Medialab-Prado takes part, along with other 12 European institutions, in this 3-year Europe-wide initiative that merges the artist's studio with the research lab. Funded by the EC Seventh Framework Programme in 2011, Studiolab is a European network that provides a platform for creative projects that bridge divides between science, art and design.
Through a synergistic network, Studiolab is inspiring new approaches to environmental, technological and social challenges and providing a template for innovative art science collaborations. Studiolab involves interaction between 13 leading centres of scientific research, artistic excellence and experimental design accross 12 European countries.
These partners are collaborating and working with world leading scientists, artists, and designers to pilot projects using integrated processes of incubation, education and public engagement. Incubation actions develop and strengthen ideas, bringing them from concepts to outcomes. Educational modules tackle the lack of opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and an art-science approach within second and third level formal education systems. Public engagement activities catalyse open collaboration and give insight into the scientific process through exhibitions, events and workshops.
Studiolab's hybrid projects focus on three main themes at the frontiers of science, the Future of Water, Synthetic Biology, and the Future of Social Interaction. Across these three themes and three strands, Studiolab partners are developing products and activities with educational, social, cultural, or commercial value as well as a unique programme of activities which promote science and creativity among Europe's citizens.
Partners: Science Gallery (Trinity College, Dublin), Le Laboratoire (Paris), The Royal College of Art (London), Ars Electronica (Linz), Medialab-Prado (Madrid), ISI Foundation (Turin), Optofonica (Amsterdam), Ecole de Recherche Graphique (Brussels), Leonardo/Olats (France), CIANT (Prague), RIX-C (The Center for New Media Culture, Riga), Medical Museion (Copenhaguen), Bloomfield Science Museum (Jerusalem).