The idea of LIART emerged from discussions among a number of artists, scientists and engineers willing to create stronger bridges between their disciplines in a very flexible organisation with serendipity and emergence of the unexpected as foundamental drivers. Willing to escape from the over-dominant and deleterious idea that competition drives excellence in science, art and mostly all dimensions of our societies, they want to promote another way to organise the exploration of scientific and artistic ideas together with its reification in artpiece and scientific proposals through emulation and constructive discussion, away from pre-conceived ideas, but remaining extremely strict on intellectual honesty and rigourous fact checking.
LIART is formed by the free gathering of artists, scientists, engineers, craftswomen and craftsmen that share a common vision described in the LIART charter [>>>].
LIART activities are organised in three pillars taking place in Experiments where members and local communities explore artistic creation around science, craft, and technologies in the framework of projects [>>>]:
The creation pillar gathers all artistic activities as output of the LIART experimantation process.
- As promotion and diffusion activities [>>>], the LIART Experiments organise exhibitions and multi-disciplinary performances, locally at the Experiment premises or delocalized with partners [>>>].
- Production activities [>>>] consists in supprting members in their creation process with residence, access to workshops and connection with shared members networks as well as with the support of partners [>>>].
- LIART also develops edition activities, supporting members in the edition process of books, artpiece reproduction, design and objects [>>>].
The esearch pillar represents the exploratory part of the LIART artistic activities withon projects. It is performed freely by members individually or collaboratively, possibly involving participants to other activities around scientific and technological topics that may have societal impacts. Research activities can span many dimensions from reflection about the use of science and technologies in arts and craft production as tools or constituory material of the artpiece, as topic of reflection in our current world, their consequences on our lives and how such reflections can be conveyed to the public through art and craft, but also reversing the perspective in thinking science and technologies from an artistice point of view, i.e, doing science artistically or how art practice foster serendipity and emergence in science and technologies. As such, research activities can take multiple forms of works [>>>] and events [>>>]:
- Field experiments with artists and public
- Reflection and bibliography search
- Publications through LIART edition or other scientific, artistic, or other publishers
- And of course, the cristallisation of research results in artpieces
Training activities are larger than pure learning. They mainly aim at disseminating the work of LIART in the public either to trigger debates and reflexion, or to support aquiring new competencies on all aspect of LIART activities [>>>].
- Organisation of short trainings programs (one day to one full week followed by public presentations) on LIART experiment premises delivered by members or partners
- Organisation of or intervention in conferences and public events on LIART experiment premises, partners or upon invitation
- Collaborations with partner institutions for workshops or supporting internships
Contact and locations
240 avenue de Longwy
LIART is physically distributed in several locations called experiments. They correspond to the living places of the three pillars take place: creation, research and training. In addition to physically cristallise LIART activities among members, they also constitute places for local communities to make experiment with LIART artistic life and reflection. The name comes directly from this idea of direct public participation in many possible forms that each experiment is free to invent. In order to anchor LIART within both Belgian province of Luxembourg and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, as well as with neighbouring regions in France and Germany, the experiments are named according to their location in Luxembourgish language.