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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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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La Mandarina de Newton at FADfest: HackingBullipedia and critical design

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La Mandarina de Newton was quite present at the 3rd International Conference Open Design Shared Creativity that took place at Design Hub Barcelona on June 30th and July 1st.

On the 30th at 12:30 Ramon Sanguesa summarized the experience with our project HackingBullipedia with elBulliFoundation and discussed its relationship with open design.

On July 1st at 17:00 La Mandarina de Newton sponsored a session with Lisa Ma, Laura Forlano, Luiza Prado, Pedro Oliveira and Ramon Sangüesa to explore the points of contact between critical design approaches and open and participative design approaches. Is it possible to bring out the power of critical design in open and participatory projects?

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Here’s the full program.

Soon we will share with you more details about these two days of creativity!

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Two days of open design thinking to kickstart your creative juices!

 

On July 5-6, the Open Design / Shared Creativity International Conference (ODSC) will be held again this year as part of the FADfest 2013, Barcelona.

La Mandarina de Newton took part in the first edition of the conference and collaborates as programme partner of the forthcoming edition.

ODSC is an annual space for reflection on the culture of open design and its potential in the creative professions. An exceptional lineup of more than 20 speakers will feature, share and debate the emerging landscape of open practices and exchanges that has come out of approaches such as open code, copyleft, co-creation, sharing and collaborative working.

Don’t miss this unique chance to explore renewed creative practices and innovative platforms that are revolutionizing the future of design in all its disciplines and expressions thanks to digital technologies and networked culture.

Check the programme here and use the promo code “PPA20″ to save 20% on your ticket!

You can register online at http://odscbarcelona.eventbrite.com/

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Discovering the Science of the City project with la Malla Tendències

The Science of the City project attracted the interest of La Malla Tendències TV who produced the wonderful video that you see here.  It is a good way to learn more details about the research and experimentation process behind the nine pieces of art that have been exposed at Arts Santa Mònica for nearly two weeks.

With a flexible and imaginative style, this report shows between different videos created by people all over the world and builds a story from them. It adds the collective views and experiences of all participants in the process: citizens who submitted videos, artists and curators. Irene Lapuente, explains the genesis of the whole project. Inés Navarro, tells us why her team of citizen participants decided to choose a lunar eclipse as the subject of their video.  She also tells us about and what they got to know from the astronomy buffs that they met on Montjuïc, a the hill that overlooks Barcelona. Borja Leonardo Fermoselle and Aleix Molet, two artists of the IMARTE art research Group, explain how they elaborated their own re-interpretations of scientific facts taking their curiosity as a starting point, as other citizens did.

Looking at the final results, there is no doubt that everyone has some way or other integrated the science in their lives, creating a source of new questions for the future.

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Nine fragments of city

Soon you will have the chance to explore the artwork inside Science of the City, a clear invitation to look from a different perspective even the smallest details of urban everydayness, posing our own questions about science.

All these nine pieces are in fact the synthesis of a research process that began with the analysis of the contents of the 50 videos sent for two months by participants from around the world in the categories of Fiction, Question and Experiment. From this work we created a database of scientific issues in the city  that, among other things, allowed us to visualize the existing differences between popular and the expert cultures regarding the concepts of science or city.

The exploration of semantic fields and etymologies also served as a basis for the artists of IMARTE group, a work which has revealed surprising connections between proposals of citizens, scientific principles and their own artistic projects.

We then describe the set of art pieces in the exhibition, along with the videos that inspired them:

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A start is white, Eugènia Agustí

The piece refers to the blank page as the starting point of a work and considers what would happen after covering the roofs of entire blocks of houses with white geometric figures to act as attractors of sunlight.

Inspired by the video  “White-topped buildings, who loves the Sun?”, of Anna Cabré


Urban Legends, Monste Carreño and Raquel Muñoz

Confronting the way how urban legends and false scientific stories arise and are established leads us to reflect on how we perceive images related to the context in which are introduced.

Inspired by the competition process


Urban Fossils from yesterday and today, Mercè Casanovas

Human constructions enclose large amounts of fossils. This artwork wants to show many of them inside a piece of land from Barcelona where you can see traces of the past, but also of the present, to be discovered years later.

