Inaugurated on 12 May 2012, Espacio Fundación Telefónica was conceived as a place of debate, reflection and meeting, a showcase for new technological trends in art and culture for the 21st century, an open, inclusive and free space for the general public to connect people with knowledge.
Espacio Fundación Telefónica is 10 years old, 10 years in which it has become a place of reference for knowledge, debate, analysis, reflection and meeting and finding out about, experiencing and understanding technology through new digital experiences. Inaugurated on 12 May 2012 on Gran Vía, Madrid, Espacio Fundación Telefónica was conceived as an open, inclusive and free space for the general public to connect people with knowledge and digital culture.
An architectural project of 6,370 metres, with the focus on digital culture, science, dissemination and technology, through its diversity of expression, it has had 6.3 million in-person visitors, 60 exhibitions, more than 1,500 events and 10,600 workshops and educational activities throughout these 10 years. Furthermore, the Espacio programme has crossed borders and, thanks to new digital formats, its content has extended further. 15 million views of online conferences, over 4.3 million downloads of 260 publications and over two million listens to our 400 podcasts.
“Through our forums for thinking, meetings, exhibitions and educational workshops, we wanted to lead the social, educational, cultural and technological debate on ideas that are changing the world, imaging possible futures, always with the assistance of other bodies and people”Carmen Morenés Managing Director Fundación Telefónica
Very important figures, including architect Norman Foster; videoartist Bill Viola; the multidisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson; thinkers Saskia Sassen, Yuval Noah Harari and Richard Sennett; Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson; renowned chef Ferrán Adriá, and winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature Svetlana Alexiévich, Orhan Pamuk, Mario Vargas Llosa and J. M. Coetzee, have passed through our Espacio and have contributed to analysing the new challenges of the digital age and seeking global solutions through the contribution of their ideas.
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