The Polling Station Section from Davis Museum Barcelona

Portraits of museum visitors at the time of casting their vote from 2014 to the present

What/who inspired the work?
In 2010, the Generalitat de Catalunya recognized the Davis Museum as a cultural entity and since then, one of the annually required protocols by the Servei de Museus i Protecció de Béns Mobles (Museum Service and Protection of Personal Assets) and the OPPCC, Observatori dels Públics del Patrimoni Cultural de Catalunya (Public Observatory of Cultural Heritage of Catalonia), project developed by the ICRPC, Institut Català de Recerca en Patrimoni Cultural (Catalan Institute for Research in Cultural Heritage) is the ecounting of the number of visitors to exhibitions held at the Davis Museum.

The first inspiration for The Polling Station Section was a book titled Fluxus. A collective portrait of George Maciunas, 1931-1978, in which it described the nonconformist ideas of this artistic movement. In many of Fluxus events, the public had no passive role but was invited to participate in the action with the artists, becoming co-authors of the presentation. The second inspiration was Les Aveugles, (1986) by the French artist Sophie Calle. The work consists of a series of photographs of blind people accompanied by the answers they gave to one same question: "What is beauty?".

What do you hope your viewers will feel/think?
The museums and heritage facilities of the 21st century have placed visitors at the center for your strategy so that the public has developed one key role in achieving your goals.

This is one of the reasons why museums have focused their efforts on satisfying the interests and needs of the people who visit them so that the traditional visit to the museum has become a global experience, generated in from the offer: the exhibitions, the activities and personal attention.

The ultimate goal of museums is to make this experience the best satisfactory as possible. Therefore, the satisfaction of the visitors has become one of the components of his experience in the museum.

Some studies carried out in recent years have highlighted the existing relationship between satisfaction and other factors, such as the repetition of the visit and the recommendation of experience in social media, as indicators of loyalty and involvement of visitors. The interest of those responsible for the museums to achieve maximum involvement or engagement of its visitors have raised the need to evaluate the satisfaction, the measurement of which has to do with tangible aspects but also intangible, qualitative aspects.

The combination of the ideas described above was the trigger for the creation of The Polling Station Section and its characteristics are:

  1. is a multiple referendum in which the main actors of an art exhibition are at stake. The artist votes to the museum with their works. The visitor votes in the exhibited artwork choosing:
    • Like | Thumbs Up
    • Love | Beating Heart
    • Haha | Laughing Face
    • Wow | Surprised Face
    • Sad | Crying Face
    • Angry | Red | Angry | Pouting Face
  2. is a physical space for the meeting, the visualization of the works, the debate and the documentation of the visitors/voter's opinion.
  3. is an online collection of artistic photographs, in which the visitor no longer remains at the margin of the work of art, but it is literally in the inside of it.
  4. is an online counting visitors book. Through this, the Davis Museum can gather the necessary data and send them to the Department of Culture of Catalonia, who will produce statistics.
  5. is an online guestbook that allows followers and artists to instantly know who, how, when, and what visitors are thinking about their exhibited works of art.


Why did you choose the medium, the matter, the style?

One of the features of the Davis Museum is its existence as an expanded digital entity, thanks to the use of social networks. I chose Instagram because it is the most important photos platform: free, easy and effective.

Davis Lisboa
Barcelona, February 2017.

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The Davis Museum Barcelona is closed until May 10, as a COVID-19 prevention measure
Davis Lisboa,The Davis Museum Barcelona is closed until May 10, as a COVID-19 prevention measure, 2020, digital photography, 2120 x 2120.

NO EMOJI

Visitor & Voter: Aurélie Chiodetti, Colmar, France
Davis Lisboa,Aurélie Chiodetti, REF274, female, therapist, University, Colmar, France, 2020, digital photography, 2120 x 2120.
Question: What does the pelo, orgasmo y jersey de cuello alto by Yapci Ramos mean to you?
Answer: I like this current subject: it is about the sexual liberation of women. What bothers me is the neutrality with which the artist is presented in the video and the work. There is something very self-centered and narcissistic and that bothers me. I prefer works that take other people into account. If I knew other of her works, perhaps I could perceive if her intention is narcissistic or feminist. It is very easy to use a social taboo to show yourself.

ANGRY EMOJI | LIKE EMOJI

Visitor & Voter: Hugo Pinto, Guimarães, Portugal
Davis Lisboa,Hugo Pinto, REF272, male, student, Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering, Guimarães, Portugal, 2020, digital photography, 2120 x 2120.
Question: What does the pelo, orgasmo y jersey de cuello alto by Yapci Ramos mean to you?
Answer: It is a serious work of art, but the video is over very soon. I've just realized what has happened in three minutes. At first it seemed that it would take a long time, but it was not. I think that the center of work is the facial expression of the artist.

SURPRISE EMOJI | HEART EMOJI

Visitor & Voter: Óscar Umaña, Barcelona, Spain
Davis Lisboa,Óscar Umaña, REF271, male, professional building maintenance, vocational training, Barcelona, Spain,2018, digital photography, 2120 x 2120. Question: What does the pelo, orgasmo y jersey de cuello alto by Yapci Ramos mean to you?
Answer: Although this type of art is foreign to me, the vision of this video gives me a sense of strangeness. I lose myself in the objective proposed by the artist - if she was looking for one - and I try to find a logical explanation.

WOW | SURPRISE FACE EMOJI

Visitor & Voter: Anna Accensi Alemany Barcelona, Catalonia
Davis Lisboa,Anna Accensi Alemany, REF Nº: 263, female, Chemical Engineering, University, Barcelona, Catalonia, 2019, digital photography, 2120 x 2120
Question: What does the Davis Museum by Davis Lisboa mean to you? Answer: Spain, sit and talk.

SPAIN, SIT AND TALK

Visitor & Voter: Unidentified person, Madrid, Spain
Davis Lisboa,unidentified name, REF Nº: 261, female, unidentified profession, unidentified educational level, Madrid, Spain, 2019, digital photography, 2120 x 2120
Question: What does the Davis Museum by Davis Lisboa mean to you? Answer:Love, beating heart.

LOVE | BEATING HEART EMOJI

Visitor & Voter: Sandra Mwenge, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Davis Lisboa,Sandra Mwenge, REF242, female, Legal Expert, Master in Law, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2018, digital photography, 2120 x 2120
Question: What does Imaginary Museum by Claire Ducène mean to you? Answer: Palace of Memories means to me "la croisée des chemins"

LOVE | BEATING HEART EMOJI

Visitor & Voter: Amel Bouchareb, Ottignies Louva in la Neuve, Belgium
Davis Lisboa,Amel Bouchareb, REF241, female, Protetion Officer, Master in Political Science, Ottignies Louva in la Neuve, Belgium, 2018, digital photography, 2120 x 2120
Question: What does Imaginary Museum by Claire Ducène mean to you? Answer: Palace of Memories means to me how to deal with life.

LOVE | BEATING HEART EMOJI

Visitor & Voter: Maurizio Tibertó,Turin, Italy
Davis Lisboa,Maurizio Tibertó, REF240, male, Internet of Things Consular, Master in Creative Communication and Bachelor in Philisophie, Turin, Italy,2018, digital photography, 2120 x 2120
Question: What does Imaginary Museum by Claire Ducène mean to you? Answer:

HAHA | LAUGHING FACE EMOJI