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Exploring the cosmos through Art: EuroSpaceHub Ibiza Forum “Music and Space” Art Contest

In May 2023, the EuroSpaceHub Ibiza Forum lit up the island with three days of Space, Collaboration, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Collabwith, as one of the main partners of the EuroSpaceHub Consortium, played a key role in organizing the event. One standout moment was the “Music and Space” Art Contest, where art and space collided in a beautiful way.

Collabwith played a crucial role in bringing artists together for this special contest. Curious to know more about the Space Art contest? Keep reading!

Mixing Art, Space and Music

The EuroSpaceHub Ibiza Forum aimed to connect science, art, and innovation, creating a space for creative and forward-thinking people. Collabwith, with its love for collaboration and bringing different fields together, played a big part in making the event happen. The “Music and Space” Art Contest, created by the EuroSpaceHub Consortium, added a special touch by inviting artists from different backgrounds to explore the meeting point of music and space.

Artists were given a cool challenge: use their creativity to make digital art inspired by the old-school vibes of Space Music. This theme let artists mix the memories of the past of music with the endless ideas of space. The artworks showed how different artists can see and express things when space becomes their inspiration.

The “Music and Space” Art Contest winners

Judges picked the winning artworks that really captured the contest’s spirit. These artworks won’t just hang on a wall – they’ll be on the EuroSpaceHub website and merchandising, letting space fans from all over enjoy them. The money from selling these items will help train students to become analog astronauts.

 We are happy to reveal the names of the winners! In first place comes Bernard Nibera Conic, with her artwork “Abstract Space Portal”; in second place is Lidia Aviles, with her “Astro Violin”; while in third place is a local artist, from Ibiza, Toni Planells Riera, with his artwork “Aquesta pagesa a sa lluna”. Here are the winning artworks, their descriptions, and what extra info about the winners!

First classified artwork: “Abstract Space Portal” by Bernarda Nibera Conic

Nibera is an interdisciplinary visual artist transcending the borders of fine art photography, graphic art, and design. Based in Ljubljana, her images simultaneously reveal the beauty of our world and explore the surreal ideas of an alternate reality. She is an academic visual artist with Master’s degree in Visual Communication Design. She has an extensive history of exhibitions, new media installations, and public art displays. She has created animations, music videos, and over 100 album covers for international musicians (2020 – 2023). Her multidisciplinary practice takes inspiration from both nature and the complexities of history. Inspired by the 70s, 80s, and 90s, her work embraces analog technologies conveying a retro aesthetic. 

“Abstract Space Portal” features retro aesthetic and sci-fi space theme with an astronaut standing alone on the edge of a portal. Through the portal, you enter the world of artificial intelligence in cyberspace.

Second classified artwork: “Astro Violin” by Lidia Aviles

Lidia Aviles is EU Climate Pact Ambassador, International Investors & Relations, European Innovation Council Expert, and Co-Founder of Aelstone; Vetted Sustainability Trusted Advisor EMEA. Previous Director of Operations at Long Duration Energy Storage Council, and Global Operations-Sustainability Leader & Digitalization Manager at Skytanking. She is Sustainability, Metaverse, and Space Travel Scholar. She is Advisory Board Member of Galanthus initiative (UAE), Sanford Royce (UK), Design Thinking Sweden; and Global Advisor at Guidepoint. About her artwork “Astro Violin Space” she described,

“The only sound we can hear in space is the frequencies. I wanted to capture the idea behind the importance of capturing the energies even if we cannot hear them… because our senses are not the only channel to prove the existence of something. An astronaut playing the violin in space is that rhetoric.”

Third classified artwork: “Aquesta pagesa a sa Lluna” by Toni Planells Riera

Toni Planells AKA Untaltoni is an Ibizan illustrator who publishes his work in different magazines on the island of Ibiza, as well as commissioned works. As a cartoonist, he publishes his work daily in Periódico de Ibiza y Formentera and periodically in the digital newspaper NouDiari. He has been awarded with different comic and illustration awards locally. He also develops his creativity from photography. About the artwork “Aquesta pagesa a sa Lluna” he described,

“This work represents the figure of a ‘pagesa’, a woman dressed in the traditional way of the island of Ibiza, crowned with an astronaut’s helmet. This is an illustration inspired by a traditional song from Ibiza, “‘Aquesta Luna pagesa’, playing with the order of the words to call it ‘Aquesta pagesa a sa Lluna’ in an allegory of the changes that the island has undergone in the last century. As a bootleg, the illustration mixes the Ibizan song with ‘Live on Mars’, by David Bowie, with his phrase ‘from Ibiza to the Northern Folks’. Also, there are references to the science fiction like the owl that holds the protagonist of the illustration, inspired by Blade Runner”.


EuroSpaceHub is a group of 5 founding members, VilniusTECH, International Space University, Complutense University Madrid, Lunex Foundation and Collabwith Group.

EuroSpaceHub aims to connect digitally the space ecosystem in Europe, from tech transfer offices to industry, space accelerator networks, research centres, and other universities. The project will allow these actors to easily connect with financial opportunities from the Horizon Europe framework, the venture capital programme, and the InnovFin initiative. EuroSpaceHub will bridge the gap between academic institutions and industry using a collaborative mindset and entrepreneurship programmes inside the universities connected through tech transfer offices.


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This podcast is edited by Alejandra Nettel, Original Music by Sandra Loewe and Direction by Jara Pascual.