca; Public University of Navarra; National University of Cordoba, Argentina; University Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Universidade do Porto, Portugal; Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany; University of Caldas, Colombia; UNIACC University, Santiago, Chile; Universidade de Brasília, Brazil; IT-University Copenhagen, Denmark; University of Oldenburg, Germany, etc.
Giannetti has received a number of awards, including from the Catalan Association of Art Critics for the exhibition activities at the ACC L’Angelot (1997); the Premis Espais a la Crítica de Arte for the publication of a critical essay (1999); First Prize Best Author in Multimedia in the IX Festival de Vídeo y Multimedia de Canarias; and the First Prize at Möbius de la Península Ibérica in multimedia cultural production, for the publication of the CD-ROM ArteVisión – A History of Electronic Art in Spain (2000).