Sustainable Futures & New Pathways to Innovation

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A S+T+ARTS Online experience

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Sustainable Futures & New Pathways to Innovation is an online experience presented in the framework of the European Commission’s S+T+ARTS initiative highlighting the potential of artists as catalysts of innovation.

Artists have always been at the forefront of exploring new tools, techniques and methods in their work – they are driven by an inherent curiosity to test and push the boundaries of their artistic practice.

Today, artists are operating at the vanguard of exploring frontier technologies like artificial intelligence, biotechnology or quantum computing. They share an awareness that progress has accelerated to a degree that no longer allows time for reflection, and are expertly visualizing and formulating the questions we should be asking ourselves as these technologies are becoming interwoven with the fabric of our lives: how can we develop an empathic approach to innovation that is humane and ethical, and focuses on the needs of humans and the preservation of our living spaces?
The European Commission’s S+T+ARTS initiative recognizes a potential in these artistic perspectives to become active drivers for sustainable innovation and has built a framework for artists, scientists, and technologists to work on these challenges together with industry and technology partners.

Sustainable Futures & New Pathways to Innovation is an interactive online experience that explores three concrete challenges tackled by artists who have participated in S+T+ARTS across three thematic areas: Tangible Data, Sustainable Futures and Navigating the Digital Realm.


Participating artists: Territorial Agency (INT), Cyrus Clarke (UK), Monika Seyfried (PL), Jeff Nivala (US), Halsey Burgund (US), Francesca Panetta (UK), Anastasia Pistofidou, Marion Real and The Remixers from Fab Lab Barcelona, Iaac (INT), KyungJin Jeong (KR), Tomo Khara (JP/NL), Julia Körner (AT), Yokai (AT), Bjørn Karmann & Tore Knudsen (DK), Vladan Joler (SR) & Kate Crawford (US), 300.000 km/s (ES), Kasia Molga (UK/PL), Špela Petrič & Miha Turšič (SI), Forensic Architecture (INT), Print your City (NL), Karen Palmer (UK), Larisa Blazic (), Precious Plastic (NL), Gramazio Kohler Research (CH), ETH Zurich (CH) and the Self Assembly Lab, MIT (US), MX3D & Joris Laarman Lab (NL)

The projects Cloud Studies, In a Small Room, Anatomy of an AI System, Precious Plastic Universe, In Event of Moon Disaster, Their Tube, Project Alias, Perception IO and Data Garden are presented in the framework of STARTS Prize.

Oceans in Transformation, Ciutat Vella’s Land-use Plan, Remix El Barrio, Rock Print, Amsterdam’s 3D Printed Steel Bridge and Project Alias have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 956603 and grant agreement No 732019.

Digital Vogue and Yokai have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme in the framework of Re-FREAM as part of the STARTS initiative (Science, Technology & the Arts) under Grant agreement No. 825647.

Data Union Fork, Print Your City, By the Code of Soil and becoming.(eco)logical have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme in the framework of Vertigo as part of the STARTS initiative under grant agreement No 732112.

S+T+ARTS is an initiative of the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
This online exhibition has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 956603 and grant agreement No 824950 in the framework of S+T+ARTS Prize and S+T+ARTS Ecosystem.   This publication (communication) reflects the views only of the author, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.