S+T+ARTS Regional Centres | Repairing the Present Open Call

12 Regional S+T+ARTS Centers from 11 different countries have set out to address the unintended consequences of steadfast technological development contributing to the European continent’s present social, economic, and environmental challenges. 

To repair the present, the EU's economy must be transformed and adapted for the sustainable future we all want. The Regional S+T+ARTS Centers focus on a ​resource, urban​, ​ICT & ​art-driven​ transformation as the path towards reconfiguring the current social, cultural and economic landscape. 

We believe this reconfiguration can only be done with the involvement of different perspectives and by tapping into artists’ potential to act as catalysts for change and actively contribute to innovation. We propose shifting the role of artists from that of observers and critics of societal contexts into that of active participants in the reimagination and building of possible futures. With Repairing the Present, we want to create the frameworks needed for this shift.
As a first step, each Regional S+T+ARTS Center has gathered a group of local experts and together defined 21 challenges in their localities. The 21 challenges have been informed by the EU Green Deal, the New European Bauhaus and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to reflect pan-European or global issues that nonetheless, require a focus on local regions.

We now call for international artists to join in coming up with solutions to these challenges in 21 artist fellowships. The fellowships will encourage artists to critique the present, explore beyond its current limitations and reimagine sustainable futures. 

We seek artists with a strong motivation to help change behaviours, reduce waste, fight climate change, improve energy efficiency or make cities and communities more sustainable - in essence, a motivation to challenge existing actions and propose more responsible and sustainable ones. Besides the motivation, artists should have proven experience working with technologies (with a focus on ICT technologies) and integrating them into their artistic practice. 

Repairing the Present is a European project which has received funding from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement LC01641664.

Who can apply?

The call is open to professional individual artists and collectives from any art-related field, excited and ready to collaborate with a network of experts and technology (ICT) professionals in addressing local challenges. Previous experience in collaboration with industrial companies and/or research institutions will be valued, but is not a condition for participation.

Throughout the fellowships, artists are expected to engage with regional issues, local communities and local expert groups to expand their role in society and integrate their artistic practice with the development process of innovative solutions. The goal of the proposals should be the development of a thought-provoking hybrid between an artwork and a prototype that seamlessly bridges between art and technology and proposes a solution with both functional and artistic value to a real-life issue.  Furthermore, artists should aim to break the old dichotomies between autonomous and applied art and create space for novel approaches.

What do we offer?

  • Up to EUR 40.000 budget for artist fellowships to cover the artist fee and other fellowship-related costs (including but not limited to artwork/prototype production, transportation to joint Prototyping Park exhibitions, travel and accommodation expenses, insurance)
  • Access to the regional fellowship host organisation and local expert group
  • Access to the Europe-wide S+T+ARTS network 
  • Access to new technologies and R&D departments
  • Participation in Prototyping Parks showcasing the outcomes of the fellowships at MAXXI Rome, ZKM Karlsruhe, as well as at regional locations of the Regional S+T+ARTS Centers upon selection
  • Visibility through high impact communication activities to promote the artistic output and its innovation spillovers (including dissemination events foreseen from July-December 2022)

Timeline

Fellowship: February 2022 – August 2022
Exhibiting & Impact Dissemination:  September 2022- December 2022
Budget per challenge:€40.000
Regional S+T+ARTS Centres: Snowball (Coord., BE), MAXXI Museum (IT), Art Hub Copenhagen (DK), STATE (DE), Onassis Stegi (EL), In4Art (NL), MEET (IT), CCCB (ES), Ars Electronica (AT), SONY CSL Lab (FR), Kersnikova (SI), CYENS Centre of Excellence (CY).

For more information about the eligibility criteria, please read our Guide for Applicantsand FAQs.

Apply now

Please submit your applications exclusively via our online application platform. The application must be written in English.

Artists can apply for up to 3 challenges. Artists are only eligible for one fellowship. In the case that one artist is shortlisted for multiple fellowships, they will only be invited to present the challenge proposal prioritized in their application in front of the jury.

If you want to gain a better understanding of the application process, you can download the application form here

Open call Timeline

Regional challenges


Each regional challenge had been informed by one of the goals of the EU Green Deal or the New European Bauhaus.

Challenge nº1: (Inter)active productive landscapes

How might digital technologies support citizens, policymakers, entrepreneurs & researchers in their ambition to create more balanced relations between nature & humans in the region of South-West Flanders? 

Consortium Partner: Snowball & GLUON

EU Green Deal:GD6 Preserving and protecting biodiversity

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Challenge nº2: Circular Futures

How might we catalyze circular futures by increasing social commitment to deal with our energy & resource crisis?

Consortium Partner: Ars Electronica

EU Green Deal:GD3 Industrial strategy for a clean & circular economy

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Challenge nº3: Big Data and the City

How might we picture and redesign future urban mobility in the age of big data?

Consortium Partner: SONY CSL & MAXXI

EU Green Deal:GD4 Sustainable and smart mobility

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Challenge nº4: Inhabitant-Adaptive Future City

How might we create adaptive cities with synergies between physical and digital public city spaces?

Consortium Partner: In4Art

EU Green Deal:GD4 Sustainable and smart mobility

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Challenge nº5: New Modes of Mobility

How might we create an open-minded culture towards change and turn Berlin's future of mobility into a collective mission?

