We will help transform water landscapes

The TIDAL ArtS project has been successfully funded with 2 million euros, bringing together diverse participants from various organisations and countries to address the current environmental and biodiversity crisis. The project aims to inspire and transform aquatic landscapes through arts and sciences, challenging the binary thinking that has historically divided nature and culture. The project should start in mid-2024 and run for three years.

The TIDAL ArtS project will create artistic and scientific residencies in an interdisciplinary and interspecies spirit, bringing together artists, scientists, and more-than-human communities. The goal is to increase awareness about the challenges faced by the ocean and inland waters and inspire the mobilisation of creative, circular actions for their protection and restoration. The residencies will be created in places such as the green and blue lagoon of São Miguel Island in the Azores archipelago, an island in the middle of the Danube across from Budapest, the Turku Archipelago in the Baltic Sea, and the Venice Lagoon.

The Interactive Technologies Institute is one of the project partners and will play a crucial role in the TIDAL ArtS project. As the Bauhaus of the Seas Sails coordinator, the Interactive Technologies Institute brings a unique capacity to tap into the principles of the New European Bauhaus (NEB) Initiative and utilise this knowledge for the project’s scope. “We are thrilled to be a part of the TIDAL ArtS project and contribute to the important work of fostering empathy towards aquatic ecosystems in need of protection”, said Mariana Pestana, researcher at the Interactive Technologies Institute and Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico. “Our expertise in architecture, biology and interactive technologies will be used to create a support structure for artists to engage with the local context and get to know the complexities of the more-than-human communities found in each location”, she adds. 

The TIDAL ArtS project is a collaborative effort between the coordinator Submariner Network for Blue Growth (DE), Instituto Superior Técnico (PT), University College Cork (IE), Pro Progressione (HU), German Marine Research Consortium (DE), Aalto University (FI), Spanish National Research Council (SP), Digital Training Institute (IE) and the Culture Action Europe (BE). Together, they represent a wealth of expertise and perspectives to address the current environmental and biodiversity crisis. The project aims to promote sustainable ocean cities by 2030 and ensure connections between the European and Global dimensions of TIDAL ArtS, promoting the project’s results internationally.