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Creator´s Spotlight

Micheel es arquitecto y el fundador de Energiehaus, empresa que ha desarrollado los primeros edificios de la península Ibérica según el protocolo Passivhaus. Está especializado en el diseño de edificios pasivos para clima cálido. En España está desarrollando edificios con un consumo energético casi nulo. Este tipo de edificios combina un muy alto confort térmico con una demanda para calefacción, refrigeración y consumo eléctrico muy reducida.

El diseño de los edificios pasivos sigue un protocolo normalizado desarrollado en Centroeuropa. Micheel está adaptando este protocolo a las condiciones específicas socio-culturales y climáticas de la Península Ibérica. El interés de este estándar de construcción reside sobre todo en la reivindicación de la arquitectura con sus estrategias tradicionales, combinándolas con nuevas soluciones tecnológicas avanzadas.www. energiehaus.es

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One of the 50 Spanish scientists most cited in the world Christian leads the Group of cellular immunity and genetics of the host who focuses on the development of HIV vaccine candidates. His work focuses on the cellular immunity to viral infections in the immune compromised host. The main quest is the search for immune correlates of relative control of HIV and how to translate these findings into rational HIV vaccine design.

Christian graduated from the University of Bern in 1994 with a PhD in Immunology. He then spent 13 years at Harvard University focusing on cellular immunity to viral infections and the impact that host genetics have on this immune response. He joined ICREA in 2008 with an appointment at IrsiCaixa Research Institute to continue his work on host genetics and the cellular immunity to viral infections, including HIV, HCV and herpes viruses such as KSHV and EBV.

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Pau is sociologist and ICREA researcher. His research focuses in the study of the trends and patterns of family formation dynamics and in the changing patterns and determinants of migration between Africa and Europe. He investigate questions such as, "To what extent do employment insecurity and de-standarisation of work patterns affect the likelihood to enter a partnership and to have a child?" "How does this impact vary across countries, regions and different welfare state regimes?", "What is the impact of changing gender roles on fertility behaviour?", "What are the causes of African migration?", "How migration influences family behaviour?"

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Cedric researches for new ways of advancing biolinguistics, a growing interdisciplinary enterprise seeking to uncover the biological foundations of the human language faculty. In his research he integrates disciplines such as linguistics, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and genetics. He is an ICREA researcher at the Department of General Linguistics at the Universitat de Barcelona http://biolinguistics-bcn.info

Before joining ICREA, he was Associate Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books, including Islands and Chains (2003), Linguistic Minimalism (2006), Bare Syntax (2008), Language in Cognition (2009), Syntactic Islands (2012), Elementary Syntactic Structures (2014), and the editor of numerous volumes. He is also the founding co-editor of the Open Access journal Biolinguistics, and the founding editor of the Oxford University Press monograph series 'Oxford Studies in Biolinguistics'.

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Cuban-American artist resident in Barcelona Jorge Rodriguez Gerada was in the 90´s one of the founders of the Culture Jamming movement in NYC. They worked on the streets modifying billboard campaigns and tweaking the semiotics of brand logos to create satirical social commentaries and challenged public perception of cultural icons. In 2002 he moved to Barcelona where he began his ‘Identity Series’, a dialogue with a local community through art. These portraits transformed local, anonymous residents into social icons, giving relevance to an individual’s contribution to the community and touching upon the legacy that each life has to offer.

His urban interventions have been seen in the U.K., Slovenia, Brazil, Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, México, Australia, NY and Argentina among other places.  http://www.jorgerodriguezgerada.com/

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Inés Domingo is an archaeologist and an ICREA Research Professor at the University of Barcelona. She explores the complexities of prehistoric art through a combination of archaeological and ethnographic perspectives.

In 2014 she was awarded the Blaze O’Connor Memorial Award at the 7th World Archaeological Congress for her outstanding contribution to archaeology.  In Spain she focuses on the study of Postpalaeolithic rock art of Mediterranean Iberia (World Heritage since 1998),  to answer questions of what, why, where, how, when and who produced this millenary visual legacy. In Australia she conducts research on ethnoarchaeology and rock art in Indigenous Australia, working with Indigenous people and Australian research scholars in Arnhem Land (Northern Territory).

