'Science of the City #3' - Video Contest

Opens the third edition of  ’Science of the City‘!!

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Look at your city with different eyes. Look at it with a scientific or a technological approach.  What do you see? Well-known concepts, new challenges, discoveries and discoverers or experiments in action. Science of the City wants to collect multiple scientific and technological looks of a city made by its citizens.

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

Science of the City takes places in Barcelona, Madrid, Silicon Valley, Paris, Zagreb, Amsterdam and other cities. Cities are excellent educational resources. How can we use them? How can we relate scientific concepts to our cities? Can we build a bridge from citizens to researchers though showing citizens concerns? Can citizens point to new challenges? Do cities show the history of science? Science of the City wants to find some answers to these questions.

If you want to participate in the process, start by entering the video contest and send a two-minute video that relates cities and science in your own way. For example, “How is traffic handled in a city?.”  If you look carefully around you, you will be surprised by the number of scientific phenomena that can be observed without even leaving your city. If, however, you still have doubts about how they could be shown on your clips, you can go to La Mandarina de Newton’s YouTube channel and find some sample clips.

The best videos submitted to the contest will be selected by a jury and by popular vote. There are two 500€ prizes for the most creative video and the most voted by the public. On top of that, some videos will be aired on TV.

From now and until April 24th you will be able to send us as many videos as you want and we will upload them at our platform. Chose an idea, make a 2 minutes video, upload it at your Youtube account and send us (cocreatingcultures (@) gmail.com) a short description and the link.

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.

More info at www.scienceofthecity.net

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La Mandarina de Newton in the Netherlands

During the first weekend of March, Irene Lapuente (La Mandarina de Newton) travelled to the Netherlands, to Leiden and Amsterdam. This tryp was done thanks to the collaboration with the Atelier des Jours à Venir and the support of Fondation de France.

On March 1st, Irene was at the Faculty of Sciences, Leiden University, to give a talk about science communication models: ‘Beyond the Science Communication Model: Hybridization, Participation and Activism’. Irene was invited to participate in the Leiden Science Communication Seminars, a monthly series of seminars to discuss contemporary issues in science communication. She presented the ‘recipe’ we use and that she believes should be used to communicate Science: a transdiciplinary and participatory model. A model where communicating is much more than just a passive transfer of information: we hybridize disciplines, knowledge, and ways of thinking and working; we believe in a true dialogue and we avoid the monologue. As an example of this way of working, Irene explained the idea behind our project ‘Science of the City’. As you know, this is a project in which we mix different disciplines (science, urbanism, design, audiovisuals, arts…) and in which we have active participation at different levels. At the end of the talk we were quite happy with the feedback and the discussion generated within the audience. You can check the full presentation here:

The day after, March 2nd, Irene, Livio Riboli-Sasco and Leïla Perié had another appointment, now, in Amsterdam. They presented the concepts behind the project ‘Science of the City’ and lead a workshop for children. The aim was to motivate the kids to question and explore the science hidden in their city. The workshop started with a first challenge: the kids had to invent conversations based on questioning. Then, we performed an interesting exercise: with their questions, they had to change the interrogative words (why/what/how/when/where…) and reflect on how this would change the meaning of the questions and therefore, the answers. We also challenged them to question the science behind a series of pictures we distributed among them. Then, it arrived the most fun part for them: they had to explore their own city. They became little scientists and came up with the questions they would like to answer.

   

They took their own photos and their own notes, like a ‘field’ explorer! And they actually came back with a lot of interesting questions and ideas. After this, it was time, within each group, to choose which of the questions they would like to work on and to make the storyboard of their own ‘Science of the City’ video. The workshop finished here, but this was not the whole story! The students will keep working on their projects. The final goal is to produce some videos and to exhibit them at the Science Center of Amsterdam, the Nemo Museum, during the Fim & Science Festival in April. We will keep you updated!!

You can find all the photos of the workshop in the Science of the City Facebook page.

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La Mandarina de Newton and Science of the City in Zagreb!

During this weekend (February, 1st-3rd, 2013) La Mandarina de Newton is going to Zagreb, Croatia. There we will participate in a series of events to promote science, organized by Ecsite’s member Aquis and L’Atelier des Jours à Venir. Irene Lapuente, the founder of La Mandarina de Newton, will present our project Science of the City. It will be a busy weekend: there will be workshops, video screenings, roundtables, interviews…

Some of these events will be open to the public. Tomorrow there will be an open lecture and interactive conference as well as the opening of the Science of the City exhibition at the Student Center. On Saturday there will be a video screening of some of the videos of the project and people will have the opportunity to make suggestions and questions about the topics at the intersection of  Science/Technology/City.

