at the Ars Electronica Festival 2021

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Society may be shaken by a series of unexpected economic and existential crises, but many worrisome and far-reaching global disasters are yet to come. The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 offer strategies to address these impending challenges by providing a “blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all.” To act on this blueprint, we need diverse expertise and experimental and innovative approaches.

STUDIOTOPIA is a European initiative that seeks to activate the collaborative and interdisciplinary expertise needed to address these future challenges by implementing an inverse residency model for arts and science. Scientists from a variety of disciplines responded to an open call to collaborate with and learn from leading European artists. At this year’s Ars Electronica Festival, the start of a 17-month conversation between artists and scientists will explore future problems and discuss possible solutions.

STUDIOTOPIA is a collaboration of eight European cultural institutions: Center for Fine Arts (BOZAR) and GLUON in Brussels, Ars Electronica in Linz, Cluj Cultural Centre in Cluj, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Laboral in Gijon.


Partners: BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts (BE), GLUON (BE), Cluj Cultural Centre (RO), Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art (Poland), Ars Electronica (AT), Onassis Stegi (GR), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL), LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación (ES).
Participating gardens: Garden Athens, Garden Amsterdam, Garden Gdańsk, Garden Linz/Berlin/Valencia, Garden Amsterdam/Madrid, Garden Thessaloniki, Garden Venice/Vienna

Studiotopia is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.