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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'ImproCiència' - science and literature on stage

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On Thursday June 26, 7 p.m. at the Sagrada Família’s LibraryLa Mandarina de Newton and the theatre company Planeta Impro will present the improvisational theatre show ‘ImproCiència’, at the awards ceremony of the fourth edition of Inspiraciencia (Scientific Writing Contest), organized by CSIC and the support of FECYT.

The show is inspired by fragments of the texts that participated in the contest. These are stories that explore concepts such as technology, genetics, maths, nanotechnology, quantum mechanics, astronomy, sound… The show that we will be presenting on the 26th, will be an improvisation theatre show that will bring science and literature on the stage. Once again we want to offer to the public a different way of looking at science, this time through theatre and literature.

Do not miss it!

When: Thursday June 26, 7 p.m.

Where: Auditorium of Sagrada Família’s Library.

Free activity, limited places

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And... We have the winners of the 3rd edition of Science of the City!

During the last 3 months we have received several videos from participants of different places, ages and backgrounds. Videos that show us endless ways of seeing the science that surrounds us. This year we awarded two videos, one chosen by the public through online voting and one chosen by a jury of experts in science, technology and audiovisuals. It was not easy, but a decision had to be made…

The winners of this Science of the City’s edition are:

Biological clocks: the rhythm that moves us, by Laia Torres and Laura Pardo.

 

Accelerate yourself, by Mar Batlle.



The jury wants also to make special mention to the video of John Scott, Glasgow, City of Science. This video offers a novel and interesting view of this Scottish city. If you seek scientific destinations for this summer, we believe that this one is highly recommended.





We would like to congratulate the winners and all of you who took part of this contest, for all the effort! We hope you enjoyed a lot while creating your videos and, of course, that you have learned and discovered a little more about the science of your city!

Keep Looking at your city with scientific eyes and explaining and sharing what you see because science is everywhere!

Remember Science of the City doesn’t end here! Some of the videos you submitted will be aired on TV, we will keep working and organizing activities….

We’ll keep you updated!

 

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The first videos are already here! You have until April 30th!

A few months ago, we started the third edition of the international video contest Science of the City.

During this time, we have produced six sample videos in six different languages​​: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian, about varied themes, in order to inspire you. Here you can watch them:

In addition, some participants have already begun to send their videos. The very first one came from Cadiz and responded to the question: why do plants in the city flower in spring?

This one, came directly from Glasgow!

Have you started thinking about yours? Remember that you have time until April 30th!

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TalentLab: Starts the 3rd Edition and re-opens the Exhibition at the Mandarina Space!

The 3rd Edition of the CSIC’s project, TalentLabstarts with a new series of workshops and interdisciplinary dialogues opened to the public (from March 5 to June 16, 2014).

And to launch this new edition, this Friday, February 28, at 19h at the Mandarina Space, we will be opening the Exhibition of the TalentLab Educative Resources.

 

This exhibition was first exhibited on October 2013, at the Residència d’Investigadors (CSIC- Generalitat de Catalunya). You will now be able to see all the educative resources created during the past TalentLab editions and get to know all about this 3rd Edition.

We invite you all to come by at the Mandarina Space to get to know more about TalentLab. It’s free and open to everyone, just need to register here.

 

 

This year’s edition of TalentLab will have two working lines:

Workshops for teachers with whom we will be working and exploring the resources created during the last editions. There will be 3 workshops (March 12, 19 and 26), each one dedicated to two of the topics explored on TalentLab I and II.

- A series of interdisciplinary dialogues between the public and researchers (March 5, April 7 and June 16) around some Nature-Technology controversial topics: Transgenics, Cyborgs and Fukushima.

These events will take place at the Residència d’Investigadors (CSIC- Generalitat de Catalunya), at 18h. These are free events with registration.

Check all the info at talentlab.csic.es

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'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

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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A weekend of transdisciplinary dialogue and creation at Hangar: Synergy

The last week of June we participated in the workshop Synergy: Interdisciplinary Practice and Theory, coordinated by Simon PennyRoc Parés and Mara Balestrini, within the GridSpinoza program organized by Hangar. The two and half days of the workshop were very intense and interesting. We brought together interests, methods and projects.

