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THE PROJECT OF THE MONTH (Jan/Jun 2016): »Un/Balancing complex systems: Which data to look for? How to build thriving knowledge communities? Part 1« (English)



Balance / Unbalance


Balance / Unbalance Conference taking place from the 9th to 13th of May 2016 in Manizales, Colombia. The theme for BunB 2016 is “Data Science + Eco Action”. How can we extract knowledge from large volumes of environmental and related data? How that can be used in benefit of the human society? What should we change in our thinking and in our behaviour? Individual vs community vs global: What matters? Why big or complex data is so relevant to our daily life? How the capture, analysis, curation, sharing, storage… and control of large data could rapidly change our world? What positive sides does it have? What not so positive, and even risks does it have? What data science has to do with humanitarian organizations? And with electronic art?

»Un/Balancing complex systems: Which data to look for? How to build thriving knowledge communities?«
Ramon Sangüesa, Stella Veciana, Paz Tornero, Dino Karabeg, Sasha Rudan, Sinisa Rudan


Collecting data in order to explore the balance and unbalance of complex ecological, socioeconomic and cultural systems creates new political and methodological questions. The selection of data is a reflection of the cultural and cognitive biases of the data collectors. It is a process of consensus within a community of practice that tries to develop a description and a justification of the data that have to be collected. Why one type of data and not the other? Which acceptable range of values? Which data should be quantified? Which data can remain qualitative or linguistic? How to combine quantitative and linguistic description and still be able to apply all the power of automated algorithmic discovery from data that represent a complex ecological, socioeconomic and/or cultural system? How to solve the dissonances coming from very different worldviews expressed by the bias in the selection of data?

Within the frame of the Balance / Unbalance Conference taking place in May 2016 in Manizales, Colombia a transdisciplinary process will take place to experiment with a methodology to extract “appropriate data” for complex ecological / cultural problems.

Therefore sound guidelines for data collection and knowledge representation about complex ecological/cultural systems from the balance/unbalance perspective will be developed. They will be based on the background diversity of the resaerch group as: the expertise on transdisicplinary processes spanning art, tech and design with a strong background on Data Sicence a, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (Ramon Sangüesa) and research on the boundaries between Science and Art, specially on microbiology, geology and environmental concerns affecting human communities (Paz Tornero).

Participants from diverse communities of practice as art, science, technology, indigenous culture will work on the art-science project "Challenge Yasuní" (Stella Veciana) as a test-case based on the Yasuní National Park developments in Ecuador, following the Knowledge Federation framework (Dino Karabeg) and the Research Arts community building methodology (Stella Veciana). Moreover several online tools will be used, in particular from Collaboscience project (Sasha and Sinisha Rudan). It follows a brief description of these projects:

The "Challenge Yasuní" art-science project connects through a  „conference tool“. The interactive interface contains a growing archive of video interviews that connects specialist knowledge from a continuous series of transdisciplinary conferences. Art exhibits presented in scientific conferences are used to bridge concerns regarding extractivism, the present resources policies, their impact on environmental and human rights, sustainability research, Buen Vivir/Vivir Bien and concepts for sustainable alternatives between conference participants and not physically present participants in asychronical settings. The interactive processes are used to build a common space for radical approaches to the global challenges of democracy, climate, resource extraction, the economy, etc. The „conference tool“ is an instrument for democratizing knowledge production and sharing.

The Knowledge Federation is a sound framework to integrate disparate worldwiews into coherent and operational systems. It is an international community promoting innovation at a new level through the integration of tools and best practices into a system for knowledge work. The Knowledge Federation community is organized as a transdiscipline, and practices Engelbart’s innovation strategy called ‘bootstrapping,’ where a community develops socio-technical solutions by using itself as a sandbox. The Knowledge Federation transdiscipline consists of IT researchers, system developers, journalists, entrepreneurs and collective intelligence mavens—a diverse mix of backgrounds and talents as necessary for system design on this large scale.

