The Hulda Art-Sci Festival

Forwarded email:

“Dear Madam/Sir,

I am contacting you to explain about the competition that we are launching among university students over 18 years of age and would like to ask for your help in disseminating the information among the students of your institution.

We are the Ilhan Koman Foundation based in Istanbul. Presently we are implementing an art and science project with the financial support of EC’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7). This project is supported by FP7 in the field of Science in Society and targets to disseminate the notion of science and scientific thought among the general public, particularly young people. Our project uses ludic associations to present the creative aspects of scientific thought. We are coordinating the project with 14 local partners and many supporters in 10 cities, namely Stockholm, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Barcelona, Naples, Malta, Thessalonica and Istanbul. Further information about our project entitled “Hulda Festival” can be found on our website

Our competition is implemented under the name of “artscist” and focuses on the topic of “Science meets Art” targeting students of higher education over 18 years old in the above-listed cities.

Information about “artscist”

artscist – In line with the general concept of the Hulda Festival, “artscist” competition aims to create alternative perspectives to awaken interest of youngsters in science. As indirect approaches that exploit art are more effective in attracting laymen to science rather than by simply presenting science per se; art can serve as an efficient tool in awakening attention through aesthetic and ludic associations; creativity—being the common denominator of art and science—is an essential actor in the development of knowledge-based societies which do not build merely on learned knowledge.

Basing on this objective, “artscist” invites higher education students from the 10 cities where the festival is taking place (namely Stockholm, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Barcelona, Naples, Malta, Thessalonica, Istanbul) to participate in the competition with their innovative and creative artistic projects that vulgarise scientific phenomena.

Prize – One winning author from each of the 9 cities will be invited to Istanbul for 3 days (travel, accommodation costs and meals covered by the organisers), to participate in an “Art and Science” symposium and attend the opening of the exhibition of their works in a major cultural centre.

Expected Content of Projects to Be Submitted – Students wishing to participate in “artscist” are invited to present their creative projects that explore scientific phenomena with the aim of introducing the scientific aspect to the general public in a vulgarised manner. These works, which are envisaged to be “scientific artworks” or “artistic experiments”, shall be accompanied with vulgarising descriptions and can use any medium, as long as they don’t require their authors to be permanently present to demonstrate their work.

Evaluation and Jury – The projects will be evaluated based on originality, quality of and potential for vulgarisation by an international jury of seven members from diverse disciplines such as sociology, mathematics, molecular biology, medicine, architecture, electronic engineering, fine arts.

Who Can Participate – Students over 18 years old from any department in the 10 cities involved in the Hulda Festival are invited to participate in the competition with their innovative projects. Science students are encouraged to collaborate with other students experienced in pedagogy and arts, and vice versa.

Deadlines – Participants are expected to register on between March 1 and 31, 2010 and submit their projects latest by May 1, 2010.

Results – Names of the 10 winners of “artscist” will be announced on the website on July 31, 2010.

Information – Registration – Submission:

Ilhan Koman Foundation & Hulda Festival project manager
Tel/fax: +90 (0)212 292 3299
Post: Yemenici Abdullatif sok. No:9/7, Asmalimescit, Tunel, Beyoglu, 34 430 Istanbul, Turkey”

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