Armonia cerebrale contest regulations


  1. The contest

These regulations concern the “Armonia Cerebrale” Contest, organised by Innova Camera, a special Company of the Chamber of Commerce, on the occasion of the event “Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition 2019”, (, in collaboration with Visionalia and Yamaha, as technical sponsors.


  1. Goal of the “Armonia Cerebrale” contest

The aim of the contest is to create a work and/or installation entitled “Armonia Cerebrale” that gives shape to the abstract concept of “Armonia Cerebrale”, created by the artists Alex Braga and Donato Piccolo.

The “Armonia Cerebrale” concept symbolises a brain whose synapses are activated by music. The starting point is the brain in which there is a great deal of electrical current present, so the representations of the neural activities, in addition to the movement of small elements, should also be represented by light, LEDs or electrical discharges.

The aesthetic reference is to kinetic art and to classic kinetic machines, in which the hypnotic movements of dozens of small elements create sensations in the viewer.

In particular, the participants are required to create a kinetic installation to be mounted on the Yamaha Disklavier DU1EN upright piano or similar model (attached to these Regulations, the technical data sheet of the Disklavier DU1EN upright piano or similar model and a 3D model of the piano) and activated by the mechanics of the piano itself (hammers, escapements etc.) that metaphorically symbolises a “harmonic brain”.

The contest aims at identifying, among those received, three finalist projects from which a winner will be chosen.

Characteristics of the installation:

  • The installation must be positioned on the piano, in the upper front part;
  • The upper front panel of the piano will be specially removed in order to make all the mechanics visible and accessible;
  • The installation must highlight the kinetic “engine” of the concept: all movements must be activated by the music and then by the pistons and hammers and escapements of the Yamaha Disklavier DU1EN upright piano or similar model.
  • The installation must not in any way damage the piano or be dangerous for those around it;
  • The installation must not compromise the playability of the piano and therefore must not entirely invade the living space of a possible performer;
  • The installation should have the possibility of showing a “progressive” trend, increasing the complexity and the number of movements and electrical discharges which in the music increase the cognitive patterns of the Artificial Intelligence that plays it, resulting in the orchestration becoming “larger”, more sumptuous and complex. There are 15 cognitive patterns. It would be interesting to create a work where the power of the discharges or the speed of the movements are somehow connected to the sound volume of the musical performance and for each individual cognitive scheme.
  • The electrical discharges can be obtained through the use of tesla coils or other techniques whose feasibility will be assessed;
  • The installation must not exceed the dimensions of the piano itself;
  • It would be preferable if the installation were “self-powered” by the movements of the piano with a sort of “dynamo” effect;
  • The installation must be easily mountable in a maximum 1h and 30m setup time;
  • The installation must be easy to dismantle and transport.

The installation may involve new applications of technologies used in other sectors or technologies developed from scratch.

The installation should highlight in a kinetic, analogical and metaphorical way the “connections” and the “neural activities”, with scenic effects comparable to a micro choreography given by the movement of the elements and the consequences of these movements, in a random and always different crescendo of visible electrical discharges.

movements, in a random and always different crescendo of visible electrical discharges.

  1. Persons to whom the ‘Armonia Cerebrale’ contest is destined

Participation in the contest is free of charge and is addressed not only to artists and makers, but to all natural persons of legal age, Italian or foreign, companies, bodies, associations, foundations, and/or other legal entities, with residence or head office in Italy or in another country of the European Union (hereinafter also the “Participants”) with the exception of:

  • organisations, associations and other legal entities of which the members of the Evaluation Committee, the directors in office of the organiser and the technical sponsors, their spouses and relatives up to the second degree and their cohabitants are members.
  • employees of the organiser and of the technical sponsors, their spouses and relatives up to the second degree or cohabitants, as well as spouses and relatives up to the second degree or cohabitants of members of the Evaluation Committee, including the Chairman.

It is the responsibility of the Participant to declare the absence of such a conflict situation by means of a special statement, failing which, the Participant will be excluded from the contest.