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Mohamed is a social entrepreneur and the founder of the Xarxa de Convivència, a social platform that seeks to revolutionize the way we understand coexistence, initiative for which he received the Social Entrepreneur young award by the European University of Madrid and the International Youth Foundation 2013 and the Award Foundation Prince of Girona Social category 2014. His deepest passions are communication and social activism. He thinks journalism can be a tool to inspire social change.  

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Paula is a philosopher and a professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She works on how social institutions should distribute resources. She is particularly concerned with policy responses to global poverty, climate change and gender inequality, including various forms of taxation. She is also interested in the intersection between ethics and primatology, including the origins of empathy and resource-sharing as well as violence and gender inequality, the moral status of non-human animals, and the distinction between natural and social inequality.

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Jordi is a experimental psychologist, a researcher at the Fundació Sant Joan de Déu, and a part-time musician. He investigates the mechanisms underlying perception, attention and psychomotor performance, both in the healthy and in the pathological brain (in schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease and ADHD, among other pathologies). He received academic training and worked at the University of Barcelona (undergraduate studies and PhD) and the University of Oxford (UK, postdoctoral stay).

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Raül Robert is an industrial engineer and the founder and president of SostreCívic, an initiative to provide new ways of housing to families, older people, and third social sector organizations, through a variety of solutions adapted to each case. This initiative deserved consideration as Ashoka Fellow. He has experience in European projects related to housing is also the founder and contributor of Comunitaria SCCL, a cooperative that proposes a new way to manage neighboring communities and their relationship with the neighborhood and social planning. He has worked as a municipal energy manager, doing awareness campaigns and developing local energy consumption energy saving plans. He has also worked in the NGO Mon-3 as a social engineer in a project of a solar fish dryer for a women's cooperative fish processing. Teaches periodically at different Masters programs.http://www.sostrecivic.org/

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Jordi is a pilot, flight instructor and entrepreneur in the aeronautical sector. In 1995 he founded the first experimental aviation accessories online store. In 2003 he founded CATUAV, company dedicated to commercial exploitation of its own UAV technology-based services. CATUAV has received national (INNOVACAT, CTAE, robotic Services Award) and international awards (Galileo Masters and Drone Social Innovation Award). Jordi is the promoter of the BCN Drone Center, testing facility for unmanned aircraft that has its own airspace and 14 hectares of land dedicated to remote sensing projects. This one of the 10 infrastructures in the world dedicated to testing drones for civilian use. http://www.catuav.com/es/

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Katherin Wermke is an internationally renowned photographer and director of photography for commercials, film and TV productions. She's the founder and director of Barcelona Photographer, and serves as Head Photographer in Downtown Studio Barcelona. Works around the world. The School of Visual Arts of New York, Pepsico, BASF, Deutsche Bank, Hewlett Packard and the Wall Street Journal Europe are among her clients. She's a member of the Asociación de Fotógrafos Profesionales de España (AFP - Spanish Photographer Association) and the NGO Shoot4Change. 

http://www.barcelonaphotographer.com/

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Anna develops interactive artistic and comercial projects. She has developed installations for Cosmocaixa, Expo Zaragoza, Forum Barcelona 2004 and others. She has also worked as Director of Technology at Cuatic (CTO), where she developed interactive projects that were applied in advertising and marketing, and as CTO at Ping Pong Technologies and Reactable Systems where she developed custom projects related to multitouch interfaces and music.

She was founder and CEO at Etc Inventions, a cooperative to boost interactivity and discovery. She is currently working freelance on several interactive artistic and comercial projects.

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Arianna Russo is the creator of Blowawish, a workshop conceived as a space without boundaries for conducting conceptual research into the origin of form. Clay, the essence of the earth, is regarded as potential space.

