Vertigo STARTS


Artistic practices are more and more broadly recognized as potential vectors of technological innovation. One of the main objectives of the STARTS initiative of the European Commission is to catalyze new synergies between all concerned stakeholders: artists, cultural institutions, R&D projects in information and communication technologies (ICT), companies, incubators and funds.

The VERTIGO project is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) supported by the H2020 Program of the European Commission. Its purpose is to support and coordinate these synergies at the European level through three main action lines:

  • A program of artistic residencies as part of Tech projects, through 3 yearly calls for proposals which will be selected by an international jury. A total budget of 900 k€ is allocated by the project for funding the participation of artists in at least 45 residencies aiming at producing original artworks featuring innovative use-cases of the developed technologies.
  • The organization of a yearly public event in Paris exhibiting the results of these collaborations. It will take place as part of the new Mutations / Creation platform initiated at Centre Pompidou, gathering exhibitions, performances and symposia, and dedicated to exposing and questioning the current challenges of contemporary arts in relation to their technological and scientific ecosystem. The first edition of Mutations/ Creation opens in March 2017 in the framework of the celebration of the 40th birthday of the foundation of the Centre Pompidou and IRCAM.
  • The development of the web platform, uniting all concerned actors and offering, support to their related actions (matchmaking, communication, organization of third parties’ artistic residencies programs, etc.).

The project gathers a consortium of experienced partners in the fields of art-science collaborations, design, Tech research and innovation. It includes an international network of cultural institutions which will relay and disseminate the activities to their own networks.

Re-live VERTIGO's opening event and discover some of the project partners!


Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS

The European Commission – EC, DG CONNECT – has launched the STARTS initiative to promote inclusion of artists in innovation projects funded in H2020.
These projects are directly funded under by the H2020 Programme of the European Commission in the framework of STARTS (Science, Technology and the ARTS) initiative of the DG Connect.

“Boost synergies between artists, creative people and technologists”

VERTIGO is funded under the H2020 European STARTS initiative, innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS. STARTS promotes the arts as catalysts for efficient conversion of science and technology knowledge into products, services, and processes.