Art + Tech for Urban Resilience

S+T+ARTS Talk: Art & Tech for Urban Resilience

Wed Sep 9, 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:25 pm
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Ars Electronica New World Channel

This program is organised by BOZAR and French Tech Grande Provence, in the framework of the S+T+ARTS Programme (Science + Technology + the Arts).

The concept the ultra-technological and connected “smart city” has given way, in the light of climate change and health crisis, to that of the resilient and sustainable city.

This urban ideal implies a transformation of the existing ecosystem and of our habits so that a more resilient society can emerge with enhanced accessibility, social inclusion, and citizen wellbeing. What place should be given to the dialogue between art, science and technology in this transition process? How can artists help to create new collective imaginaries and participatory systems, spaces for reflection and criticism for the future of our cities? How can urban planners and policy makers be inspired by these scenarios and reflections on urban citizenship in the light of digital innovation?

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The talk is connected to both STARTS exhibitions in Brussels (at BOZAR) and Romainville (at Fiminco Fondation) and to the Ars Electronica Festival 2020.


17:30 CET // Inspirational keynote by Francesca Bria
S+T+ARTS FOR CITIES: Building smart cities from the ground up with citizens

Marie Albert – Head of European Projects – French Tech Grande Provence
Paul Dujardin – CEO and Artistic Director BOZAR

Francesca Bria – Advisor on digital strategy, technology and information policy, President of the Italian National Innovation Fund, Honorary Professor in the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL London, and Senior Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nation (UN-Habitat) on digital cities and digital rights.

18:00 CET // Panel Discussion: Art & tech for urban resilience

How can the dialogue between art, science and technology renew our vision of cities and contribute to sustainable innovation in urban environments?


  • Anastasios Tellios, Associate Professor at School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)


  • Mar Santamaria Varas and Pablo Martinez Diez – STARTS Project Ciutat Vella’s Land-use Plan
    The work by the collective 300 000 km/s brings about big data, KDD and citizen participation to ensure a coexistence between economic activity and citizens’ quality of life.
    Architects, urban planners and engineers provide design, data analysis and consulting services for cities. This way, they apply technology to architecture, city and territory. In the Ciutat Vella’s Land-use Plan project, the citizens are at the heart of the city’s future planning, by developing a democratic and grass-roots system of public consultation.
  • Joachim Pflieger – General Manager at Fiminco Fondation (hosting a STARTS exhibition in September 2020)
    The Fondation Fiminco is a new contemporary art space focused on international cross-disciplinary visual art. It is dedicated to supporting multidisciplinary contemporary international creation through a program of exhibitions, performances, events, and workshops. The location of the Fondation Fiminco in Romainville and more largely in Seine-Saint-Denis is at the heart of the Fondation’s dynamics in order to build ties between creation and territory.
  • Prof. Vittorio Loreto – Director at Sony CSL Paris
    Sony CSL Paris has created a unique experience enabling users to collectively conceive sustainable solutions for cities. By playing with a city of Lego, the public can explore different urban scenarios in terms of employment, education, and quality of life. Everyone can give form to their ideas by creating new parts of the city and modify previous constructions. The emerging city is watched by video cameras which, like satellites, enable us to visualise the characteristics of the city, like the number of inhabitants, the consumption of energy, or pollution rates.
  • Stéphanie Lepczynski, Political counsellor for scientific research in the cabinet of the Brussels Capital Region’s Secretary of State for Economic Transition and Scientific Research

19:00 // Talk: Mobility – moving to new imaginaries

Fiminco Fondation, a new contemporary art space based in Romainville (east of Paris), and Sony CSL, the Computer Science Lab of Sony Group in Paris will present their S+T+ARTS Residency collaboration project. A 5 months residence program between an artist and the Sony CSL research team, taking place in 2021 at Fiminco Foundation, to explore the topic of mobility through artistic practices. The presentation will include details on the ongoing call for artists and be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.


  • Marie Albert – Head of European projects, French Tech Grande Provence


  • Joachim Pflieger – General Manager at Fiminco Fondation (hosting a STARTS exhibition in September 2020)
  • Prof. Vittorio Loreto – Director at Sony CSL Paris


Francesca Bria
Francesca Bria is the President of the Italian National Innovation Fund, a 1BL Fund to grow to the italian startups and innovation ecosystem. She is Honorary Professor in the Institute  for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL in London and a Senior Adviser to the United Nation (UN-Habitat) on digital cities and digital rights. Francesca Bria is leading the DECODE project on data sovereignty in Europe, and is a member of the European Commission high level expert group Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (ESIR). She is the former Chief Digital Technology and Innovation Officer for the City of Barcelona in Spain. 

Francesca has a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College, London and MSc on Digital Economy from University of London, Birbeck. As Senior Programme Lead at Nesta, the UK Innovation Agency, she has led the EU D-CENT project, the biggest European Project on digital democracy platforms and crypto currencies. She led the DSI4EU project, advising the EU on digital innovation policies. She also advised the EC on STARTS and acted as Jury for the European STARTS Prize. She has been teaching in several universities in the UK and Italy and she has advised Governments, public and private organizations on technology and innovation policy, and its socio-economic and environmental impact.

Francesca has been listed in the Top 50 Women in Tech by the Forbes Magazine, and in the World’s top 20 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical. She has also been featured in the Italian Magazine Repubblica “D”, amongst the 100 Women Changing the World.

Mar Santamaria, Pablo Martinez
Mar Santamaria and Pablo Martinez are the co-founders of 300.000 Km/ (, an urban innovation office based in Barcelona that explores the potentials of data and new computation paradigms to extract relevant information with the aim to improve urban planning and decision-making. They work in the fields of urban analysis, cartography, strategic planning, development of digital tools, and digital humanities. 300.000 Km/s project Ciutat Vella’s Land-us Plan has been awarded with S+T+ARTS Prize 2019.

Joachim Pflieger
Joachim Pflieger worked at the Opéra national de Paris, Teatro Real in Madrid, and New York City Opera between 2006 and 2012 in the artistic directions of these multidisciplinary institutions. He manages the Fondation FIMINCO, a place dedicated to international and contemporary creation through a programme of residencies, exhibitions, performances and workshops, based in Romainville, in Paris suburb.

Vittorio Loreto
Vittorio Loreto is Full Professor of Physics of Complex Systems at Sapienza University of Rome and Faculty of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna. He is currently leading the SONY Computer Science Lab in Paris where he also leads the team of “Innovation, Creativity and Artificial Intelligence”. His scientific activity is mainly focused on the statistical physics of complex systems and its interdisciplinary applications.

Stéphanie Lepczynski
Stéphanie Lepczynski is political counsellor for scientific research in the cabinet of the Brussels Capital Region’s Secretary of State for Economic Transition and Scientific Research. Prior to this, she was senior director at the Lisbon Council, a European think tank, where she oversaw the initiatives on public sector innovation, digital government, co-creation in the public sector and, more broadly, analysed the impact of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and big data in various aspects of our lives (from the delivery of public services to the internationalisation of startups and SMEs to the future of mobility). She is also the co-founder and president of Bouge asbl, a non-profit organisation active on the cultural scene.

Anastasios Tellios
Anastasios Tellios is Assistant Professor of Architectural Design: Theory and Practice at School of Architecture, AUTh. He is participating in projects, research programs and international architectural competitions in the areas of architectural and urban design. His recent academic interests are related to advanced architectural design, conceptual spatial experimentation, contemporary design theories, research by design and emerging technologies.