Planarias, botany, flamenco and participation

After the kick-off, the Biennial opens a second day full of reflection, new formats and multiple ways of experiencing science. In addition to the artistic installations that can be visited from the first day of the Biennial, this second day sees the addition of Embolism ‘por soleá’, at La Capella, and The silenced voices of science, in the Jardines de Rubió i Lluch. The first consists of a work by the artist Paula Bruna which, through a combination of botany and flamenco, explores the effects of climate change on trees and forests in general. As for the second installation, music producer Ikram Bouloum, curator Antònia Folguera and computational linguistics researcher Ona de Gibert join forces in a verbal and musical creation that gives voice to women scientists who have been ignored because they are women.

Throughout the afternoon, the Institut d'Estudis Catalans will host the Citizen Science Day events. Understood as science that involves non-specialists in some part of the process, this form of generating knowledge together with the public will be the focus of three activities in which the current state of science, its educational benefits and its relevance in political decision-making and the adoption of measures, among other aspects, will be debated. Three sessions will feature names such as Muki Haklay, expert in geographic information systems, Lea Shanley, director of ICSI, a centre affiliated to the University of California, Rosa Arias, founder of Science for Change, and the citizen science expert Mohammad Gharesifard.

In the Residence for Researchers, the first Evening of research this Biennial will bring us closer to real projects that are being carried out in the city, in this case, to move towards dignified ageing and a better quality of life in urban environments. The projects and the challenges they allow us to face will be presented by the scientists working on them. Also in the evening, La Capella at MACBA will host the performance Demiurgós, in which artists Iver Zapata and Francesc Cebrià collaborate with biologist Agustín Ortiz Herrera on a project about planarians, fascinating worms that can reproduce both sexually and asexually and are made up of cells with the potential to regenerate all their parts and functions.

And in the Theatre Building of the CCCB, the first session of Biopics and science experienced in the first person will take place. Until Friday, every afternoon, a dialogue on the lives of relevant scientists will prepare the ground for the screening of a film. The first session will focus on mathematics and its creative process, but the following sessions will also deal with artificial and collective intelligence, as well as space exploration. Three film sessions with the participation of mathematicians Alberto Enciso and Xavier Ros Oton, computer science experts Carme Torras and María-Cristina Marinescu, astronomer Carme Jordi and astrodynamics specialist Ariadna Farrés, all moderated by science journalist Núria Jar.

The day brings you many more activities of the Biennial and the +Biennial. Check them all out in the programme.