The Consortium “Mindspaces” is a project that won the grant of European Commission: STARTS/ Horizon2020 last summer.
The project will be launch in January 2019 and it will be developed through 3 years.
The partners in the Consortium are:
Centre for Research and Technology, Hellas, CERTH, GR
University of Maastricht, NL
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, ES
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR
McNeel Europe SL, ES
Zaha Hadid Architects, UK
Maurice Benayoun, FR
Analog Native, DE
City de l’Hospitalet, ES
City of Hong Kong, HK
STARTS lighthouse pilots will explore art-inspired solutions to industrial/societal challenges in two chosen areas. Pilots will engage industry, technology, end-users, and artists in a broad artistic exploration of technologies with the aim of creating novel products, processes and services that respond better to human needs. The added value of artistic practices to realise unexpected solutions via artistic exploration must be clearly put forward in the two light house pilots.
MindSpaces is a multidisciplinary effort, integrating the arts, neuroscience, architecture, 3D modelling, visual, text, EEG, physiological sensing analysis, AR/VR and a wide range of end users, from city dwellers to tourists, elderly living independently. Its aim, to improve the design of outdoors public spaces, indoors work and house interiors through participatory design that involves multisensory measurements of end user responses, will inherently integrate these multiple disciplines towards a common goal. The resulting artistic AR/VR installations, design tools and methodologies will allow future developments within this ecosystem through their use.
MindSpaces aims at burgeoning STARTS ecosystem by developing a novel paradigm of cooperation between artists, technology, research, industrial and user partners and a common working model (SIO1), which will allow for the initiation of projects of similar nature under the evolving STARTS ecosystem.
Act Utopia Lab
In a global and changing world, creativity is key to developing new professions, products and forms of interaction.
Human knowledge in other times was holistic, but it became specialized with the industrial revolution.
Artists, scientists and technologists work in their different creative areas, but without constant communication and synergy.
The European Commission, in the Horizon 2020 program, STARTS, analyzes that these areas must interact in order to produce cross-cutting creative thinking and that scientific and technological developers, as well as artists, leave their areas of comfort and dare to undertake Ideas that are not common or initially too utopian and with them generate successful startups.
It is the contribution to this Utopia, which prompts Espronceda to launch “ACT UTOPIA LAB”, Art, Science and Technology, conferences, workshop, network and startup incubator.
Espronceda is one of the founding partners of ArtCosmos. The first edition was celebrated in ESPRONCEDA.
ArtCosmos is a platform dedicated to collaboration between artists, academics, and thought leaders at the intersection of Science and Contemporary Art. The first edition of ArtCosmos was held in ESPRONCEDA and represented 12 artists and invited 5 scientists, all with mutual links to the art and respectively science world. The second edition of ArtCosmos in New York City is held in honor of the 55th anniversary of the first human flight into space by Yuri Gagarin. The exhibition features a group of multidisciplinary artists creating new visual dialogues for humanity’s unwavering quest to explore deep space.
Focus of the arts symposium is the Liquidity of Gender and the work on current developments in German legislation changes to add a third gender to the traditional two options of fe|male. Intersexual people, i.e. people who have both male and female chromosomes, are part of our society in a ratio 1 : 500, so statistically each one of us should know a intersexual person. However, there is very little knowledge on this in society. The existence of intersex people is proof of the falsity of the binary gender construct. It is a society changing topic for every human living.Questioning the bipolar gender construct, it questions any gender debate in general. If we stop dividing people into man and women and just start thinking of humans, there is no more gender debate. We have stopped marking race and religion in the passport… erasing gender from the passport should be the next step.
Individuation primarily results from orientation towards suitable role models. Fine Art has always had a superior capacity in reflecting a contemporary vision of the prevailing conception of the human being.
Can Intersex people find their place in today’s dichotomizing world, where hardly any depictions of in-between paragons can be found in our museums?
How can “allegedly unaffected” gender- conforming people build up an understanding for alternative concepts of gender classification system, if predominant gender representations of the human being throughout the centuries are binary. Intersex is physical proof for the falsehood of the binary gender construct. It is proof of the grace of gender variety – a diversity that must be seen as a gift.
This symposium will become an annual event engaging and encouraging crossover of different subjects.
Artist in Residence TV
AIRTV is a project born in Barcelona, Spain, from the lack of video channels dedicated to the residencies of artists. The phenomenon of artists residencies is growing fast and worldwide, reducing the areas without such places.
AIRTV aims to map all those amazing creative spaces and present each of them with a video of introduction. It would greatly help artists, art lovers, but also the residencies to differentiate one from another. We do believe in the unique set of skills, people and services that residencies offer to promote art and culture, and the power of images to reach larger audiences.
The project also comes from a passion for traveling and an urge to meet and connect new cultures and people, new visions and opinions, new insights and lifestyles, as to have a good overview of the artist residence sector on the international scale.