The KitCaixa Communication reaches schools!

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After several co-creation workshops for schools in three different Spanish regions, working with professionals in the performing arts and a team of designers, linguists and journalists, and making testing workshops with new schools, the KitCaixa Communication was born. The KitCaixa Communication is an educational resource that aims to help improve the skills of students in different schools, with particular emphasis on their communication skills.

The objectives of this kit are to contribute, in a stimulating way, improve educational skills of each subject with an emphasis on communication skills and to familiarize the educational community with the opportunities and potential of the performing arts.

For those teachers who are interested in these materials within their educational proposal for the new course, they contact EducaCaixa. You can find it in Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician and English!

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Wild Portrait: art-science exhibition

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Wild Portrait is a touring art-science exhibition co-produced by la Mandarina de Newton and Fundació MONA, with the support of Barcelona City Council

Brushes, paints and paper.

Objects at the beginning unknown for the chimpanzees of MONA Foundation, but which quickly became their own tools.

Wild Portrait paintings are the result – artistic (or not), creative (or not) – of different spontaneity moments of the chimpanzees, in one of the enrichment projects conducted at MONA Foundation.

What is aesthetics? And creativity? Is it something unique to humans? Or can these terms be also applied to other animals?

How do they perceive the reality around them? How could we know it? What do these paintings represent?

Wild Portrait intends to stimulate reflection on these and other questions, and invites you, through the paintings, to get to know a bit more about each of the chimpanzees at MONA Foundation, their life stories and character. This exhibition also aims to present the research that is taking place at the center: ‘Aesthetics in nonhuman primates’.

The opening session took place on December 19 of 2015 and we had the pleasure to have with us Dr. Miquel Llorente, principal investigator and head of the Research and Ethology Unit of MONA Foundation and president of the Spanish Primatological Association (APE), who presented the research project that inspired the creation of Wild Portrait. We also had with us Ivan Garcia, doctoral student in primatology, Durham University, and member of the board of directors of APE, who presented us each of the chimpanzees paintings.

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For the exhibition period of Wild Portrait at the Mandarina Space, we have organised a series of talks and discussion sessions to promote reflection and debate around these topics. The invited experts are different researchers at the MONA Foundation:

  • A trip to the primates’ world

Iván García, PhD student in primatology, Durham University, and member of the board of directors of the Spanish Primatological Association (APE). January 2016 – Thursday, January 28, at 7pm

  • Social learning in chimpanzees and the evolution of culture

Dr. David Riba, associate researcher at the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) and MONA Foundation. February 2016

  • Sister minds: emotional apes and rational humans

Dr. Miquel Llorente, principal investigator and head of the Research and Ethology Unit of MONA Foundation and president of the Spanish Primatological Association (APE). March 2016

  • Aesthetics in primates (humans and nonhumans)

Daniela D’amore, Master student at Primatology and Ethology Research Unit of MONA Foundation and University of Molise. April 2016

(The final dates will be announced at www.lamandarinadenewton.com)

During this period Wild Portrait will be open to the public (free entrance).

Visitors have also the possibility to take home originals and copies of the chimpanzees paintings and souvenirs from MONA Foundation.

Here you can see some of the Wild Portrait paintings:

And here you can see some photos of the exhibition.

Don’t miss it!!

 

 

 

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CaixaEscena Pedagogical Kit

 

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CaixaEscena and La Mandarina de Newton have been working together with the aim of creating a pedagogical kit that could be used as a new and innovative tool when sharing and educating dramatic arts topics in the classroom. In order to do so, we found it essential to have the collaboration of theater professionals and teachers from other disciplines during the different phases of the process. For that we have organised three co-creating sessions with professionals from different areas of Spain.

These sessions started in Murcia (January 24) and this first workshop was a meeting for brainstorming and ideation. There was an interesting discussion on how theatre can be helpful for academic performance, the generation of debates and the personal growth (improving the self-esteem and the perception of others). Nearly a dozen participants assisted the workshop and it was really inspiring.

The second session took place in Madrid, on February 20, and it focused on the prototyping process. Ten participants nailed down the ideas generated in Murcia, added the online proposals, and all ended up combined in two different kit prototypes.

After these two workshops La Mandarina de Newton worked on the two designs proposed by the participants and was able to integrate both of them into a single prototype kit.