Arianna is both an architect and a ceramist. She started out as an architect working at internationally renowned offices such as ECDM in Paris and Zaha Hadid Architects in London. The artist’s background partially explains her interest in spatial relationships, the concept of surface and the significance of location. These ideas have driven Arianna to strike up a dialogue between the theory and practice of contemporary sculptural architecture.

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Eduard Muntaner Perich is a computer engineering graduate in technologies for human development. He has researched artificial intelligence and worked in different NGOs in the South of India. Since 2009 he works on projects that mix education, technology and cooperation. Today he is one of the members of the Group of research UdiGitalEdu of the University of Girona, where he coordinates projects and makes research trying to discover connections between computational and creative thinking. He has recently founded the international project Inventores4Change, which promotes education for global citizenship among children from different parts of the world, using digital technologies and virtual exchanges. Since 2007 he writes the blog As drops in the ocean.

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With a Bachelor in veterinary medicine and a PhD in functional anatomy of marine mammals, Eduard Degollada is a researcher and lecturer on issues related to marine mammals at different universities, presenting lectures and articles at different international conferences. 

In 2000 he created the EDMAKTUB Association, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the scientific study and dissemination of the aquatic environment, in particular to the research of cetaceans.

From 2013 on EDMAKTUB focuses on the study of the presence of the fin whale on the Catalan coast, a phenomenon that occurs every spring. Through this project Eduard seeks to increase the knowledge of one of the biggest whales of the Mediterranean. He also wants to contribute to the preservation of the enviroment of the Mediterranean coasts. Eduard is captain of yacht, diving instructor and a private pilot. http://www.edmaktub.com/

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Born in 1971 in Puerto Madryn, Argentina, Norman graduated in law at the Universidad Católica Argentina.

After working a few years as a lawyer, at age 31 he had to choose between a postgraduate degree in law or an apprenticeship as a shoemaker in Florence. He had no doubts about what he should do. He moved to Florence ito study with Stefano Bemer and Stephan Jimenez. In 2004, he opened his workshop in Barcelona. In 2010  he was accepted as a member of the "brotherhood of master shoemakers of San Marcos", the oldest Guild of shoemakers in the world, founded in the 12th century.  With an international clientele, in 2015 he was selected as one of the best shoemakers in the world. His shoes are sold in NYC, Seoul, Madrid and Barcelona.

www.normanvilalta.com 

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Dimosthenis research interests are computer vision, pattern recognition, reading systems, human document interaction and color science. Trained as a physicist, he received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2003.

In 2013 he received the IAPR / ICDAR Young Investigator Award for outstanding service to the ICDAR community in a variety of roles, as well as innovative research in human perception-based document analysis. He co-founded the company TruColour (UK) which specializes on perception-based color calibration solutions.

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Núria Sebastián Gallés, holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology. Her research focuses on the study of language learning, its perception, and language processing, with a special emphasis on bilingual populations. Her research lines include the investigation of individual differences in native and non-native speech processing, the relationship between speech perception and the influence of social factors in mechanisms of visual perception and language understanding. 

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PhD in physics from the UAB, Sonia has worked in some of the leading research centers, such as CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research), Los Alamos National Laboratory or the ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences). 

Sonia is the author of the books The door of three locksQuantic Love and Breakfast with particles, books aimed to disseminate sciences and to invite everyone to enjoy science. http://lapuertadelostrescerrojos.com/

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Born in Toronto, Canada, in 1967, John Stone holds degrees in English and Religious Studies from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a PhD from the University of Barcelona.

John works primarily on English as a language of culture in eighteenth-century Spain, whether as the language of expatriates who brought, imported (and sometimes smuggled) English books from Great Britain or Ireland; as the language of bilingual and bi-cultural immigrant families, often with Irish roots; as the language of anglophone Catholics in exile at such institutions as the Royal Scots College in Valladolid; or as a language of learning for non-anglophones, be they scientists such as the surgeon Antoni de Gimbernat  or writers such as José Cadalso. This proto-history of English in Spain also involves English as a direct source language for translations and the censorship regime's attempts to control English print as it did print in Spanish, Catalan, or French.

