Nesta Italia / STARTS > ‘City of the Future’ Open Call for Artists (Italy)

STARTS (Science + Technology + Arts) is a European Commission initiative launched in 2015 to foster collaborations between artists, scientists, engineers and researchers to develop more creative, inclusive and sustainable technologies.

In this context a European consortium – which includes foundations, research centres, contemporary art centres, independent organisations, universities – is working on a project, Starts Towards Sustainability (S2S), focused on the organisation of different activities aimed at promoting the intersection between Science, Technology and the Arts as a driver for regional development.

Nesta Italia, as a member of this consortium, is working on a series of initiatives in the Piedmont region, to boost collaboration between tech companies, cultural centres, artists and research centres. The first initiative in this framework is the open call ‘City of the future’.

The call is addressed to artists, collective and creatives from Italy and all over Europe to present artistic concepts based on emerging technologies (e.g. AI, Big Data, Blockchain, 5G, IoT), considering their applications and usability in an urban and social context (for example, projects aimed at finding medtech solutions for COVID-19 or solutions to enhance an ecological transition).

An independent jury will evaluate the proposals and select three winners, who will each receive a 17,000 euros grant and develop their projects during a three-month residency (February to May 2021) to be carried out in Turin for at least 30 days (in compliance with the rules and safety measures against the spread of Coronavirus). In order to promote an effective synergy between companies, research centres and cultural spaces, Nesta Italia are involving a series of local stakeholders, engaged at national and international level in contemporary art research, and production as well as residency programmes. Confirmed partners are: a.titolo, Arteco, ARTiglieria/Paratissima, Bunker, Cripta747, Progetto Diogene, Superbudda, Viadellafucina16 Condominio Museo.

Deadline: 30 November 2020

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