The basis of the „European Digital Art and Science Network“ is a big manifold network consisting of scientific mentoring institutions (ESA, CERN, ESO and Fraunhofer MEVIS), representing Europe’s peak in scientific research, the Ars Electronica Futurelab – providing state-of-the-art technical production possibilities in a trans disciplinary discourse, and seven European cultural partners (Center for the promotion of science, RS – DIG Gallery, SK – Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation, ES – Kapelica Gallery / Kersnikova, SI – GV Art, UK – Laboral, ES – Science Gallery, IE) representing strong and various European cultural- and artistic positions.
Ars Electronica (AT): Since 1979, Ars Electronica (AT) has sought out interlinkages and congruities, causes and effects between art, technology and society. The ideas circulating here are innovative, radical, eccentric in the best sense of that term. They influence our everyday life—our lifestyle, our way of life, every single day. The Festival as proving ground, the Prix as competition honoring excellence, the Center as a year-‘round setting for presentation & interaction, and the Futurelab as in-house R&D facility extend their feelers throughout the realms of science and research, art and technology. Ars Electronica’s four divisions inspire one another and put futuristic visions to the test in a unique, creative feedback loop. It’s an integrated organism continuously reinventing itself.
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The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organization with 22 Member States. ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA’s programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organizations outside Europe.
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CERN (CH): As the cradle of the World Wide Web and home of the Large Hadron Collider which investigates the mysteries of our universe, the European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN is an eminent center of the digital culture as well as science and technology. As an international center of excellence in these fields it is an inspirational place for artists and designers to explore and extend their research in order to find new artistic approaches.
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Arts@CERN is CERN’s arts programme, designed to make creative connections between the worlds of science, the arts and technology. It is part of CERN’s Cultural Policy, agreed in August 2010, which lead to the creation of it flagship arts programme “Collide@CERN Artists Residencies – Creative Collisions between the Arts and Science” – in 2011. The “Collide@CERN” residency programme is already well established and highly regarded, having run successfully for 4 years, with a proven track record in trans-disciplinary artistic excellence and exchange between artists and scientists.
ESO (CHI): The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is an intergovernmental organization that has its headquarters in Munich and its observing facilities in Chile. Founded in 1962 today ESO consists of many different observation facilities which helped to make a lot of important discoveries in astronomy. ESO has built and operated some of the largest and most technologically-advanced telescopes in the world.
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Fraunhofer MEVIS: Embedded in a worldwide network of clinical and academic partners, Fraunhofer MEVIS develops real-world software solutions for image-supported early detection, diagnosis, and therapy. Strong focus is placed on cancer as well as diseases of the circulatory system, brain, breast, liver, and lung. The goal is to detect diseases earlier and more reliably, tailor treatments to each individual, and make therapeutic success more measurable. In addition, Fraunhofer MEVIS is committed to raising awareness about how computerization influences health care and to inspiring the young to consider career pathways in science by showing new ideas, approaches, and possibilities that emerge from innovative R&D. The aim is to foster the engagement with, and ownership of future technology.
GV Art (UK): GV Art is the UK’s leading contemporary art gallery which aims to explore and acknowledge the inter-relationship between art and science, and how the areas cross over and inform one another. The gallery curates exhibitions and events that stimulate a dialogue focused on how modern society interprets and understands the advances in both areas and how an overlap in the technological and the creative, the medical and the historical are paving the way for new aesthetic sensibilities to develop.
DIG gallery (SK): DIG gallery is the alternative platform for presentation of the contemporary forms of digital and media arts. Activities of DIG gallery are focused on mapping and popularization of this area, developing the local and international connectivity, supporting the artistic practice and creativity in general. DIG gallery collaborates with several institutions and independent initiatives within the interdisciplinary research, alternative education and partnership networks. DIG gallery was founded by DIG non-profit organization in 2012 as a model of the open-source gallery based in Kosice.
Science Gallery (IE): Science Gallery is an organisation dedicated to igniting creativity and discovery where science and art collide. Science Gallery, since opening in February 2008, has welcomed over a million visitors with over 24 exhibitions ranging from EDIBLE, which examined the future of food, to BIO-RHYTHM, which got to grips with music and the body, to INFECTIOUS, an exhibition which showcased the first ever live simulation of a pandemic using RFID technology. Science Gallery is ranked amongst the top ten free cultural attractions in Ireland and is all about opening science up to passionate debate. Uniquely located in Ireland’s leading research university, Trinity College Dublin, with a recognized expertise in astro physics and astronomy as well as a focus on public engagement with creative science, art and design.
LABoral (ES): LABoral is a multidisciplinary institution which produces, disseminates and fosters access to new forms of culture rooted in the creative use of information and communication technologies (ICT). LABoral has been working in crossovers between arts, science and technology since its creation in 2007. The hybrid nature of the institution is seen through its focus on production, a practice that involves an intense knowledge exchange amongst professionals from different disciplines with a common objective. In this context, the collaboration with all these professionals has always been a new challenge, due to the differences and similarities between practices. Thus, this experience is to be shared, agreed and formalized, with similar hybrid institutions through the production of various research projects and related activities.
Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation (ES): Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation is an independent public-private organization which is in charge of the program for the Etopia Center for Art & Technology. According with this mission they developed some interesting projects with international scope, providing a valuable experience to the Foundation. The most relevant of them are: Paseo Project (in collaboration with Ars Electronica), to promote technology-based creativity in the public space / Innovate! Europe (an European event on startup culture) / Das Detroit Projekt (coordinated by Schauspielhaus Bochum). Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation has also been quite active in participating in events and projects of the European Union, specially in the field of smart cities initiatives, urban innovation and Future Internet PPP.
Kapelica Gallery / Kersnikova (SI): Kapelica Gallery was established in 1995 as an art space with focus on Contemporary Investigative Arts and a production platform for research, investigation and experimenting with the limits of artistic discourses and art poetics. Kapelica art program is constituted by exhibitions, performances and artistic research. The gallery presents works of artists that dare to go beyond safe and pleasant themes and are challenging visitors to contemplate and wonder with them. Together with BioTehna wet lab Kapelica is an active production platform which encourages, facilitates and showcases investigative artistic production, create public debate and stimulates a critical understanding of the time we live in.
Centre for the promotion of science (RS): Promotion of science is one of the major tasks for every European country. In this field, the Centre for the Promotion of Science (RS) is already actively engaged in bringing science community closer to a larger public, with the ambition to become the top institution that binds together, provides help and supports all science popularization organizations and initiatives throughout Serbia. Special attention is given to the cooperation with scientific institutions – the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in the first place, but also with leading scientific institutes and all universities in the country.