The many exciting activities of the MAST project will converge in Ljubljana, Slovenia and in live online streams during September 22-24, 2020, featuring a range of workshops, round tables, a symposium panel, and an exhibition. The hybrid, project-concluding event brings together key players, t(h)inkers, creators and decision-makers from the fields of art, science, industry and policymaking to attempt a bold shift towards new paradigms in industrial and social innovation.
In what way can the imagination of artists and their creativity tools bring about true novums at the crossings of technology and science, tackling the most complex challenges of the future, both for society at large, and the industries in particular? Participants from a variety of disciplines will jointly explore and identify the vectors of possible policy impacts and priorities for the future of Europe as well as create alliances for forward-thinking future actions.
The range of events will include a short but cutting-edge symposium with four acclaimed speakers. The Hybrid Interfacing Academy will also feature a speculative situation to stimulate new pivotal points of innovation processes with a radical approach. Different stakeholders will be brought together to ideate primarily with(in) the artistic realm by adopting the methods and formats of a “challenge lab” — which is also the core of the recently accredited master study module of MAST! In addition, an overview of best practices and experiments on how “art thinking” could empower future “catalysts of innovation” will be provided in an exhibition, presented live by MAST students and mentors. Moreover, two policy-making workshops will be organised with strategically architectured lists of participants — one pivoting around burning matters of education, the other in the realm of industry.
The event itself presents the pinnacle of the MAST module project, supported by Creative Europe, dedicated to developing an applied study module at the intersections of Art, Science and Technology, combining methodologies and practices that intertwine the academic sphere closely with the Culture and Creative Sectors.