Bringing together scientists, school kids and an artist, transcending the boundaries of individual disciplines, discovering flexible forms of learning and collaboration, and imparting skills to work effectively with new technologies were the objectives of the artist-in-residence project entitled STEAM [science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics] Imaging. Bianka Hofmann, head of corporate communication at the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing (MEVIS), takes stock in this interview.
WANTED: up-and-coming talents in media art! The European Media Art Platform awards several two-month residencies at 11 European institutions. In this interview, Peter Zorn of Werkleitz goes into detail about the network, and Ars Electronica’s Veronika Liebl recaps the European Digital Art and Science Network’s activities since its launch in 2015.
For her proposal to send a robot with artistic skills into outer space, robotics engineer Sarah Petkus was the recipient of an Honorary Mention from the 2016 art&science@ESA. In this interview, she talks about her plans for her upcoming residency at the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, about humane robots, and the essential elements that actually constitute a robot.
Yen Tzu Chang (TW) is the recipient of the residency STEAM imaging jointly hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing (MEVIS) and Ars Electronica. The Taiwanese media artist will thus have a unique opportunity to work closely together with the Institute’s research staff.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing (MEVIS) has announced an exciting artist-in-residency program that focuses on links between art and science. They’re also integrating pupils into this experiment.
Even if signals aren’t being received from the Schiaparelli Test Lander on that evening, we nevertheless had an absolutely fascinating time at the ESA Mission Control Centre in Darmstadt, where we followed the decisive moments of the Mars landing in the company of scientists and artist Aoife Van Linden Tol. Here, we present a few impressions of the journey.
Are we alone in the universe? This is certainly a high-priority question on science’s agenda. Now, with a landing on Mars, humankind is taking another giant step towards answering it. Thomas Walloschek is an engineer with the European Space Agency (ESA). Following a recent nightshift in the ExoMars mission control room, he took some time out to give us a briefing about this project.
The artists collective Quadrature began Part 2 of their art & science residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab a few days ago. The three artists spent the first part at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile in late May. To find out what they experienced, why they found everything there absurd and what they think about habitable exoplanets, read this interview.
Violent explosions are sources of particular fascination to artist Aoife Van Linden Tol. An art&science residency is giving her the opportunity to visit the European Space Agency (ESA) and Ars Electronica Futurelab to soak up a healthy dose of inspiration for her next project. In this interview, she talks about, among other things, the fact that there’s a lot more to explosions than destructive force.
“The Conduit” is part performance, part interactive installation that investigates social engagement and the consequences of speculative technological and political frameworks. Participants will negotiate an 8 bit simulation of the future and its effects on our everyday social interactions. The Society for Cultural Optimism has developed a framework for the creation of a future society, which ought to be established by the visitors of the Ars Electronica Deep Space 8K.
Designer, artist and programmer Lauren McCarthy explores the structures and systems of social interaction, identity as well as self-presentation and the potential of technology of how it can influence the dynamics between those traits. During her Transmit³-Residency at the Queensland University of Technology, she wants to find out about the influence of Big Data on the togetherness in front of the large multimedia-display “The Cube”.
The first series of SPARKS exhibitions running in four European cities showcases four artist-in-residency recipients’ highly individualistic takes on the subject of Responsible Research and Innovation and the fascinating ways they developed them further at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.
“We won’t soon be taking another trip so close to outer space!” Now, that sure hits the nail on the head as a succinct description of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this Residency provides. An artists’ collective—Jan Bernstein, Juliane Götz and Sebastian Neitsch—got the nod from the European Digital Art & Science Network’s jury and departed for Chile in late May 2016 to get a close-up look at the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) locations there and get acquainted with scientists on site. We accompanied them on their trip.
“You start to understand how little we really understand.” ESA Senior Science Advisor Mark McCaughrean talks about the interplay of art and science, and thinks aloud about whether we’ll ever succeed in getting the knowledge of the cosmos that we’ve accumulated into our modest heads.
Artists still have until June 20, 2016 to apply for a residency of several weeks duration at the technical center of the European Space Agency (ESA), where, in autumn of this year, they’ll be on hand to experience two spectacular missions: the landing of the Rosetta Space Probe and the ExoMars Mission. In this interview, Senior Science Advisor Mark McCaughrean gives us some insights into the ESA’S very promising activities.
At the Ars Electronica Festival in 2014, three participants in the Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy Programme presented SquareTalk. The project recently won the ‘expression’ category at the prestigious 2016 IXDA awards.
Nanoparticles have become an essential part in the food chain as they provide better fluid properties, color and preservation. Science classifies them at least as critical. In contrast, nanomachines, or so-called nanobots are applied in the cure of cancer. In the course of the third SPARKS-residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Jakob and Lea Illera have developed the medical gain further in the guise of nanobots. They function as messengers to block the appetite for unhealthy food and should rid the world of problems from obesity.
The artist and second SPARKS-resident, Lucy McRae, is a representative of the genre Science Fiction. She came to Linz in order to shoot scenes for her film-project which is her approach to the topic of “Responsible Research and Innovation” – the research objective of the SPARKS-program. Compared to her predecessor, Anouk Wipprecht, who built a fashionable wearable, the Australian body architect Lucy McRae focuses on the possibility of adapting the human body to extraordinary situations.
The well-known Fashion-Tech Designer has worked the communication aspects of her apparel into an unicorn-shaped headset. During her stay at Futurelab she teamed up with a team of Neuroscientists and experts, creating an accessory that logs the wearer’s observations through EEG.
And indeed, their concept was a great discovery for the jurors too. Under the aegis of the European Digital Art & Science Network, an artists’ collective named Quadrature will spend several weeks at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile and then at the Ars Electronica Futurelab, and present the results of their work at the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival.
Night after night, the European Southern Observatory’s huge telescopes in Chile peer deeply into the unknown expanses of the universe. Fernando Comerón, the ESO’s on-site chief-of-staff, recently talked to us about possible ways in which art and science can engage in mutual inspiration at these locations and what this postulated ninth planet in our solar system is all about.
We are pleased to announce the names of the artists who will be coming to the Ars Electronica Futurelab to develop exhibits for the Sparks project!
In autumn 2015, the English artist duo Semiconductor started a two-month residency at CERN. Here, they are providing us a visual progress report of their research at the world’s largest particle physics research facility in Geneva.
New perspectives, inspiring connections and a better understanding of contexts. Artists of the exhibition “Elements of Art and Science” talk about what they expect from the linking of both areas.
The European Art and Science Network is once again offering interested artists the chance for a creative sojourn at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile and at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz. Here’s an account of how the first such residency played out.
The winners of the [the next idea] Art and Technology Grant voestalpine 2015 is XXLab with their project SOYA C(O)U(L)TURE. Their ambitious goal is to combat water pollution and poverty in Indonesia.
In conjunction with the EU’s Sparks project, the Ars Electronica Futurelab is addressing an Open Call to artists with visions involving new technologies in the areas of health, medicine and wellbeing.
The English artist duo, Semiconductor, will begin a two-month residency at CERN. Then their next stop is Linz, where they will spend a month at the Ars Electronica Futurelab.
During Hyungjoong Kim’s residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab he will explore the traditional Korean music and develop an interface to change the rhythm of music. The result will be unveiled at the Ars Electronica Festival 2015.
Many questions remain open. The Large Hadron Collider aims to answer at least a few of them. A residency under the aegis of CERN and Ars Electronica offers an opportunity to take an artistic approach to the leading edge of science and to experience the site of this huge experiment.