ICTARTCONNECT.study @ CAC4What is the outcome if work on novel ICT – Information and Communication Technologies – is linked with artistic expression? This is the question asked by the study ‘ICT ART CONNECT’ funded by the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and the question raised during the roundtable.There is a growing consensus that for innovation to happen the critical skills needed – in addition to strong technical and scientific skills – are creative skills – out-of-box thinking and capacity for communication and collaboration. In this context, following a trend towards convergence of all domains of knowledge, the Arts are gaining prominence as a catalyst for radical transformations of R&D&I practices. Integrating artists to trigger disruptive innovation is becoming common practice, world-wide, in many innovative institutions and high-tech companies in order to convert technical skill and scientific knowledge into innovative products, make technologies more human-centered and to immerse better technology into society and culture and most importantly into human experience.

For example, projects like ARDUINO (open hardware platform) are rooted in artistic practice but have led to radically different approaches (ARDUINO has become a de facto industrial standard in open hardware). One might argue that artistic processes deliver prototypes, as they are practice-based focused on making things and not purely theory-driven. More generally, making art – working creatively – is a way to connect debates about values with (physical) forms and (social) processes.

It is timely to analyse how these developments can be best taken up in research funded by the European Commission. The round table will bring together artists and eminent experts in ICT to discuss how ICT and the Arts can best interact and what the outcomes of such collaboration could be.

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4th Computer Art Congress