S+T+ARTS-Repairing the Present

Starts project

The S+T+ARTS initiative is a program funded by the European Commission aiming at bringing artistic perspectives into the innovation process to address current challenges in today’s society. The initiative, through the previous editions, has already launched 125 residencies all over Europe, in agreement with the Green Deal and determined to set up a new European Bauhaus to define an aesthetic for the biggest challenge Europe is now facing together with the rest of the world: the climate crisis.

From June 2021 to December 2022, 12 Regional S+T+ARTS Centers come together from 11 different countries with a common mission: Repairing the Present. To address the unintended consequences of steadfast technological development resulting in the European continent’s present social, economic, and environmental challenges, the Regional S+T+ARTS Centers will host 21 artist residencies and tap into the potential of artists to act as catalysts for change and actively contribute to innovation.

The programs explore the possibility of Repairing the Present through resource, urban, ICT & art-powered transformations encouraging a critique of the present, the exploration beyond its current limitations and the re-imagination of other possible futures. While the challenges addressed are pan-European or global, the solutions require a focus on specific local problems.

Our laboratory, the only scientific center to be involved, will host two artistic residencies in collaboration with MAXXI- Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, promoting the artistic residencies of Susi Gutsche, Olga Kisseleva and Liu Bauer.

Trace your waste, the project led by Susi Gutsche, aims to observe and visualise movements of our garbage and explore possible impacts on future urban life within the context of waste. Gaining more knowledge and data in order to understand the usually hidden dynamics can produce a wider discussion and understanding of challenges and problems. How to pave the way to a resilient waste mobility?

Cities live like trees, the project led by Olga Kisseleva and Liu Bauer, is based on the idea of mapping, based on the combination of citizen science and data processing algorithms, human emotions from citizens and link them with tree memories and location, as well to provide new spaces in the cities for citizens to recharge. The idea behind is that using the power of trees inter-connectedness, we can repair city spaces, which are full of emotions of solstalgia and nature-lack-disorders.