Master’s Final Work: Collective and Collaborative Creation

Irene Lapuente (La Mandarina de Newton) was one of the professionals interviewed by Iasa Monique Ribeiro, during her research about Collective and Collaborative Creation for the Master’s Final Work (Master of Production and Cultural Communication, Faculty of Communication of Blaquerna, Universitat Ramon Llull).


In this work entitled ‘Collective and collaborative creation: towards a proposal for participatory project design‘, Iasa reflects on the theoretical and methodological aspects of these kind of projects. As one of the results of her work, Iasa proposes a series of guidelines to be used at the time of designing participatory projects of cultural creation. According to the author, this is a modest attempt to make the process of design more stringent and effective.

Part of the research was based on interviews carried out with different professionals with experience in managing participation in creative projects from Barcelona. Apart from Irene Lapuente from La Mandarina de Newton, the work features contributions from Juan Insua, Director of CCCB_LAB, Ruben Martinez, a member of ZZZINC and Free Culture Forum and participatory agent of MediaLab-Prado, and Tere Badia, Director of the Center Audiovisual Production and Research Hangar.


‘The science in the city, in and out of institutions’

Irene Lapuente from La Mandarina de Newton collaborated on the latest issue of ‘Quaderns d’Educació Social’, the number 14, dedicated to the ‘Social Education in times of crisis. The dismantling of the welfare state’.

Quaderns d’Educació Social is the CEESC (Association of Social Educators of Catalonia) magazine, published since 2002. It is a publication of reference for the educators and social educators communities and, of course, also for the students. In each issue different social education related topics are addressed through different monographic contributions.

The latest issue marks the beginning of a new phase. The editorial team of Quaderns d’Educació Social wanted to share with their readers, the spirit of renewal they consider essential in a context of economic crisis like the one we are living right now. They believe social education needs to consider new models of social interaction, in order to address the current needs of society. These new paradigms imply the need of new approaches, new ideas and new practices. That’s why, for this issue, Quaderns looked for individuals whose experience and work represents a new innovative way of giving answer to those needs.

Irene Lapuente, La Mandarina de Newton, was one of the invited contributors for this issue. In her monograph ‘The science in the city, in and out of institutions’ (pages 114-121), Irene talks about the project Science of the City and about a series of workshops held at the Youth Detention Center of Barcelona. Science of the City is a project aimed at presenting a new way of looking at science and at the city, through participation, co-creation and hybridization. The project also seeks to eliminate or dilute the physical barriers that still characterize the way some institutions share knowledge. Irene wrote also about her experience during the workshops at the Youth Detention Center. The sessions aimed to encourage the participation among inmates, arise their interest in scientific topics directly related with their environment and finally, encourage them to produce their own scientific video based on the questions raised during the workshops. According to Irene, this was an extremely positive and enriching experience. The inmates curiosity and interest on science was amazing. The monograph ends with a brief reflection on the present and future of Science of the City. She explains that the goal is to keep working and evolving the idea behind it, in order to build a line of work in which ‘the city is the central axis, the citizens are the main actors, and knowledge is the main goal.’


Read about the reasons and thoughts behind Science of the City!

A catalog full of reflections about science, city, arts, communication and participation was born thanks to the exhibition process of the project Science of the City. The prologue was written by Roger Sansi, an anthropologist and a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the University of Barcelona. Artists such as Eugènia Augustí, Montse Carreño, Raquel Muñoz, Mercè Casanovas, Borja Leo Fermoselle, Sergi Selvas, Aleix Molet, Eloi Puig, Cristina Pastó, Anja Steidinger, Alicia Vela and Antònia Vilà explain their art pieces. Ramon Sangüesa and Irene Lapuente tell us about the reasons behind this project. All these texts are available in four languages​​: English, Spanish, French and Catalan at la Mandarina de Newton Issuu:


11th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology

Public communication of science and technology is important for the economic and social wellbeing of society and for the exercise of participatory democracy. This is the motto of the 11th International Conference on Public Communication of Science and Technology to be held in New Delhi, India. Co-Creating Cultures was there presenting the publication “Engaging Users in Science and Technology Exhibition Codesign Online and Offline: Expolab the Experience“:


Final design proposal

Today we publish the final design proposal developed by the Expolab team from all the work done by all the contributions that have been made from our different audiences, physical and virtual. People all over the world have contributed to the co-design process of this exhibition: From contemplation to participation, and beyond. Thank you!


Looking around the world



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