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.
LAZNIA Center for Contemporary Art (PL)
Divided into two sections, “Changes and Challenges” features works by Polish artists who analyse such contemporary issues as digitalised corporeality, human/non-human relations, and the ecological consequences of data storage. The second section focuses on changes in the liaisons between art and science in the last decade as well as ways of working through the traumatic past by means of art and technology.
Ciprian Mureșan (RO)
Confronted with their ephemerality, human beings continue to (sometimes abusively) build and create, driven by the sole ambition to leave something behind. Should we fill museums with objects and then build an industry to keep them intact?
VU – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL)
Presenting projects from a unique artscience laboratory in the faculty of Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, checking out plants dancing to jazz or voodoo rituals to understand artificial intelligence.
Oswaldo Macia (CO/UK) – artist, Emilia Leszkowicz (PL) – scientist, Chris Bean (IE) – scientist
The Colombian artist Oswaldo Maciá and scientists Chris Bean (Head of Geophysics at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) and Emilia Leszkowicz (electrophysiologist based at University of Gdansk) are the residents of the STUDIOTOPIA Art&Science Residency hosted by LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk. The aim of their common project is to raise questions connected with the ways of reaching viewers’ consciousness by use of through the senses of smell and hearing to raise the question about our place in the world.
Hypercomf (GR), Markos Digenis (GR)
Project Marine Cave Benthic Terrazzo documents the first holistic field study of marine cave ecosystems in Chania, Crete and the artistic exploration of ecosemiotic links and physical interactions between human homes and marine caves.
Evelina Domnitch (BY, NL) and Dmitry Gelfand (NL)
Science is the source of inspiration for many of the artworks of Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand. Scientists are also fascinated by art. A portrait of interactions merges the borders of disciplines from the perspective of the intriguing and the inquisitive.
Elvin Flamingo (PL)
The work of Elvin Flamingo invites us to the world of the unique plant-animals Symsagittifera roscoffensis. In nature, these organisms most often occur as migrating communities. For the project, the artist created two incubators capable of accommodating 67 separate habitats, 100 colonies of the superorganism described above.
Sandra Lorenzi (FR)
Sandra Lorenzi’s artistic work explores the worlds of the living. She is a custodian of these fragile forces and entities that sometimes lack the ability to speak. This film takes you to the heart of her approach. As part of the Studiotopia Art & Science Residency Programme, she collaborates with scientist Jean-Christophe Marine (VIB Centre for Cancer Biology, Belgium). Their project How to Read Poetry to Cancer Cells is at the intersection of art and science, of the real and the unreal.
Within the initiative STUDIOTOPIA, seven European cultural institutions have invited artists to host scientists in their studios, and it is the hope that these collaborations build upon this shared knowledge. The journeys featured in this year’s festival offer a glimpse of how these encounters can shape a new understanding the role and responsibilities of humanity on our shared planet.
Justyna Górowska (PL)
DNA is capable of storing digital data better than silicon in our computers. It fits millions of terabytes in a few grams suspension in the water, minimizing the ecological cost of the global network of digital databases. The binary code only needs to be decoded into the synthesized DNA strands.
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.