L_ENTES, nominated to DansaCat 2012 Awards

The Dansacat 2012 Awards (Premis Dansacat), are organized by the Association of Dance Professionals of Catalonia (APdC). Their goal is to give recognition and promote the work of  dance professionals in Catalonia.

La Mandarina de Newton provided scientific advice during the conceptualization and development of the piece L_ENTES by coreographers Iris Heitzinger and Natalia Jiménez. We are happy to know that it has been shortlisted and nominated for the third edition of the Dansacat Awards, in the “New Talents” category. It was selected because of the quality of the performance and for being a multidisciplinary creation. Also because it included science in the project as well as the fact that it used non-conventional spaces for performance.

Winners will be chosen by popular vote, that can be case at the association’s website, www.dansacat.org. The voting process started on November 28th and will end on December 16th.  Prizes will be awarded on December 20th, in the opening of the piece ‘Little me” by Lali Ayguadé.

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Photo Credit: Yoana Miguel
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Tools for innovation from hybridization

On november 27th Irene Lapuente presented the La Mandarina de Newton own approach to creativity and innovation at the Fòrum CEICS of Innovation, which was hosted by the South Mediterranean Innovation Hub. Her presentation was titled “Tools for innovation from hybridization“:

In this conference world renowned experts presented different approaches to innovation to an audience of researchers, enterpreneurs and business people. Irene, presented a colourful view of innovation and stressed the importance of personal attitude and the importance of arriving at your own methods of innovation by deep reflection and continuous exploration, both individually and with others. Also she stressed the need to be smart and integrate some of the methods that very creative people across very different projects in Art, Design, Technology and Science have develop. In doing so, she showed the idiosyncratic “Mix, Learn, Transform” approach to innovation that we follow at La Mandarina de Newton where each project is unique and requires a fine tuning of methods and synergies.

Eines per a la innovació "La capacitat per innovar es pot entrenar i aprendre mitjançant eines diverses"

During the conference it was possible to listen to renowned experts such as Amnon Levav CEO of Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT) from Israel; Joan Cortés director of LTC Project from Barcelona Pär Blanking, director d’Innovació de Borders Crossing al Regne Unit and George Por, an expert in collective intelligence. Discussions with all of them where interesting and lively and may lead to further collaboration.

It was very conforting to see that in the middle of such a crisis as the one that we are going through universities and innovators dare to speak together and develop a better future.
We hope that our hybrid approach also helps in improving things through creativity and innnovation.

Eines per a la innovació "La capacitat per innovar es pot entrenar i aprendre mitjançant eines diverses"

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DIA ZERO (Day Zero)

On November 17th took place the opening of the work by choreographer and dancer Anna Rubirola DIA ZERO (Day Zero), within the program in Situ  Dance Festival, at Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona.

DIA ZERO is a piece that discusses destruction and the emptiness and silence it generates afterwards. It explores the trail of devastation and follows its consequences. It is a piece that approaches destruction from the physical body but it uses physical domestic resources and sound elements. Irene Lapuente, founder of La Mandarina de Newton, collaborated in this project as part of the scientific advisory group.

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Photo credits: Alba Suñé
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The Atelier des Jours à Venir (& Paris-Montagne) are visiting la Mandarina Space (02/11/2012 6:30pm)!

In two weeks time the Atelier des Jours à Venir (some of them members of Paris-Montagne) will be visiting la Mandarina de Newton new space in Gracia.

If you don’t go away for the long weekend and you want to meet them in person and know a bit more about their project, come next Friday 2nd of November at 6:30pm to La Mandarina de Newton new space at 12 Montseny Street, Barcelona. In the Gracia neighborhood.

The Atelier des Jours à Venir is a non profit cooperative company, composed of young researchers and teachers. Some of its founders are also part of the NGO Paris-Montagne, a collaborator institution of the project Science of the City, that has recently started its second edition.

