About me

Mónica Rikić

I’m a new media artist and creative coder from Barcelona. I focus my practice in code, electronics and non-digital objects for creating interactive projects often framed as experimental games, which aim to go beyond the game itself. My interest lies in the social impact of technology, human-machine coexistence and the reappropriation of technological systems and devices, to manipulate and rethink them through art. From educational approaches to sociological experimentation, I want to propose new ways of thinking and interacting with the digital environment that surrounds us. With my works, I have participated in different festivals such Ars Electronica, Japan Media Arts Festival, FILE Festival or Sónar, among others, and I have also done residences in TAG Montreal, an EMARE Residency at QUT (Brisbane) and at Ars Electronica Futurelab. Currently I am working on a research project about robots, AI and social interactions with a Leonardo grant from BBVA Foundation .


2018-2019Leonardo Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators. Fundación BBVA.

Upcoming Events

February 2018Mobile World Week Exhibition. Disseny Hub, Barcelona.
February 2018LlumBCN 2019. CC Les Glòries, Barcelona.

Grants, Residencies and Awards

October – November 2018 – Artistic residency at Medialab Prado. Madrid.
July 2018Dinacon – The Digital Naturalism Conference. Thailand.
March 2018 – Artistic residency at Platohedro. Medellín, Colombia.
April-September 2017 – Residency ‘Suport a la creació’ to develop the interactive theater piece Harinera, at Fira Tàrrega. Tàrrega, Lleida.
May – June 2017Sónar Innovation Challenge.
October 2016 – Invited Artist at Videosonica, Cali (Colombia).
July – August 2016The Conduit. Collaboration with Friedrich Kirschner in his Transmit3 Residency (Ars Electronica Future Lab and QUT The Cube) with The Society for Cultural Optimism. Berlin/Linz.
April 2016 – Award nomination at the A MAZE. Festival, Berlin.
February 2015 – Jury Selection at 19th Japan Media Arts Festival
June-August 2015Critical Hit. TAG Research Centre – Concordia University, Montreal.
April 2015Interactivos? 15 – Futures at play, Media Art Futures, Murcia.
February 2015 – Semi finalist at the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, Georgia Tech, Atlanta.
July 2014 – September 2014 Move On: European Media Artists in Residence Exchange at QUT Residency. Brisbane, Australia.

Mentoring & Juror

June 2018 – Juror in the final presentations of the Masterts in Advanced Interaction of IAAC, Barcelona
June 2017 – Juror in the final presentations of the Advanced Interaction Research Line of IAAC, Barcelona.
September – November 2016 – Mentoring Digital Prototyping for MID EmprenedorsProject Youngfish
May – June 2016 – Mentor of the ABSOLUT LABS challenge at Sónar Innovation Challenge.