Inspired by the first video of la Mandarina de Newton  “Urban fossils”


Urban passage, Borja Leonardo Fermoselle and Sergi Selvas

The meta-city of the XXI Century is a paradigm of our society, a multifaceted look created from a series of images showing the nature of a regenerative system based on the fragmentation.

Inspired by of videos submitted 


Text Local Alignement, Aleix Molet and Eloi Puig

Working in a similar manner as DNA sequences are compared to extract

functional links between genes, the transcripts of two videos about science and the city have been aligned.

This proposal works exploring the transcripts of the videos:  “City Sounds- A New Source of Energy?” of Emily DeHority  and “Why the planet Earth changes?” of Universidad de los Niños


Xanthoria parietina, scattering, Cristina Pastó

Lichens are the result of the symbiosis of a seaweed and a fungus that are used as bioindicators of air pollution levels in cities. Two species have returned now from the space totally unaffected by exposure to vacuum.

Inspired by the videos about environment


Full moon and message in a bottle, Anja Steidinger

Composition created from two frames taken from the same video and expanded a thousandfold. The new creation was generated by seeking common patterns

between the digital images of a full moon and a bottle.

Inspired by the video  “Les figures dans le marbre”, of Scienceadacemie


Waves, Alicia Vela

Small dots projected on a wall symbolize waves of information generated by a video, a fiction that draws an echo of itself as if it was like quantum particles coming from a spectator that interacts with physical matter.

Inspired by the video:  “La sorprenent composició de l’àtom”, of Núria Jar


The infinite net, Antònia Vilà

Videographic and temporal transcription of the night sky from the recording of engraved inscriptions inspired by distant mythological cosmologies.
The net becomes a metaphor of the infinite universe in transformation.

Inspired by the movies  “Les lumières dans la ville”, of Mrcopperstein y “La Luna en Montjuïc”, of Ruben Permuy

As you can guess, the exposure is not, therefore, the end of this co-creative process. The results obtained encourage us to think in new editions that allow us to move forward in the investigation of new processes at the crossroads of design, participation, art, science, technology and city.

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Ready to re-discover the city

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The countdown for the inauguration of the Science of the City exhibition is ready and we have the press docs for media on the sending mailbox.
Here you can download the press release, an invitation for citizens to rediscover the urban spaces from a new scientific perspective.

Press Release Science of the City:

 

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Science of the City comes to Arts Santa Mònica

It has been a long process of co-creation, but finally Science of the City comes to Arts Santa Mònica to show a living exhibition that offers us very diverse artistic views and perspectives from the city, build from 50 videos submitted by all of you to Scienceofthecity.net

On Tuesday May 8, at 19h, this participatory exhibition will open, until May 19. We will be waiting for you!

There you will find the artistic pieces created by the IMARTE research group of the University of Barcelona (UB) starting from the questions, discoveries and experiments raised by participants of the video contest. Each work is related to the videos that have inspired it.

Behind this artwork hides a meticulous process performed by la Mandarina de Newton: transcription and analysis technologies to create a document repository of issues of scientific interest in the city. From there, artists have experimented creating compositions and new images by reinterpreting the content or making transpositions to other languages​​. Nine art pieces are the end result of this process. All of them are born from the same surprise and curiosity, speaking us of fossil lichens, DNA, the color of the walls, the constituents of matter, the scientific method, the lights or pattern recognition. Curiosity has been the main driver for everyone (artists, experts, citizens) in order to start asking questions, a metadesign process that initiates research processes advancing in parallel, offering unexpected results.

We want also to tell you that we have come so far thanks to the collaboration of FECYT, Obra Social “la Caixa”, the Tech Museum of San José in California and París-Montagne in France, and the engagement and strong support of many people and entities. To all, thank you very much!

Remember, you can watch all the videos collected by ScienceoftheCity.net The exhibition, inspired by these clips, will remain open to visitors from May 8 until May 19th, at Arts Santa Mònica  ¡Do not miss it!

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