In light of the economic crisis, climate changes, urban development or the advent of ICTs, artists are more and more addressing contemporary societal challenges in almost all spheres of human activities. Designing new stories or proposing new symbols and ideas through experimental and cross-sectoral encounters has clearly become a new necessity in an innovation-driven and post-modern society that is increasingly facing new challenges. It is a sign of the times that an ever growing number of artists and institutions are interested in the latest scientific developments accelerating change in the world. This evolution requires new initiatives to establish better connections between arts and science, between cultural & research institutions and with our citizens.

STUDIOTOPIA is a speculative journey that intends to address that. It is both a residency programme that is designed for a new generation of artists interested in collaborating with young scientists as well as a process to engage with specific audiences in a creative way.

STUDIOTOPIA encourages renowned and emerging contemporary visual artists to host a scientist or researcher in the independent & inspiring environment of their studios, reversing the usual approach whereby artists are invited to work at R&D departments of universities or companies. It also goes directly towards specific communities to raise their awareness and bring new perspectives on sustainability challenges.

13 Artists are inviting 13 scientists to their Studios!

In the course of almost two years, STUDIOTOPIA will offer 13 artists and 13 scientists a unique opportunity to collaborate together for a duration of seventeen months.

Selected scientists will be offered 1000 Euro fee, plus travel and production expenses to create a collaborative project together with the artist. In total 13 projects will be selected.

This is a unique opportunity to conduct a long-term art&science research and present the results in exhibitions, pop-up labs, lectures and workshops across the partnering institutions.

Timeline for scientists

Residency programme starts in September 2020 and lasts until early 2022.

3rd of May : Deadline Online application
15th of June: Successful applicants personally notified
9 to 11th September: Residency Starts: Matchmaking Event at Ars Electronica for Successful Participants, Artists, Scientific Committee Members and STUDIOTOPIA Consortium
15th of October: Collaborative partners submit residency programme proposal to artist supporting institution. Exact working plan is established on the basis of availabilities of participants
31 of December 2021: Estimated end of Residencies
1st of January 2022: Dissemination of results 

** For more info and submit to the application >

Discover the artists of GLUON

Siobhan Mcdonald

Siobhán McDonald is an artist in residence in the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin (2017-2019) working with world-leading research facilities such as The European Space Agency (ESA); The JRC European Commission and The European Research Council to explore ecology in light of current ecological concerns. Across these research labs, she pursues knowledge to ask questions about the structure and history of the earth. Her art practice calls on notions of what is still unknown to science, exploring the Anthropocene and the recent consequences of our treatment of nature. She is interested in the changeable nature of landmass, historical events and their interconnection to time. In her studio, she works with a diverse group including historians and scientists. Her works manifest in many forms including painting, drawing, film and sound.

Kuang Yi Ku

Kuang-Yi Ku was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, and has been based in the Netherlands since 2016. He graduated with triple master degrees in social design from Design Academy Eindhoven; in dentistry from National Yang-Ming University; and in Communication Design from Shih Chien University. 
Formerly a dentist, Ku is a bio-artist and social designer. He founded TW BioArt (a Taiwan bioart community) to stimulate the fields of BioArt and Science + Art in Taiwan. His works often deal with the human body, sexuality, interspecies interactions, and medical technology, and aim to investigate the relationships among technology, individuals, and the environment.


STUDIOTOPIA is an initiative that aims to increase collaborations between cultural and research institutions, academia, innovation centres, creatives and citizens. The initiative consists of eight European cultural institutions:

Center for Fine Arts (BOZAR) and GLUON in Brussels, Ars Electronicain Linz, Cluj Cultural Centre in Cluj, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Laboral in Gijon. 

STUDIOTOPIA (2019-2022) project, including residencies is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.