SUMMA is a video archive of experimental music and poetry performances in Barcelona.

It is a non-profit online archive that aims to provide public access to more than 1,100 video recordings made by Habitual Video Team over more than 25 years, from 1990 to date.

The archive consists mainly of experimental music concerts and poetry performances, but also includes performing arts and visual arts, by both local and international artists.

Most of the archive has been recorded at venues in Barcelona including Communiqué, Sidecar, Zeleste, KGB, CCCB, Fundació Miró, Teatre Malic, Heliogàbal, Standard, CaixaForum, Arts Santa Mònica, Conservas, Antic Teatre, Teatreneu, several civic centers, etc., but also shows other events outside Barcelona, such as the festival of electronic arts Nits Digitals in Vic and multidisciplinary festival A Part in Girona.

The archive has a great historical and cultural value as it documents a large part of the alternative music and poetry scene in Barcelona from the 90s onwards, including all the programming at the G’s Club organized by G3G Records and the polipoetry and sound poetry festivals organized by propost.org. There are remarkable recordings of the beginnings of the collaboration between Enric Casasses and Pascal Comelade, of groups like CaboSanRoque or of the musicians and poets trajectory like Accidents Polipoètics, Tres, Joan Saura, Il Gran Teatro Amaro, Lydia Lunch or Jakob Draminsky Højmark, among others.

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Josep M. Jordana & Lis Costa

2012. First phase

SUMMA was started in 2012 in order to convert this audiovisual heritage into a public archive. In the first phase of the project we have created this site, listed all existing recordings from 1990-2012, introduced in the database about 300 recordings and done the digitization, restoration, editing and compression of 80 videos.

SUMMA was publicly presented on December 21, 2012 at an event held at the Antic Teatre in Barcelona, involving artists linked to the archive: poet Xavier Theros, and musicians Pierre Bastien, Gat, Mark Cunningham, Silvia Mestres and CaboSanRoque. The video Satsanga by Toni Serra and G's Club Sampler 1991-1998 by Habitual Video Team were also shown.

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2013. Second phase


In the second phase, made without any public support, we improved some aspects of the site, listed recordings of 2013, introduced in the database 700 recordings to complete all the period of 1990-2013 and done the digitization, restoration, editing and compression of 8 videos.



2014. Third phase

In the third phase, we improved some aspects of the site (creating a custom search engine with advanced search and creating a newsletter system), listed and introduced recordings of 2014 in the database, and done the digitization, restoration, editing and compression of 20 videos.

Also programmed the session ARXIUS VISIBLES (Visible Archives), a panel discussion on the state of audiovisual archives in Catalonia (online and onsite), with representatives of various audiovisual archives and open to public discussion. With the participation of Esteve Riambau (Filmoteca de Catalunya), Simona Marchesi (OVNI archives), Carolina López (Xcèntric, CCCB), Albert Alcoz (Venusplutón!), Lis Costa (Summa, Habitual Video Team video archive) and Antoni Mercader (former professor of Communication Studies at the UB and art historian media). The session took place at Arts Santa Mònica the December 19, 2014, 18 to 21h.

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2015. Fourth phase

In the fourth phase, made without any public support, we listed and introduced recordings of 2015 in the database, and done the digitization, restoration, editing and compression of 8 videos.


2016. Fifth phase

In the fifth phase, we listed and introduced recordings of 2016 in the database, and done the digitization, restoration, editing and compression of 20 videos.

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2017. Sixth phase

In the sixth phase, we listed and introduced recordings of 2017 in the database, and done the digitization, restoration, editing and compression of 20 videos.

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2018. Seventh phase


In the seventh phase, we listed and introduced recordings of 2018 in the database, and done the digitization, restoration, editing and compression of 20 videos.

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2019. Eighth phase


In the eighth phase, we listed and introduced recordings of 2019 in the database, and done the digitization, restoration, editing and compression of 20 videos.

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2020. Ninth phase


In the ninth phase, made without any public support, we listed and introduced recordings of 2020 in the database, and done the digitization, restoration, editing and compression of 5 videos.