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Art-driven innovation to support digital and green transition in European Regions

GRIN is a STARTS regional center preparatory program aimed at creating effective solutions designed to support digital and ecological transition in Europe, and focusing on Upper Austria, Emilia-Romagna, Aveiro, Porto District, and North Ostrobothnia. As part of 12 artistic residencies, the GRIN project aims to create more cross-disciplinary teams of scientists, technology providers, engineers, designers, and artists to foster the development of 12 new artworks/solutions in accordance with a human-centred approach to innovation. GRIN also aims to scale up new business ventures and create five new regional STARTS centres while also raising public awareness and providing informaton regarding content, technology, and processes to empower citizens to become involved in green and digital change. The project’s framework supports a network of partners who will work together on common European and global challenges in support of ecological transition and sustainable well-being, and featuring a consortium of six core partners.

Duration: February 2023 – September 2024
Consortium: Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (coord., AT), Artshare, opens an external URL in a new window (PT), KILOWATT, opens an external URL in a new window (IT), CINECA, opens an external URL in a new window (IT), Coliseu Porto Ageas, opens an external URL in a new window (PT), Oulu University of Applied Sciences, opens an external URL in a new window (FI).
Management Contact Person:  Violeta Vasileva, violeta.vasileva(at)artshare.pt

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Call for Residencies at the Circus of Knowledge

The Circus of Knowledge at the Johannes Kepler University opened its doors in April 2022 and serves as participative, inclusive space to support art and science. The JKU Rector established the Circus of Knowledge as a pioneering project and as part of his vision to support both art-driven innovation and citizen-oriented communication in regard to science and technology. The Circus of Knowledge is part of the university's third pillar to support knowledge transfer. The Circus focuses on a variety of topics developed together with academics.

Current activities include a number of interactive workshops for young people about various topics, as well as presenting top-quality artistic performances (theatre, music, dance) created for the Circus.
The Circus of Knowledge also organizes educational activities for children and young people, aims to involve university students in its activities, works with other regional actors and initiatives, coordinates programs that bring art and technology together, presents results and supports start-ups.
The artist selected for a residency is expected to collaborate with both researchers and scholars in various disciplines and become involved in research on respective topics.
The artists will be in touch with different researchers by means of additional mentoring. They will support the three projects in terms of technology and scientific aspects; these will then be presented at the Circus toward the end of the residency period.

Additional requirements include developing a participatory methodology to support the project and partnering with groups of people (particularly young people) to address the following topics:
1) Online hate
2) The climate crisis
3) The well-being of young people

The final presentations are to be created as part of workshops together with local citizens.
The results will be presented at the Circus of Knowledge in Linz.
The selected artists must be on-site during the time period in which they conduct research and during the development and production phases. The Circus of Knowledge would like to extend an invitation to artists in the area of theatre, dance, music, and performance art.

Submission Documents

Submit an application for these 3 residencies in English or German.
Please fill out the English forms in German.

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The e-mail address for JKU applications is: zirkus(at)jku.at
If you have any questions about applications to the JKU, please send an e-mail to: airan.berg(at)jku.at.