Consortium Partner: STATE

EU Green Deal:GD4 Sustainable and smart mobility

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Challenge nº6: Smart Agriculture

How might we empower rural areas as role models of sustainability & prosperity through the use of technology?

Consortium Partner: Onassis Stegi

EU Green Deal:GD5 Greening the Common Agricultural Policy / Farm to Fork Strategy

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Challenge nº7: Blue-Green-Wall

How might we use ICT to better understand the processes in nature?

Consortium Partner: Kersnikova

EU Green Deal:GD5 Greening the Common Agricultural Policy / Farm to Fork Strategy

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Challenge nº8: Microorganism Cities

How might we integrate microorganisms to design more sustainable cities?

Consortium Partner: CCCB

EU Green Deal:GD5 Greening the Common Agricultural Policy / Farm to Fork Strategy

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Challenge nº9: Preserving Co-evolution

How might we preserve the co-evolution of the species by enhancing the capacity of micro and macro communities to be resilient when challenged by diversity?

Consortium Partner: MEET

EU Green Deal:GD6 Preserving and protecting biodiversity

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Challenge nº10: Re-imagining City Nature

How might we learn to live with nature in the city?

Consortium Partner: In4Art

EU Green Deal:GD6 Preserving and protecting biodiversity

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Challenge nº11: Flow of Berlin

How might we rethink our relationship to Berlin-Brandenburg’s water to maintain a livable and sustainable future for all human beings, animals and ecosystems?

Consortium Partner: STATE

EU Green Deal:GD7 Towards a zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment

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Challenge nº12: Virtuous Circles: Schools as Catalysts for Sustainable Neighborhoods

How might we engage school communities with the practices of a circular economy both locally and globally by encouraging innovative design thinking through the use of advanced technologies, participatory creative research, storytelling, and contemporary artistic media?

Consortium Partner: Onassis Stegi

EU Green Deal:GD8 Mainstreaming sustainability in all EU policies

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Challenge nº13: Peer-To-Peer Learning

How might we engage kids and young adults in informal peer-to-peer learning and learning through playing with critical use of AI technology? 

Consortium Partner: Kersnikova

EU Green Deal:GD8 Mainstreaming sustainability in all EU policies

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Challenge nº14: Challenge Lab

How might we ESTABLISH an attractive collaborative ENVIRONMENT for radical innovations?

Consortium Partner: Kersnikova

EU Green Deal:GD9 The EU as a global leader

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Challenge nº15: Built spaces in a network(ed) society

How might we revive the built spaces with the help of digital technologies, to facilitate new sustainable and inclusive economic, social and cultural activities? 

Consortium Partner: Snowball

The New European Bauhaus: BH1 Affordable & accessible living spaces through community engagement

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Challenge nº16: Decolonising Mars

How might we understand space migration? What would decolonising Mars be like?

Consortium Partner: Art Hub Copenhagen

The New European Bauhaus:BH2 Sustainable living in Europe & beyond

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Challenge nº17: Improving Urban Sustainability

How might we re-shape the present by sowing the seeds for a more sustainable future?

Consortium Partner:SONY CSL&MAXXI

The New European Bauhaus:BH2 Sustainable living in Europe & beyond

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Challenge nº18: SustainingScapes

How might we develop innovative approaches and solutions for dealing with the tourism industry’s footprint while promoting sustainable tourism practices?

Consortium Partner: CYENS

The New European Bauhaus:BH2 Sustainable living in Europe & beyond

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Challenge nº19: Blockchain Society

How might we navigate and negotiate a blockchain society?

Consortium Partner: Art Hub Copenhagen

The New European Bauhaus:BH3 Improve the quality of our lives

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Challenge nº20: Repairing the Urban Fabric

How might we demonstrate that a “repaired” urban fabric could, not only be more resilient against external pathogens but also be a vector of healing and wellbeing that draws strength from social proximity and complexity?

Consortium Partner: MEET

The New European Bauhaus:BH3 Improve the quality of our lives

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Challenge nº21: For a More Harmonious City

How might we create a more harmonious city?

Consortium Partner: CCCB

The New European Bauhaus:BH3 Improve the quality of our lives

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Download Challenges Booklet

Artist Info Sessions

Tackling complex issues requires a deep understanding of the potential of all actors involved. So, we designed a thorough application process to ensure the artists selected are best fitted to the challenges defined. To help artists get a better understanding of the open call we plan a live-streamed info session on the 18th of October at 17:00 CEST and 29th of October at 10:30 CEST.

During these sessions, the partners of the Regional S+T+ARTS Centres will present the new open call to give artists a better understanding of what they expect and how is the application process.

Representatives of the 12 Regional S+T+ARTS Centres, including some of Europe’s leading cultural and art institutions, innovation and cleantech hubs, will present the 21 regional challenges defined in accordance with the goals of the European Green Deal, the New European Bauhaus and their groups of local experts and show artists how to approach the application for this open call. 

Watch Artist Info Session I

See more on the 29th of October session

Fellowship Timeline

If you have questions please consult our FAQs and our Guide for Applicants.

If your questions have still not been answered, write us an email at hello@repairingthepresent.eu.