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Ana obtained Bachelor degrees in Economy from the U. of Barcelona and U. of Wolverhampton and a Master in European Economy from U. of North London. Her main challenges are to prove that the science can be a business model, to give scientists back their important role in society and to convince the companies to invest in long-term research. As a co-founder of Starlabshe endeavored to link new technologies with the market. The vision that novel neurotechnologies will help patients in need led her to create Neuroelectrics. She was nominated by IESE as one of the most influential entrepreneurs under 40 in Spain (2010) and received the EU Prize for Women Innovators from the European Commission EC in 2014. A mentor for different startups, she hopes her experience will be useful to other entrepreneurs.

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Born in Barcelona José Luis Merino studied arts at the Eina School of Barcelona. He have received several awards including the AOI (2001), The Art Directors Club of Europe (2002), American Illutration (2001, 2002 y 2014), Communication Arts (2000, 2001, 2002 y 2003), D&AD (2001), Premis Junceda (2003 y 2005), Premis Laus (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 y 2006) y Print (2003). http://www.estudiomerino.com/

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Social educator born in Barcelona, Marta works in the social and political advocacy department of the Fundació Arrels, an institution dedicated to help cronic homeless people in the city of Barcelona.

Marta firmly believes that change is possible, and for this reason seeks to contribute to bring to light the life situations of homeless people. The foundation seeks to be a place where homeless people are treated with respect and where they receive the tools that contribute to improve their life situation. http://www.arrelsfundacio.org/en/

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Born in Tàrrega in 1959 Josep began painting as part of a family tradition, and complemented his training with a degree from the Faculty of ”Belles Arts” in the University of Barcelona, where he completed a doctorate.

Josep is world renowned as one of the last painters dedicated to the study and practice of al fresco mural paintings in many different architectural spaces. http://pintura-mural.org

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Born in 1975 in Offenbach (Germany), Alexander studied philosophy at the Uni­versity of Frankfurt, obtaining his PhD in 2003. 

Alexander is working on the interreligious dimensions of medieval Hispanic philosophy. In particular, he studies cultural contacts between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, such as: reception, interpretation and transformation of philosophical and theological translations from Arabic by Jewish and Christian authors; Polemics, controversial theology and interreligious dialogue in the Middle Ages; and Consequences of the confrontation between the three religions of the Book for the formation of European culture. 

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Marc is the director of the Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, Europe´s largest Art Noveau site that was declared as World Heritage by the UNESCO.  Marc holds a PhD in social sciences, a degree in management and business administration and a diploma in European communities.  He is a member of the General Council of the Barcelona Fair. Marc is Professor of the Department of international relations of the European University.

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Born in Brazil, Luiz Simoes left the studies of biology in the early 80s in Rio to devote himself to photography. Between 1986 and 1993 he devoted to travel. Always attracted by inhospitable regions and cultural diversity, it toured remote regions such as the Andes, Patagonia, the Alps, the Himalayas, Ladakh, Kashmir, Zanzkar, Hindu Kush, Karakorum, Pamir, Tibet, or Taklamakhan, Atacama, and Sahara deserts.

Trought his artistic work he is constantly questioning himself about the meaning of existence. He does it trough writing, painting, music, sculpture, objects, performances and sculptural works.

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Tania Adam (Maputo - Mozambique, 1979). Cultural Manager specialising in the creation, management, control and monitoring of projects in the area of multiculturalism, immigration and in contemporary African culture. Tania is the creator of Radio Africa Magazine.http://www.taniaadam.com.

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Born in Argentina, Ana studied film and photography in Buenos Aires and New York. Ana lives in Barcelona where she develops multidisciplinary projects spanning documentary , photography and installation. He has exhibited in art centers internationally renowned , earning numerous awards and scholarships. She has published work in books, catalogs and various cultural supplements. www.alvarezerrecalde.com

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Gustavo Deco is ICREA Research Professor and Full Professor at the UPF, where he heads the Computational Neuroscience Group and directs the Center for Brain and Cognition.

