Machines For Good – Final international event

Join us for the grand finale of “Machines for Good” – a project at the intersection of AI, arts, and social engagement.

What: The culminating online event that unveils the conclusions from a year of activities across Europe, where participants were invited to explore the fusion of AI technology and creativity in addressing issues like sustainability, democracy, climate change, and community.

Why: Learn about the potential transformative power of AI not just as a tool but as a force driving citizen participation. Discover the ideas, solutions, and artistry that have emerged from these workshops, sparking a ripple effect of positive change.

Who: Engage with policymakers, stakeholders, and thought leaders as they dive into the guidelines and policy recommendations shaped by the fresh perspectives of our participants. It’s a conversation that transcends disciplines, fostering dialogue around the role of AI in shaping our shared future.

Program

13h00 – 13h15 : Introduction and presentation of the project

13h15 – 13h30 : Contextualising keynote lecture by Pr. Hugues Bersini (ULB – Co-director of IRIDIA Laboratory)

13h30 – 14h10 : Insights and learnings from each partner

– AI for sustainability ➤ Sineglossa

– AI for communities ➤ Baltan

– AI for climate ➤ Ohme

– AI for democracy ➤ Fund. Zaragoza

14h10 – 14h30 : General conclusions & recommendations

14h30 – 15h00 : Q&A and interactive activity

This event is part of the CERVMachines For Good European project, in partnership with Baltan Laboratories (NL), Ohme (BE), Fundación Zaragoza Ciudad del Conocimiento – FZC (ES), Sineglossa (IT), aiming at raising awareness about the potential of artificial intelligence tools to encourage people’s democratic, civic and social participation and cultivate the rich diversity of European society, based on our common values, history and memory.

Registration

Methods residency | Call for applications

Each year, Ohme supports five artists through artistic and technical residencies. Through this initiative, depending on the specific needs of each artist, Ohme actively supports the creation of unique research projects which are then presented to the general public. In particular, the organisation offers solid technical and scientific support for the arts and crafts, working in networks with researchers, and promoting exchanges between art, science and technology.

In collaboration with ULB departments 4MAT and CReA-Patrimoine, as well as ENSAV La Cambre, Ohme is launching a call for artists/craftspeople on the subject of medieval glassmaking. The project is rooted in Alicia Van Ham-Meert’s research in archaeology and materials science (ULB), and benefits from the support of Clémentine Vaultier, artistic assistant at the ceramics department at La Cambre.

Description of the residency :

The call is aimed at a glass artist or craftsperson wishing to gain a better understanding of the chemistry and physics of glass and its history, and to carry out experiments in glassmaking using local resources (quartz, wood ash, metal oxides).

The residency will consist of several stages detailed below.

Phase 1 : field study, collection and calcination – 5 days

The artist will take part in a materials collection phase in the vicinity of Stavelot Abbey, with the aim of sampling, labelling and storing these materials. A calcination phase will also take place on site to collect ashes, particularly fern ashes, in several places. This collection will take place over several consecutive days.

Some students from the La Cambre ceramics workshop will also be joining in the collection, with the aim of making ash glazes afterwards. Several members of Ohme, as well as artists and members of the public interested in this activity, will also be taking part. The collection and calcination days will culminate in artistic and scientific discussions about fire, in connection with Clémentine Vaultier’s artistic research project.

Phase 2 : laboratory study – 5 days

Alicia Van Ham-Meert and the artist will analyse the collected materials together using modern analysis methods (fluorescence, x-ray diffraction), exchanging their knowledge and practices, and will produce glass samples from several recipes. The metal oxides collected will also be used to consider various strategies for colouring the glass. The artist selected will have the opportunity to acquire a better scientific understanding of glass, to practise chemical analysis of the materials collected and to be able to anticipate his or her work in the studio. 

Phase 3 : working with glass in the studio and visual research – 20 days

The artist will experiment in his or her own studio with larger quantities of the materials collected, and in particular will have to blow glass recipes with a muff and make flat glass. This will enable them to understand the practical challenges faced by craftsmen of the time and to assess the effectiveness of using different glass recipes.

Once they have mastered these new glass compositions, the artist will be able to develop their own artistic research based on these medieval glass recipes. The artist will then be able to use the manufacturing techniques of their choice, and play with the different glass compositions made with the resources collected. The artist will be able to explore how variations in materials, and even seasonal variations, influence aesthetics and form.

Phase 4 : presentation of the research – 3-day festival and exhibition

The research experiments will be shown in Brussels on 11, 12 and 13 October 2024 during the Curieucity festival, a festival to raise awareness of science and the arts, organised by ULB and VUB in partnership with Ohme. This presentation should ideally take place around a wood-fired oven in the public space and will also be accompanied by scientific and artistic presentations by Alicia Van Ham-Meert and Clémentine Vaultier. The research project will also be presented at the annual Ohme showcase exhibition in February 2025.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a glass artist or craftsperson with solid practical experience in glass shaping, and ideally in sleeve blowing. Although glassblowing skills are not strictly required, they will be considered a significant asset.