CollaboScience is a platform and a paradigm for practicing collaborative scientific research and dialogue, designed (and developed) by ChaOS and Knowledge Federation (it is part of the Open-Systemic Design initiative).
The platform addresses problems of dislocation, by bringing experts distributed both across globe and time providing a set of methodologies and tools that help coordination of dislocated dialogue and mapping it into collective memory and mind. Furthermore, the platform strives for technological and social nervous system that improves the IQ of science organizations.

The aim of the workshop is to come up with innovative and on the same time practical results for the broad Balance/Unbalance community and beyond. The results of the co-productive experiment is part of a pilot project to be further developed in follow-up asynchronical art&science events and will be published.

The transdisciplinary workshop "Un/Balancing complex systems: Which data to look for? How to build thriving knowledge communities?" will be held on Wednesday 11th of Mai, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Conference Program:

More Information:
Knowledge Federation:
Art-Science Test case:
Collective mapping and management tool:

Dino Karabeg

Prof. Dr. Dino Karabeg - started as a researcher in environmental systems modeling at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Zagreb. Following a doctorate in algorithm theory at the University of California at San Diego, and several university appointments in USA and France, in 1992 Karabeg accepted an Associate Professor position at the University of Oslo Informatics Department and moved to Norway. Soon after that his interest changed to systemic innovation in knowledge work, as he grew convinced that knowledge work can and needs to be developed on different premises, not as an attempt to objectively depict reality, but as it might help people and society orient themselves in a complex reality. From that point on Karabeg devoted his career to developing various building blocks and contours of a new—self-aware, and self-organizing—approach to knowledge. more

Sinisa Rudan

Sinisa Rudan - studied Computer Sciences and Engineering at the Electrotechnical faculty in Belgrade. He worked as IT Architect & project manager at Faculty of Mechanical engineering, Belgrade and teached as a guest lecturer at The Faculty of Applied Arts, Belgrade. Currently he is CEO at the Magic Wand Solutions Studio, InfoM - Scientific journal of Information technology and multimedia systems. more

Sasha Rudan

Sasha Rudan - is a PhD student at the University of Oslo, multimedia artist and researcher in the fusion of Art, Science and Humanities. His main research addresses collaborative socio-technical systems and implementation and optimization of collective knowledge, intelligence, creativity and scientific dialogue in the context of socio-technical systems. In the parallel, he is interested in social patterns, knowledge management and collective intelligence. Sasha is involved in collaborative socio-technical systems (in business, art, and academia), either architecting them, leading creative transdisciplinary teams or taking entrepre-neur role. more


Prof. Dr. Ramon Sangüesa - holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Technical University of Catalonia (1997) and a postgraduate degree in Science Communication (Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Also in 1997). He is Professor (currently on professional leave) at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Computer Science Department), where he acted as Associate Dean for Innovation in its School of Informatics. Sangüesa is Senior Fellow of the Slab, Strategic Innovation Lab, the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto, Canada) and Affiliate Researcher at the Center for Organizational Innovation, Department of Sociology, University of Columbia, New York. Furthermore, he founded Citlab, a civic innovation center, in 2007 where he developed urban innovation projects (UrbanLabs 2008 and 2009) and organizational innovation projects such as Breakout in collaboration with the Institute for the Future. Currently he is coordinating the Data Transparency Lab ( a non-profit research organization that explores the intersection between technology and society in the era of Big Data. more

Paz Tornero

Dr. Paz Tornero - has a PhD from the Complutense University of Madrid investigating the fields of art, technology and science. In her research she analyzes the new art forms that incorporate technological and scientific aspects, for example, those artists who work or study in biology and robotics virtual environments for innovation and creativity. She focuses on how certain artists develop their practice by targeting on social issues in that way helping establish new lines of research and more creative communities. She has been a visiting researcher at Harvard University in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and at MIT Media Lab. Currently she teaches at COCOA Colegio de Comunicación y Artes Contemporáneas USFQ, Ecuador. more

stella veciana

Dr. Stella Veciana - Studies in Experimental arts at the UdK University of Arts Berlin, Computer Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Cultural Policy & Management at the University Barcelona. Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona and author for online master modules at the Postgraduate Institute of Madrid. PhD dissertation entiteled Research arts: the interface between art, science and technology as a field of knowledge and action at the University of Barcelona. Currently she teaches at Leuphana University, Lüneburg. more





