Zavod Projekt Atol (ZPA), based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has amassed extensive and long-standing experience in fieldwork-based artistic research all around the world in its 25 year history. It manages one of the first and signature art+science field-based nomadic laboratories, the Makrolab. These experiences helped shape ZPA’s ongoing engagements in the Arctic Perspective Initiative, within which the institute aims to empower the North and Arctic people through open source technologies, as well as applied education and training since 2007. By creating access to these technologies while promoting an open, shared network of communications and data, without a costly overhead, they can advance the sustainable and continued development of culture, traditional knowledge, science, technology, and education opportunities for peoples of the North and of the Global South at the same time. ZPA is also an initiator of similar activities in Slovenia, namely the Unmanned-Resilience project held on the Gora Plateau and the yearly PIFcamp, held in the Triglav National Park.
The main activities of ZPA will be associated with the organisation of PIFcamp, a 7-day nomad hacker/maker-base set in pristine Alpine nature in 2019 and 2020 and two one-month (or longer) residencies, held in Ljubljana, as part of the newly established OSMO/ZA research & presentation venue.
Schmiede Hallein is an Austrian non-profit and non-political cultural initiative founded in 2003 and located in Hallein, a small city in the proximity of Salzburg. Their objective is the advancement of the arts, cooperation and digital culture. As part of FL Network Schmiede will hold a 10-day peer2peer festival with more than 300 participants in 2019 and 2020 and two international Artist-in-Residence with Multiple Artist.
The Bioartsociety, established in May 2008 in Kilpisjärvi and based in Helsinki, is an organisation developing, producing and facilitating activities around art and natural sciences, with a focus on biology, ecology and life sciences. The Bioartsociety is the motor behind the Ars Bioarctica programme, which is a long-term art & science initiative with a focus on the sub-Arctic environment. It was started in autumn 2008 together with the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki. Ars Bioarctica fosters concrete joint projects between artists and scientists to develop new kind of scientific and artistic thinking and through this participate and contribute to the discussion on the relation of humankind and nature.
As part of the FL Network the activities of Finnish Society of Bioart will encompass 6 residency programmes and a week long field laboratory Field_Notes.
Radiona.org/Zagreb Makerspace has been organizing international hackathons and off-the-grid labs in nature for some time now. In them, they successfully unite contemporary maker practices and (new) media arts with innovative uses of natural resources. Radiona fosters free access to knowledge and shareable cutting-edge practices in order to enhance creative processes and expression for all: artists, makers and (micro)communities. Simultaneously, Radiona works tirelessly on audience development in local communities and in urban environments via its educational programmes and exhibitions. Their projects often focus on the topics of self-sustainability, affordability, renewable and reusable technologies.
Radiona will be hosting two Artist-in-Residence programmes and run a new weeklong camp Electric Wonderland in Croatia.
Catch is an educational art & technology platform and incubator in Elsinore dedicated to exploring the innovation potential within art & technology. Art-tech products, services and ideas are garnering attention both in the global art scene and in commercial businesses as the emerging ideas have steadily provided new and significant insights and potentially radical inventions. Catch focuses on introducing the artistic approach to technological innovation. New technologies can acquire alternative uses through artistic investigations. Technological advances can originate from artistic visions. People working within art & technology are dedicated to creating new ways of understanding and interacting with the world. The results are products, services, experiences and concepts that are both commercial and progressive.
Catch will focus on two formats as part of FL Network, hosting one Artists-in-Residence per year and summer interdisciplinary art & technology camps.
Founded in 2009, Art2M, both a producer and distributor of digital artworks and connected objects, gained the status of an Innovative Young Enterprise in 2014 and has launched a new media outlet focusing on the maker movement: Makery, media for labs, an on-line media platform published in English and French. Makery, with its open-map referencing more than 1000 international fablabs, hackerspaces, medialabs, artlabs, and other third-places and creative hubs, is the platform for keeping abreast of innovations emerging from labs around the world, the scouting tool to identify new trends in digital fabrication, DIY and knowledge sharing.
With its 50,000 unique visitors per month, Makery’s participation in the Feral Lab consortium will help to reach an immense non-institutional audience, but even more importantly, will be able to reach places and communities engaged in the maker movement, as well as non-formal education and open laboratories around the world.