He studied Physics at the National University of Rosario, Argentina. In 1987, he received his Ph.D. in Physics for his thesis on Relativistic Atomic Collisions. In 1997, he obtained his habilitation (maximal academic degree in Germany) in Computer Science at the Technical University of Munich for his thesis on Neural Learning. In 2001, he received his Ph.D. in Psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich for his thesis on Visual Attention. 

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Artist, creator and painter. Pepa creates large-format oil paintings, ceramics, porcelain and tapestries textiles. Since 1999 is member of the International Colour Authority and the colors of her oil paintings are world trend. www.pepapoch.com

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Medical doctor who develops her professional activity in the health care field as well as educator and a writer. In all three fields she applies her own method named Thabit.  This method intends to improve people lives trough the development of attention and self awareness. She is the author of Viaje a tu cerebro - El arte de transformar tu mente-- the art of transforming your mind.

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Screenwriter, cartoonist, writer, designer, editor and former blade runner. Cels published in 1989, the comic book x-factor. From that moment on he has created several comics, novels, games and merchandising, published by Planeta DeAgostini, Fanhunter SL or Panini Comics, among others. Fanhunter, Outfan, Fan Letal, Fan con Nata, Deadfan, Fantom Town and Fanpiro, are some of his best known caricatures. Cels contributs to various media as a columnist and social media manager. http://fanhunter.com/

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maria ruidoMaria Ruido is an artist, filmmaker and researcher who has been working on interdisciplinary media projects since 1998. Her research  deals with labour in postfordits capitalism, as well as on the mechanisms that construct the memory and its relations to the different historical narratives. http://www.workandwords.net/es

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Filmmaker, cultural programmer and architect. Andreu is the programming Director of BccN Barcelona Creative Commons Film Festival, established as a global space for cinema and audiovisual in Creative Commons, providing news and solutions to the problems of copyright in the digital age and working around new narratives derived from network approach.

He is the cofounder of Cosmopolilla prod. he has realized “Marquise”, “I’m Rambla” and the documentary webserie “Fisherman’s House: Barceloneta”. His work has been exhibited in Festivals such Alcances or DocsBarcelona in Spain, CineB in Chile, Atlanticdoc in Uruguay or AFF Rotterdam. 

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Born in Barcelona, Ernest is an artist who has produced monumental sculptural works Retablos, that address universal concerns about the self, death and nature. He is also a composer and has written lieder and chamber works that have been recorded by the Columna Música label.

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Artist, teacher, researcher and curator of contemporary art and new media. Angie´s research focuses on the social implications of the changes produced in the digital era. 

Her works have been exhibit in Europe, Asia, America and Oceania.  In 2012 the Filmoteca de Andalucía, Spain, organized a solo exhibition to homage her. In the same year the Museum of Qorikancha in Cusco, Peru, organized a monograph with the works. www.angiebonino.com

Currently she has a solo exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Lima, Peru.  Angie writes for various publications and is the director of VIDEOAKT biennial international of video art in Barcelona and Berlin: www.videoaktbiennal.com

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Miguel wrote and directed the documentary series Viaje a la tradición mediterranea, a series about the essential unity of Mediterranean thinking, which deals with its different spiritual traditions stressing the coincidences and shared values that unite the different cultures.

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Born in Barcelona, Francisco discovered his passion for computer science the first time he had a computer in his hands. After years of self-teaching and making games as a hobby, he created Unepic, the game that began as a hobby and eventually changed his life. Today he survives as a indie developer, creating new projects and working on what he loves more, designing games. http://www.unepicgame.com

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Mertxe hernandezBorn in Barcelona, Mertxe Hernández is a fashion designer who graduated from the Escuela Superior de Diseño y Moda Felicidad Duce.

In 2012, together with Soledad Arismendi she founded the art festival WeArt Festival Barcelona, now in its third year. http://www.weartfestival.com/WeArt Festival is the only multidisciplinary arts festival in Barcelona featuring different artists from the disciplines of photography, street art, art, illustration, video art, photography and new media art.

