Summer School - Resonances Festival, 25-29 June 2018, Italy


April 15, 2018


Event Date:

June 25, 2018 - June 29, 2018

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Resonances Summer School – Festival


The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has a strong interest in working with the arts as part of its multi-disciplinary support to EU policy making. The JRC intends to activate rapprochement between the arts and the sciences of the last decades in its daily practice. To that end it established a project in art and science: SciArt. SciArt investigates this growing movement and to map these changes on a philosophical, scientific and artistic level. The flagship initiative of the project is the Resonances Festival, which brings together artists, scientists and policymakers around themes central to the JRC and the European Commission. The festival aims at fostering awareness and stimulating new thinking/sensing at the border between science, art and society through the production of corelated works by artists, nurtured by the dialogues with scientists.

Resonances Summer School – Festival

The JRC will organise a Resonances summer school in Ispra, Italy, on 25 to 29 June 2018. Loosely divided between:

  • a theoretical part in the first two days, 25 and 26 June; and
  • a workshop putting together artists, scientists and policy makers in the last three days, from 27 to 29 June.

Artists will be invited to participate to the workshop, with the possibility to attend the theoretical part. The workshop gives the occasion to exchange ideas with scientists. Participants will be asked to prepare a short presentation of their own work. After the workshop, participants will be asked to write a report on their experience. On the strength of the dialogues established with the scientists during the workshop, artists are then invited, in all freedom, to conceive a work inspired by JRC science. 

Open Call

Artists working at the intersection between art and the sciences, with a proven capacity to integrate scientific elements into their own artistic practice are looked for. Artists, artist duos, creative professionals and educational projects open to collaboration with scientists and scientific projects are welcome to submit their portfolio. The portfolio will be judged on the six selection criteria below, by the Resonances Festival curatorial team and a Board of art experts.

The Board consists of eminent art professionals: Peter Weibel, CEO of the ZKM in Karlsruhe; Michael John Gorman, founding director of the Biotopia in Munich; Ariane Koek, art consultant who set up the Arts@CERN programme; Mariele Neudecker, independent artist; and Paul Dujardin, director of the Bozar in Brussels. The curatorial team developing the concept is headed by Freddy Paul Grunert, long-time curator in the field of art and science and associate curator of the ZKM.

A maximum of 30 successful candidates will be invited to participate to the SciArt Workshop during the Summer School. Artists' selection for the summer school will be done according to the six criteria below, on the basis of proven experience with SciArt – working on the border of art and science – and their portfolio. Successful applicants and JRC scientists will exchange ideas with the objective of jointly creating an artistic installation nurtured by science, linked to the theme of Big Data (relevant scientific areas at JRC cover the natural sciences, social and economic sciences and ethics in support of EU policy making). European Commission, Via Enrico Fermi 2749, I-21027 Ispra (Varese) - Italy. Telephone: (39)0332-78-9111. Commission européenne, B-1049 Bruxelles / Europese Commissie, B-1049 Brussel - Belgium. Telephone: (32-2) 299 11 11. As such, the summer school is to be considered a running experiment on the fruitful collaboration between scientists' and artists' different bodies of knowledge, to pass through the borders between these disciplines and create works of art that are truly shared, whether in conception, elaboration and/or finishing.

 After the summer school the invited artists will be asked to write a report on their experiences and to submit one or more proposals in collaboration with JRC scientists. The proposals are going to be judged according to the criteria detailed in the following paragraph, applicable on the participation to the School as well as on the eventual proposals arising out of it. The selected proposals are going to be realised and included in the 2019 Resonances III Festival, to be held in the autumn of that year. 

Selection Criteria

A selection committee consisting of the Resonances festival curatorial team and a board of art experts will choose among the proposals those that:

  1. Express the greatest openness and capacity to incorporate contrasting ideas into the realizations;
  2. Show novelty of ideas and unexpected viewpoints as a result of interactions between art and science;
  3. Demonstrate their capacity to transfer scientific knowledge and insights into artistic work;
  4. Incorporate the proposed theme ‘Big Data’ closely and in a surprising manner, in respect of the curatorial statement;
  5. Or are able to incorporate societal relevance of Big Data into artistic works, engaging with the widest public possible, including children;
  6. Are considered concrete and feasible with a cost that is compatible with the available budget.

The selection committee reserves the right to invite other artists based on their expertise on the topic, societal relevance and/or prowess in combining art and science. 

Organisation and Venue

The summer school takes place at the JRC in Ispra, Italy, from Monday 25 June to Friday 29 June 2018. The SciArt workshop is held from Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 June. Artists selected for the workshop are free to join also the initial days of the summer school (25 -26 June), that will gather experts in the field of Big Data and SciArt. Selected artists will be invited to register in the European Commission's Expert Database and to join the workshop as experts. Works created in collaboration with JRC scientists will be subject of a subsequent individual contract. Production budget of each work is going to be assessed from case to case.

How to apply for the Summer School

All applications should be sent to no later than the deadline. Selected artists will receive notice not later than 15th May 2018. Applications should include:

  • Biography (no more than 250 words)
  • Motivation letter (no more than 500 words) focusing on points 1-6
  • Portfolio in Acrobat PDF format. The portfolio should include links to existing websites, catalogues, museum sites, gallery sites, video sites. The combined attachments cannot exceed 10 MB, but all documents can refer to existing websites detailing biography or work. 

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