To us it was great to deal again with some of the questions that we posed about transdisciplinarity in the Common Grounds workshop of 2011.  At the time we followed a prototyping process. In Synergy, 2013 we followed the method of work that the workshop organizers  articulated around sharing and dialogue.

The workshop pursued the sharing of projects and ideas but also the creation of a protocol for the development of transdisciplinary projects. In this regard there were very enlightening interventions of each one of the three coordinators (Simon Penny, Roc Pares and Mara Balestrini) about how they felt  about transdisciplinarity, its objectives and its working methods.

Simon Penny approached the value and challenges of transdisciplinarity from a general perspective but remarked that transdisciplinarity is a process framed in social and historical contexts. What today is considered a transdisciplinary program, tomorrow will be an established discipline. He stressed the combinatorial  aspect of transdisciplinary work pointing, for example, to the translation of methods from one discipline to another. He also remarked the problems posed by the difficulties of communication and the need to play with the different languages ​and practices of each discipline that conrtibutes to a project.

Roc Parés approached his contribution from his experience in the intersection between art, science and technology, particularly new media. He stressed the opportunity to look in places where there is still no intersection between disciplines, and to delve into them to come up with new possibilities.

Mara Balestrini take on transdisciplinarity focused on her experience at the intersection of new technologies, the city and citizen engagement, a perpsective we can easily relate to. She shoed examples of projects where the use of mobile technology and the Internet in public spaces generated authentic engagement. She also shared her recent work on aspects of interaction between strangers in public spaces and its consequences.

During the following two days all participants described their own projects and then all of them worked together as transdisciplinary possible to create new proposals.

We came to Synergy wanting to know  about new methods but ended up opening up and morphing a little our project on internal contamination and joining in other project based on the concept of mistakes in general and science in particular and the role of misatkes in culture. We will describe this in more detail in future posts. In any case it was a very rewarding experience to know about other collaborative approaches from different disciplines. We left with very good connections and new potential partners.

A very good initiative.

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HackingBullipedia: opening up the egg of global creativity

Telefónica I + D and Bullifoundation have chosen us to support a new adventure of Ferran Adrià’s creative machine. We have been commissioned to carry on the design, production and management of the HackingBullipedia Global Challenge, an international competition that invites the world’s best universities and the most creative minds to help build Bullipedia.

Bullipedia is a repository of gastronomic wisdom that not only will collect information about recipes, food culture, preparation methods, traditional culinary techniques and the Bulli own ones. It also will contain aspects of creativity, the trademark of Ferran Adrià and his team of permanent innovators.

This video gives a first hint of what Bullipedia could be.

 

Here Ferran Adrià in Wired UK presents how they arrived to the Bullipedia idea.

 

The project is colossal and requires integrating disparate knowledge in different languages and from different perspectives to serve the knowledge needs and creative demands of multiple stakeholders. Internet has a lot of useful information for Bullipedia. But does all the necessary technology to collect, index it, organize it, translate it, view it, distribute it exist?

This is the main challenge Telefónica I + D and Ferran Adrià believe  that can be solved by inviting the most creative minds and most talented students from the most prestigious universities in the world. And we have been asked to rochestate this process.  It looks like a contest to use but it is not only a contest. We drew from our experience in this type of .

From the outset, we have been able to help translate the questions that boil in the construction of Bullipedia into a number of usage scenarios like this one:

From visual information about a product or combination of products, how can we identify information about its taste?

So we created with Telefónica I + D HackingBullipedia as a process open to students and academics who want to respond to the major challenges of building the Bullipedia. You have all the information in the website.

We are contacting with teachers and students from the best universities in the world in technology and design which is a great pleasure. And a big responsibility too.

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The global creativity storm has just begun!.

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La Vanguardia - Connected Brains

On June 8, La Vanguardia published an article on Collective and Collaborative Intelligence: ‘Connected Brains’.

‘Intelligence has always been collective. However, now new technologies boost collaborative and innovative ways in which experts and enthusiasts come together to collaborate on projects that actually give results.’

La Mandarina de Newton was contacted to give their own view on the topic and to talk about their own experience.

Here you can find the full article (in spanish and catalan):

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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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