November 2018Códigos Profanos. Collective exhibition at Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Rosa Galisteo de Rodríguez. Santa Fe, Argentina.
November 2018 – Experiencia Astralis. Solo exhibition at PAula Educación. Centre Cultural la Misericòrdia, Palma de Mallorca.
April – March 2018 – ARTEFACTES. Solo exhibition for Womart at Museu de Granollers.
January – March 2018FILE Bello Horizonte 2018. .
January 2018Harinera at Santiago Off, Chile.
October – December 2017FILE Brasilia 2017 .
July – September 2017Buildasound at Brunch-in the Park, Barcelona.
September 2017 – Interactive theater piece Harinera, Fira Tàrrega. Tàrrega, Lleida.
August 2017 – Interactive piece for DGTL Festival. Barcelona.
December 2016 – July 2017 – Press Start: the game starts. Espai Cultura. Fundació Sabadell 1859. Sabadell.
December 2016 – May 2017 – LightJumper. Salting Center, Mataró.
April 2017 – Interactive piece for the ceremony of Premi equit@at, Barcelona.
November 2016 Linkafesta 2016. El Prat de Llobregat.
September 2016 Ars Electronica Festival, Radical Atoms. Linz.
May 2016Music & Dealers, Madrid.
May 2016Creative Technology Week, New York.
March 2016Iberofest. Taillin, Estonia
February 2015Welcome to applied fiction, collaboration in Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s exhibition at SAVVY Contemporary during Berlinale, Berlin.
November 2015 – 20th Anniversary event at MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona)
November 2015 – Recorreguts Sonors at CC Convent de Sant Agustí
October 2015 – Salon : Data, Eastern Bloc, Montreal.
October 2015Werkleitz Festival 2015, Halle (Saale).
August 2015Robotronica. QUT, Brisbane.
September 2013 – October 2015 Ars Electronica Center, Linz.
July 2015 WOW Festival Brisbane, QUT, Brisbane.
February-May 2015Disseny per viure, Museu del Disseny, Barcelona.
June 20149ª Mostra Sonora i Visual, Convent de Sant Agustí Barcelona.
November 2013MB21, Dresden.
September 2013U19 – Ars Electronica, Linz.
March 2013FILE GAMES, Rio de Janeiro.
February 20137th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Barcelona.
November 2012Il grande per i piccoli, Brescia.
July – August 2012FILE Festival, Sao Paulo. Brasil.
June 2012Manrusionica Xics!, Manresa.
June 20128ª Mostra Sonora i Visual, Convent de Sant Agustí Barcelona.
May 2012 – Festival Nins, Reus.
February 2012 – Festival Uovokids, Milan.
January 2012 – El racó del lloc, Centre Cívic Sant Jordi, El Prat.
November 2011 – Festival Ingràvid, Figueres.
November 2011 – Lexias, Pinacoteca Universitaria, Colima, México.
November 2011 – Lexias, ACA arte contempráneo, Colima, México.
October 2011 – Lexias, Centro Fundación Telefónica, Lima, Perú.
June 2011SonarKids, multimedia art and sound festival. MACBA, Barcelona
May 2011Wee PAM, multimedia art festival. C.A. Cal Massó, Reus
April 2011JAMM’11, multimedia art festival. C.C. Golferichs, Barcelona.
April 2011El Mirador Mutuo. Barcelona.
November 2008 – IKAS’Art, best spanish university students projects.
September 2008 – Exposición Espacio Movistar, digital artworks.
September 2008 – Sense Títol, best student’s projects from Universitat de Barcelona.
September 2007 – Sense Títol, best student’s projects from Universitat de Barcelona.

Talks & Showcases:

November 2018 – Talk at PAula Educación. Mallorca.
October 2018 – Speaker at Femtek. Bilbao.
October 2018 – Speaker at IndieCade Europe. Paris.
May 2018Pantalla de Inicio #3, Espacio Fundación Telefónica. Madrid.
November 2017 – Panel: Games with a purpose, at MIRA Festival.
July 2017 – Talk: Games, technology, theater and society. Museums and videogames. For EducaThyssen at UCM, Madrid.
July 2017 – Talk & Workshop: Programming languages as culture. Escuela Cívica, Barcelona.
March 2017 – Talk & Workshop for the participants in the open call Juegos Reunidos at MediaLab Prado, Madrid.
November 2016 – Talk: Gender and tech. Civic Lab. MOB, Barcelona.
October 2016 – Games as an artistic practice. Videosonica, Cali (Colombia).
October 2016 – Games, theater and technology. Segones jornades d’escena digital a Barcelona. Fabra i Coats, Barcelona.
April 2016 – Talk: PechaKucha Barcelona, Musseu del Disseny.
December 2015Conectable, IED Madrid.
November 2015We/Make’15 at MOB Barcelona
28 February 2015 – Buildacode, DEMO, Disseny Hub, Barcelona.
24 February 2015 – Design to educate, Museu del Disseny, Barcelona.
November 2014 – Digital Futures: New Realities, organized by Victoria and Albert Museum at the MWC in Barcelona.
May 2014Dorkbot, Hangar. Barcelona.


