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THE RESEARCH ARTS PLATFORM
is designed to provide the research community with an interface where art, science, technology and society can meet. In order to fulfill the communication needs and provide networking for the community, the RESEARCH ARTS platform provides a meeting point for exchanging research, “best practices”, details of resources, and news about related events. The platform focuses in particular on "adding a voice" to science and science policy making with regards to the environment and the general public.

The platform is online since 2012. Each and everyone who is interested is welcome to participate.

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HOW IT ALL BEGAN...
Every day I heard and saw them increasing: the signs of climate change. On the news I heard of the tragic consequences: "the North Pole is melting, deserts are expanding, hurricanes are multiplying". In the news, I read about the tragic predictions: "Deadly heat waves, sinking coastal cities, droughts, famines". Despite all these apparently abstract dangers, I tried to "just get on with it". Eventually, I did not want to "just get on with it " as usual.

Find out more about the three experiences that transformed my attitude from that of a passive news consumer to an engaged citizen scientist. more

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OUR PHILOSOPHY
If we want to be participants in forming a more sustainable and equitable society, we need a scientific culture that combines knowledge from different areas of research with everyday life. The scope of scientific thought needs to be re-evaluated within a framework of democracy.
We need to question and expand our ideas of representative and direct democracy to include the responsibility for future generations. We wish to commit ourselves to an approach based on research, which takes responsibility for the resulting outcomes.
Major challenges like climate change and resource scarcity require integrative and participative research practices, allowing common armchair experts to meet on equal terms with academically trained experts where the paths of art, science, technology and society cross.


Who founded the platform RESEARCH ARTS?
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Dr. Stella Veciana. Founder of RESEARCH ARTS research platform and the people²people research participative platform.
(© Michael Miethe)


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Dr. Stella Veciana. Presentation during the
2. Forschungswende Workshop, 30. October 2012.

(© Hannes Bever).

My name is Stella Veciana and I founded the RESEARCH ARTS platform and the people²people research participative platform. After studying experimental art at the University of the Arts Berlin at Rebecca Horns’ class, I received a DAAD scholarship for Computer Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Afterwards, I completed a postmaster in Cultural Policy & Management at the University of Barcelona and my PhD on "Research Arts: the Interface of Art, Science and Technology as a Field of Knowledge and Action" at the Faculty of Arts, Barcelona.
I developed the idea of a research platform for Research Arts while preparing for my thesis. At my last art school I worked as a visiting professor, juror on a selection comittee, and initiated organizing of annual degree shows. After my MBA, I worked as a project manager for national and European research and technology transfer projects at the Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology ICN.

My research fields are focused on the exploration and development of artistic cooperative practices and participatory scientific approaches that can contribute towards a transformation to a globally aware sustainable society. Currently i am developing transdisciploinary art projects in cooperation a.o. with Bread for the Worls, German Commission for UNESCO and Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. I also collaborate with the German public participation platform “Forschungswende”, which advocates civilian involvement in science, and is supported by the Federation of German Scientists. Furthermore, I am teaching at the Leuphana University and developing an trans-disciplinary practice and theory with a research community linked to Hangar and Grid Spinoza within the frame of the European project Soft Control.


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Brot für die Welt

Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service is the globally active development and relief agency of the Protestant Churches in Germany. In more than 90 countries all across the globe we empower the poor and marginalised to improve their living conditions. Key issues of our work are food security, the promotion of health and education, the access to water, the strengthening of democracy, respecting human rights, keeping peace and the integrity of creation.

DUK Deutsche Unesco Kommision

The German Commission for UNESCO is the United Nations agency with the broadest mandate. It is made unique by the links with civil society it has forged through its 197 National Commissions around the world. The function of this network is to support governments in their work within UNESCO, and to further the aims of UNESCO in the Member States. Long before the Federal Republic of Germany was admitted as a member of the United Nations in 1973, UNESCO opened the door to Germany’s return to international politics at the multilateral level.

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The platform Forschungswende demands and promotes transparency and participation within science and science policy. Civil organizations (as DNR, BUND, NABU, Greenpeace, Germanwatch, Netzwerk Wachstumswende, Slowfood Germany) have joined the platform to take a critical look at the current direction of research funding and to formulate possible alternatives. The focus is on developing further a transdisciplinary sustainability research and an solution oriented approach involving all stakeholders to overcome the "Grand Challenges" as climate change or resource scarcity.

Eine Welt

Eine-Welt-Landesnetzwerk organizes with more than 30 co-organizers and partners, a series of events taking place during the Development Policy Days, which will take place from October, 27th to November 22nd, 2014 offering lectures, films, events, exhibitions, workshops and project days.


Grid Spinoza is a project that explores the artistic and scientific research processes, methodologies and dynamics. The project is built around an online platform that contains an open archive of articles and audiovisual interviews with artists and scientists while it develops a programme of experiments, residencies and workshops related to different national and international networks.

Hangar is a centre for art research and production, offering support to artists.
Hangar’s mission is to support the visual artists and creators during the different phases of their art production processes as well as to contribute to the best development of their projects. For doing so, Hangar facilitates them equipments, facilities, production assistance and a suitable context for experimentation and free knowledge transfer.

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Fostering democracy and upholding human rights, taking action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advancing equality between women and men, securing peace through conflict prevention in crisis zones, and defending the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power – these are the objectives that drive the ideas and actions of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The foundation maintains close ties to the German Green Party (Alliance 90/The Greens) and as a think tank for green visions and projects, we are part of an international net­work encompassing well over 100 partner projects in approxi­mately 60 countries.

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Currently people²people research is under construction. The cooperation and participation platform will host different initiatives. RESEARCH ARTS will through this participative platform encourage research projects on sustainable resources. The aim is to bridge the gap between everyday enthusiasts and specialists by giving them the necessary resources for their projects.

Soft Control (SC) is a multi-annual cultural project aimed at actualising culture phenomena which are emergent when art, science and public awareness are interconnected. SC opens scientific labs and theory to artists and different educational entities to a wider audience. SC is a multi-annual cultural performance, an European showcase where artists/cultural workers/others willing to learn what researchers are doing and thinking, and researchers, willing to share and experience creative forms of artistic experimentation and construction, come together in European locations to explore, work, discuss, listen and share ideas and findings.

YASUNIDOS

The YASunidos Alliance is a coalition of many small ziviligesellschaftlichen groups and NGOs advocating for Ecuador's largest crude oil reserves in Yasuni National Park to remain in the soil.
The Yasuní-German alliance is an ad hoc coalition of environmental and human rights NGOs for the preservation of the Yasuní-ITT Initiative.

Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung

The Center for Development Research (ZEF) is an institute of the University of Bonn, Germany. It started its research activities in 1997. ZEF's researchers aim to find science-based solutions to development-related issues. ZEF’s research departments on Economic and Technological Change, Political and Cultural Change, and Ecology and Natural Resources Management conduct inter and transdisciplinary research in, for and with emerging economies and on global issues with its collaborating research partners around the world. ZEF educates doctoral students from all over the world in its Doctoral Studies Program.).

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