Art-sci connectivity offers a stimulating and inspiring look at a variety of topics and highlights the benefits of today’s global communication. In a certain constellation, the visions of the artist and the scientist lead to original solutions, concepts and prototypes. In connection with the local uniqueness, but especially the creativity of the participating experts, it is possible to discover non-traditional possibilities, not only for the field of contemporary art. The EMA (Eco Media Art) project focuses on media and intermedia art forms and its task is to support the creation of authorial works that work with ecological issues. EMA is an impulse and consequently a kind of presentation space for authentic artistic probes of the author’s team. It is an intersection where a mutual dialogue between artists and scientists, who find innovative solutions for selected areas of research in the creative process.
The EMA 2020 project is intended for artists, scientists and professionals from various artistic and social fields. It brings stimuli for the creation or finding of new contexts and supports networking and the generation of new art forms. The concept of the EMA 2020 project is based on current knowledge and interdisciplinary thinking in ecology and contemporary art (eco media art), while initiating the creation of authorial concepts and their multimedia processing – this time on the basis of cross-border institutional cooperation (SK / HU).
The idea of the project originated in 2017 during the implementation of a major international project EDASN (European Digital Art and Science Network) led by Ars Electronica, Linz (AT), in which the art group DIG also participated with its DIG gallery platform in Košice, which is the only of its kind in Slovakia. The prestigious title of UNESCO – Creative City of Media Arts, which the city of Košice won in 2017, is proof of the synergy of profiled cultural activities and key art projects, which are clearly included in the aforementioned art-sci project.
The EMA 2020 project, which was supported by the Interreg / SK-HU grant scheme, is backed by a consortium of partners – the DIG Art Association, Košice (SK) and Art Colony, Cered (HU). The associated partner of the project is the Faculty of Arts of the Technical University in Košice (SK). The long-term strategy of the project is not only the promotion of works of new media and digital media art, but also the support of cognitive thinking and especially an active creative attitude in addressing important environmental and social issues of today.