NWO & ARIAS Smart Culture Working Conference 2018

Exposing artistic research, exploring new collaborations

NWO and ARIAS are jointly organising the Smart Culture Working Conference in Utrecht to explore the concept of Arts, Research & Science.


Date: 16 November 2018
Time: 09.00 am – 05.45 pm
Location: Het Huis Utrecht

This Smart Culture Working Conference pays special attention to the four PhD projects of the NWO programme ‘PhD Research in the Arts'. NWO established this programme in 2010, in collaboration with the Mondriaan Foundation. The programme aims to support research in the arts as part of university practice. With this exposium, delegates, the PhD candidates and PhD graduate artists, can explore what the art and science trajectory yields.

Key note speaker is prof. Henk Borgdorff, director of ACPA Leiden. The title of his lecture is ‘Against Isolationism - Artistic Research as Science and Technology Studies by Other Means’.

The lecture will be followed by an interview with Ann Demeester, director Frans Halsmuseum.

This conference has an investigative and activating character: there is an ‘exposium' about research in the arts and four workshops that will explore the relationship between art. In the workshops research themes will be identified and trends will be explored in conversations between scientists, artists and participants of the conference. The workshops are organized along the following four themes:

  • Art & Technology with Prof. Rob Zwijnenberg (Leiden University), drs. Frank Kresin (director designlab Twente) and Jacco Borggreve (media artist)
  • 'Bio Art & Design' with prof. Han Wösten (Utrecht University) and Maurizio Montalti (artist)
  • Art & Reflection: dr. Thijs Lijster (University of Groningen)
  • Art & Inclusion (Queer community) with dr. Eliza Steinbock (Leiden University), Marina Otero (architect), Simone Niquille (design researcher)

The results of the conference will be of value for the international Smart Culture Conference november 2019

Jonas Staal, Lonnie van Brummelen, Jeremiah Day and Yvonne Dröge Wendel have each chosen an appropriate form for exhibiting their research. Four referees will reflect on the relationship between these four research projects and the wider research field.

NWO is organising the Smart Culture Conference together with ARIAS because they share NWO’s aim of bringing research in the arts to the attention of a wider public.