We live in a world where technological advances and their effects are becoming more and more an issue involving of all of us, whether we live in the western or eastern hemisphere, in the global north or south. Rapid aging of the population, strategic functioning of the economic superpowers, ground-breaking technological applications, marginalization and exclusion of social groups, tensions between governments and non-governmental organizations, local and international conflicts, climate change, environmental problems and new healthcare challenges pose civilization challenges for mankind which require thorough consideration and active participation. New technologies, with their emancipatory neutrality, offer on the one hand the possibility of empowering civil society, and on the other increased control and concentration of power and capital.
We all face challenges which determine our future and the future of our children, so active participation in the konS project means promoting visionary, unexpected, different ideas allowing us to see beyond the determinism of rationalist western science and economics. Through our activity, we can encourage, inspire and empower decision-makers, scientists, engineers and economists in their actions that are inclusive, socially responsible and sustainable.
The konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art project aims to promote breakthrough artistic creations and establish a production environment where art ideation can be translated into recommendations for the innovation of better, safer, more sustainable and ethical products and services. By promoting excellence in artwork, we want to create an inspiring environment for creators of the future among children and young people, and for decision-makers and professional stakeholders involved in the creation of new technological applications and social innovations. The project aims to grow an active network of producers of contemporary investigative art, which through its transdisciplinary activities enables communities and the economy access to more sustainable, safer and more ethical societal and technological innovations.
Partners in the konS project consortium are Kersnikova Institute, Projekt Atol Institute, Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljudmila Association, CONA Institute for Contemporary Art Procesing (all Ljubljana), University of Nova Gorica – School of Arts, Velenje Youth Center, LokalPatriot (Novo mesto), Youth Centre for Cultural Activities Maribor.
konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art is a project chosen on the public call for the selection of the operations “Network of Investigative Art and Culture Centres”. The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union.