Scientifica invites 5 artists to join an art&science residency program, that will take place between 15-28 October in Trieste, Italy. Selected artists will have the opportunity to visit and meet scientists from main research institutes in Trieste and discover various fields of scientific knowledge.
Art and science are both manifestations of the human passion for knowledge. Both offer their practitioners a sense of connection with the complex processes that underlie life and the environment. And, although ultimately each expresses the vision of the universe in another way, they are not mutually exclusive – but rather they mirror themselves in various and interesting ways.
The theme “Our Nature” explores both the human nature, the inner self, and the relationship between the individual and the environment. This raises questions about self-awareness, emotion, sustainability, ecology and the environment, as well as recent developments in science and technology.
The context is the one where artists, curators, communicators and informants, scientists, academics and creative industries come together to complement their knowledge, test the benefits and expressions of collaboration, and build the foundations for a critical dialogue, ethical and moral about the next steps of humanity. The objective is not to acquire specialized knowledge, but rather to achieve experimental knowledge, critical reflections on current scientific culture, technological advances, and global socio-cultural themes.
The cultural project is organised by Scientifica in collaboration with Fondazione Internazionale Trieste as part of the international Pro-ESOF 2020 Framework (EuroScience Open Forum) and is co-funded by the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN).
Scientific institutions that play a key role globally in science research and that are included in our program:
City of Trieste
Trieste is named the European City of Science between July 2018 – July 2020, being the perfect place for such explorations: it has the highest density of researchers per inhabitant, hosts excellent research institutes and is the home of the oldest Master in Scientific Communication in Europe.
Trieste is the place where the Bora wind blows, where you can explore intriguing caves and grottoes as renowned Grotta Gigante and you can wonder at the Miramare Castle and the Marine Reserve of Miramare.
House Lixl – Accomodation
The villa was constructed in 1829 by the Koller family and then in 1908 acquired by the Lixl family, whose name it still bears. It is said that when James Joyce was in Trieste he often came to visit the Lixls and relax under the majestic horse-chestnut that towers over the entrance.
The main entrance is just a few meters from the Tram di Opicina, one of the city’s historical attractions. On Scorcola hill Haus Lixl offers its guests a terraced garden measuring 4,200 square meters with centuries-old trees and a view of San Giusto Castle.
The Central Hub of the Residence
Sottostazione Elettrica from the Old Port of Trieste is an alternative space, rehabilitated and open to the public in 2018 as part museum, part working space. The building, built in 1913, is located near the Hydrodynamic Plant and was orifinaly designed to transform electricity.
The electrical equipment and the original furniture, are still visible, the space offering a new perspective on the preservation of scientific values and their opening, in a modern form, to the contemporary audience.
The Scientific Fabrication Laboratory is located at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, and was set up in 2014 to provide a space dedicated to creativity and research, as a Fablab / Makerspace, with a focus prototyping and fast manufacturing.
In this space, artists can access various modern manufacturing tools and techniques to make their artistic creations. ICTP Scientific FabLab is equipped with a set of flexible production equipment, including: a laser cutter, a variety of 3D printers and scanners, CNC machines, open technologies including micro-controllers and sensors, mini computers, etc.
Established in 1961, Trieste International Foundation for Progress and Freedom of Science (FIT) aims at promoting and encouraging the spread of scientific and technological culture in its peaceful applications.
It fosters research and cooperation among different scientific institutions, both national and international, and is the founder of the “Trieste System” which comprises the most representative scientific and research entities of the territory. FIT is in charge of the organisation of ESOF2020 and the coordination of the activities leading to 2020.
The participation grant includes:
- Participation at the residence
- International and local transport
- Each selected artist will receive the gross amount of 2500RON including the fee and production.
What is not included:
- Medical travel insurance is mandatory and will be covered by each participant at its own cost
The call for applications is addressed to visual artists and creative artists working in the creative industries, including video and sound design, new media, and performing arts. The primary language of this residence will be English, therefore fluency in English (understanding and speaking) is mandatory. To apply, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Application for Residency_ (full name), containing the motivation for the application, written in English. If you have any questions, we’re happy to answer them.
Please include in e-mail:
- Portfolio containing work / research selection, images, texts, audio / video content, file mentioning _ (full name).
- CV or bio
* Materials larger than 20MB will be sent via wetransfer or dropbox.
Co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration
The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. These fall entirely under the responsibility of to the beneficiary of the funding.