Finally, the last workshop was held in Barcelona, on March 20, and the attendees tested this prototype and gave feedback and new ideas in order to improve and extend it.

Now, with all this material, and with the help of theater experts and specialised designers, we will keep working on the prototype in order to achieve the final design of the CaixaEscena Pedagogical Kit.

We’ll keep you updated on our progress!

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HackatH2On - a weekend full of creativity!!

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Last weekend, 21 and 22 of march 2015, took place at the Museu Agbar de les Aigües and to mark World Water Day, an unique event: the HackatH2On.

The HackatH2On was a hackathon of more than 30 intense hours of creativity, where people from the most varied backgrounds had the opportunity to met and to co-create mobile applications with aim of bringing citizens and the water world into close proximity. Programmers, engineers, designers, museum curators… all accepted the challenge and decided to participate on the HackatH2On.

La Mandarina de Newton was the entity hired by the Museu Agbar de les Aigües to organise this great creativity celebration! There were weeks of  hard-work and the weekend itself, also a marathon for our team… but, certainly, an effort that was well worth it!

Being responsible of making posible that such creative people with an eager to share ideas, innovate and to ‘give one’s all’…, have the opportunity to meet at the same space to co-work on a project, is what make us forget all the effort required.

Also, seing that our work is recognised by the protagonists, make us feel even more motivated to keep on working! And our commitment is also to try to learn as much as posible from each single project, so the next one could be an even better experience for everyone!

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A ‘BIG THANKS’ to all of you!!

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The call for participation was a success! 5 days before the announced deadline, the 90 available places were already sold out!

With a waiting list that did’t stop growing, the decision to increase the number of H2Ocreatives to 100, was taken!

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Finally, on saturday morning, we filled up the Àgora auditorium of the Agbar Museum with more than 80 participants!!

The 24 hard-working hours resulted in over 20 high quality, creative and innovative proposals for mobile applications.

The presentations of the projects took place on sunday morning and, after the difficult task, the jury composed by experts in museology and technology and members from the Agbar Foundation (Ignacio Escudero, CEO of Aigües de Barcelona; Manuel Cermerón, Strategy and development director of Agbar; Xavier Verdaguer, founder of TMT FactoryIntegra InteractiveInnovalleyseven4seven and Imagine Creativity Center; Javier González Abad, Managing director of Citilab; and Lluís Marquina, Director and presenter of Generació Digital TV show from Televisió de Catalunya), chose the three wining teams of the HackatH2On:

  • 1st prize (3.000 euros): Cubus Games, formed by Jordi Solà, Jaume Carballo, Albert Pons and Quim Garreta, which created an interactive fiction application, ‘Agbar – the Water Temple’, suitable for all ages and that, from the visit to the museum, places the user on a drought context, letting him/her think about this future threat.

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  • 2nd prize (1.500 euros): SorryFib, formed by Daniel Otero and Guido Arnau, developed ‘H2O Game’, an application that uses gyroscope and fluid simulation and that makes use of the NFC tags located in different museum locations to unlock the game levels while visiting the exhibition.

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  • 3rd prize (the ’famous’ HackatH2On chair – a prize that the Agbar Museum decided to give after the spontaneous requests on social networks): O2H, formed by Miquel Llobet and Daniel Torremilans, who developed an application, ‘ShowerUp’, based on the concept of saving water under the shower, in which the users play with their friends trough a ranking competition, with the final goal of reducing water consumption.

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As usually happens on a competition like this, there were too many great ideas for the number of prizes… lots of them with a really high quality!!

Our team would like to congratulate and thank ALL for the non-stop hard word and dedication!! We hope you enjoyed as much as we did!

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We look forward to seeing you all in some other future activity!!

See you soon!!

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HackatH2On - 24 hours programming at the Museu Agbar de les Aigües

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La Mandarina de Newton begun a new project with the Museu Agbar de les Aigües (Water Museum), the HackatH2On!!

On march 21 and 22 at the Museu Agbar de les Aigües, and to celebrate the World Water Day, we organize a 24 hours hackathon. The HackatH2On will take place at the premises of the museum and will bring together creative minds to develop innovative mobile applications with the aim of bringing citizens and the water world, and Museum itself, into close proximity.

This will be an unique event in which developers, designers, museum curators and users will have the opportunity of meeting in one place for a fun and intense session of co-creation, coding and collaboration.

