Luxembourg Institute of Art charter

The Luxembourg Institute of Art (LIART) is a liquid organisation promoting the emergence of new and free artistic expression and scientific thinking gathering independent artists, researchers, engineers, craftsman and craftswomen to explore society challenges away from the herd and that share a common vision described in the present charter.

Trans-disciplinarity through art, science and crafts borders is the essence of LIART, which is entirely driven by practitionners and their creative freedom with intellectual rigour and honesty as a foundational principle.

All LIART activities are driven by curiosity and aim at triggering reflection about our individual and collective condition as part of the global ecosystem, through an aesthetic elaborated from current scientific knowledge, technologies and art practices as free creative foundations.

Independence

Free creation is at the heart of LIART. Therefore, because there is no other contractual relationship between LIART and its members other than the trademark license agreement, LIART members remain fully independent in their activities. As a consequence, all statements, positions, creations, products and activities are provided by LIART members under their responsibility and possibly under specific contractual agreements signed between members and third parties.

LIART per se has no legal body and is uniquely constituted by those artists, scientists, engineers, craftswome and craftsmen who are granted the right to use the LIART intellectual property. We believe that this is a good balance between guaranteing full creative freedom while maintaing collective visibility, credibiliy, critical mass and collaboration around a common goal.

Activities

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.

Project

Projects are formed by consistent sets of creative, research and trainaing activities around an common artistic creation and exploration objective performed by one or more members. As a common endeavour of members and possibly partners, it is constructed around a set topically related questions and plan for creations, research activities and training aiming at exploring such questions, materialising the results or illustrating the reflection process in creations or disseminating the results and the exploration tools through learning activities. To reflect the liquid nature of the Luxembourg Institute of Art, projects are maintained permeable in the sense that new members, new activities and new insights can continuously flow in and out of all projects.

Creation

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;
  • Edition activities support members in the edition process of books, artpiece reproduction, design and objects.

Research

The research pillar represents the exploratory part of the LIART artistic activities within 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 artistic 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 bibliographic search;
  • Publications through LIART edition or other scientific, artistic, or other publishers;
  • And of course, the cristallisation of research results in artpieces.

Training

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.

Activity, event, and project creation

As the essence of LIART is collaboration, to maintain consistency among LIART activities, to enable all members to possibly propose its contribution to an idea, to ensure proper communication and publicity as well as to guarantee that the activity is in line with LIART Charter and reputation, the creation of any event, activity, or project organised in the name of LIART are subject to communication to all members and, if requested by a member, a decision of the Members Assembly.

Members remain of course free to organise events, activities or projects privately with or without other LIART members. In this case, they will make sure that the communication will not mislead the public about the fact that such event, activity or project is organised by LIART itself. Simple communication about LIART membership is still expected, but should not be misleading in this case. Events, activities and projects privately organised by members are welcome to be advertised on the LIART website.

Headquarter and experiments

The Headquarter of LIART is located at the address of the Luxembourg institute of Art intellectual property owner.

Apart from the headquarter, LIART is physically distributed in several locations called experiments. They correspond to the living places where 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 or nearby local dialects.

Every member is free to request the creation of a new official LIART experiment. Based on a writen motivation and descrition of planned activities, the effective creation will then require a validation from the Members Assembly. For consistency reasons, before creating a new experiment, should another one exist nearby, it is always wise to first contact its representative and explore ways of extending its scope. Scope extensions in the spirit of the Charter are always welcome and do not require Members Assembly decision.

Members and Members Assembly

The members assembly is composed of all the individuals and legal bodies who are granted a license for the use of the Luxembourg Instiute of Art intellectual property during their license validity period. All valid members taking part in the Members Assembly are listed in the web site. The Members Assembly is the decisional body for all matters listed in the Charter where a decision is required. The Members Assembly is chaired by the Luxembourg Institute of Art intellectual right owner.

Decision and Quorum

Valid decisions whenever a decision is required are explicitely taken by the Members Assembly at the majority of voters within 30 days after communication of a writen notice to all Members. The decision request can be sent by any Member and must describe unambiguously the topic of the discussion, the decision to be taken with clear approval or clear rejection.

Each Member has one vote. To ensure individual responsibility, transparency of decision and collective spirit, the votes are not secret. Voters and their votes will be jointly communicated with the final decision communication. Valid votes are emitted by any means stated in the request for decision notice such as but not limited to presence during a meeting, electronic or postal mail, teleconference that can be witnessed directly or indirectly by all voters. Unless stated otherwise, absence of votes or voters is considered as a validation of the notice request. The Member who requested the decision compiles the votes and sends to all members the writen minutes of the decision, together with the voters and their votes.

The list of all decisions is maintained by the Members Assembly chairperson or a Member designated to do so.

Modification

Any modification of the Charter requires a valid decision from the Member's Assembly. The new version of the Charter will be communicated to all members by postal or electronic mail and published on the LIART web site. The new version of the Charter enters into force at the date of communication and publication.

Any modification or addition to the Charter that significantly contradicts, modifies or limits the intellectual property license can be invalidated in part or in full upon writen motivation of the Luxembourg Institute of Art intellectual property owner.

Intellectual property

The Luxembourg Institute of Art intellectual property in the Charter consists in the liart.lu and liart.be domain names and the associated trademarks as described in the license contract.