Involvement of social and humanistic perspectives and methodologies proved to greatly contribute to expected interdisciplinary of evolving European research and innovation ecosystem, as it was recognised by EC through the responsible research and innovation (RRI) efforts. FEAT provides FET consortiums expertise and services, which substantially contribute to societal relevance of emerging technologies and in mobilizing the creativity of researchers.

The Future Emerging Art and Technology (FEAT) activity is formed around extended understanding of emerging technologies, not just from established techno-scientific position, but also from societal, public, creative and critical perspectives.

FEAT provides four services: an artistic researcher in residency (RiR), individual artist in residency (AiR), public research service, and FET focused communication service for the whole emerging technology sector.

Benefits for FET consortiums:

1. An access to the engaged citizens with high-level research questions (artists, creatives, thinkers).

2. Culturalising a diversity of research approaches for more extended understanding of research topic.

3. Cross-domain mobility of involved researchers.

4. Services that contribute to the EU FET policy expectations and add to the existing scientific and technological excellence.

5. A dissemination interface of emerging technological narratives.


Anna Dumitriu, Make Do and Mend, 2017

THE RESEARCHER
IN RESIDENCY (RIR)

is an artistic research position offered to the FET consortiums in proposal phase.

FEAT provides a research position for an artist who participates as a researcher on a FET project for the whole duration of the project. Selected art researcher contributes to the FET project perspectives that exceed S&T methodological frame, address societal innovation and public inclusiveness. FEAT selects an artist through an open call, assists artist during the project, organises a presentation of an artwork, artist and FET project at selected public events, symposiums and in media. Proposal for collaboration is offered to all FET consortiums. The budget for individual RiR is estimated on the basis of the specific FET project and is of more serial nature where the artist resides in the research part-time.


Semiconductor, Where Shapes Come From, 2016

THE ARTIST
IN RESIDENCY (AIR)

is an art residency offered to the FET consortiums in proposal or ongoing phase.

FEAT offers an added value dissemination service through an art residency for a period of 6-12 months. Selected artist develops an artwork based on a subjective, aesthetic or ethical perspective of the developing technology and as such provide more societal understanding of the technology under development. FEAT selects an artist through an open call, assists artist during the project, organises a presentation of artwork, artist and FET project at selected public events, symposiums and in media. Proposal for collaboration is offered to all FET consortiums. The budget for individual AiR is estimated on the basis of the specific FET project and is used for the art production costs and FEAT support services, such as mentoring, curatorial support, dissemination, communication and documentation.


Boredomresearch, Robots in Distress, 2017

THE PUBLIC
RESEARCH

provides an interface between established S&T research activities and SSH research cultures involving citizens, artists, humanists and non-disciplinary researchers.

FEAT provides public research service, co-creation workshops with engaged citizens, exhibitions and communication. In this way S&T research practices get early public involvement through citizen empowered research of specific topic. FEAT identifies and maps a public with creative interest, organises co-creation workshops, hackathons or symposiums, and disseminate the results of public research through events and media. Proposal for collaboration is offered to all FET consortiums. The budget for individual public research activity is estimated on the basis of the specific FET project.


Pinar Yoldas, Kitty Ai Speaks, 2016

THE COMMUNICATION

provides capacity to position emerging technologies in public view as part of a shared, responsible vision of European future. It offers the organisation of public events, presentations at established events and festivals, media coverage and extended online presence.

Communication module supports RiR, AiR and Public research modules at their public dissemination activities, that shall use a diversity of channels and interventions (for example news items, social media, interviews, workshops, exhibitions, competitions, code camps and participatory actions for wider engagement).


Evelina Domnitch, Dmitry Gelfand & Rysq, Quantum Lattice, 2017

CASES

Evelina Domnicth, Dmitry Gelfand & Rysq developing quantum simulators with Rydberg atoms (FETPROACT No. 640378)

Anna Dumitru & MRG-Grammar on new strategies for deciphering gene regulation (FETOPEN No. 664918)

Ruth Jarman, Joe Gerhardt & QuProCS on quantum simulations and quantum computing (FETOPEN No. 641277)

Špela Petrič, Miha Turšič & INTERTWinE on future high power Exascale computing systems (FETHPC No. 671602)

Pinar Yoldas & DIACAT on novel ways of catalytic CO2 conversion (FETOPEN No. 665085)

Vicky Isley, Paul Smith and subCULTron on underwater, self-learning swarm robotics (FETOPEN No. 640967)

Kerstin Ergenzinger & nuClock (FETOPEN No. 664732)


ETH–Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich and the Self-Assembly Lab of MIT, Rock Print, 2014

LEGACY PROJECTS

Last few years fruitfully proved relevance and societal impact of art&science collaborative projects. Pioneered by cultural art&science projects (European Digital Art and Science Network, Trust me I’m an artist) and boosted by European research funding projects (ICT&ArtConnect, STARTS, STRATS Prize, Vertigo, WEAR Sustain, BrainHack and FEAT), the joint approach to emerging topics proved results that benefit European sustainable research and innovation agenda.

Art gained recognition as a complementary innovation practice extending scientific and technological knowledge into the societal, cultural and subjective realm. Such inclusiveness contributed better societal relevance of emerging technologies, early public recognition and responsible integration of novel knowledge with societal challenges.


Waag Society, Amsterdam

PARTNERS

Waag Society (Amsterdam) has for over 20 years operated at the intersection of science, technology and art. It focusses on emergent technologies as instruments of social change, guided by the values of fairness, openness and inclusivity. With these, Waag’s 60-strong team thinkers and makers pursues its mission to empower people as active citizens through technology.

Eutema (Vienna) is engaged in stakeholder/project exploitation mapping and dissemination activities via the existing networks and platforms as well as assisting the development of the im- plementation and exploitation roadmap.

Leonardo/OLATS (Paris) is an organization that serves the global network of distin- guished scholars, artists, scientists, researchers and think- ers through the programs, which focus on interdisciplinary work, creative output and innovation. From its beginnings, Leonardo has served as the community for networking, resource-sharing, disseminating practices, supporting re- search and o ering events in art/science/technology.


FEAT Symposium at Ars Electronica, Linz, 2016

CONTACT

If you are interested in involving FEAT into your FET, please contact us:

Erich Prem
office(at)eutema.com
eutema GmbH
Lindengasse 43/13, A-1070 Wien, Austria

Miha Turšič
miha(at)waag.org
Waag Society
Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam, Netherlands

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