FEAT Panel Discussion at Ars Electronica

Date: Saturday September 9, 15.00

Place: Post City, FIS Stage


  • Evelina Domnitch, artist
  • Anna Dumitriu, artist
  • Dmitry Gelfand, artist
  • Spela Petric, artist
  • Miha Tursic, artist
  • Claudia Schnugg, researcher
  • Ingeborg Reichle, researcher - University of Applied Arts, Vienna
  • Erich Prem, FEAT coordinator
  • Lucas Evers, Waag Society
  • Mark Coeckelbergh,  researcher, University of Vienna

Artists and scientists collaborating, what works and what not – a conversation

What can be created together when artists are invited to work in techno-scientific environments such as High Performance Computing (HPC), quantum physics, genetic research and genome editing? What are the kinds of questions that are asked when artists and scientists meet in laboratories, studios, offices or university canteens? What are the best ways of communicating and in what ways can productive misunderstandings between artists and scientists lead to interesting new raw materials and forms of inspiration for artists and scientists?

Future Emerging Arts & Technologies is a project where six artists were given a nine month period to work in the inner laboratories of EU funded Future Emerging Technologies (FET) programmes, ranging from quantum physics, nuclear clocks and high performance computing to gene regulation, carbon capture and underwater robots.

During this panel we will discuss, on a fundamental level, what happened during these collaborations and how the artists and scientists communicated. We will discuss the issues and challenges that impacted the collaborations and why they proved to be so significant for all involved. Including all the fruitfull 'mistakes', misunderstandings, miscommuncations as well as the synergies.