Under the Horizon2020 umbrella, the European Commission introduces STARTS -Science & Technology & Arts- an initiative that aims to discover tools that will involve all of society in the process of innovation. In this process, the arts will act as a catalyst in the conversion of scientific knowledge into new products, services and processes. STARTS is part of a European innovation strategy to enhance creativity in industry and society.
STARTS at Sónar+D will offer various projects of science and experimentation based on collective participation, and the creation of knowledge resulting from the collaboration between researchers, artists and the general public. At MarketLab a number of projects being developed and funded by Horizon2020 will be on show, based on open science and digital technologies that integrate artistic production and research.
DANCE. This project’s research will provide a series of demonstrations on human behaviour through dance. Musician Pablo Palacio will musically interpret the movements of dancer Sandra Ribes, which will be captured by Kinect. Project developed software will be used for real-time analysis of dance movement properties such as balance, fluency and abruptness, converting them into sound and music and thereby increasing dance expression beyond movement alone. On Saturday will take place a demo in collaboration with Italian company Rotas , showing how new technologies can be applied to marketing. You can find out more about the Dance project here.
Citclops is a European project of citizen environmental monitoring. It will consist of a series of automated machines installed on a selection of Mediterranean buoys, which will collect data on water quality. The data will be received and monitored in MarketLab and turned into sound. The data sent will be the changes of light in the water column measured through the buoys, using the Kduino tool, developed by the CSIC. More info about the Citclops project can be found here.
Kampal is an online application that displays the real-time activity of publications and projects from researchers at the University of Zaragoza. On Twitter Kampal will monitor in real time the impact of various musicians and representatives present at both Sónar and Sónar+D, enabling the analysis of communities and trends among the public and artists alike. Visualize the scientist’s activity here.
Libelium is a company specializing in open-source development kits for environmental analysis and sensor platforms for the Internet of Things. It will present three successful cases based on the acquisition of environmental data through kits made with Arduino, including: the “Smart Santander” kit, which monitors a city’s empty parking spaces; the “Radiation Sensor Board” created to measure levels of nuclear radiation from the Fukushima disaster; and finally ArduSat, the first open-source satellite running Arduino, which monitors radiation levels from outer space, solar storms and other phenomena.
Socientize -the citizen science project that aims to create a common space for researchers, resource providers and the public— will present “Ciencia Remix from Etopia”, a public science lab comprising of computers and tablets equipped with software that allows the public to contribute to actual research projects, the projects included will be: Music collective experiment, where people will contribute to the creation of collective musical compositions; Mind Paths, a game to create participative semantic maps; and Open Curiosity, an open-source exomars rover, based on the NASA Curiosity Rover and based on Arduino.
OpenDigitalSicence is a European initiative whose mission is to open up science and its results to the public, allowing them to benefit from the use of digital technologies.
OpenDigitalScience will hold a de-contextualized work session open to the public, where they will address and discuss the key transformation trends that science is experiencing through the use of digital technologies. Via a process of anticipation and a futuristic vision based on data collected by the Eutema, Zentrum für Soziale Innovation and the Universidad de Zaragoza, project researchers -along with other guest artists- will carry out their formulations in front of the audience, who will see their de-contextualized modus operandi at Marketlab.
DIY Bioacademy Microorganisms are able to produce the whole color spectrum. Bacteria present in our environment and in our body can be used as a natural pigment source instead of synthetic pigments, reducing ink pollution. The wide distribution of the bacteria makes bioink an alternative to industrial ink. This is an example of how science and art can work together.The Open Wetlab of Waag Society will invite you to make medicinal bioink in a series of workshops where attendees will have the opportunity to use it to create their own bioart pieces. Other approaches and experiments using bioink will be presented. Join Ingrid Nijhoff at Marketlab to try this for yourself!