S+T+ARTS Residencies – Artistic Experimentation with Robotic Platforms

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Project cluster relation: Yes: Vojext has received funding from the European Commission under the H2020-DT-ICT-03-2020 call under Grant Agreement number 952197. 

Areas mainly addressed: B2B and innovation 

Main questions to be answered: 

· Why do we need more artistic involvement to advance the manufacturing industry? 

· Who are the S+T+ARTS Residency winners of the Vojext project and what are their ambitions? 

· What are critical factors for a successful involvement of artists into industrial research and production? 

WS Description: Robotic manufacturing and human-robot collaborative technologies offer unique challenges for SMEs for fast uptake, development and adoption. In addition to novel technology design and development with a diverse group of industry partners as well as DIHs, the VOJEXT project integrates artist residencies with a goal for introducing artist-led critical and alternative approaches to collaborative robotic interface design. The residencies investigate cobot interactions in construction and arts and crafts as sectoral application areas and social interactions as a cross cutting research topics focusing on safety, comfort, harmony as well as ethical paradigms such as fair labour systems, co-learning and skills development that impact the ability to adopt and diffuse robotic technologies by the workers in manufacturing SMEs. 

Intended outcome: Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with 

Approach: This workshop offers the chance to learn about how artistic experimentation can further innovation in the manufacturing industry. The S+T+ARTS residency winners will be revealed during the workshop at ERF. You will meet the organizers of the programme as well as two of the chosen artists. 

Presentations on the ambition of the residencies and the outcomes proposed by the winning artists 


Contributors: Maria Eugenia (Xenia) Beltrán, Senior R&D Project Manager and Head of Big Data in LifeSTech at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), VOJEXT Project Coordinator (confirmed) 

Zeynep Birsel, Project Developer at Waag Futurelab and Waag Concept Lead for S+T+ARTS (confirmed) 

Two S+T+ARTS Residency winning artists (to be announced during workshop) 

Further information: https://starts.eu, https://waag.org/en/, https://vojext.eu 


· Natalia Vargas, Natalia@waag.org, Waag Futurelab

· Zeynep Birsel, Zeynep@waag.org, Waag Futurelab

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Room 209 – Floor 2
15 March
Natalia Vargas