Besides the opportunity to be part of a big creativity event, participants will compete for great prizes. There will be a prize in cash for the best app (3,000 euros), the possibility of a second prize in cash for the second best app (1,500 euros), and gifts for all participants. In addition, apps submitted may be future developed in collaboration with the Museu Agbar de les Aigües.

At the end of the event, programmers (individually or in teams) will present their creations to a jury of experts in museology, communication and apps, and representatives of the Museu Agbar de les Aigües.

Registrations are now open! Places are limited!

The deadline for applications is march 20, at 9a.m. (UTC/GMT +1).

Registration and all updated information about the HackatH2On will be available at the event’s webpage: www.hackatH2On.com.

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Contest FantàsTIC2015

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After CASTIC2012, the L’altra ràdio of Ràdio 4 and La Mandarina de Newton, with the support of the Catalan Society of Sci-Fi & Fantasy announce a new contest, FantàsTIC2015.

FantàsTIC2015 is a competition of science-fiction micro-stories related with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and with three main objectives: to encourage creative writing; imagine the future use of Internet and ICTs among citizens and schools in Catalonia; encourage artistic creation and the critic view of the language and to encourage radiophonic creation, with the production of short stories as a result of the adaptation of the winners’ texts.

This contest is open to groups of students from primary and secondary schools in Catalonia and to all citizens from the age of 16, individually or in groups.

The works should be a short science fiction story in Catalan which plot includes any device or usage related with ICTs.

There are diferente categories and the participant’s texts must be submitted before May 10, 2015! 

<< You can read the contest guidelines at the FantàsTIC2015 webpage. >>

And of course, there are FantàsTIC prizes for each category!!


Following the contest, La Mandarina de Newton will propose several co-creation online projects inspired by the winner texts and open to all internet users. We propose the co-creation of new stories inspired from the first sentence of the three winning stories (one per category). The initiative called “FantasTIC continues…” will result in new “nano stories” (even shorter than the first ones) inspired by the winning stories and that are created from the participation of several people. Making the stories evolve in parallel and across different platforms, will result in a variety of rich and interesting stories.

Additionally, and outside the competition, the L’altra ràdio will freely organise a radio workshop with the young people, at the La Mandarina de Newton space. The aim is to make a radio adaptation of one of the works of the science fiction writer, Jordi de Manuel, and broadcast it together with the three winning FantàsTIC2015 entries.

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Mandarina Beer Cafè - 2nd Session

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La Mandarina de Newton is pleased to invite you to the 2nd Mandarina Beer Cafè Session with the artist Iris Heitzinger!!

 

WHAT?
From La Mandarina de Newton we aim to contribute as citizens of Barcelona to create a space, the Mandarina Beer Cafès, where we can discuss the topics we are passionate about: science, art, technology, design and learning.

 

TOPIC
We have chosen a topic that motivates us a lot and that has to do with knowledge, memory and learning: The Body of Knowledge. That is, the kind of knowledge that originates from the fact that we have a body, we experience with that body and that body exists in a specific context.

 

HOW? WHEN?
During the different Beer Cafès sessions (several Fridays, to be defined) we will be exploring different ways of understanding the body, the knowledge and we will be contrasting different ways of understanding them, some will be more phenomenological, others more biological and others will be influenced by the artistic experience of the body and the movement.

The 2nd session will take place on Friday, January 30, at 7 pm, at the Mandarina Space.

 

GUEST / 2nd SESSION (30/01)
Iris Heitzinger, Artist, Dance and Performance

 

REGISTRATION:
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MORE INFO:
espai@lamandarinadenewton.com
/ 936.673.774

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CaixaEscena Pedagogical Kit - co-creation of educational content

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La Mandarina de Newton starts a new collaboration with Obra Social “La Caixa” within one of its educational projects, ‘CaixaEscena’.

CaixaEscena is a program that aims to support to the teachers who promote theater at their schools, by encouraging the exchange of knowledge between them and theater professionals. Through different activities for both teachers and students, CaixaEscena is a participatory project that proposes theater as a tool for cultural, social and educational development of young people.

