(Català) Què en sabem del càncer? Entrevista a Josep Maria Llovet

May 29th, 2013 No Comments

(Català) La revolució de la biomedicina en els debats ICREA-CCCB

May 21st, 2013 2 Comments

Guide for Following the I Data Journalism Conference Live Online

May 21st, 2013 No Comments

Image by Sophia Vanco
Source: http://www.thelisahope.com/

The CCCB is one of the centres that will be hosting, this Friday 24 May, the first Data Journalism and Open Data Conference to be held in Spain, organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation and set to run from 24to 26 May 2013, in Barcelona and Madrid.

The sessions that will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on 24 May at the CCCB will be broadcast direct via videostreaming; and you can also follow the event via Twitter using the hashtag #jpd13.

Among the speakers at the Conference there will be international and national experts who enjoy major professional recognition, such as data journalist John Burn-Murdoch (The Guardian), who works on the prize-winning project Reading the Riots; computer programmer Manuel Aristarán (La Nación), who developed the independent project Despesa Pública Bahiense (Bahía Blanca Municipality Public Expenditure); investigative journalist Mar Cabra (IRE), data research manager in the investigation into tax havens Offshores and journalist Eduard Martin-Borregón (Data’n Press), promoter of twitterencatalà.org and @resultados20N.

You can follow the conference sessions from the CCCB website and add the streaming code to your website or blog.

The CCCB will also host, on Friday afternoon in Aula1, the BarCamp: a meeting where national and international examples of Data Journalism will be exhibited. TheBarCamp presentations cannot be followed via streaming, but you can find more information about them here. Furthermore, the sessions will continue in Barcelona on 25 and 26 May, with workshops and a hackathon at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication.

#jpd13on Twitter

Over the days of the conference, the Twitter accounts @CCCBlab and @okfn_spain will be disseminating cases of data journalism and information related with the speakers. While the sessions are taking place, from these accounts we will provide information on timings and highlight the main contents and events for participants. To follow us and take part in the conversation with comments or questions for the speakers, you can use the hashtag #jpd13.

More information on data journalism:

-      When Data Tell Stories

-      Karma Peiró “This new  current may help the recovery of journalism as a profession”

-      Conference Website

(Català) Saskia Sassen, premi Príncep d’Astúries de les Ciències Socials

May 16th, 2013 No Comments

Marc Kelly Smith: «Slam attracts larger audiences for poetry»

May 15th, 2013 No Comments

Born in Chicago in 1949, Marc Kelly Smith has received the nickname «Slam Papi». The Poetry Slam founder started the movement in 1986 in his home town, and since then its growth worldwide has been unstoppable.

This Saturday, 18 May, Marc Kelly Smith will be in Barcelona joining the Poetry Slam Barcelona at the CCCB.

Ismael Guzmán has interviewed him.

Q: What does Poetry Slam mean to you? 

MS: There are at least three definitions of Poetry Slam. The first is the remarriage of the art of performing with the art of writing poetry. The second is a highly entertaining interactive performance poetry event. And the third is an audience-judged performance poetry competition. What slam means to me, personally, is community, the large family of like minded people across the world participating and dedicating themselves to the slam movement.

Q: What were your feelings when you started forming this? Did you realize it could become what it is today?

MS: From very early on I knew that performance was the answer to attracting larger audiences for poetry. Almost all the principles that guide slam were by intention: The poet’s job is to communicate effectively and serve his/her audience. The audience is the arbitrator of what’s good and bad, not some single editor of an institution. Slams are open to all forms of poetry, all themes, and to people from all walks of life. I was very certain that it would catch fire and spread across the United States. I never imagined that it would become a worldwide phenomenon.

Q: In your opinion, what does Poetry Slam provide to literature?

MS: If literature is going to be read or recited aloud on stage in front of a public audience it should be done so with as much craft, passion, and art as is experienced in any of the performing arts. Performance poets (slammers) should strive to be on an equal level with the best actors, singers, dancers, etc. of our time. When they do so, they bring literature alive to audiences, stirring them in the same way that great plays and musical concerts do.

Q: Many poets refuse to be judged with a score. What would you say to them? 

MS: Poets (all artists) are constantly being judged by friends, readers, editors, publishers, producers, etc. Slam competitions are lively ways of focusing an audience’s attention on the stage. The competition is a theatrical device designed to create drama and suspense. Every time a performer takes the stage he or she is being judged, whether they’re being scored or not.

Q: If I’m a slammer who has just set out, what could Marc Smith teach me?

MS: In my introductory workshop I give the poet/performers a vocabulary for examining and developing the fundamental elements of performance: volume, tempo, articulation, persona, mood, voice, gestures, eye contact, etc. Our bodies, voices, and minds are our instruments. We need to learn how to use them and play them well. The workshop also guides poet/performers away from any stage fright they might be suffering from.

Q: If I’ve been a slammer for years, what could Marc Smith teach me?

MS: The best of the professional performing artists I know never stop seeking out new techniques and tricks of the performance trade. For the journeymen slammers I will offer what I know and what they need from my 30 years as a stage performer.

Q: We define Poetry Slam as 50% performance and 50% poetry. Is that correct? Or do you think one or the other is more important?

MS: That’s what we set up at the beginning, decades ago, and I think that it should still be the guide. Slammers should strive for the best possible text presented in the best possible performance. Of course, the ideal is rarely achieved: sometimes the text outweighs the performance, or the performance is slicker than the words, but the goal is both page and stage being the best possible.

Q: Your phrase “Slam is community” is famous in the Slam world. How can this be when poets are often individualistic and often egoistical?

MS: In my opinion the human experience is a constant struggle between those who find purpose in serving their communities and those who are out for themselves. Greed versus giving. Arrogance versus humility. The poetry slam community is an arena where people can either evolve into service-minded individuals or keep chasing their ego-minded desires like an ever-thirsty ghost.

Dani Orviz, winner of the Gran Slam Kosmopolis 2013.
© Miquel Taverna, CCCB, 2013

Q: Why do you think this movement has had so much success? 

MS: Because of the dedicated, selfless organizers  (hundreds – maybe in the thousands now – who are never in the spotlight) who set the stages and draw the audiences together; and, of course, the art of performing poetry which brings the words alive and makes them matter more than they would if there were only on the page.

For more information, visit: www.poetryslambcn.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Poetry Slam Barcelona is organised and produced by Hipnotik Faktory and Red927, and it has the support of the CCCB and ICUB – Barcelona City Council.