Repairing the Present

Repairing the Present was a collaborative S+T+ARTS project bringing together 12 Regional S+T+ARTS Centers from 11 different countries to enable 21 S+T+ARTS Residency projects on challenges deriving from the European Grean Deal.



This project explores new forms of acquiring knowledge, new actors to contribute and new types of entrepreneurship. A systemic change requires systematic methods which are based on building responsibility from the start when pursuing innovation, all this in parallel to the ambitions formulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), European Green Deal, European Bauhaus and Digital Europe.

By creating the context for innovation processes at the nexus of science, technology and the arts, the projects encourage a critique of the present, the exploration beyond its current limitations and the reimagination of other possible futures.

While the challenges addressed are pan-European or global, the solutions require a focus on specific local problems.

Our Role

In4Art was in charge of the selection process and guided the open call, which was done according to the Art-driven innovation method. Next to that, In4Art created a local expert group, involving stakeholders from business, science, arts and government, that defined two challenges eminent for the Dutch region. It was a place where we can rethink the present. The challenges are translated into igniting questions, on which the two S+T+ARTS Residencies in the Netherlands where conducted: Urban Data Forest and Repairing with Lichen. In4Art acted as co-producer in these projects. Lastly, In4Art partnered with ZKM I Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe for the exhibition final exhibition. In4Art was the main coordinator of :RETOOL, which took place at ZKM in November- December 2022 and showcased 10 artworks resulting from the Repairing the Present project.


The Repairing the Present exhibition series :REWORLD :REWILD :RETOOL, curated by Manuel Cirauqui, explores the productive tension between the urge to project and the urge to care for; between the presentness of the living and the futurity of technological development; between the immediacy of bricolage and the mediation of prototypes in our path to enhanced co-existence.



Snowball (BE) / MAXXI Museum (IT) / Art Hub Copenhagen (DK) / STATE (DE), Onassis Foundation (EL) / MEET (IT) / CCCB (ES) / Ars Electronica (AT) / Sony Lab (FR) / Kersnikova (SI) / CYENS (CY) 


June 2021 – December 2022




The Repairing the Present project was part of the S+T+ARTS Regional Centers program and has received funding from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement LC01641664

S+T+ARTS / Funded by the European Union

S+T+ARTS is about thinking out of the box and building bridges between Science, Technology and Arts.

STARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances of science, technology, and the arts, that effectively implement a European approach to technological innovation centered on human needs and values.

Science, Technology and Arts form a nexus with an extraordinarily high potential for creative and reflective innovation.And such innovation is considered to be precisely what is called for to master the social, ecological and economic challenges that Europe is facing.

With disruptive methods of exploration and an accurate critical eye on the use of technology, artists decisively raise awareness of the societal challenges and global concerns we are tackling. The artistic practices are seen as innovative processes and have a wide-reaching potential to contribute to the development of new economic, social and business models.

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