This is La Mandarina de Newton across borders!!

We will come back to you soon with the results of this intense weekend!

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Science of the City attracts media impacts

Science of the City has left behind a huge virtual print, plenty of videos. We have to take in account not only the 50 videos sent by the participants of the SOTC global competition, but many pieces of art created specifically for the exhibition. Is not surprising, after all, that the exhibit seen last May in Arts Santa Mònica has been documented with a good amount of videos as, for instance the Opening of the exhibition.

Media has made its own interpretation of the project, as we see in the stories of La Malla Tendències and the Pla B of Barcelona Television or the live connection by Connexió Barcelona, ​​also from BTV.

Daily newspaper

Agendas of ARA, La Vanguardia and El Periodico de Catalunya newspapers, included the Science of the City as one of the remarkable cultural offers of the week. El Periódico, meanwhile, also published an extensive news in the section Gran Barcelona. Also El Heraldo de Aragon, from Zaragoza, dedicated an article inside the Tercer Milenio  supplement.
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At a broader level, the digital editions of those media have shown a special interest to discover  scientific evidence in everyday life. The Catalan edition of El Pais.com they collected in their culture section while the blog “Art in the Age of Silicon“, also from this medium showed in the video Skup “The amazing makeup of the atom” to explain the co-creative process started months ago with the video contest. Something similar was seen in  3cat24.cat,, using the same resource to introduce the project.

Both the process of the competition and the exhibition of Science of the City have been followed closely from a wide variety of digital media: Heraldo.es, 20minutos.es, AltoAragon.es, lasprovincias.es, diariodenavarra.es and diariovasco.com

Radio comes to expo

Minutes before the opening of the exhibition, a mobile unit of COM Ràdio approached to Arts Santa Monica to explain in all detail the scope of this cultural program to the listeners of the Extraradi program. Two days earlier, in the same station, Irene Lapuente had already explained the project from the main studio of Eureka!. In a similar way, the Altra Ràdio radio program invited Irene Lapuente to speak about this initiative a week earlier. More recently, in June, the unique humor of Pa ciència la nostra offered his particular vision of the Science of the City project.

Heard in the blogosphere

The impact of the City Science in the media has also been reflected in many blogs as the Observatori 2.0 al Science Centre Singapore, Fundación Quorum, Karma Peiró or Paz Domínguez Moreover, publishing spaces of organizations and persons connected to the project as Albert Folk, The Tech Open Source, Hangar, imarte, Universitat de Barcelona and Arts Santa Mònica. spreaded the news too.

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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

Ana Domínguez

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 reaches Fine Arts and much more

We have been not talking too much lately about the project Science of the City. But not for lack of news. It is rather the opposite. During the last months we have been analyzing the video clips carefully closed and we started to talk with artists.

The research group imarte form the University of Barcelona (UB) has joined the project. Discussions on what a is city, what is not a city, what is science  and what is not science have already began! We have also found many references to works produced by artists that may have some connections with the video clips submitted by the participants in the Video Contest. The first artistic proposals in response to all this are starting to take shape!

Moreover, the “la Caixa” Foundation has decided to sponsor this project.

Finally, we are proud to announce that the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) has chosen it as an example of inspiring practices for scientific communication.

The science of cities has arrived from many very different towns: Barcelona, Seville, New York, San Jose, Bogota, Paris, Singapore… Many participants contributed with their videos, their comments and their votes. We tried to bring all this material to new places: universities, research centers, museums, schools, conferences… so that we could offer to all you a physical exhibition soon. We hope to meet you there!

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New videos, last week(s)!

Little by little we are getting really high-quality video for the City of Science video contest. It is very gratifying to see how each contestant provides a different look of their environment. However, this look is always accompanied by a touch of science. We sincerely thank all the participants for their contributions and remind those who want to participate, but have not yet uploaded any video, that the deadline is getting closer. The deadline is June 30 for videos in Catalan, Spanish, English and any other language other than French. French videos can be uploaded until July 19. Enjoy science and your city!! For those who participate in the contest good luck!!

Here you can see some of the new videos…

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