Biofriction. Cultural transformations through Hybrid Spaces

Project area
Multimedia and New Technologies 
Kersnikova Institute (partner) 
Project lead
Fundacio Privada AAVC (ES) 
Creative Europe (2014 -2020) - Culture / European cooperation projects 2019
EU funding
200.000 EUR

Coordinator: Fundacio Privada AAVC (ES)
Partners: Zavod Kersnikova / Kersnikova Institute (SI), Associação Cultural Cultivamos Cultura (PT), Suomen Biotaiteen Seura RY Foreningen for Biokonst / Finland Finnish Society of Bioart FBAS (FI)

Project amount: 333.334 EUR (60 %)
EU support: 200.000 EUR
Project duration: 1. 10. 2019–30. 9. 2021

Transdisciplinary relationships between Art, Science and Technologies have led to the generation of hybrid contexts that, not only have provided new conceptual and practical framework for artistic research, but have also led to paradigm shifts affecting other areas of knowledge/cultural areas. Bioart is defined as an art practice working with biomaterials, such as live tissues, bacteria, living organisms. The so-called Bioart and Biohack practices offers a substantial change in the relationship between art, science, technologies and society, especially between art and biology.

In the interaction between art and science, it is remarkably common that artists and scientist taking part in this type of interdisciplinary projects, coincide to highlight recurrent barriers and problems which jeopardise effective collaboration.

Biofriction partners will cooperate to:

*Address the need for common tools and approaches in the intersection between Bioart, biohacking and biotechnologies, in order to generate Hybrid Spaces for artists, curators, scientists and social agents.

*Stimulate transnational cooperation between artists and scientists, building bridges of communication between the different areas of technical, scientific, social, artistic and transcultural knowledge, in a hybrid framework of cultural production through an international programme encompassing workshops, residences, summer lab and exhibition, Explore transhackfeminist approach and perspective as an innovative methodology to stimulate artistic research, cultural transformations and transnational production in the domain of bioarts and biohacking.

*Promote transnational mobility of artists, experts and international circulation of works making bioart and biohacking accessible to anyone by means of residencies, exhibitions, talks and workshops programs.

*Collect lessons elaborating codes of Good Practices in the domain of transdisciplinary practices, in order to replicate them beyond this partnership.

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