OpenSystems is a multidisciplinary group attached to the University of Barcelona (UB) that focuses on the arts and public participation as core elements of the way of doing science.
From September 2009 to March 2012, working alongside Arts Santa Mònica, we opened up laboratories for scientific research into artistic creativity, which was eager for new themes and content, and hungry for innovative tools and science-related languages. The results have included seven exhibition projects in the Arts Santa Mònica Laboratory space. All the projects include a wide range of activities, such as workshops for participating in exhibitions, not just as mere visitors but also playing an active role, with the ability to make changes to the space.
In November 2011, the UB awarded the Laboratory the Antoni Caparrós Prize for Best Knowledge Transfer. The Laboratory has recently become a research group within the University: OpenSystems. It is still operating, in part working alongside the Culture Institute of Barcelona’s Department of Creativity and Innovation, as the BarcelonaLab programme. BarcelonaLab is a project based on living-lab methodologies, which aim to make the city a laboratory for culture, knowledge, creativity and innovation that is open to the public.
Part of the UB OpenSystems group has a long track record with socio-economic systems and data analysis within the context of complex systems (www.complexitat.cat). UB OpenSystems has also been deeply involved in the FuturICT FET flagship proposal, developing the notion of collective experimentation.
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Citizen science: knowledge takes power
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