November 2018Floating Robot Workshop. Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid.
November 2018Cardboard Robot Hand Workshop for kids. Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid.
May 2018 – Workshop AudioGames. Pantalla de Inicio #3, Espacio Fundación Telefónica. Madrid.
September 2017 – Workshop: ‘Drawing melodies’ at Eufònic Festival.
August 2017 – Workshop: ‘Drawing melodies’ at Festes de Gràcia. Barcelona.
May 2017 – Workshop: Interactive narratives in the forest at ESC.
March 2017 – Talk & Workshop for the participants in the open call Juegos Reunidos at MediaLab Prado, Madrid.
October – November 2016APPtivism workshop with David Proto. Centro de Enmedio, Barcelona.
October 2016 – Workshop: Cardboard orchestra. Videosonica.Cali, Colombia.
June 2016 – Workshop: Cardboard orchestra. Lo Pati, Amposta
June 2016 – Workshop: Cardboard orchestra. X Mostra sonora i visual, CC Convent de Sant Agustí, Barcelona
May 2016 – Workshop: Browser based sound projects. CC Convent de Sant Agustí, Barcelona
April 2016 – Workshop: Interactive Fictions. CC Convent de Sant Agustí, Barcelona
November 2015 – Family workshops at MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona).
February 2015 – Little Robots Workshop at DEMO, Disseny Hub, Barcelona.
November 2014 – Interactive Puppets Workshop at Linkafesta, CC Jardins de la Pau, El Prat.
October 2014 – Little Robots Workshop at Ingràvid Festival, Figueres.
September 2014 – Kids & Electronics Workshop for Ingràvid Festival at Ars Santa Mònica, Barcelona.
11 September 2014 – Masterclass for education and interaction design university students at QUT. Brisbane, Australia.
30 August 2014 – Young Scholars Program: Interactive Hand Puppets at QUT. Brisbane, Australia.
16 and 17 August 2014Garduino Workshop at The National Science Week at QUT. Brisbane, Australia.
4, 11 and 18 August 2014 – Introduction to Makey Makey Workshop for Visual Arts University students at QUT. Brisbane, Australia.
23 and 30 July 2014 – Makey Makey Workshop for school kids at QUT. Brisbane, Australia.
July 2013 – Little Robots, Mónica Rikić & Joana Moll. Festival Art Roulotte, Vic.
February 2013 – Online artist portfolio Workshop. Mónica Rikić. Recreo.
November 2012 – Online artist portfolio Workshop. Mónica Rikić. Recreo.


Editor for The Creator’s Project – Spain – during MIRA Festival 2016:
Part I
Part II
Part III
Work referenced at: Live Coding and Machine Listening, Nick Collins, Durham University, Department of Music. For ICLC-13 The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference.
“Tangible Syntaxes: Exploring embodied and tangible I/O programming systems for children.” – Mónica Rikić, Juan Gabriel Tirado y Giovanni Maria Troiano. Barcelona, febrero 2013. Published by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
“Buildasound” – Mónica Rikić, February 2013. Published by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).


Mónica Rikic: “El robot autónomo sería un cotilla”. El País.
Cortocirtuito – Siglo 21 Radio 3.
Proyecto Madre de Robots. La Vanguardia.
Apptivismo para la acción y concienciación social. El Periódico.
A Playful Design for A Future Society: The Conduit, Ars Electronica Blog.
Buildacode, experimentando con la programación y los sonidos con cubos de espuma, Educación 3.0.
Lo que viene después del “Setenta y ocho”. Karl-Marx Factor.
Buildacode, música y programación artística. Madrid al día.
Interview: Mónica Rikić. Critical Hit Montreal.
These 20 Unorthodox Instruments Are Making the Music of the Future, The Creators Project.
Concurso Margaret Guthman de instrumentos musicales atípicos. Hispasonic.
Complementos lúdicos y educativos para nativos digitales, El arte en la edad de silicio. El País.
Mónica Rikić Creates Her World. Ars Electronica Blog.
Entrevista a Mónica Rikić. Mosaic.

Project websites:

W.U.R.M: escape from _a_dying star: http://www.escapefromadyingstar.com/
High Tech Rupestre: http://www.hightechrupestre.com/
LightJumper: http://www.lightjumper.es/


2009-2010 – Masters in Digital Arts, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
2009 – General exchange grant, Southern Cross University, Australia.
2008-2009 Erasmus grant, Athens Technical University, Greece.
2004-2009 – Bachelor in Fine Arts, Universitat de Barcelona.