04 September 2016 - 30 September 2016
IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

Citizen Artist Incubator project

Thirteen selected performing artists came together at IIASA for a one-month program with the ambition to develop new ways of making art that has a fundamental impact on society.

© Morgan Marinoni

© Morgan Marinoni

This Creative Europe co-funded project Citizen Artist Incubator (CAI) was directed by two artists: Gloria Benedikt, an Austrian professional dancer, graduate of social and political sciences, and Associate for Science and Arts at IIASA, and Merlijn Twaalfhoven, a Dutch composer and cultural entrepreneur.

Together with a selected group of performing artists, they aimed to bridge the gap between art, science, and society by further pushing the boundaries of their performances and seeking new forms of collaborations. Among the group of selected artists were musicians, theater makers, artistic producers, dancers and choreographers from Austria, Canada, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Syria, Romania, Tunisia and the Ukraine. At Schloss Laxenburg – home of IIASA – the CAI participants interacted with leading experts in academia, science, and policy, and discussed today’s global, regional, and communal issues before transferring these challenges into innovative art projects.

CAI’s mission was to empower the next generations of artists, develop their skills to create a positive impact on society, and build an interdisciplinary exchange as part of a European network. The project aimed at becoming the first leadership program in the performing arts focusing on how to employ artistic innovation to create impact on current, real world problems. 


Karim Benammar: Transformative Thinking

Karim Benammar is a philosopher specialized in thinking techniques and paradigm shifts. He studied philoshophy in England, the United States and Japan, and was associate professor at Kobe University. 

Video introduction to the workshop

9 September, Raiffa Room

First session 11:00 to 13:00. Interactive lecture

Second session 14:00 to 16:00. Discussion Homo Creator

Third session 17:00 to 19:00. Introduction to Reframing, and Reframing first iteration

11 September, Raiffa Room

First session 10:30 to 13:30. Presentation and discussion of Reframes, and Reframing second iteration including variations

Second session 14:30 to 17:30. Socratic Dialogue on Citizen Artist project

Dana Caspersen: Conflict Resolution

Dana Caspersen is a conflict mediator, writer, and dance artist. In her nearly three decades as a leading artist with the Ballet Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company, Caspersen worked as a primary collaborator of choreographer William Forsythe. She has been nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Dance Achievement and received the Bessie Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement. 

19 September, Raiffa Room

11:00 to 13:00, 14:30 to 16:30, 17:00 to 19:00. Looking at the strategies of action: What strategies are we choosing?

We will begin by experiencing and examining some models of choreographic public dialogue that I have developed, as a basis for looking at categories of action, and the impact they produce in areas such as the spatial, temporal, rhythmical, formal, and relational.

20 September, Gvishiani Room

11:00 to 13:00, 14:30 to 16:30, 17:00 to 19:00. Experimenting with building impactful events: Building action prototypes

We will then move into a process of working in small groups to create a series of prototypes for interactive events, building on your interests and the work you have done in the previous weeks. This process of creating quick action-idea sketches and trying them out with your colleagues will be an opportunity to imagine and experience your work in a translated form, and to build a practice of receiving and offering feedback on the impact you are creating through your practice.

Second CAI project in July 2017

The first CAI camp will take place at IIASA in Laxenburg from 4 September to 30 September 2016; the second camp is being planned for July 2017. Applications will be accepted from October 2016.

The CAI project is co-funded by the European Union Program Creative Europe and has been developed in partnership with CulturePolis, Fokus, Pacificstream, and La Vie sur Terre.

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