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Future and Emerging Art and Technology

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FEAT (Future and Emerging Art and Technology)

Reporting period: 2015-11-01 to 2016-10-31

The aim of FEAT is to stimulate take-up of FET research results and create internationally significant new forms of impact and innovation by embedding and supporting high profile international artists to develop innovative artworks through deep engagements with FET projects. The project will embed six artists within FET projects where they will collaborate to develop and create new artworks that will be showcased internationally through exhibitions, participatory workshops, debates and media campaigns, concluding with a significant final exhibition and symposium.

The project will enable FET researchers to work collaboratively with leading artists to develop new artworks that critically work with and reflect on FET project research and results to enable radically new technologies to reach the widest possible audiences through international exhibitions, the global media and socially engaged participatory events including festivals, debates, workshops and discussion events. FEAT will demonstrate how novel perspectives on ways that FET results can be used for social innovation and global development will arise through the process of collaboration and dissemination of the work. We will give confidence to FET researchers to enable them to embrace creative interactions for innovation by providing new frameworks for successfully collaborating with artists to drive innovation in Europe.

Our measureable high-impact outputs will prompt new ways of thinking about ways in which FET results are shared by reaching out to non-traditional, diverse audiences and stakeholders in ways that are meaningful to them, through critical reflections, and both emotional and intellectual engagements. By catching the imagination of the public and the media by providing tangible contexts for radically new technologies within our future cultural life and enabling a space for societal debate we will significantly enhance take-up of FET research results.
Since the start of the project, a call for artists resulted in the application of 264 artists interested in collaborating with FET projects. All of them were carefully evaluated and the final choice for the five wining artists was made by an external advisory board. Furthermore, a call for FET projects was conducted and the winning artists (including FEAT artist partner Anna Dumitriu) were brought together with 20 FET projects at a matchmaking event in Amsterdam, were six collaboration teams were formed. Starting in May 2016, artists and scientists have been working closely together accompanied by the FEAT consortium and two more workshops to encourage collaborative outcomes. The project was disseminated through a website, social media presences, press releases and the production of brochures and videos. Preparations for a major exhibition have also been carried out.
Main results include:
• Three workshops, two of which were public, not only fostering the collaboration between the artists and the scientist but also resulting in a deeper understanding of the collaboration process and the benefits of art/science collaboration, valuable policy input and public interest in FEAT and the FET projects.
• At the end of the reporting period, collaborations between FET projects have been progressing for six months resulting in reciprocal impacts between artists and scientist and the development of six artworks.
• The production of two brochures, one on the FEAT artists and one on the six collaboration projects.
• The publication of 22 videos on the artists, participating FET projects and the FEAT project in general.
• The production of six podcasts about the artist’s work
• The creation of a website and social media presence (facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube) for the project
In the course of the project and especially during the three FEAT workshops, which were attended not only by artists and scientists, but also by policy makers, deep insights were gained in the reciprocal inspiration process between artists and scientists that can be used to enhance future projects, not only at the intersection between art and science, but also in research projects in general. These insights will be elaborated further and made accessible until the end of the project.
FEAT Teams - artists, scientists & coordinator