  1. Phases of the contest

4.1 Requests for participation in the “Armonia Cerebrale” contest must be submitted exclusively by following the online procedure, by filling in the form (in Italian or English) on the official website of “Maker Faire Rome 2019”.

4.2 Requests to participate in the contest must be received no later than 19 August 2019 at 24:00 CEST, except for any extension of the deadline, the provision of which is reserved exclusively for Innova Camera and which will be made known to potential participants of the contest “Armonia Cerebrale”, in the manner that it deems most appropriate (for example: publication on the website of the event).

4.3 In order to participate in the event, each Participant must accept these Regulations and give their consent to the processing of their personal data in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679.

4.4 The installation projects submitted must necessarily contain:

  • a brief description of the installation and its operation
  • a 2D or 3D installation rendering
  • technical specifications (dimensions and weight and any power requirements)
  • description of the assembly and disassembly
  • list of the pieces and quantities necessary for realisation
  • total cost of the components

4.5 After the Project’s submission deadline (19 August 2019), the Participants will be subject to evaluation by the Evaluation Committee appointed by the promoters.

4.6 The Evaluation Committee will identify the names of the three finalist projects by 21 August 2019at the latest, to whom formal notice of the award of the contest will be sent. The members of the Committee may vote remotely both during pre-selection and selection of the winner.

4.7 The final phase of the contest will take place in Rome, where the three finalists will be asked to build their own project and/or install it on the piano made available by Yamaha and described in art. 2.

4.8 The final selection phase will take place on 30 and 31 August 2019, unless the deadline is extended, the provision of which is reserved exclusively for Innova Camera, which will announce it in the manner it deems most appropriate.

4.9 The final phase will take place in Rome, at a location that will be communicated only to the finalists.

4.10. At the end of the final selection, the winning project/installation will be chosen. The project that is ranked first will appear in the video clip of the artist Alex Braga and will be used during the tour of the artists Alex Braga and Donato Piccolo. The author of the winning project will be cited in the credits. The three finalist projects will be exhibited in the period 18 – 20 October 2019 within the “Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition” at the Fiera di Roma in via Portuense 1645.

4.11    The cost of the materials used for each finalist installation of the contest will be reimbursed within the limit of € 700.00 per project/installation and upon presentation of a detailed account and invoices.

  1. Veracity of the declarations

5.1 The Participants declare under their own responsibility that all information, data and, more generally, any other material provided in the submission of the application and/or in any other phase of the “Armonia Cerebrale” contest, comply with the criteria of correctness, truthfulness and completeness. In case of changes in the information, the Participant agrees to promptly notify the Organiser.

5.2 In case of violation of this provision, the Participants undertake to fully indemnify and hold harmless the Organiser, the Promoters and the Sponsors from any claim or demand for compensation presented by any third party, making themselves exclusively and fully responsible for the declared falsehoods.

  1. Selection of Participants in the “Armonia Cerebrale” contest

6.1 The evaluation of the acceptance of the proposals for participation, in accordance with point 4.5, is the exclusive responsibility of the Evaluation Committee appointed by Innova Camera, which may contact the applicants for any clarifications and additions necessary for the evaluation. The decision taken by the Evaluation Committee will be based on the criteria set out in point 6.2.

6.2 The following criteria will be used in the evaluation of the projects submitted (each evaluable with a score from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 10):

  1. Originality
  2. Representation of the concept
  3. Stability and robustness of operation
  4. Practicality in assembly and disassembly
  5. Transportability
  6. Sustainability of the materials (e.g.. if recycled materials are used)


6.3 The selection of the project among the finalists will be communicated by e-mail to the subjects chosen by the deadline of 21 August 2019 or another deadline that will be announced on the website of the event. This will be followed by any communication relating to the participation.

6.4The three finalist projects will be assigned a space within the “Maker Faire Rome 2019”. The presence in this space is required for the entire duration of the opening to the public of the event “Maker Faire Rome 2019” (18-20 October 2019). The participation of the project in the “Maker Faire Rome 2019” will be free of charge and there will be no cost for the use of the space assigned.


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