KiiCS: Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science

MadLab, Lab Easy, Family DIY Microscopy and Water Bear Hunting
MadLab, Lab Easy, Family DIY Microscopy and Water Bear Hunting

The Arts Catalyst is a partner in KiiCS (Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science), a 3-year European Commission Seventh Framework funded project (February 2012 – January 2015) which aims to:

  • Develop and explore original and innovative processes, methods and tools to "incubate” interdisciplinary arts, science and technology projects. Artists and scientists are brought together to produce and work on new, innovative ideas thus providing evidence of the positive impact of art and science interaction on creativity and innovation.
  • Encourage young people to engage in scientific activities and raise their interest in science and technology. Young adults (14-17 years old) are invited to discover new ways to look at science with the support of creative and artistic interventions.
  • Explore business partnership and market potential for the most innovative ideas stemming from art and science interaction. 

The Arts Catalyst was one of seven city nodes across Europe. Our activities included workshops with scientists and artists and other 'incubation' activities in The Arts Catalyst's London Project Space (between February 2012 and July 2013), including MadLab's 'Lab Easy' residency and workshop series, a one-day workshop with scientists including Dr Ceri Brenner, artists including Torsten Lauschmann, Lindsay Seers and Adam Chodzco, and designer Anab Jain, artist Alistair McClymont's residency at the Central Laser Facility, and artists' research and development projects by Torsten Lauschmann, Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, and Andy Freeman.