The Atelier des Jours à Venir develops and performs teaching for students in university research curricula, aiming at fostering sound responsible practices within the research community. By addressing the implicit usages and values that coexist with rational investigation, it aims at empowering university students to become active, creative and responsible members of the research community, contributing to a fruitful dialogue with society.

In addition, the Atelier des Jours à Venir creates and supports projects of scientific culture with a strong social commitment: conveying the research and the values of scientific communities, can empower citizens, in particular in socially deprived contexts, such as French suburbs, Egypt, ex-Yugoslavia, where they have been taking action. We also take action to spread tools for citizen participation in research, from creating questions to gathering & analyzing data.

Their presentation will take the form of an informal discussion, and they look forward to interact with the assistants on the following topics:

  • Local communities
  • Research communities
  • All the interactions among these two concepts

It’s going to be great to hear from them their past experiences and future proposals and we are sure, you’ll have lots to say! So, if you are near Barcelona, do not miss it!

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Science of the City #2! Join us!

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Opens Science of the City II Video Contest!

La Mandarina de Newton, within its area of research and work Co-Creating Cultures, and after the success of the first edition, launches the second edition of Science of the City.

Science of the City takes places in Barcelona, Silicon Valley, Paris and other cities. La Mandarina de Newton appreciates the support of the Tech Museum of San Jose in Silicon Valley, California, of the entire membership of its virtual platform. Also the support of the Paris-Montagne NGO and the Municipality of Barcelona.

Science of the City promotes dialogue between city and science

Scientists and technologists do research and create solutions that affect us in our daily lives. How can we let them know what we know and what concerns us about the problems in our streets, squares and neighborhoods? How can we learn and work together to improve our daily life in our cities?

Through the Science of the City project we create a bridge for anyone to reach and meet with scientists and technologists, and to know the why of the thousand and one possibilities and realities that science and technology create for our cities.

If you want to participate in the process, start by entering the video contest and send a two-minute video that can be:

  • a question: make a video about a question that intrigues you and that involves some science or technology aspect.

For example, “How is traffic handled in a city?.” If you win the contest, we will help you spend time with a research group that can answer your question.

  • a proposal: Imagine and describe a solution that incorporates science and technology. We will look for a research group that can evaluate your proposal and you will be able to see how they work on it and how it evolves.

For example, in the first edition of Science of the City a participant suggested using the street noises to create power in cities: http://scienceofthecity.net/2011/?p=221. Can you think of a proposal to solve other problems in the city?

From now until December 7th you will be able to send us as many videos as you want and we will upload them at this platform. Chose an idea, make a 2 minutes video, upload it at your Youtube acount and send us (cocreatingcultures (@) gmail.com) a short description and the link. We will upload them at the platform of the project: http://scienceofthecity.net/2013.

During this time you can also watch the videos of other participants, comment on them, ask other people in the platform for advice on your own videos and, finally, vote on the proposals.

Remember, the deadline ends on December 7th, 2012.

The best videos submitted to the contests will be selected by a jury and by popular vote. All videos will be part of a research project open to scientists and technologists.

This year three prizes will be awarded:

  • Most original question
  • More surprising proposal
  • Most voted Video

If you look carefully around you, you will be surprised with the number of scientific phenomena that can be observed without leaving your city. If, however, you still have doubts about how they could be shown on your clips,you can have a look at the two samples we have prepared. We hope they you like them and they can inspire you!

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L_ENTES, the official trailer!

We have already talked about the project L_ENTES, an artistic project based on contemporary dance. It has been directed by the dancers and coreographers Iris Heitzinger and Natalia Jimenez. La Mandarina de Newton has collaborated as a scientific advisor.

L_ENTES is a dance performance that plays with science and mathematics to talk about time, space, light, sound and perception. It premiered on May 11th during the NEO Festival in Barcelona. Now you can enjoy the official trailer!

L_ENTES – official trailer from L_ENTES on Vimeo.

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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:

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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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