Trust me, I'm an artist

The Arts Catalyst

Cooperation Projects

England

2014

Total project grant (euros)

197,727

Percentage of budget funded

60

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

Culture

Call number

EAC/S16/2013

Project date

1 Nov 2014 - 31 Oct 2016

Number of partners in project

5

Partners

Stichting Waag Society, Netherlands;

Ciant Mezinarodni Centrum Pro Umeni A Nove Technoligie V Praze, Czech Republic;

Kobenhavns Universitet, Denmark;

Zavod Za Studentske Kulturne Dejavnosti Studentske Organizacije Univerze V Ljubljani In Zveze Studentskih Klubov Slovenije, Slovenia

A new round of events and research entitled Trust Me, I’m an Artist: Developing Ethical Frameworks for Artists, Cultural Institutions and Audiences Engaged in the Challenges of Creating and Experiencing New Art Forms in Biotechnology and Biomedicine in Europe commenced in 2015. The project is supported by funding from Creative Europe and is led by Waag Society, in collaboration with Brighton and Sussex Medical School, The Arts Catalyst, Ciant, Kapelica Gallery, Medical Museion, Capsula and Leonardo Olats. The lead artist on the project is Anna Dumitriu and the lead ethicist is Professor Bobbie Farsides.

The aim of the project is to investigate how artists and cultural institutions can best engage with biotechnology and biomedicine in order to drive innovation in artistic production, ways of presenting artworks, and developing new audiences in Europe. Our main goal is to provide artists, cultural institutions and audiences with the skills to understand the ethical issues that arise in the creation and exhibition of artworks made in collaboration with biotechnology and biomedicine. Additionally we will provide science and technology collaborators with new ethical frameworks for successfully working with cultural and creative players. By giving confidence to stakeholders we will open up opportunities for artists and creative organisations to work in new partnerships across Europe and internationally. Artists tend to work at the forefront of innovation and push boundaries, whilst engaging in ethical and philosophical challenges that resonate through society around new technologies, and this project has the potential to situate them at the forefront of the latest research. Our high impact outputs will prompt new ways of thinking about how art, biotechnology and biomedicine can intersect, and bring together diverse stakeholders and audiences to create new ways of working at the cutting edge of art, science and technology.

Trust me, I’m an Artist will involve a series of practical and discussion-based participatory workshop activities; a major series of performative events (before a live audiences) where a specially selected artist will propose an ethically complex artwork to a specially formed ethics committee (following the rules and procedures typical for the host country), the ethics committee will then debate the proposal and come to a decision, the artist will then be informed of the ethics committee’s decision and, alongside the audience, they can enter into a discussion about the result; a major symposium; a touring exhibition; a series of publications; a website; and a distributable format designed to give other cultural institutions, artists groups, community groups, students and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue by creating their own DIY Trust Me, I’m an Artist events, leaving a strong legacy for what we learn. As well as producing the DIY Trust Me, I’m an Artist kit, a number of publications and a white paper will be produced. This new project builds on the strong foundations laid by the previous Trust Me, I’m an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art and Science Collaboration project.

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