‘STARTS4Water’ –Mobilising Art & Advanced Technologies for New Water Realities

Image by Robertina Sebjanic. Aquatocene, 2019. Courtesy of the Artist.

Water is Life. All living things need water to survive. Not only does the human body consist of 60 percent water, the resource is also essential for producing food, clothing, computers, moving our waste stream, and keeping us and the environment healthy. And yet, we do not have a sustainable approach towards this commodity.

STARTS4Water will support artists, researchers, technology experts and other stakeholders in finding a common ground and language to respond to regional water-related challengesFocusing on clean water as a basic right for all humans and on the conservation of life in our oceans, seas and marine life, STARTS4Water builds on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 and especially on SDG 6 ‘Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 14 ‘Life Below Water.

At the vital nexus between the local and the global and at the crossroads between art, industry and technology, 12 STARTS4Water residencies will critically engage with the environmental issues, transform how we manage our shared global environment and create new narratives and strategies to understand, value and manage water in a more inclusive, integrated and sustainable way. 101 events (conferences, network events, acceleration events, expert meetings, workshops, labs, summer schools, talks, presentations, exhibitions etc.) will contribute towards a sharing of knowledge about the local and regional water challenges in Belgium, The Netherlands, Greece, Croatia and Italy between the communities and the industry, leading to a more complete picture of the needs and challenges and to better decisions both on the side of water utility as on the side of the user and citizen towards sustainable water management.

STARTS4Water launches a call for 11 artistic residencies in July 2021. Water will be their common denominator, but the challenges will be rooted on local and regional realities. Most importantly, for the STARTS4Water Consortium, sustainable water management relies on the change of behavior of individuals. Therefore, through a series of STARTS Academy workshops, intersectoral and transversal networking activities, field expeditions and discussions engaging local communities, STARTS4Water will engage with wider communities and propose new narratives to inform and communicate on a common challenge.

22.10.2021. An introduction to STARTS4Water: How can art & tech contribute to regional water challenges? Join us at the webinar on the 25th of October at 17.00!

20.10.2021. Meet our STARTS4Water residents!

04.10.2021. STARTS4Water Winners announced!


09.07.2021. NEW UPDATE:

STARTS4Water Open call for Artists has launched! Find out more here and if you want to find out more about residency “Zero pollution Adriatic” in Dubrovnik hosted by us click here!

The STARTS4Water Consortium is lead by Luca School of Arts in partnership with Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto (IT), V2_Lab for the Unstable Media (NL), Ohi Pezoume NPO/UrbanDig project (GR), UR Institute (HR), and TBA21.

STARTS (Science, Technology & the Arts) is an initiative of the European Commission, launched under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. Its purpose is to support collaborations between artists, scientists, engineers and researchers to develop more creative, inclusive, and sustainable technologies.

Funded by: EUROPEAN COMMISSION Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology.

Project is co-financed by the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs. The views expressed in this page are the sole responsibility of Universal Research and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs