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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. Read more.

 

 

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The open online archive is an essential tool for the project Grid Spinoza. The archive has been developed in Drupal and it contains articles and audiovisual interviews with scientists and artists.

 

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Synergy: Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice workshop

Interdisciplinarity and interdisciplinary research are widely acclaimed as being loci of innovation and new knowledge and ways of solving difficult diverse problems, with the capacity to bridge epistemological and ontological divides. Such practices involve many challenges, precisely because they necessarily cross disciplinary boundaries. Read more about the workshop.

About Grid_Spinoza

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. Based on the dynamics of the collaboratories, Grid Spinoza aims to generate cross research tools between the scientific and the artistic research which transcend hermetic compartments that professional development tends to build.

The project was initiated by Hangar – Center for Artistic research and production (Barcelona) and the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) with the support of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) in 2010.

In Grid Spinoza both entities cross their knowledge networks to work together in the generation of research tools, methodologies, deepen models and formats for the knowledge transfer between the two fields.

Grid_Spinoza began by establishing some initial issues, which
interrelate and converge at different points. Some of these questions were: Which are the optimal conditions for doing research projects? What we need to have into account when we plan a research project? How can we identify common needs and resources? Which tools we already have and which others would be needed? What are the general timings for research projects? How do these timings interact with the production and the communication phases of a project? What is the role of the errors in the research processes? How can we exploit and evaluate their potential? How can we manage their impact? What are the motivations for taking risks? What kind of risks we can identify in the research processes? Which approaches, methodologies and processes can we identify for abandoned ideas? What happens with the ideas after they are abandoned? Can we imagine a “new life” for them? Which are the abandoned ideas that are later brought into the public domain to be recycled? How can we do this?

An initiave by Hangar and el PRBB

Hangar

Hangar is a center for visual arts experimentation and production founded by the Association of Visual Artists of Catalonia (AAVC) to support creators and artists and offer them services that meet their production needs .

Hangar works from the perspective of the collaboratories, ie as a distributed research center that allows different actors to work together on a project. Hangar has the support of the City of Barcelona, the Goverment of Catalonia, the Barcelona Provincial Council, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Fundació Banc Sabadell.

PRBB

The Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) is one of the largest biomedical research centers in southern Europe. The PRBB is an initiative by the Government of Catalonia, the Barcelona City Council and the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF). The building, which is connected to the Hospital del Mar, is 55.000 m2 and brings together six public research centers which are in close coordination among them.

There are more than 1300 people from 50 countries working in the PRBB. It is a site where experts from the molecular and the population perspective meet. The scientific activity of the more than 100 research groups working in the PRBB belongs to the following scientific areas: Biomedical informatics and systems biology, epigenetics and gene regulation, cell and developmental biology, pharmacology and clinical pathophysiology, human genetics and evolutionary biology, and epidemiology and public health.

In 2010 Grid Spinoza had the support of:

FECYT

The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) is a Public Foundation under the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN) whose mission is to promote science, technology and innovation, promoting their integration into society, while responding to the needs of the Spanish System of Science, Technology and Enterprise (SECTE).