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Claudia Sodini, Manuel Scortichini and Giuseppe Bozzi at The Story of Space Festival | Goa



Claudia Sodini, Manuel Scortichini and Giuseppe Bozzi at The Story of Space Festival | Goa

Installation by Claudia Sodini and Ran Peleg | Ex Nihilio Escape Room


‘Creatio ex nihilo’ means ‘creation out of nothing’. In the middle of an apparently empty space, there is a medium sized box, and nothing else. Careful examination of the box yields a clue – pull a tiny button and a drawer opens. Place your hand in the right place and something moves. Each correct action reveals something new in the box and in the space. What seemed an empty space reveals itself to possess hidden energies that are invisible, yet present all the time (such as light, sound and wave energies). Ex nihilio is a mobile scientific escape room. Escape rooms are a genre of non-virtual games that have gained extreme popularity in recent years. In the game, participants are locked into a room and have an hour to escape from it by solving a number of puzzles. Ex nihilio expands on the escape room format to expose scientific phenomena of space.

Ran Peleg is a multidisciplinary educator who links between science and arts for the sake of education.

Claudia Sodini is a theatre, circus and science teacher. She has a degree in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Information Technology from the University of Pisa. She conducts workshops on mathematics, theatre, circus for children of all levels, both in Italy and abroad. She has collaborated with national and international science communicators such as Agnese De Rito (Maths and Games), Cesco Reale (Math games Festival), Lorenzo Schmidt (Psiquadro), Giovanni Filocamo (Matefitness), Andrea Vico (ToScience). She has also conducted lectures and workshops on “The Mathematics of Juggling” (at the international Math festival “Tutto è numero”).

Workshop by Claudia Sodini | Juggling and Science

15 November, 15:00-17:00

The nature of the workshop is both practical and theoretical. The aim is to let people know that juggling—and other circus skills— has a strong bond with science.

Is it possible to juggle a Newton pendulum?
Is centripetal force a juggler’s friend or no?
Can I juggle the mathematical site swap sequence of my date of birth (12101977)?
Is there more juggling in science or more science in juggling?

Claudia and the participants will try to find new questions and maybe try to answer some of them. But how will they do this? This workshop is for beginners and juggling is difficult to learn. How will they avoid the frustration that often drives people away from even trying?

Our biggest enemy is gravity. It is possible to defy gravity with an inclined plane or with new instruments that slow down the passage through space (some of these have been invented by Craig Quat; they are also used for differently-able people, older people and for rehabilitation from neurological diseases).

Everybody will get the chance to experience the basic pattern of juggling with balls, sticks, tubes, everyday objects, etc. They will play…which means that they will do research, and have fun too! As Albert Einstein said, 'Play is the highest form of research'.

Installation by Manuel Scortichini and Giuseppe Bozzi | Evolution of the Void


The aim of the installation is to create a visual and interactive experience which depicts the evolution of the concept of ‘nothingness’ or ‘emptiness’ in physics, and hopefully challenge the visitor’s personal idea of the void.

‘VOID’ is a gridshell made with bamboo sections and fishing wire. The shape is a Horn Torus, an elementary geometric figure that inspired art and religion from the beginning of our history. It also represents one of the possible configurations of space. Inside the gridshell, there is a network of hanging theories, stories and art. The idea is to create an interdisciplinary timeline on the evolution of emptiness both in science and art.

Manuel Scortichini earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2015 and is currently completing his Masters in Computational Design in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. He works for the cultural program of Das Andere, a non-profit institution in Ascoli Piceno, where he organizes conferences on architecture. He is interested in the connections in art and science. In 2015, he participated with Ph.D Silvia Verdolini at The Story of Light as exhibition designer. During the last year, he specialized in exhibition design & art in Maxxi museum, Rome and in Wari Watai office, Bangalore.

Giuseppe Bozzi is a theoretical particle physicist, working on the phenomenology of elementary particles in Hadron Colliders. He has studied physics in Pisa (Masters) and Firenze (PhD), and worked as a research associate at the universities of Grenoble (LPSC), Karlsruhe (ITP), and Milano (Statale). He has taught several courses at the undergraduate level in Grenoble (Universite Joseph Fourier), Karlsruhe (Universitaet Karlsruhe), Novedrate (E-Campus University) and Milano (Statale and Politecnico). He was a freelance translator (EN-IT) for Zanichelli, Codice, and Raffaello Cortina.

THE STORY OF SPACE 2017 provides a unique opportunity to learn about and experience space from a number of perspectives, promoting inquiry and exploration. Artists, scientists, educators, and philosophers step outside their worlds and come together to create live experiences, a film program, installations, workshops, talks, and panels on critical questions around space. The 10-day festival is for the general public, across generations, and is FREE for all.

For more information and program, please visit the festival website


Date: Da Friday, November 10, 2017 a Sunday, November 19, 2017

Organized by : The Story of Foundation

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Mumbai

Entrance : Free


Goa Science Center, Miramar ; Institute Menezes Braganza, Panjim ; Surerkar House, Panjim