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Trained at the Lucerne School of Art and Design and the Escola Massana in Barcelona, Swiss-born Luki Huber has been living in Spain since 1994 where he has collaborated with innovative firms such as Cerabella, Lékué and elBulli.

In 2009 he opened a studio in the center of Barcelona, which has been set up as a space for the fomentation of creative teamwork, for which the studio also developed their own tool called Manual Thinking. 

www.lukihuber.com  www.manualthinking.com 

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Albert Costa has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Barcelona and is ICREA research professor at the Centre for Brain and Cognition at the Pompeu Fabra University. He research focus on the the study of the cognitive foundations of language processing, with a particular interest in understanding how two languages are represented and processed in the same brain. 

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Scenic designer, actress, and performer born in Sofia, Bulgaria and resident in Barcelona. Throughout the years, she trained in different institutions in Catalunya, Spain, and Poland. She has worked in Spain, Catalunya, England, Bulgaria, Germany, and Denmark.

She works from autobiographical material and her most intimate concerns. She always aims to create a bridge between the personal and the universal. Since 2003, she has dedicated herself exclusively and professionally to scenic design. In these years, she has created and realized about 20 projects.

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Insectotròpics is a company that was founded in 2011 through the union of artists with different trajectories in different disciplines and languages with a desire to experiment with the fusion and interaction of their different talents to create new, multidisciplinary performances.

Insectotròpics is formed by painters Xanu y Iex, musician Tullis Rennie and the video experimenters VVV, Laia Ribas y María Thorson.

They have participated in various festivals throughout the world, Switzerland, Korea, Denmark, Germany, as much in Spain ( Madrid, Burgos, Vitoria ) as in Cataluña ( Torellò, Terrassa ). They combine this work with lectures and workshops around the world.

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Rafael Argullol (Barcelona, 1949) narrator, poet, and essayist,  is a professor of Esthetic and Theory in the Arts at the Humanities Faculty of the Universidad Pompeu Fabra and the author of thirty books in different literary genres.

He studied Philosophy, Economy, and Information Science at the Universidad de Barcelona. He also studied at the Università di Roma, at the Warburg Institute of London, and at the Freie Universität Berlin, receiving a doctorate in Philosophy (1979) in his native city.

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sergi jordaSergi Jordà graduated in Fundamental Physics and a received a PhD in computer science and Digital communication. He is a researcher in the Group of technology music of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and a Professor at the same University, where he teaches several undergraduate and graduate courses related to digital audio and music, the interaction between human beings and computers (HCI), and "media art".

Most known for being one of the creators of the Reactable, a new musical instrument that achieved massive popularity after having been integrated into the last world tour of the Icelandic artist Björk. Nowadays his research focuses on the applications of digital technologies in pre-school education, especially in the fields of music and programming, as well as in the use of brain expanded musical control interfaces (BCI).

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fafa francoBorn in Brasil and resident of Barcelona since 1991, Fafá received a bachelor´s in psychology, being interested from the start of her studies in the study of the changes of self perception that hair changes have.

After intense years of artistic activities in different disciplines, she founded in 2001, together with musician Scottish Nick Prescott, the company Sienta la cabeza, and a eponymous show that has been presented in Spain, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia.

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rosa serraBooks, scripts, documentaries, chronicles or biographies, Rosa has always lived surrounded by words. The leitmotiv of everything she has done is the need to tell stories of people, real or invented. She things that with words you can create magic worlds. She created Memoria Ediciones a Publisher dedicated to preserving the memory of our ancestors through the writing of biographies of ordinary people. http://www.memoriasediciones.com

 

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emilio rossPh.D. in musicology, Emilio is a permanent researcher at the Institut Mila i Fontanals of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Barcelona where he leads the project Spanish Collection of Traditional Music Heritage, a website that seeks to make available to researchers and the general public the Fons de Música Tradicional kept at the Institució Milà i Fontanals. This collection has more than 20.000 melodies, copied on paper, collected between 1944 and 1960 throughout Spain.  http://www.musicatradicional.eu/   https://www.facebook.com/musicatradicional.eu

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lluisbusse eyeLluís Bussé (Barcelona, 1961), is PhD in Philosophy and Art Degree in Fine Arts by the UB. In his site  lluisbusse.wordpress.com he shares his photographies and interviews in a series name Tributes to people I like. In 2012 he published Barcelona multiverse and exhibited his photographies at the Palau Robert in Barcelona. In 2013 he published a book of poetry entitled Glasgow 15. Twitter: @lluisbusse.

