Tech Project

Open Call
In Residency
Residency Outcome
CRoss fErtilisation through AlignmenT, synchronisation and Exchanges for IoT
From Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2019
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Description of the challenges faced by the Tech Project

Trust in the IoT Artist Residency The promise of the Internet of Things is that computing will disappear into the world around us. Any object, from a cup to street furniture, may be a connected object. This poses profound challenges, as its capability or use may not be transparent. This lack of transparency is compounded by a highly complex landscape of actors, where it is hard to determine who is responsible for devices, algorithms and data, and so who is accountable for privacy and when things go wrong. Profound issues are raised in the Internet of Things that are challenging to understand and address for industry partners and the public alike. Even among domain experts, a specialist in privacy may not understand the latest advances in security. This gap in understanding can inhibit acceptance and uptake of best practices among citizens and technology companies alike. The purpose of this artist residency is to make these issues tangible, visual, accessible, comprehensible.

Brief description of technology

This residency presents an opportunity to collaborate with the leading thinkers and technologists in Europe at an early stage in the programme to develop an artistic work challenging the fundamental issues of interest in the Internet of Things. CREATE IoT will provide access to the artist to key people, companies, concepts and technologies associated with Trust in the Internet of Things. Key elements regarding the development of a trusted environment for the development of IoT and comprehensive technical and non-technical solutions regarding privacy, security and trust issues will be made available to the artist.

What the project is looking to gain from the collaboration and what kind of artist would be suitable

The project is looking for a collaborative relationship with an artist who can bring artistic curiosity and enquiry around project themes, science, technology and data, and translate concepts and data into experiences or tangible form. Unlike some other residencies, this is not envisioned to involve a high degree of hands-on access to mature technologies. Instead, the focus will be on enquiry into the issues raised and conceptual development to underpin the creation of a new artistic work. One outcome of the residency could be a video (an original work, or documentation of a work) to communicate in an imaginative, compelling and accessible way these concepts and themes.

Resources available to the artist

Resources available to the artist are: • An office/studio facility • Internet connection • Expert and technical advice on vital issues within the Internet of Things, especially regarding privacy, security and trust issues • Curatorial support through project partners • Administrative and IT support networks