L'Automàtica IN RESiDENCE at the School Poeta Maragall


L’Automàtica is a group of graphic designers, artists and illustrators who have restored a print shop in Barcelona and converted the site into a self-managed cultural association. Taking printer’s craft as the driving force, tutor and mentor in the project, they have turned a traditional business into an active arena for dialogue, to print projects, to experiment and to learn the trade.

The principles behind their activities include the transmission of knowledge, the regeneration of spaces, self-management, the need to slow down our rhythms and to work within the social context, and the insistence on joining forces and enthusiasms to defend the things that interest them.

The project developed by L’Automàtica brings together several crossing-cutting discourses, using graphic arts, the trade itself and communication not only as tools but also as metaphor. 

The activities the group have launched include, particularly, presentations of the publication Ursonate Fanzine (2013), of Munt at “Libros Mutantes”(La Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2013), of the symposium “Todo, en parte” (Musac, León, 2013); at Gutter Fest (Hangar, Barcelona, 2013); at the St. Bride Foundation (London, 2012); the workshops for the MA in Publishing Design at the Elisava School (2012-2013) and the presentation of Jaume Ferrete’s Voz rara (winner of the 2012 Miquel Casablancas Prize).

Biography written in 2014

School Poeta Maragall


The school took part in the In Residence project for the first time in its fifth edition (2013-2014), working with Xavier Bobés. Now, in this sixth edition, Institut Poeta Maragall is participating with a group of fourth year ESO pupils.


The Institut Poeta Maragall (Antiga Esquerra de l’Eixample) was the first mixed secondary school in Barcelona and was also the first in the city to offer post-compulsory secondary education taught as evening classes (1955). Created in 1932 at the height of the Second Republic, its seed was the pre-existing Institut Infanta María Cristina for girls. Its current building dates from 1967. The art education offered in the sixth form at the Institut Poeta Maragall includes the visual arts, image and design, the performing arts, music and dance. 

Presentation written in 2018


Students 4th of ESO:
Roanne Altea Almazan, Hayk Antonyan, Christler Paul Arellano, Dayanara Bernal Maldonado, Laurent M. Cardona, Angelle Khryztal Castillo, Mika Chávez, Eddie Cobos, Oriol Fuentes, João Gabriel, Trayci Ivett Llonto,  Angie Lobo, Helena Molet,  Abril Nava, José Perdigón Garcia, Kelly Sánchez, Vanessa Sánchez, Andrea Raquel Valencia, Trixia Villanueva, Dorka Vilorio, Diana Yamileth and Gerry Zany

Mariona Sànchez (english language)

Curation and coordination:
Association A Bao A Qu

Directed by:
Culture Institute of Barcelona
Barcelona Education Consortium