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Art Center for Digital Cultures & Technology

The Cookery - Local Art/Science initiatives


When we talk about art/science, we can only ask ourselves a lot of questions.

What can arts bring to science and vice versa? How can they work together when their methodologies, and even languages, tend to respond to completely different aims and criteria?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of these collaborative experiments? Can they positively impact each other? What are the benefits of such cooperation? And what are the secret ingredients for truly successful, transversal, equal connections between art and culture, university and research?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed by the three art/science projects that will be presented on the opening day of the Cookery: Lumson, Imagining Ecological Futures (KIKK) and Sustainable Robotics (Ohme).

After the 3 presentations there will be an open dialogue with the audience.

Ohme – Sustainable Robotics: towards a more integrative approach in art and science residencies

In 2024, Ohme launched the first artist-in-residence programme at the Brussels Institute for Advanced Studies (BrIAS), in collaboration with FARI – Institute of Artificial Intelligence for the Common Good, both co-founded and co-led by the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB).

Through an open call, the artists selected are Kris Verdonck and Dewi Brunet.

Camilla Colombo, co-founder and artistic director of Ohme, will present the project as well as offer insights in Ohme’s long-standing collaboration with the scientific community in artistic projects.

KIKK – imagining Ecological Futures: Arts & Sciences residency program around the theme ECOLOGICAL FUTURES

The residency gives artistic researchers from various fields the opportunity to work on the intersection of art, science and ecological questions. The aim is to develop useful arts-led interdisciplinary research tools and artworks to examine how cultural practitioners critically address and creatively negotiate ecological futures.

In collaboration with Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles - Digital arts, Goethe Institut Belgium and CCN/Namur Cultural Center.

Lumson – revealing the inaudible with piezoelectricity, AI, voices and electroluminescence

The talk will present the various themes of the LUMSON project. The project develops an artistic and collective framework around inaudible frequencies, voices, sound synthesis, artificial intelligence and materials research, with critical involvement of a diverse group of partners.

The presentation will look at the inaudible sound domain and what it means in our daily lives. What kind of radiation footprint do we leave behind and what is the relation with natural radiation phenomena. How can we generate awareness of this extended bandwidth and what kind of artistic output are we developing.

We will talk about the many different types of inaudible waves and how we can transduce them into the audible. What type of translations are possible?

In this talk, we will also discuss a prototype of a electroluminescent loudspeaker being investigated and developed at IMO-IMOMEC. This light emitting loudspeaker will form the basis of how we will amplify sounds.


Header picture: Plantoid, Dewi Brunet

The Cookery 2024 is possible thanks to the support of Innoviris; the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, through the transnational cooperation project "European Digital Deal"; and the Polish Institute.