Context

S+T+ARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances
between science, technology, and the arts; driven by the conviction that the convergence of these disciplines holds immense potential in addressing the imminent social, economic and ecological challenges in Europe and globally.

The project 

S+T+ARTS4WaterII – Ports in Transformation” is a project that brings together art, technology, and science to address the environmental and societal challenges in Europe’s ports and port cities. The project aligns with the European Green Deal’s goal of making Europe climate-neutral by 2050 and focuses on Sustainable Development Goals related to water, cities, and life below water.

The initiative aims to foster interdisciplinary collaboration through art residencies, workshops, exhibitions, and conferences involving artists, researchers, stakeholders, and ICT experts. By leveraging digital technologies and artistic collaboration, the project seeks to drive innovation and promote sustainability within port ecosystems and water management systems.

The art residencies (Guidelines for applicants)

In this context S+T+ARTS4WATER is launching a Call for Artists (Artist applications here) – for the II edition of the S+T+ARTS Residency Programme – dedicated to water-sustainability and innovation. Through 9-month residencies, S+T+ARTS4WATERII will enhance collaborative artistic research, creation and innovation in different port cities and their related ecosystems and industries across 8 countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Ireland, Austria, Croatia and Slovenia.

A total of 20 residencies, facilitated by by a residency host institution and a local expert group – will be realised in the context of this programme. The host institution and local experts have defined a concrete challenge for artists to respond to. Each resident will produce a tangible, presentable and art-driven output addressing a local challenge, in the form of artworks, performances or functional or speculative artistic prototypes.

Residence #13 (List of the 20 challenges for the residencies)

Out of the 20 residencies and challenges, Fondazione Santagata is part of the local expert group* for the 13th challenge titled “Fluvial Rights. Po River’s Biodiversity, Climate Change and Pollution“.

Turin, chief town of Piedmont (Italy), is crossed by the Po River, the most considerable flowing body of water on the peninsula, which in its Piemontese section crosses two UNESCO biospheres (Monviso and Collina Po). Although it is a significant source of biodiversity with great potential as a social infrastructure, the river is considered by Turin more an obstacle than a resource.

The investigation of this residency focuses on the river from its sources springing from Mount Monviso until its urban section in Turin where the interference of industries can also be studied. The challenge will also entail working with the local inhabitants, collecting and documenting the stories and water relations of the groups who live in the mountain areas and have decided to face the challenge of maintaining communities in the high lands.

More information

For more information check the official website of the STARTS inititative or the official website of the OGR Torino.