July 2015

THE THEME OF THE MONTH (Jul/Dec 2015): »Rethinking boundary objects from the arts perspective: strange objects as a critical approach to transdisciplinary projects «
Ramon Sangüesa

Transdisciplinary projects involving the arts and other disciplines, have found some difficulties that are common to a wide range of cooperative efforts. There are numerous insights, guidelines and principles resulting from years of research on cooperation and collaboration in system science, group dynamics, network science, complexity, innovation, design, management, knowledge management, organizational design and organizational aesthetics. There is plenty of evidence and advice on the inherently difficult task that exploring together the unexplored is.



January 2015

THE THEME OF THE MONTH (Jan/Apr 2015): »Anthropocene Campus«.

Transdisciplinary practice confronts us with methodological challenges. We need shared spaces to discuss new methodologies of integration; especially methodologies that integrate academic and practical knowledge are fundamental. Besides the challenges that result out of the transdisciplinary practice itself, there are also the institutional ones related to the lack of a necessary research framework for science and civil society, a corresponding curriculum, research agenda and funding programs. During the Anthropocene Campus new experiences and methodologies, were presented and discussed to contribute to foster a transdisciplinary ‘work in progress’ Anthropocene curriculum.



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September 2014


»Mobile Festivals« Philip Baharlou, Nikolai Huckle, Yannik Leusch, David Nacke,
Luca Weege

How can the Good Life be shared in our city? The student group mapped accurately the urban space, which they had explored and recorded during their dérive. An entertaining video presentation proofs the under-used sports facilities and public parks that they had discovered through direct observation. This evidence was complemented with national statistics regarding sports facilities, and low support for local artists and musicians. The presentation gives a rich journey through their research problem, a transition approach to Buen Vivir related to urban commons, the expected positive social impact of revaluing unused public sports facilities, a proposal for future research, and the presentation of their mobile mini-festival project to revive these “lost spaces” of Lüneburg. more
This contribution arose from the seminar "GoodLife_RealLAB – Connecting Potatoes, DJ-Practice, and Transition Research", which was held at the Leuphana University, Lüneburg during the SS 2014.

»Time Sharing« Maximilian Buhr, Katharina Domsch, Joana Klemz, Sarah Schmidt, Jennie Schüttler, Franziska Trenkler, Katharina vom Dahl
How can we find a way out of consumption? How could we possibly share our time differently than endlessly consuming stuff? The student group developed a large body of evidence from direct observation and interviews during their dérive through Lüneburg. These are summarized in a short video presentation combined with performative elements such as raising text banners to emphasize conclusions. Their work includs artistic interventions in the city as a means of investigation and analysis of the city, and to generate and test a solution to the problem itself, which was to develop the way, or route out of consumption by good quality living. The expected social impact would address a change in consciousness and by sharing time in the community. more
This contribution arose from the seminar "GoodLife_RealLAB – Connecting Potatoes, DJ-Practice, and Transition Research", which was held at the Leuphana University, Lüneburg during the SS 2014.


May 2014

THE PROJECT OF THE MONTH (May/Aug 2014): »K L A N G S P O R T. A transdisciplinary research approach to an acoustically-performative exploration of (indoor) sports.« Marina Sahnwaldt

The starting point of this journey is a space between sports and movement: the ambient noise of (indoor) sports. The synergies resulting from the combination of sports and music, have a wide range of trans-disciplinary approaches to research and application areas. The various stages of this expedition unfold an exciting field of experimentation and a wide scope for creation, both in practical artistic as well as inthe theoretical discourse. The results of the journey established a new format: KLANGSPORT. more

This contribution arose from the seminar "Research arts - Research at the interface of art, science and technology", which was held at the Leuphana University, Lüneburg in WS/2013-14.

