About EASTN-DC, Manchester (FAQ)
WHAT IS EASTN-DC ?
The European Art - Science - Technology Network (EASTN) for Digital Creativity is a project that emerged from several European institutions involved in research, technology development, creation and education in the field of technologies applied to artistic creation. At European Level, this network is coordinated by ACROE (Grenoble, France) and supported by the Culture Program of the European Union. Since its launch in January 2014, this network has allowed the reception in residence of 40 European artists or collectives, and the creation of many unique pieces.
WHY IS IT COMING TO MANCHESTER?
The NOVARS Research Centre (MUSIC) at the University of Manchester is one of the 14 European Institutions involved in the EASTN-DC Network. We are very proud to be organising the first full-week Network event during 25-30 June 2018.
WHAT EVENTS ARE BEING OFFERED?
We are bringing to the city of Manchester and the rest of UK, an exciting cultural showcase and discussion on new trends at the intersections of Art, Science and Technology. The week will contain many events for audiences to attend and participate in, including:
At the Martin Harris Centre:
- Demos, Presentations, Music and Interactive media and acousmatic concerts (on the large-scale Mantis System)
- Exciting workshops to build a Soda Synth, learn Genesis (Physical models programme by ACROE)
At HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson place, M15 4FN
A Hub Event for entrepreneurs, SMEs, digital creativity enthusiasts and academics
WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING?
From MONDAY 25th June 2018 to SATURDAY 30th June 2018
WHO IS PRESENTING THEIR WORK?
We are being joined by members of the following institutions, all part of the EASTN-DC network:
- Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory, Slovenia
- Conservatorio di Cuneo, Italy
- Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales
- Royal College of Music, Stockholm
- ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany
- Ionian University, Corfu, Greece
- NOVARS Research Centre, The University of Manchester (HOST)
And many UK partners
I AM NOT AN EXPERT, CAN I STILL ATTEND?
Absolutely. One of the main objectives of this project is community outreach and communication of project conclusions beyond experts in the field.
WHAT ARE EASTN-DC CORE OPEN QUESTIONS, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES?
The European Science and Technology Network for Digital Creativity (EASTN-DC) is a forerunner of the next digital revolution, informed by its digital phases:
- Its first phase, also known as the "calculating machine", with the intensive development of computing power and its democratisation.
- Its second phase, known as the "communicating machine", characterised by the development of the Internet and economies of large-scale technological use.
- Its third phase (currently in gestation), which will be just as revolutionary as the two previous ones. In this phase, "machines will address all the sensory and active means of humans", a phase forecast by interactive and multimodal technologies. This phase, in turn, will allow for sensitive creation and communication.
The EASTN-DC project investigated whether it will be possible for citizens, not only to embrace this digital evolution but also to anticipate it and to contribute and influence its future directions. EASTN-DC's main objective is the active acculturation of society by reaching out to a wider public. Its second objective, closely linked to the first, is to facilitate knowledge, training and education around digital creativity.
The EASTN-DC project aims to stimulate and support the new and profound emerging paradigm shifts. In order to do so, it proposes to experiment a new methodology in the field of art and culture that closely and agilely links five essential yet separate poles of the transformations inherent to the digital revolution : Research | Creation | Pedagogy | Sharing | Economy.
To counterweight such great disciplinary forces, they must be cross-fertilized, in the very act of creating, whether it be technological creation or artistic creation, or pedagogical creation, or innovations in dissemination or industrial transfer. Transversality is put forward as an object of experimentation, even as a cultural object.