“It's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing " said Steve Jobs. This philosophy inspired the FET-funded project FEAT, which is crossing the finish line
In Ancient Greece, there was a unity of arts, science, and philosophy. Future Emerging Arts and Technology (FEAT), a FET-funded project about the role that art plays in science and innovation processes, tries to rediscover that unity.
Through collaborations with FET projects, the resulting emergence of original thought-provoking artworks aim to communicate with the general public within a friendly artistic space.
This artistic space, such as an art gallery or a museum, is more accessible than the science labs. Therefore, discussing timely topics such as supercomputers, quantum physics, genetics and gen editing, or robotics can be done at a level where anyone can participate.
FEAT artists met researches and philosophers to explore the potential of the collaboration between art and science
During the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, Erich Prem and Lucas Evers, FEAT project managers, moderated a panel discussion where artists Anna Dumitriu, Evelina Domnitch, Dmitry Gelfand, Špela Petrič and Miha Turšič, together with independent art and science researcher Claudia Schnugg, professor of media theory Ingeborg Reichle, and professor of philosophy of media and technology Mark Coeckelbergh analysed artists and scientists’ collaborations.
During the discussion, the artists explained the fascinating process leading to the creation of their artworks as well as sharing some personal anecdotes, pain points and lessons learned from their collaborations with high-technology development projects around Europe.
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The FEAT project aims at investigating how science and art can inspire each other. Six leading artists are hosted within FET research projects and develop artworks based on the scientists’ activity. They also engage the public on the relationship between art and science at social events such as workshops and exhibitions. FEAT’s ultimate goal is to use an artistic reinterpretation of modern research areas to bring citizens closer to the current frontiers of science.