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KiiCS is happy to launch its first newsletter! KiiCS – Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science is a three-year European FP7 project (2012-2015) aimed at stimulating creativity and innovation through new forms of interactions between arts and science, or so called "Art & Science Incubation” actions. KiiCS wants to bring science closer to society, especially young people, by promoting the creative character of science and underlining its practical applications on health, environment and any other aspect of daily life. The project will also connect the best innovative ideas with companies and potential investors.
Since the kick-off in February 2012, several actions have been carried out. Each partner has developed its own method to create dynamic interactions between "creatives” and scientists. Interactive workshops, mentoring activities to develop new ideas and hands-on experiments have shed new lights on the value of creativity, a key asset to succeed in an increasingly interdisciplinary marketplace, to create innovative products and services (from music apps to arts software to sustainable materials) and, in the end, to make creativity and science truly beneficial to citizens, students and companies in Europe.
KiiCS’ network is composed of 21 organisations including art and science centres and collaborative platforms located in 19 cities from 13 countries all over Europe. Would you like to join? Discover how here!
Art and Science Incubators
KiiCS’ incubation partners (Science Gallery, Science Communication Observatory, Waag Society, Centre de Culture Scientifique Technique et Industrielle, Copernicus Science Center, The Arts Catalyst, Fondazione IDIS – Città della Scienza, Kapelica Gallery, and The TILLT organisation) are testing experimental approaches stimulating the production of new ideas and enhancing people’s creative skills. Each incubation partner is focusing on a specific "incubation theme”, ranging from smart cities to music and neuroscience.
Science Gallery (IE), for instance, is working on the future of cities. In September, they selected 20 transition year students from several cities in Ireland to participate in its Transition Year Mentoring Week, a programme focused on inquiry-based learning and creativity. The programme included hands-on experiments, mentoring from peers, tours and other activities to highlight the intersections between science, technology, engineering, maths, art, design and innovation, as well as entrepreneurial opportunities within these fields.
Science Communication Observatory (ES) is focusing on music and neuroscience. It launched Neurosound. Musical Grant Linked to Technology and Neuroscience for Young Creators 2012, a call for musical artistic projects to promote experimental musical production. The selected project was Neurospaces, from the artist Timothy Schmele, who was awarded a 4-month grant to produce his work, a music composition based on brain activity.
Waag Society (NL) has launched activities in the field of life sciences. The Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award (DA4GA) is their artist-in-residence programme to stimulate emerging artists and designers to delve into the world of bio-art. Preselected applicants were matched with Life Sciences research institutes to further develop their proposals. The winners were awarded with a 6-month artist-in-residence to complete their projects. An exhibition will be held in June 2013 to present the results.
Kapelica Gallery (SI) is working on medical biotechnology. In October, it held Maya Yoghurt, a workshop for young adults in which an artist and two scientists invited the participants to create a yogurt enriched with a genetically modified organism that contained a gene sequence from the artist. The workshop served to introduce the participants to possible solutions for the future food industry, its political dimension and the myths of genetically modified organisms.
CCSTI (FR), The Arts Catalyst (UK) and Fondazione IDIS – Città della Scienza (IT) are dealing with themes related to the city, but from three different angles: urban mobility/smart building, urban living and smart cities, respectively. CCSTI held its first KiiCS workshop Villes Durables in October. It invited young people to discuss how sustainable cities will look in 2050. The Arts Catalyst (UK) presented the first workshop of Anticipatory City, an incubation research project gathering, among others, three artists, two scientists and one architect/designer to reflect and brainstorm on future urban living. The outcome of the project will consist of a series of artist’s commissions, talks and events in which other collaborators and the general public will be involved. Also in the last quarter of 2013, Fondazione IDIS – Città della Scienza (IT) presented Smart Lab Incubator, an incubator for start-ups which welcome proposals from people with different backgrounds to develop services, products and solutions for intelligent cities and communities. 6 entrepreneurs will be selected to benefit from the incubator’s facilities and mentoring services.
The TILLT organisation (SE), which is focusing on sustainable energy and transport, held the seminar Culture Driven Business Development to help companies increase creativity and innovation through artistic interventions.
Joint Actions for Young People
KiiCS Incubation Partners are also carrying out joint actions on art and science in collaboration with associated science and education centres to develop multidisciplinary collaborative processes aimed at young adults. 6 different clusters have been set up, focusing on different themes: B-Linked (new technologies and communication tools), Bio-KiiCS (life sciences and biotechnologies), Brain Cluster (artificial intelligence), Fashionable (sustainable fashion), Sea Cities (future and sustainable cities) and Urbanauts (creative and sustainable urban settings). While clusters are currently setting up their joint work plan, several organisations have already launched some local preparatory actions…
Experimentarium (DK) organised a workshop for pupils and their art and science teachers. Guided by an artist, they all participated in the creation of 3 interactive artworks that were also part of the art project PaNIK.
During the 6th National Science Fair of Portugal, Fundaçao da Juventude (PT) held its workshop Art and Design in Robotics and Creative Engineering Projects. Conducted by an artist specialised in artificial intelligence, the workshop stimulated students to reflect on robotics and creative mechanisms. Also in Portugal, Exploratorio (PT) launched Teatriciência, a contest inviting students of secondary schools to create their own theatre plays on science. The winning play was presented on 24th November, during the National Science Week 2012.
TRACES-ESPGG (FR) organised Tell Your Science, a workshop addressed to young adults from underprivileged areas of Paris. Students explored brain-machine interfaces and were encouraged to think about their future through a non-academic approach. Discovery Center Continium (NL), Domus (ES), Techmania Science Center (CZ), Museo Tridentino delle Scienze Naturali (IT) and Flanders Technology International (BE) will be launching their activities as from 2013.
Recent & Upcoming Events
22 January 2013
Day for Business
A one-day workshop on how to use artistic interventions to stimulate creativity and innovation in organisations.
23 January 2013
Science Communication Observatory, Barcelona
Workshop Sounds, Science
Science teachers and high school students will learn the physical characteristics of sound and how the brain perceives it. Participants will generate sound fictions and discover how to listen, think and work with the sound of their environment.
Science Movie Factory
Workshop addressed to young people and devoted to the writing of a scenario and the conception of a science film.
26 February – 2 March 2013
Transition Year mentoring Week
The Arts Catalyst, London
January – June 2013
Brain Cluster – Music & biophysics workshop
Participatory workshop where students will create an exhibit/prototype linking music, physics and biophysics of music.
6-8 June 2013
Ecsite Annual Conference
An interactive event on science communication for professionals from the fields of science, culture, research and business. An entire section will be dedicated to KiiCS, including a creative workshop on how to stimulate innovation in different types of organisatons.
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