Call for contributions - Symposium on Art-Science Residencies

Announcement and call for contributions


Art and science are intimately linked. The ability to proceed to the unknown, the experimental approaches, the relation to technology, or the modes of collaboration are sometimes similar to two worlds that, at first glance, seem disjointed or even opposite : generality vs. singularity, rationality vs. sensitivity, disciplinary specialization vs. transdisciplinary integration… These similarities and differences are more and more recognized as complementary assets in collaborative processes. Eminent personalities evolve in both scientific and artistic worlds. Meetings between researchers and artists, resolutely oriented towards technological innovation or original creation flourish and seem fruitful both in the cross-fertilisation they enable and in the knowledge and artefacts they produce.

One of the main frameworks for these collaborations, programs of artistic residencies in public and/or private research structures are proposed by various organizations, at internal, regional, national and international levels. If each of them has its own vision and approach, depending on its specific objectives, research framework and hosting context, the multiplication of these initiatives and the growing amount of gained experiences set the conditions for initiating a mutual exchange on their methodologies, tools, and lessons learned. 

In the framework of the 2020 edition of its Mutation Creation art-science yearly encounters in Paris and in relation to the STARTS Residencies program, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou organises on March 2nd & 3rd, 2020 an international symposium dedicated to the management of artistic residencies in the context of scientific research and technological innovation. This public event, which will gather art-science residencies organizers and researchers aims at discussing the processes and methodologies carried out in order to organize, communicate, select, implement, monitor, and assess art-science residencies.


The symposium will take place at IRCAM, Paris, on March 2nd from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm and on March 3rd from 9:30 to 1:30 pm. Access will be free within the limit of available seats.

Together with introductions and keynotes, the discussions are to be organized in roundtables which will address the main themes and issues, including :

-      Framework and objectives

  •   What are the features of a residencies program (objectives, roles, means, process, ...)?
  •   What are the expected outcomes and benefits for the involved stakeholders ? 
  •   What are the success criteria and how to measure them ?

-      Team building

  •   How to gather and select the actors?
  •   How to manage a call for residencies?

-      Implementation

  •   Which conditions for productive art-science collaborations?
  •   How to enable and support disruptive approaches?
  •   How to monitor an evolving collaborative process?
  •   Which contractual and legal frameworks?

-      Impact

  •   Which assessment modes?
  •   Actual vs. initial outcomes
  •   Which modes of private/ public communication?

Call for contributions

The call for contributions is open to representatives of organisations involved in managing art-science residencies programs and to researchers studying art-science collaborative processes. Depending on the proposed content and raised issues, the selected speakers will be integrated in a thematic panel, with a short time for presentation.

Applications shall be submitted by November 15th 2019 here. Applicants will be informed of their selection by December 9th 2019 and the Symposium program will be published by January 2020.

Program committee

Greg Beller, Director of Research/Creation Interfaces, IRCAM, Nicolas Henchoz, Director, ECAL-EPFL, Ana Solange Leal, Area Manager, Inova International, Hugues Vinet, Director of Innovation and Research Means, IRCAM

Organising committee

Louise Enjalbert, Greg Beller, Hugues Vinet, IRCAM