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Artistic research

Funken Academy

In the Funken Academy, artists, high-tech institutes and research facilities come together to experiment in the field between arts and technology.

Invited by Klub Solitaer, artists develop research questions in research residencies at high-tech institutes, to be implemented as courses for young artists and creatives. In collaboration with the participating institutes, new tools and methods combining artistic and technological research practices are developed and tried out.

The aim of the Funken Academy is to perpetuate the knowledge transfer between art and technology in Chemnitz and to accompany Chemnitz’ development from Ruß-Chams (local dialect, meaning
“Soot-Chemnitz”) to the equally formative and at the same time much less visible high technology location the city is currently turning into. Furthermore, we create an environment for cross-innovation and a space for transdisciplinary discourse, in which the societal changes accompanying digitalization and automation are investigated by applying a poetic and aesthetic focus, enabling artists of all disciplines to make them visible, audible, tangible and perceptible for a broad audience.

Since 2021, pilot projects have taken place with the Fraunhofer IWU, Fraunhofer ENAS and the Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V.. The results were exhibited at the Ars Electronica Center Linz, among other places.
In 2023/24, there will be a three-month summer school with the participation of Ars Electronica Linz and the WRO Art Center Wroclaw as part of a grant from Creative Europe.

For further information see https://funken-akademie.de/en/