On December 1, DEN Institute – on behalf of the MediaFutures project – attended the S+T+ARTS4Water symposium in Brussels, organised by the LUCA School of Art. The day started with an outstanding presentation of artists supported through S+T+ARTS and MediaFutures. Even if showing different artworks, all the presentations converged on the idea that merging art with technology and science can really provide new perspectives and a new lens on how to investigate and better understand our societies.

The panel was then followed by a visit to the S+T+ARTS permanent exhibition in the DG CNECT headquarters. Visitors had the opportunity to experience different artworks and installations supported by the programme. The exhibition was also visited by Roberto Viola, General Director of DC Connect, who shared with the participants his support to the initiative as an important step in increasing the comprehension of crucial societal issues thanks to the language of art. To make an example, Roberto Viola specified how the contribution of arts can be of help to understand the challenges of disinformation.

In a final wrap up session, moderated by Rachel Armstrong from KU Leuven/Board EIT Culture & Creativity, discussed with the panelists Veronika Liebl (Ars Eletronica), John Palmesino (Territorial Agency) and Paolo Naldini, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, to share their vision on how to bridge and foster connections among the S+T+ARTS ecosystem with the EIT Culture & Creativity.

The day was concluded at Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, for the finissage of the Faces of Water Exhibition.

It was great to see once again the importance of the connections between different projects: supporting each other, finding ways and opportunities to collaborate and to connect different pieces of a larger ecosystem. DEN Institute, in fact, has been pleased to connect some of the artists supported by MediaFutures to the S+T+ARTS4Water symposium. In particular:  Gaetan Robbilard “The Critical Climate Machine”, Mihály Kornai “The more the better / Two truths and a lie”, Marta Handenawer “730 hours of violence”, and Techwave and White Hog Design “The Oracle network”.

We are looking forward to other interesting opportunities to collaborate with the S+T+ARTS ecosystem and other siblings project to foster the adoption of the arts in science and technology programmes.