The aim of our project is to investigate how artists and cultural institutions can best engage with biotechnology and biomedicine in order to drive innovation in artistic production, ways of presenting artworks, and developing new audiences in Europe. Our goal is to provide artists, cultural institutions and audiences with the skills to understand the ethical issues that arise in the creation and exhibition of artworks made in collaboration with biotechnology and biomedicine. Additionally we will provide science and technology collaborators with new ethical frameworks for succesfully working with cultural and creative players. By giving confidence to stakeholders we will open up opportunites for artists and creative organsiations to work in new partnerships across Europe and internationally. Artists tend to work at the forefront of innovation and push boundaries, whilst engaging in ethical and philsophical challenges that resonate through society around new technologies, and this project has the potential to situate them at the forefront of the latest research. Our outputs will promt new ways of thinking about how art, biotechnology and biomedicine can intersect, and bring together diverse stakeholders and audiences to create new ways of working at the cutting edge of art, science and technology. “Trust me, I’m an Artist” will involve a series of practical and = partcipatory workshops; a major series of performative events (before a live audiences) where a selected artist will propose an ethically complex artwork to an ethics committee (following the rules and procedures typical for the host country); a major symposium; a touring exhibition; a series of publications; a website; and a distributable format designed to give other cultural instititutions, artists groups, community groups, students and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue by creating their own “DIY Trust Me, I’m an Artist” events, leaving a strong legacy for what we learn.
Vodja projekta: Stichting Waag Society (NL)
Partnerji: Zavod za študentske kulturne dejavnosti ŠOU v Ljubljani (SI), CIANT – International Centre for Art and New Technologies (CZ), Københavns Universitet (DK), The Arts Catalyst LTD (UK)
Trajanje projekta: 1. november 2014–31. oktober 2016