»Kunst und Wissenschaft. Wo Felder kollidieren - Scienceville, Santral und die Hybrid Plattform.« Annika HIntz
The interaction of art and science has expanded increasingly, especially since the last decade: inter-and transdisciplinary projects, conferences, seminars, lectures, and publications can be reported all over. They have made ??it their task to illuminate and identify interactions and convergences of disciplines, commonly perceived as disparate. Art and Science "collide" in multiple projects that have an impact beyond the university. A selection of current spaces of collaboration between art and science are presented that encourage participation. more

This contribution arose from the seminar "Research arts - Research at the interface of art, science and technology", which was held at the Leuphana University, Lüneburg in WS/2013-14.


raablab exhibit
January 2014


»KIBLIX – CELEBRATE TOMORROW! The history of KIBLIX Art Science Technology Festival«. Dejan Pestotnik
Since 2002 Association for Culture and Education (ACE) KIBLA, Maribor, Slovenia is gradually transforming the international, technically oriented open code event platform KIBLIX into a domain of celebration of art & science & technology with the strong focus on education, hands-on creation, collaboration and sharing of knowledge. more

»Reflections on Kiblix-IFCA 2013 Kooperation«. Tanja Grossman
The task how to go beyond the complexity of questions raised at Kiblix 2012 in the year of the European Capital Of Culture Maribor 2012 was not easy. How to go beyond? How to represent relevant up-to-date content raising awareness, informing, educating, developing non-formal conceptions as “Workshopology” - and in a strictly open coded way? The solution was found joining forces with the IFCA (International Festival of Computor Arts). more

»From RAABLAB online interfaces to local offline cooperation: the interdisciplinary REVALUING MEMORY workshops at MRFU-KIBLIX2013 Festival«. Dan Norton and Stella Veciana.
The REVALUING MEMORY workshops are a developing series of workshops bringing together artists and scientists to explore interaction techniques for connected art practice. The workshop at the »Kiblix Art Science Technology Festival« was based around research practices represented by objects and the simple creative behaviours of selecting and mixing to build connectivity: from object art to connected art. more

»KARTOFFELKONZERT AUF PIEZO-BEEPER. A reflection on artistic practice.« Tomaž Grušovnik. more


January 2013

THE THEME OF THE MONTH (Jan/Apr 2013): »Low-tech« versus »high-tech« cooperation: the politically charged potatoes of Víctor Grippo and the controversial BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin. Stella Veciana

In the seventies, the Argentine chemist and artist Victor Grippo developed a number of »low-tech experiments« using potatoes as an energy crop. With the choice of potatoes, he questioned the underlying social, political, historical, scientific and technological contexts of his energy-related experiments. Today the issues and »low-tech models« he raised are still relevant, especially regarding how international research cooperation between industrialized, emerging and developing countries should function. more

S&TApril 2013

THE PROJECT OF THE MONTH (Mai/Aug 2013): »New contents and forms of scientific communication: the Science & Theatre project«. Prof. Regine Hengge. Science & Theatre is a trans-disciplinary project at the cross-roads between natural sciences and art. Project partners are the microbiologist Prof. Regine Hengge from the Institute of Biology at the Free University of Berlin, and the theatre and artistic director of the English Theatre Berlin, Günther Grosser. Science & Theatre introduces young scientists to the social and ethical aspects of science, prepares them for their future responsibilities as science communicators, explores the theater stage as a new form of scientific communication, and develops new and current contents for the contemporary theatre in Germany within the context of ‘Science Plays’. Science & Theatre views itself as a social laboratory where the conditions and opportunities for creativity and communication are examined as a long-term transdisciplinary project. (German) more





September 2013

THE PROJECT OF THE MONTH (Sep/Dez 2013): »The Textimage ERANOS DIALOG«. Christiane ten Hoevel and Stella Veciana.

The article presents the ERANOS DIALOG as a stimulating dialogue format for the development of inter / transdisciplinary projects. Eranos in ancient Greece was originally a friends’ banquet where everyone contributed food. In a figurative sense, today Eranos is a mental feast, where the guests share, for example, a speech, a song, a drawing or their openness to improvise at joint talks and discussions. Out of the shared experience of the ERANOS DIALOGUE, Christiane ten Hoevel and Stella Veciana developed together an experimental »text image«.

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