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STEAM Workshops

CO-CREATION

TAILORED RESIDENCIES

HOW TO A-I-R

As innovation cycles in R&D get ever shorter and more complex, the capability of moving successfully among a variety of different solution contexts is a key competence. Artist-in-residence programs in tech corporations or scientific organizations are of increasing importance. The workshop leads to a fruitful project design, creating a context for artists, engineers, and scientists, to build the foundation of a valuable outcome.
 

Examples of curated and mentored residencies:

STEAM IMAGING

Leonardo 2021; 54 (2)

Bianka Hofmann; Linking Science and Technology with Arts and the Next Generation: The STEAM Imaging Experimental Artist Residency, A Case Study. Leonardo 2021; 54 (2): 185–190. DOI:10.1162/leon_a_01792

LINKING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WITH THE ARTS AND THE NEXT GENERATION

Exampel: Design and lead of the artist-in-residency program “STEAM Imaging” as a conceptual framework for fostering meaningful cooperative engagement of scientists, school students, and artists to break down disciplinary boundaries and explore flexible forms of learning and cooperation, realized together with the mathematician Sabrina Haase, starting in 2017. In this interview I take stock.

Examples of curated and mentored residencies:

 

Resident: Fiona Smith (UK), 2023
Scottish artist, scientist, and physician Fiona Smith developed the interactive sci-art installation "The BOX" as part of the “STEAM Imaging V” residency. With the theme “Holding the ‘Digital’ in Medicine to Account,” participants aim to look beyond the promises of new technological developments and data-driven tools. 

STEAM Imaging V is a creator residency of Fraunhofer MEVIS in Bremen, Germany, in collaboration with the International Fraunhofer Talent School Bremen, the Schulzentrum Walle in Bremen, and the Institute for Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh in the UK. It is supported by Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.

 

Residend: Eli Joteva (US), 2020

Media artist Eli Joteva created a remarkable installation within her residency, "STEAM Imaging III." To obtain the material for her digital artwork, the Bulgarian lay down in an MRI scanner for hours. The result: a digital installation called “IntraBeing.“ It shows oversized organs and highly complex webs of nerves that move meditatively and mysteriously right before the viewer's eyes. 

STEAM Imaging III was jointly hosted by Fraunhofer MEVIS and Ars Electronica, in collaboration with the
International Fraunhofer Talent School Bremen and the UCLA ArtSci Center.

Residend: Yen Tzu Chang (TW), 2017

"STEAM Imaging I” was the pilot residency program I created for Fraunhofer MEVIS. STEAM stands for the connection of science, technology, and mathematics with the world of art. During her stay, Yen Tzu Chang, specializing in experimental sound performances and creating customized electronic instruments, learned a software platform for medical imaging development (MeVisLab). She processed her own medical image data and created movies and a 3D model for her performance, "Whose Scalpel."

STEAM imaging was an artist residency hosted by Fraunhofer MEVIS, Ars Electronica in Linz, in collaboration
with the International Fraunhofer Talent School Bremen within the European Digital Art and Science Network.

SCIENCE MEETS FICTION

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WORKSHOPS FOR (FUTURE) FILMMAKERS AND SCIENTISTS  —

A new approach to explore the social implications and ethical consequences of R&D

Exampel: Design and curation for Fraunhofer MEVIS, jointly with ifs internationale filmschule köln, and the Foundation for STEM-Entertainment-Education-Excellence (MINTEEE) of a workshop series, including the two-day event in Cologne, dedicated to the topic “Artificial Intelligence in Fiction and Reality.” ifs students received an introduction to the topic of “Science in Fiction,” followed by a half-day hands-on workshop on “How to Train an AI” by Fraunhofer MEVIS scientists. The workshop concluded with a joint discussion on the dramaturgical potential and socially relevant implications of AI in medicine. Based on this, the in-depth ideation Workshop “Finding Stories that Matter” took place.

Image: Presentation at the Science Meets Fiction Workshop, Copyright Fraunhofer MEVIS

NEW PATHWAY IN COMMUNICATING SCIENCE

SCIENCE & ART COMMUNICATIONS

Example: Science & Art Producer and Project Developer of the immersive installation “Quantum Logos” (vision serpent) by Mark Chavez at the Ars Electronica Festival 2019. Impuls talk for the discussion within the Networking Event Entanglement Ongoing on new pathways in communicating quantum technology.

Image: Presentation at the Entanglement Ongoing event

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