The Regional S+T+ARTS Centers program brings together 12 partner organisations from 11 different countries led by the Belgian Cleantech Hub Snowball. The consortium partners – Snowball (BE), MAXXI Museum (IT), Art Hub Copenhagen (DK), STATE Festival (DE), Onassis Foundation (EL), In4Art (NL), MEET (IT), CCCB (ES), Ars Electronica (AT), Sony Lab (FR), Kersnikova (SI), CYENS (CY) – put together a program made up of S+T+ARTS Expert Meetings, S+T+ARTS Academies, S+T+ARTS Exhibitions and Prototyping Parks and S+T+ARTS Residencies.
The program explores the possibility of Repairing the Present through resource, urban, ICT & art powered transformations at a regional level. 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. Thus, in Repairing the Present the partners think globally, but act locally by defining challenges that need to be urgently addressed within their localities.
In4Art as Regional S+T+ARTS Centre
In this project, In4Art partners with Witteveen+ Bos (Fellowship Partner) and YES!Delft (Network Partner) to create a place where we can rethink the present. A local expert group, involving stakeholders from business, science, arts and government, will define two challenges eminent for this region. The challenges will be explored through 2 residencies, roundtable seminars and open labs. The project will run from June 2021 until December 2022.
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.
Each of the residencies is based on a regional challenge in one of the partner regions. From the 21 challenges in ‘Repairing the Present’, 2 challenges will take place in the Netherlands. We will apply, among others, the Art-Driven Innovation method. Selected fellows in the Netherlands are:
Grow Your Own Cloud with Urban Data Forest
Penelope Cain with Repairing with Lichen
Launched by the European Commission, the S+T+ARTS initiative aims to foster imaginative thinking by creating spaces of dialogue between Science, Technology, and the Arts.
The five pillars of the S+T+ARTS initiative – the S+T+ARTS Prize, S+T+ARTS Residencies, S+T+ARTS Lighthouses, S+T+ARTS Academies, and S+T+ARTS Regional Centers – address the unintended consequences of steadfast technological development resulting in the social, economic, and environmental challenges the European continent faces by tapping into the potential of artists to act as catalysts for change and actively contribute to innovation. The initiative strives to create a collaborative, interdisciplinary, human-centered framework that draws attention to the role art can play in making alternative futures visible, thus contributing to future-proof policy-making. One can join the community here.
This project has received funding from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement LC01641664