EIT Culture & Creativity revealed details of its upcoming call for contributions to The Next Renaissance during the launch event in Ars Electronica, celebrated in Linz, Austria, on 7 September 2023. The Next Renaissance is a flagship initiative of EIT Culture & Creativity, an Innovation Community supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
“Back in 2022, before EIT Culture & Creativity was designated, we decided with some of our partners that we needed to express our conviction that the transformative power of arts and technologies cooperating is one key enabling factor for a better life and just society – especially in times of multiple crisis and dwindling hopes. That is why The Next renaissance was born; and that is why EIT Culture & Creativity will keep it alive”.
“Not everything that is commonly referred to as innovative really deserves this label. More and more people are realizing these days that innovation in the 21st century has to be more than just the next product range. This is where the triangle of science, technology and art comes into play. It’s about fundamentally new perspectives and forms of collaboration, and all the potential that comes from this interplay”.
Matthias Hauser, General Manager of Media Solution Center Baden-Württemberg and Chair of The Next Renaissance Group, shared with the expecting audience the key information about the calls. Creatives, artists, researchers, social innovators and scientists from across the world are invited to submit contributions demonstrating good practices of artistic and scientific collaboration for a transformative impact on society, with a focus in the following topic areas:
- Humanity in a highly computerized culture.
- Collaboration in multi-faceted crisis.
- Culture for Climate.
Contributions should be about initiatives running since 1 January 2020 and may be in different formats, including text, video, illustration or comic. A maximum of 50 contributions will be selected by the jury to be published in The Next Renaissance website and disseminated through other media. The submission period is expected to open until 15 December 2023.
Additionally, EIT Culture & Creativity will also call for proposals for The Next Renaissance new visual identity. The scope of the call requires the submission of one visual identity concept proposal, including where necessary moodboards, mockups, sketches and drafts of key branding and visual elements (e.g., logo, typography, palette, etc.). The proposals should include a text briefly describing the logic behind the design idea. The submission period for this strand will remain open until 15 November 2023. Selected contributions will receive a stipend according to the call terms and conditions. Further details and conditions will be published on 1 October 2023 in The Next Renaissance website. https://www.nextrenaissance.eu
About EIT Culture & Creativity
EIT Culture & Creativity is the ninth Innovation Community by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. It is designed to strengthen and transform Europe’s Cultural and Creative Sectors and Industries (CCSI) by connecting creatives and organisations to Europe’s largest innovation network. It takes a holistic and open approach to innovation – from tech to artistic driven innovations, from business to citizen driven – and reinforces the appreciation and anchoring of European values and identities. EIT Culture & Creativity will unlock latent value from a multitude of small CCSI stakeholders through technology transfer, improved cross-sectoral collaboration and their effective integration in production value networks. EIT Culture & Creativity will support technology and business innovation; artistic innovation and social innovation. It will also harness the unique position of the CCSI to facilitate the Triple Transitions in Europe – green, digital and social.