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(s+t)*arts: removING the boundaries between art and engineering

The online opening “NEAR + FUTURES + QUASI + WORLDS” is scheduled on July 2nd



Since its launch in 2015 as an initiative of the European Commission, (S+T)*ARTS, innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS, has promoted the integration of artistic practices with advanced research and innovation.

It has done so via the annual STARTS prize honouring successful collaboration of artists and engineers, STARTS residencies of artists in institutions and STARTS lighthouse pilots that have made artists an integral part of their research.


STARTS, the initiative that merges Science, Technology, and the ARTS


NEAR + FUTURES + QUASI + WORLDS aims to emphasize the vital role that collaboration in scientific, technological, and artistic domains can play in furthering contemporary research and integrative forms of cutting-edge artistic creation. In its first iteration at STATE Studio in Berlin, NEAR + FUTURES + QUASI + WORLDS will feature a selection of artworks, objects, and documents highlighting the manifold scope of S+T+ARTS actors and activities—STARTS Prize winners or works of artists from STARTS residencies and STARTS light houses.



The online opening of NEAR + FUTURES + QUASI + WORLDS is scheduled on July 2nd


Curatorial project structure

Several thematic blocks structure the curatorial development of NEAR + FUTURES + QUASI + WORLDS, each of them functioning like a specific module that conceptually overlaps with the others and affords a multiplicity of readings for the whole.

These works invite us to think at the intersection of historical time and multi-faceted, post-human thingness. They project new encodings of social memory, monumentality, corporeality, agency, and myth.



The (S+T)*ARTS = starts initiative merges Science, Technology, and the ARTS. It attempts to remove the boundaries between art and engineering to stimulate creativity and innovation.

Europe strongly relies on innovation to compete globally and to make human activities more sustainable, and our society more inclusive. Funding and collaboration of art and technology can stimulate innovation across different programmes.

Arts are increasingly gaining prominence as a catalyst for an efficient conversion of Science & Technology knowledge into novel products, services, and processes. More and more high tech companies embrace the Arts to boost their innovation capacity. The starts initiative could contribute decisively to competitiveness, sustainability and social inclusion.

The main goal of the starts initiative is the inclusion of artists in innovation projects funded byt the research programme Horizon 2020. To encourage collaboration of research projects and artists, starts funds starts residencies of artists in technology institutions and of scientists and technologists in studio of artists.

As part of the starts initiative, there’s a committment to make visible successful collaborations of art and technology via the starts prize. The prize will give visibility to the most forward-looking collaborations between ICT and the Arts that have contributed to the creation of new product or services, but also to a new way of thinking about the relation between art and technology.

Press contact

Full exhibition checklist and high-resolution images are available upon request.
First contact with Aneffel KADIK – Officer for European Projects:
+33 6 18 91 94 18

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