Art and science joint search for solutions for sustainable development

A consortium of European art and science organisations, among them the Hybrid Forms laboratory at the physics and astronomy department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, announce the start of STUDIOTOPIA, Art meets Science in the Antropocene.

04/09/2020 | 9:56 AM

In seven European countries, artists and scientists will work together to find new perspectives and solutions for pressing issues such as climate change, pollution, artificial intelligence and biotechnology. The four-year project has been awarded a 2.8 million subsidy from the EU-Creative Europe program.

Raoul Frese, director of Hybrid Forms: "developments in sciences such as biotechnology and artificial intelligence are fast paced with high impact for society. Critical reflection during the research is therefore of utmost importance. Enhanced interactions between different academic disciplines and between citizens and scientists is much needed. Artists can bridge the gap and their broad view is important for finding new solutions to complex problems.

In the Netherlands, artists and scientists will work in the artscience laboratory of the faculty of science, Hybrid Forms. There, also students, youths and citizens will join in workshops and meetings. During the project results will be showcased on different European locations, among them the VU campus. In 2022 an overview exhibition will be organized by Musee Bozar, Brussels.

Hybrid Forms
Hybrid Forms Lab has a unique position within VU Amsterdam. This laboratory focuses on collaborations between artists and scientists in transdisciplinary research. Many projects are embedded within different programs of grant organisations and fields of study of VU Amsterdam and art academies. Current projects involve artificial photosynthesis, art with lasers, artificial intelligence and hybrid biological and technological machines.

Scientists interested in the Studiotopia program are encouraged to participate and sign up on the website of Studiotiopia. There more information can be found on the participating artists, including Christiaan Zwanikken and artist duo Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand who are based at VU Amsterdam. Studiotopia partners are: Gluon (B), ARS Electronica (A), Cluj Cultural Centre (Ro), Laznia Centre of Modern Art (PL), Onassis Cultural Centre (Gr), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (NL) and Laboral (Spain).

For more information, please contact:
Raoul Frese, director Hybrid Forms Laboratory and researcher applied photosynthesis and energy at LaserLab of the physics and astronomy department of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. E-mail:; phone: 020-5987263.