ULTRAORBISM by Marcel•lí Antúnez Roca


Performance art is at the heart of my workMarcel·lí Antúnez Roca writes – Ultraorbism is an interactive distributed action between two networked connected spaces in two cities: Barcelona and Falmouth.

Both spaces are open-plan, with a backdrop of a large main screen in the centre and a subsidiary screen: the main screen acts as the central area for the story and it is there where the consequences of the various interactive processes engaged in by those acting in both venues are shown; the small screen shows the details of these interactions. This is explained to the audience as the interactivity takes place.

A journey is recounted with the overlapping of various levels of images, some of which are produced dynamically during the performance and others come from the image bank: taken together, they make up the iconographic narrative. The music and lighting are also interactive and coincide with the story of the image. The story is a linear interpretation of the first of the two books of True Histories by Lucian of Samosata (a Syrian writer who lived in the second century AD): it is an impossible journey on which everything is invented, with references to the mythology and literature of the era.


#ultraorbism_The sea war

#ultraorbism_The sea war

Ultraorbism is a project directed by Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca, based on True Histories by Lucian of Samosata. It is part of the European project SPECIFI and case study of the RICHES European project’s research area. Support is from the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Catalonia, the i2CAT Foundation and live participation by actors and the audience at the University of Falmouth, Cornwall (Great Britain).

Free entrance. All kind of audience.

Concept, drawings and performance: Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca

Live music and performance: Andrea Valle

Text: Julià de Jòdar

Choreography and dancers: Cheap Date Dance Company

Actor: Ciaran Clarke

Video: Joint Effort Studios

Technical direction: Oriol Ibàñez

Programming: Sergi Lario

Animation: David Tangarife, Jesús González and Claudio Marzà

Drawing curtains: Yansy Soler and Wahab Zeghlache

Costumes: Paloma Bomé

Photography: Carles Rodríguez

Researcher: Begoña Egurbide

Sound mix: Paolo Armao and Andrea Valle

Coordination and production in Falmouth: Ian Biscoe and Erik Geelhoed

General coordination and production: Josep Font Sentias and Margherita Bergamo

Assistant: Cristina Llorca


Coordinating technical production, i2CAT Foundation: Sergi Fernández

Technical manager, i2CAT Foundation: Gerard Castillo

Coordinator sociological study, i2CAT Foundation: Marc Aguilar

Documentation and research, i2CAT Foundation: Pau Adelantado

Produced by: Ministry of Culture of the Government of Catalonia and Panspèrmia SL

Organized by: Ministry of Culture of the Government of Catalonia and i2CAT Foundation

With the collaboration of: Falmouth University, Cheap Date Dance Company, Joint Effort Studios, Arts Santa Mònica – Departament de Cultura

Sponsored by: Ministry of Culture of the Government of Catalonia, i2CAT Foundation, SPECIFI Project, RICHES project, European Commission, CIP 2007-2013

SPECIFI is a European project under the CIP program for competitiveness and innovation, that promotes the use of the Internet infrastructures in order to highlight the cultural and creative heritage of the Smart Cities.

RICHES (Renewal, innovation & Change: Heritage and European Society) is a research project about change: about the decentring of culture and cultural heritage away from institutional structures towards the individual and about the questions which the advent of digital technologies is posing in relation to how we understand, collect and make available Europe’s cultural heritage (CH).

The RICHES project has selected ULTRAORBISM as a case study: the two audiences will be given a questionnaire to complete and a discussion will take place between them, to examine how a distributed performance is appreciated and received in the case of this kind of real experience.

Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca is an artist internationally renowned for his mechatronic performances and interactive installations. Since the eighties, his work is concerned about the human condition.

Marcel·lí is a founding member of La Fura dels Baus; he was artistic coordinator until 1990. Since then his solo work is based on technology and it has been shown in more than forty countries. He received the Barcelona City Award for Visual Arts in 2014 for the exhibition Systematurgy, shown in Arts Santa Mònica.

Download the press release on ULTRAORBISM in Catalan language

Visit the Ultraorbism Facebook page


Visit the RICHES Blog

Visit the RICHES Website

Leave a Reply

Related Articles

RICHES: policy brief on co-creation released!
A crucial topic that is addressed and researched within the RICHES consortium is co-creation, being the practice where different stakeholders with different expertise come together collaboratively to create future-oriented perspectives, enrich cultural heritage (CH) experiences and build relations with networks that are closely invested in an institution’s collection. This paper is based on preliminary research findings, where RICHES consortium gives a short overview of the potential benefits of...
RICHES for achieving impact through SSH
Unit B6 “Reflective Societies” of DG Research & Innovation of the European Commission (EC) is currently working with the project IMPACT-EV on a report aimed at evaluating the social, political and scientific impacts of SSH research from a SSH perspective, in order to illustrate the relevance and importance of SSH research in our societies. RICHES recently gave its contribution to the survey by delivering to the EC and the IMPACT-EV consortium a review of its scientific and research activitie...
Badilisha Poetry: African poetry goes mobile digital
Badilisha Poetry X-Change is both an online audio archive and Pan-African poetry show delivered in radio format. Now the largest online collective of African poets on the planet, Badilisha has showcased and archived over 350 Pan-African poets from 24 different countries. It reflects the myriad of rhythms and rhymes, voices, perspectives and aspirations from all corners of the globe.
Food as European cultural heritage
On 18 June 2015, the countryside of Valdera (Pisa, Italy) was seat of an interesting international meeting, focussed on the role of food as element of the European cultural heritage (CH) and aimed at discussing how the changes within our society may have an impact on the wine & food traditions of a territory. Results of this workshop, held in the framework of the RICHES project, will merge into a public document, constituting the base of a policy brief addressed towards the European Commiss...