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Eusko Jaurlaritza | Gobierno Vasco

International network of artists' programs in science and industry research lab


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Artsactive is an international network of projects, organisations or individuals involved in artists collaborations with science and industry research labs. It was created in 2006, and gathers now 14 organizations and 4 experts.

Artsactive considers that it is desirable to increase the presence of artists in scientific and entrepreneurial contexts, and the presence of scientists and entrepreneurs in artistic contexts to:

  • develop new sources of innovation and creativity within scientific, technological, economic and social fields;
  • change the context and the direction of scientific, technological, economic and social fields (social embedding);
  • disseminate the fruits of research (especially scientific research) into society at large;
  • encourage knowledge transfer and professional development.

The network includes primarily the main organisers of programs of collaboration between artists and science or industry research labs, but also collaborators that study, influence or otherwise motivate such programs. Current membership includes:

  • organisers of collaboration programmes: ANAT (Australia), ArtistsinLabs (Zurich), ArtsCatalyst (London), The Arts and Genomic Center (Amsterdam), Arts Council England, Conexiones improbables (Bilbao, Spain), Disonancias (San Sebastian, Spain), Ectopia (Portugal), FUSE: cadre_montalvo artist research residency (San José, California), ITEM (Liverpool), SymbioticA (Australia), and TransGenesis (Czech Republic).
  • support organisations: Leonardo/ISAST, Leonardo/OLATS
  • researchers, observers and advisors: Samuelle Carlson, Bronac Ferran, James Leach (Kings College, Cambridge), Emmanuel Mahé (France Télécom R&D).

The network has the following aims:

  • exchange of lessons learned, practices and methodologies, for operation and evaluation of collaborations in science and industry R&D settings;
  • share information with a wider public;
  • stimulate joint projects, shared web and other publications, and advocacy;
  • open up discourses about information, progress, ethics, social impact;
  • encourage international collaborations for funding potentials.