The Project

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This exhibition is the result of a long process of co-creation and dialogue. The goal of Science of the City is to show that science can be found beyond the laboratory or the natural environment. We look for it in the city. The exhibition started with an international video contest with three categories: discovery, question and experiment. These categories are connected with the scientific methodology. This first phase of the project aimed at increasing citizens’ capacity and agency with respect to the scientific discourse. It remarked that the scientific attitude can be found outside the limits set by a caste of professional experts.

Science of the City also raises the possibility of talking about science with non-mathematical or, in general, non-scientific languages. This time it is art that comes into contact with the scientific concepts that implicitly or explictily populated the participants’ videos. Artists talk about light, color, fossils, lichens, atoms, DNA, pattern recognition, the scientific method and cities.

More information on Science of the City 2011

The Big Idea

Make a Two-Minute video About Science of the City!

The Project

Mandarina de Newton S.L., starts a new project within its Co-Creating Cultures line of work: Science of the City, a very international and urban adventure.

Science of the City starts in Barcelona, Silicon Valley, New York, and Singapore. New cities, their citizens and their science centers are joining the project. Mandarina de Newton coordinates a network of centers with special support of the Tech Virtual in California and Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona.

Science of the City is an exhibition project that starts with a video contest. Prizes will be awarded to the best two-minute videoclips connecting scientific topics and the city. Contestants can upload as many videos as they want in three different categories: discovery (What have you found in your city?), experiment (user your city to run an experiment) and question (scientific questions and answers suggested by your city). Download the instructions for participation from the website. You can upload your videoclips there during the next three months videos and also ask for advice for your clips from other participants and comment on their work. The last date to upload videos is June 28th.

If you look around you will be surprised with how many scientific phenomena you can witness without leaving the city. If you still have doubts about it, go to Mandarina de Netwon Youtube channel. There you will find several sample videos. Best videos will be chosen by an international jury combined with open polls online. All videos will be part of a research project open to scientists and artists. The results of this scientific and artistic research will be part of an exhibition at Arts Santa Mónica center in Barcelona.

Co-Creating Cultures thanks the support of the Tech Museum and Arts Santa Monica, for diffusion, technological support and exhibition hosting.

The Project phases

Video Contest:

From February 28th 2011 to June 28th people are invited to submit as many two-minute video clips as they want showing scientific topics in their cities. It is contest that tries to promote fun and collaboration.

The Tech Museum sponsors the prizes listed below, but other institutions can sponsor a particular prize of their own choice. Just let us know and we will publicize it on the Science of the City site. Possible options: a prize for your city, a clip in your language, on the subject of your next exhibition, etc.


Discovery What scientific discovery have you made on the streets of your city?
+ pilot video “Urban fossils

Experiment Can you use a street, a park or a square to perform an experiment? Show us!
+ pilot video “Newton’s First Law

Question Do you have a scientific question about something that happens in the city? Do you have the answer to it? Share it!
+ pilot video “Why the sky is sometimes blue and sometimes red?

The research project:

Video is a rich environment containing lots of information. Contestants will upload their clips but also tag them with descriptive words reflecting their view of the science they have decided to record.

This, together with some other data collection procedures, will allow to integrate discourse analysis, concept mapping, networks of concepts and semantic analysis with other research tasks based on data mining and activity analysis online.

The anticipated outcome of this process is a better understanding of some perceptions on the part of the public in terms of scientific concepts, their interests in different types of topics as well as their predisposition towards experimentation, inquiry and exploration. It is also a source of new possible topics for future activities for the science centers involved in the project including topics for exhibitions and new types and styles of activities.

In cooperation with university research groups (UPC and UPF) specialized in data mining and science communication.

The exhibition:

Data resulting from the previous research phase will be used as raw material for artists to be inspired and start their own art project.

Formats for the art project can be any type of media with preference for works and processes around data visualization.

The selected individual artist or group of artists will be given the opportunity to show their work at the Art Santa Monica exhibition space.

The exhibition will be curated by Co-Creating Cultures.

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