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ED EnglishChoir

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at the University of Cambridge, Ed went on to become a choral director and music educator working with people of all ages and abilities - from primary school children to pensioners - at The Sage Gateshead, an international centre for music and music education based in the North of England. Since moving to Barcelona in 2011 Ed has continued to work with choirs, creating the Barcelona English Choir for people who love singing and who want to practice their English. Ed firmly believes that everyone should have the opportunity to sing in a group, regardless of their experience or ability level.  

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Elisa pellacani

Elisa Pellacani (Italy, 1976) is a journalist, photographer and illustrator who specializes in the elaboration of artist´s books, each of them unique pieces of art.

She founded the Association of  Artist´s Books from where she organizes the “Festival of Artist´s books and of Small editions” a space devoted to the promote the art of book making, where the people can find the new artist´s books made by authors of all over the world. 

Elisa teaches at the Escuela Massana (Italy) and at several centers of Barcelona.  http://www.ilde.info/

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folguera carlesDirector of La Masia, the training academy for Barça players, Carles Folguera highlightes as key to its success, the values of respect, responsibility, humility and patience. Since its foundation in 1979, the school has trained some of the most important football players of the world and is known for providing not only physical training but also for nurturing the players´s values and for contributing to their personal growth. 

 

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Efraín Foglia is a designer in digital interactions, a researcher and a teacher. Since 2006 he has participated in numerous projects related to Art and Design in the fields of interactive media, news design, publicity, videogames, among others.

Nowadays he researches the relationships between art and design as creative practices, the development of social networks and its social and political implications. 

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Mathematitian, musician and poliglot, Miquel initiated the only school of Sanscrit in Spain. He received the Sarasvati award for best essay in Sanscrit given by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the South Asian Institure of the Heidelberg.Initially Miquel studied mathematics at the University of Barcelona.

Later he continued music studies at the Conservatori Superior de Barcelona. From1986 to 1989 directed the music school of the Orfeó Catalá. In 1990 initiated graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin when he obtained his DMA (Doctor in Music and Arts) in 1996 with a dissertation dedicated to Catalan Art Song.

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pere casas

Pere is the manager of the Casa Ronald McDonald of Barcelona, a place that host the relatives of the children that are moved out away from their homes to be hospitalized or receiving a long-term treatment. 

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Born in Brazil and resident in Catalunya since 1998, Tati has developed a unique career as a designer bringing her works to such places like the MOMA of New York. 

She founded Ciclus in 2001.Here she has developed customized projects for companies, provides consulting and commercializes some of her own designs.  In each creation she seeks innovative solutions to design unique, sustainable and functional projects whilst using as few materials and processes as possible.

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marceli antunez

Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca is internationally recognized for his mecatronic performances and his interactive installations. His works have been exhibit in numerous festivals, museums, galleries and theaters in more than forty countries.

He started working in 1979, initially at the tribal performance group name La Fura dels Baus, a group he founded and coordinated until 1989 when he decided to continue a solo performance career.

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xavier verdaguer

Xavier Verdaguer is a serial entrepreneur from Barcelona who, in the past 15 years, has launched several technological innovation companies.

Xavier has degrees in Information Systems Engineering and Technical Architecture from the Universidad Politecnica de Cataluña and has completed graduate studies at Stanford Universty in California.

 

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Choral Director and teacher of musical pedagogy of the ESMUC, Ester is the director of Xamfrà a performing arts school for children located in the Raval. Xamfrà aims to contribute to social cohesion through music and the performing arts.

 

 
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