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.
DIG (Digital Intervention Group)
The art group DIG (acronym Digital Intervention Group) was founded in 2012 in Košice. DIG is a community of artists, curators and enthusiasts who perform mainly in digital and multimedia art. The key DIG project is the DIG gallery, which is the only one of its kind in Slovakia. It is a specific model of an open-source gallery based in the area of the former tobacco factory in Košice. As part of this brownfield, the DIG group organized international multimedia exhibitions and co-educational events, which presented various areas of contemporary media art. One of the important parallel DIG projects is the MAO (Media Art Office) presentation platform. The artistic director of DIG is a multimedia artist and cultural activist, Richard Kitta, who also works in the academic field. Under his leadership, the DIG group became part of a major art project and the international consortium European Digital Art and Science Network (2014 – 2017), led by the Austrian partner Ars Electronica, Linz (AT). Since 2017, the DIG group has been a part of the Košice – UNESCO / Creative City of Media Arts working group, and through the mentioned activities it has made a significant contribution to winning this prestigious title.
Ars Longa Nonprofit Art Association
ARTColony Cered is an international platform for artists, founded in 1996. In the Hungarian village of Cered, annual meetings of artists from different countries are organized to participate in thematic symposia. The original environment of Cered provides contemporary artists not only with a strong visual stimulus, but also with the opportunity to draw attention to the traditions that this environment offers. During the symposia, artists often create site-specific works with which they respond to the surrounding environment. The constant dialogue between the artist and the environment and the search for intersections between contemporary art and social engagement is essential. The ARTColona Cered symposium was attended by artists from more than 20 countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, France, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, Malaysia and others). The last thematic events of ARTColona Cered were Summer-Kitchen (2018) and Separated Spaces (2017).
The founder and artistic director of ARTColona Cered is the artist Csaba Furjesi. In addition to his organizational activities, Furjesi works on the international stage as an independent artist. Since 2008 he has exhibited in various capitals around the world such as Egypt, Santa Catalina and Monterey (US), Dresden and Rome.
Faculty of Arts TUKE
During the two decades of its existence, the Faculty of Arts at the Technical University in Košice became visible mainly through its artistic and scientific activities in the national and international context. The prestigious results of the faculty are evidenced by the number of successful nominations of teachers and students for important art awards. The main mission of the Faculty of Arts is, in addition to pedagogical activities (in areas such as architecture, design and fine arts), also the initiation of cultural and artistic life in the region of eastern Slovakia. Since 2007, the Faculty of Arts TUKE has had a significant representation in the project Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013 and with its activities contributed to the gain of this exceptional title. Since 2017, the TUKE Faculty of Arts has been a part of the Košice – UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts network.