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ICT & ART CONNECT Report on the Discussion held in the European Parliament


ICT & ART CONNECT Report on the Discussion held in the European Parliament

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ICT & ART CONNECT 2013 Report Author Paul T Kidd

Paul T Kidd

Author of the Report "ICT & ART CONNECT in the Horizon 2020 ICT Research Programme: Preliminary Reflections on Realising the Potential", which is based on the Roundtable discussions that took place in the European Parliament as part of the ICT & ART CONNECT 2013 event. Paul has also mapped and charted the field of ICT & Art, and the areas of Art-Science/Art-Technology collaboration, in great detail, and positioned these in a broad theoretical framework encompassing specific artists, artistic and literary movements, aesthetics, cybernetics, and philosophical and social science perspectives on science and technology.


Art stirs the emotions: it can inspire people, give meaning to life, raise a smile, draw a tear, stimulate thoughts, question the given, bring individuals together, and more. Mostly however, art is seen as that which people engage with in their leisure time. Now there is an interest in bringing art into the workplace for the serious business of research and technology development (RTD), with the purpose of enhancing creativity and stimulating innovation through the use of one of Europe’s unique features – its culture. However, this is more than an exercise is stimulating creativity, but also one of developing a new S&T method that better fits with the social and economic challenges of the 21st century. Hence it is a cross-cutting issue for DG CONNECT.


The specific context addressed is ICT. This means both ICT as it relates to activities within DG CONNECT as an ICT research policy, strategy and funding body, and also ICT within the DG’s constituency in industry and research communities, where RTD as well as commercial deployment takes place. Most actors here are very deeply connected to and immersed in technology, and most people will be largely well beyond comfort zones in addressing art. This report is therefore the beginning of a journey towards understanding what art can do for ICT RTD, how to develop the approach in the context of the ICT Programme, and what the critical success factors are likely to be. The concept of utilising art in ICT RTD has become known as ICT-ART CONNECT (sometimes called ICT & ART CONNECT).


Addressed here in this short report are some initial reflections and observations which result from, not just the roundtable discussions that took place on 11 November 2013 in the European Parliament, but also six days of deep immersion in the world of ICT-ART CONNECT, involving also one-to-one discussions with many of the artists involved.


Of these six days, the first three consisted of the ICT 2013 event in Vilnius, where ICT-ART CONNECT was on show in the exhibition and in the networking session. The second three days comprised the 2013 ICT-ART CONNECT event held in Brussels immediately following ICT 2013. This consisted of a two day workshop held at the iMal Centre for Digital Cultures and Technology, an ICT/dance interactive performance, and two ICT-ART exhibitions: one at Harland Levey Projects Gallery and the other at the BOZAR. The event culminated in a number of sessions at the European Parliament on Monday 11 November, with the participation of members of the European parliament: Maria Da Graça Carvalho MEP; Amelia Andersdotter MEP; Morten Løkkegaard MEP. The European Parliament sessions also included the (90 minute) roundtable discussion mentioned above, which was chaired by Robert Madelin, Director General, DG CONNECT.


The European Parliament sessions also had another dimension: President Barroso’s initiative New Narratives for Europe; specifically ICT-ART CONNECT being deployed to facilitate a bottom-up approach to engage citizens in an activity that in its first phase largely only involved intellectuals and artists in a top-down way.

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