This year La Mandarina de Newton will be the entity responsible for the organization of a new series of workshops within this educational program. The goal is to share the knowledge generated during the previous activities and give it a new form  that will allow to expand and share, in a useful and intuitive way, that knowledge – a pedagogical kit. Over several co-creation sessions with teachers and theater professionals, we will be creating the basis of the didactic contents of that kit and which will afterwards be produced by CaixaEscena, along with specialized designers. This kit will then be available to both workshop participants, as to any other teacher that want to use it.

We will be leading three co-creation workshops throughout the first quarter of 2015, in three spanish autonomic regions:

January 24, 2015, Murcia.
Workshop 1: Ideation and prototyping. Together we will create the basis of the didactic contents of the kit.

February 20, 2015, Madrid.
Workshop 2: Content sprint. To identify and produce the main contents of the kit.

March 20, 2015, Barcelona.
Workshop 3: Testing and final validation. Improvement suggestions and final presentation event.

All participants will be acknowledged and cited in the final design.

Participation in these workshops is open to all professionals interested in participating. Registration is free and the places limited!

To confirm your participation please contact us via email: espai@lamandarinadenewton.com.

La Mandarina de Newton, is the entity that collaborates with CaixaEscena, devising, coordinating, producing, executing and analyzing these sessions.

If you have any further questions, comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

 

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Mandarina Beer Cafè - 1st Session

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La Mandarina de Newton is pleased to invite you to the 1st Mandarina Beer Cafè Session!!


WHAT?
From La Mandarina de Newton we aim to contribute as citizens of Barcelona to create a space, the Mandarina Beer Cafès, where we can discuss the topics we are passionate about: science, art, technology, design and learning.


TOPIC
We have chosen a topic that motivates us a lot and that has to do with knowledge, memory and learning: The Body of Knowledge. That is, the kind of knowledge that originates from the fact that we have a body, we experience with that body and that body exists in a specific context.


HOW? WHEN?
During the different Beer Cafès sessions (several Fridays, to be defined) we will be exploring different ways of understanding the body, the knowledge and we will be contrasting different ways of understanding them, some will be more phenomenological, others more biological and others will be influenced by the artistic experience of the body and the movement.

The 1st session will take place on Friday, November 21, at 7 pm, at the Mandarina Space.


GUEST / 1st SESSION (21/11)
David Casacuberta, Department of Philosophy, UAB


REGISTRATION:
Link Evenbrite

MORE INFO:
espai@lamandarinadenewton.com
/ 936.673.774

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II Jornadas de Divulgación Innovadora D+I (II Meeting on Innovative Outreach R&D)

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On the 17-18th of October, at Utopia Center for Art an d Technology in Zaragoza, took place the second edition of the Meeting on Innovative Outreach (II Jornadas de Divulgación Innovadora D+I). More than forty communicators from all over Spain met during these two days to present and share different approaches and strategies for communicate science. An intense meeting in which, under the motto ‘Science excites. Telling it, also’, professionals were able to discover innovative approaches, strategies and formats to talk about science. Humor, theatre, dance, magic, music, videogames, workshops… were some of the outreach ‘tools’ presented.

In addition to the professional sessions, citizens also had the opportunity to participate in this meeting. During the afternoons there were several free activities opened to the general public: collective creations with Lego, magic shows, concerts, collective intelligence experiments and scientific monologues.

La Mandarina de Newton also participated on this conference with the workshop ‘Creativity in Motion’. This was a two-day session workshop where, by playing with methodologies to promote creativity and with the help of new mobile technologies, participants had the opportunity to explore an audiovisual technique, Stop Motion, which is accesible to everyone and that can be used to communicate content in an easily, attractive and funny way.

In just three hours of co-creation, participants were able to make cool videos like this one:

You can watch all the videos created during this workshop on our Youtube Channel.

In addition, Irene Lapuente from La Mandarina de Newton was one of the moderators of the round table “Mixed, not stirred. Intersections, tangencies, miscegenation”. On this session there were four experts on hybridizing science with other disciplines, such as literature, music, art, graffiti or citizen participation. Two physicists, a musician and a mathematician: Gustavo Ariel Schwartz, Antonio Arias, Josep Perello and David Martin de Diego, presented their experiences and discussed with the others and the audience the chances to mix and the future of science.

This was an event organised by the Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation in collaboration with the City Council, together with the Spanish Association of Science Communication, the CSIC, the University of Zaragoza, the Science Communication Observatory of the Pompeu Fabra University and the Ibercivis Foundation.

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