S+T+ARTS Recidency – Repairing the Present
Launched by the European Commission, the S+T+ARTS Recidency – Repairing the Present initiative aimed to foster imaginative thinking by creating spaces of dialogue between Science, Technology, and the Arts. The collaboration was part of Art & Research.
A residency launched by the European Commision
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.
The Regional S+T+ARTS Centers program brought together 12 partner organisations from 11 different countries led by the Belgian Cleantech Hub Snowball in 2021 and 2022. 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 Centre of Excellence (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.
As part of the programme Art Hub Copenhagen hosted two residencies in 2022: Adriana Knouf and Wassim Z. Alsindi/0x Salon.
The programmes explored 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 encouraged 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 were thinking globally, but acting locally by defining challenges that needed to be urgently addressed within their localities.
This project has received funding from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement LC01641664.