Date(s) - 26/10/2016 - 30/10/2016
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
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Kreyon Days (www.kreyon.net/kreyonDays) were a unique event of science popularisation, entirely devoted to creativity and innovation. It is part of an international research project coordinated by Sapienza University of Rome, organised in conjunction with The Education Services – Art Workshop run by the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (http://english.palazzoesposizioni.it/ Home.aspx) and the Scuderie del Quirinale, and patronised by Regione Lazio (http://www.regione.lazio.it/) and Legambiente (http://international. legambiente.it/). Given the great success of first edition in 2015, the Kreyon Days have been extended to five days, with three mornings entirely reserved for schools. Kreyon Days has been hosted at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, from October the 26th to 30th. Mornings of October the 26th, 27th and 28th were entirely reserved for secondary and elementary schools. Afternoons and the weekend were opened to all. Access was of charge free but online preregistration was highly encouraged. The participation to all the workshops had to be booked in advance. At the Kreyon Days people have been able to take part to free workshops and collective creation installations, experiencing first-hand the dynamics of creativity. All the workshop and installations were accompanied by explanations of the underlying scientific principles and questions. Everyone was free to deepen the scientific questions raised by each installation, through a ”learning by doing” approach. The Kreyon Days featured a rich offer of workshops, interactive installations, conferences and web-based games that allowed visitors to experiment and analyse how mechanisms underlying innovations and creativity work. More in particular:
- Installations of collective creation ranging from music composition or collaborative sculptures, to the design of new urban mobility systems. Visitors were able to interact with other participants, experiencing firsthand how we react to a challenge, what helps or hinders us in finding solutions, what attracts us, and how we collaborate with other people to achieve a common goal. (Please refer to Section Installations of this document for more details about the available installations)
- Web-based games designed and implemented by the Kreyon Project research team. They challenged the public to create something new by combining and assembling old elements. People were able to play individually but also measuring individuals’ divergence or similarity in finding possible solutions with respect to other players. (Please refer to Section Games of this document for more details about the available web-based games)
- Creative and scientific workshops animated by well-known writers, drama authors, science communicators and artists. More in details we had (i) workshop to create collaborative stories led by Christian Raimo, Rossella Milone, Claudio Morici, Alessandro Londei e Ascanio Celestini; (ii) a performance from La Scienza Coatta, using humour and roman dialect to popularise science; (iii) a three-days atelier of drama writing led by director and drama author Alex Cantarelli; (iv) a LEGO drawing workshop lead by LEGO artist Anna Legge; (v) an art workshop for children and teenagers inspired by the illustrator Anne Bertier curated by The Education Services ? Art Workshop; (vi) a science performance with frozen bubbles by physicist and communicator Ilan Chabay; (vii) a workshop on Magic Maths with Ennio Peres. (Please refer to Section Creative Workshops of this document for more details about the available open workshops)
A final event closes Kreyon Days on October the 30th. It included conferences about innovation and creativity held by scientists and artists who collaborate with the project, a special performance by Ascanio Celestini and the Award ceremony of the KREYON Prize featuring three sections: Creastoria, LEGO Pixel Art and Hacking Creativity. The event was chaired by Rossella Panarese, the main speaker of the national scientific radio broadcast Radio3Scienza.