Past activities on the contributions of artistic practices to innovative ICT developments, namely ICT&Art 2012, FET-ART and ICT ART CONNECT 2013 demonstrated the worldwide emergence of communities of hybrid researchers. These researchers develop new technological applications responding to specificities of their artistic creativity, creating however potential for innovation outside their original scope.
The recognition of these emergences by the Commission led to the launching of the ICT ART CNECT study, in order to characterize and connect artistic communities of ICT researchers at all levels, including institutions, companies and individuals. The study is creating a map of individuals and institutions engaged in artistic practices within ICT research projects in Europe and world-wide. It will analyse best practices to enhance interaction between artists-researchers and other IT experts and to increase the impact of these interactions on innovation and creativity in Europe. It will not only analyse success stories but also it will identify where are the main needs and demands.
From this analysis, recommendations will be drawn for a DG CONNECT strategy to engage more broadly with the arts in H2020.
The aim is to thereby contribute to enhancing creativity and innovation in society, technology, science, education, and business and to more gracefully better embedding science and technology in society.
ICT ART CNECT is organizing a number of round-tables in the most relevant conferences in the field happening this year: 4th Computer Art Congress, 1-3 September, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ars Electronica, 4-8 September, Linz, Austria and ArtsIT - Fourth International Conference on Arts and Technology, 10-12 November, Istambul, Turkey.
The main event of the study will be ICT ART CONNECT 2014, at BOZAR in the context of BEAF, where results will be presented.
iMinds (previously IBBT) is an independent research institute founded by the Flemish government to stimulate ICT innovation. The iMinds team offers companies and organizations active support in research and development. It brings together university research centres, companies, authorities, and non-profit organizations to join forces on research projects. iMinds unites more than 900 researchers from numerous Flemish universities and knowledge centres. An important iMinds participation is foreseen for the iMinds Art&D program. In view of the increasing importance of the creative aspects of technology innovation, and iMinds’ belief that the development of a real and lasting competitive advantage lies in the integration of research, industry and creativity, iMinds has created the Art&D program. iMinds iLab.o will also participate in the study and development. iLab.o has extensive expertise in the creation of innovative ICT systems that are tested in Living lab environments.
This expertise makes iMinds the perfect partner to develop the innovative online interactive map and the community platform. Finally the research centre iMinds-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, part of iMinds’ Digital Society department is leading the project. The aim of the Digital Society Research Department is to complement iMinds research with social, economic and policy insights and expertise. This includes expertise related to art in a digital age. As such, iMinds is perfectly positioned to, together with Artshare, draw from the consortium’s own knowledge and expertise in order to identify and build on existing sources of information and analysis.
ARTSHARE is a company focused on innovation for its Clients and Partners through research and development of applications and services by methodological means of artistic expressions.
ARTSHARE's products are extractions from a basic multi-user based system. ARTSHARE advocates the use of EICT – Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies, as tools for mediation of communities. Our products are characterized in two ways: humanities mediation and technological developments.Regarding mediation of humanities, ARTSHARE's products promote the creation of knowledge through virtual immersion that allows groups of users to inhabit and incorporate information, and experience it through their physical-biological body. These autoscopic informational experiences of each user are available only thanks to a special system, programmed based on interdisciplinary knowledge of its authors. ARTSHARE basic technological product is the concept of informational topology that allows a group of users in a visual environment to observe, access, manipulate and share information between themselves, and also enter information in the system. The interaction is exercised only by the position, movement and shape of the user’s body. The architectural integration of the system is done through the creation of hybrid spaces, resulting from the combination of physical and virtual spaces, and it is achieved mainly by mapping visual information over physical objects.
ARTSHARE has 10 years of experience in providing high quality services and has collaborated with numerous partners and clients including: Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal; Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal; i-DAT, Institute for Digital Arts and Technologies, University of Plymouth, UK; Vooruit - Gent, Belgium; iMAL, Centre for Digital Cultures & Technologies, Brussels, Belgium; NANO - Núcleo de Artes e Novos Organismos, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil; Secretary of State of Culture of the Portuguese Government, and the European Commision.