Lleida, Spain, 1956.
Lives and works in Barcelona.
Abad obtained a History of Art degree at Barcelona
University (1979) and a MFA European Media Master at the Pompeu Fabra University
(Barcelona, 1997). After experimenting with sculpture, photography and expanded
video, he focussed his artistic work on the internet, which now provides him
with the raw materials for his current approach.
From 2004 to 2013 he devoted his energies to starting up online communication projects such as www.megafone.net, based on smartphone posts created by a variety of groups at risk of exclusion in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, United States and the Algerian Desert.
In October 2014 he started to work in Rome on developing www.blind.wiki, an online community aimed at people with visual impairments. Members use their smartphones to make geo-located audio recordings of their everyday experiences in the city, which are accessible on the street, thus reflecting the urban landscape exactly as experienced by people with vision loss. The project fosters the collaborative building of open sensorial maps that have been created for Sidney in 2015, for Berlin and Wroclaw in 2016, and lastly for Venice in 2017.
Abad's projects have been premiered at a number of biennials, at the Venice Biennale in 1999 and 2017; and in those of Lima, 1999; Seville, 2004 and 2008; Mercosul Porto Alegre, 2009; Curitiba, 2013 and Berlin, 2016.
Since 1986 his work has been presented in Europe, Australia and America, at the following venues: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Centro Centro and Matadero, Madrid; Hamburger Banhof Berlin and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; New Museum of Contemporary Art and MoMA PS1, New York; Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Fundació Suñol and Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; Centre d’Art Contemporaine, Geneva; Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires; Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, Mexico; Centro Cultural São Paulo and Pinacoteca del Estado de São Paulo.
In 2006 he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Artes Visuales de Cataluña and the Golden Nica Digital Communities at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.