6 May →
19 June'22

Art meets Science in the Anthropocene

Nowadays an ever-growing number of artists and institutions are interested in the latest scientific and technological developments accelerating change in the world. This evolution requires new initiatives to establish better connections between arts and science, between cultural and research institutions and with the citizens.

STUDIOTOPIA is a creative journey addressing sustainable development across Europe through the converging views of art and science. In the course of almost two years, with a unique, long-term Art&Science European-wide residency programme, STUDIOTOPIA encouraged renowned and emerging contemporary artists to host a scientist or researcher in the independent and inspiring environment of their studios, reversing the usual approach whereby artists are invited to work at R&D departments of universities or companies. During their residencies, both the artists and the scientists were put on the same level. More than 13 artists and 25 scientists have as such teamed up for a 17 months-long residency programme across 18 countries.

The STUDIOTOPIA residency programme encouraged scientists to exchange ideas, knowledge, and methodologies with international artists on environmental and societal challenges. The sustainable development goals set by the United Nations are at the very core of this programme.  Some of the themes the artists and scientists are collaborating on are: pollution of water and mountains by microplastics, a more sustainable food system,  biomedicine and skin color, plants as living organisms, cancer and poetry, hybrid identities, the heartbeat of Iceland’s glaciers, extreme forms of light and computer music.

Next Spring ‘22, the results, developed concepts, research material, or artworks generated during the STUDIOTOPIA residencies will be exhibited in partnering venues across Europe.

  • The Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk (Poland) in April 2022,
  • Bozar, The Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (Belgium) from 6 May to 19 Jun.’22,
  • The Cluj Cultural Centre in Cluj, (Romania) in September 2022.

Artists & Scientists in Residency
Sandra Lorenzi (ART) & Jean-Christophe Marine (SCI)
Kuang-Yi Ku (ART) & Jean-Christophe Marine – Sofie Goormachtig (SCI)
Hypercomf (ART) & Markos K. Digenis (SCI)
3137 (ART) & Dr. Audrey-Flore Ngomsik (SCI)
lexandra Pirici (ART) & Paco Calvo (SCI)
Ciprian Mureşan (ART) & Sanneke Stigter – Sven Dupré (SCI)
Christiaan Zwanikken (ART) & Emmanuel Grimaud – DM Hoyt (SCI)
Dmitry Gelfand – Eveline Domnitch (ART) & Florian Schreck - Guillaume Schweicher (SCI)
Oswaldo Maciá (ART) & Chris Bean – Emilia Leszkowicz (SCI) Maja Smrekar (ART) & Jonas Jørgensen (SCI)
Kat Austen (ART) & Indre Žliobaitė – Laurence Gill (SCI) Voldemars Johansons (ART) & Hugo Thienpont – Alexander Kish – Antoine Reserbat-Plantey (SCI)
Siobhán McDonald (ART) & Chris Bean – Teresa Lettieri – Emily Shuckburgh (SCI)

The Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, Belgium
GLUON, Brussels, Belgium
Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
Cluj Cultural Centre, Cluj, Romania
Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland
Onassis Stegi, Athens, Greece
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Laboral, Gijon, Spain

Don’t wait for the exhibition to discover the artists & scientists and their residency-projects and catch up with them on the Studiotopia Residencies Blog

Launched in September 2019 the STUDIOTOPIA project will continue until August 2022. A variety of educational and public activities, such as pop-up labs, exhibitions, talks, Art&Science residencies are currently taking place across partnering institutions. Find out more about STUDIOTOPIA

Find out more about the VIB (Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie) which is Bozar’s scientific partner for the STUDIOTOPIA Art&Science residency programme. This residency is part of the VIB Grand Challenges Program.

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STUDIOTOPIA is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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  • co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union