The artist or craftsperson will also be interested in the physico-chemical properties of glass and the use of local resources to produce it.
The artist or craftsperson will have an interest in traditional methods of glass production and ideally experience of working with wood-fired kilns that can partially reproduce ancient manufacturing conditions.
The artist or craftsperson must be able to produce and shape glass independently in the workshop (kiln, tools, etc.).
The artist or craftsperson will have a good command of French and/or English.
The artist or craftsperson does not need to be based in Belgium, but as regular transport costs are not foreseen in this project, Belgian residents will be favoured.

What we offer

• A total budget of €6,000 excluding VAT to be divided between the artist’s remuneration and production costs (energy), depending on the proposed project.
• Access to cutting-edge material science and archaeological knowledge
• Experience of glassmaking using local resources
• The opportunity to work on your glass compositions in depth and to systematically analyse your materials
• Consider different strategies for colouring glass using natural materials (metal oxides).
• The opportunity to exhibit his research at an art and science festival in Brussels and at a group exhibition at Ohme.

Residency timetable

• Application deadline: 14/04/2024, 23:59
• Announcement of the selected candidate: 25/04/2024 
Harvesting and lab phase: 10 days to be planned between May and June 2024
Workshop research days: 20 days to be planned between June and September 2024
• Research presentation event: 11, 12 and 13 October 2024
• Presentation of the project as part of Ohme’s annual showcase: February 2025

Comment candidater ?

If you are an artist interested in this artistic residency, send your application before 14/04/2024, 23:59, including the elements listed below in a single PDF to be sent to the following address: opencall@ohme.be

• You CV up to date
• Your portfolio including relevant projects
• A text of no more than one page, in French or English, explaining your interest in the residency and any artistic intentions for it
• Une note d’intention, de deux pages maximum, en anglais, relative au projet de recherche artistique que vous souhaitez développer ou affiner, incluant une description du projet.
• A completed contact form – download here 

We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at opencall@ohme.be.

Partners

Alicia Van Ham-Meert trained as an engineer, and then pursued a career in scientific archaeology. She holds a Master’s degree in Archaeological Sciences from Oxford University, and specialised in the development of non-destructive methods for studying ancient glass and metals during her doctorate at the KU Leuven. An expert in isotope analysis, she also worked on medieval wood for the production of glass from wood ash in the TIMBER project at the University of Copenhagen. She is also renowned for her interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to archaeology.

Continuing her research today, Alicia Van Ham-Meert is focusing on the historical and archaeological study of glass production in Stavelot Abbey, established in the mid-7th century. In studying the case of Stavelot, she is also looking at the history of glass on a local and international scale, through the analysis of glass samples recovered during excavations. This research uses advanced analytical methods to investigate these questions, and is based on an approach that integrates the study of history, archaeology and materials science.

In this study, particular attention is paid to the collection of raw materials with the aim of faithfully recreating medieval glass recipes. Alicia undertakes meticulous fieldwork to collect the quartz/sand and plant matter essential for glassmaking, using methods that are thought to have been used in the Middle Ages. Alicia then uses these materials to reproduce historical recipes for medieval glass, drawing on ancient texts, to better understand the processes of the time and their environmental impacts.

 

Clémentine Vaultier, a French artist based in Brussels, trained as a ceramist but is more passionate about the world of fire than the objects it can create. She explores how we produce, use and share heat, bringing together ceramics, performance and education around this element. By creating, collecting and rearranging technical, historical and archival material, and in dialogue with others, she weaves narratives around heat as an essential human need and a phenomenon in itself. She is an artistic assistant in the ceramics department at La Cambre and coordinates the transdisciplinary module ‘firing together here’, a position in which she opens up the collection stages to the ceramics community at La Cambre.

4MAT is a department of the Brussels School of Engineering of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). 

The department’s research activities focus on inorganic materials, and cover the entire life cycle of materials, from their synthesis and processing to the optimisation of their (micro)structures for a given application and the best possible management of their end-of-life. This approach is primarily motivated by the increasing scarcity of resources, which makes sustainable development a priority.

The research topics are of both fundamental and industrial interest. This implies a wide variety of research funding schemes, ranging from European and national projects to direct funding by industrial partners.

The Centre de Recherches en Archéologie et Patrimoine CReA-Patrimoine brings together all the research programmes of the Université libre de Bruxelles in the fields of archaeology and heritage, both in Belgium and abroad.

It provides practical training for students in field archaeology and is the main point of contact for the public authorities responsible for heritage.

Project Partners

This residency programme is organised thanks to the support of Innoviris and of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Call for applications | Methods residency

Each year, Ohme supports five artists through artistic and technical residencies. Through this initiative, depending on the specific needs of each artist, Ohme actively supports the creation of unique research projects which are then presented to the general public. In particular, the organisation offers solid technical and scientific support for the arts and crafts, working in networks with researchers, and promoting exchanges between art, science and technology.

In collaboration with ULB departments 4MAT and CReA-Patrimoine, as well as ENSAV La Cambre, Ohme is launching a call for artists/craftspeople on the subject of medieval glassmaking. The project is rooted in Alicia Van Ham-Meert’s research in archaeology and materials science (ULB), and benefits from the support of Clémentine Vaultier, artistic assistant at the ceramics department at La Cambre.

Project Partners

This residency programme is organised thanks to the support of Innoviris and of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Recherche en Perspective 2024 – Kickoff

On Monday 5 February, Ohme and the Visual and Graphic Communication department of La Cambre kicked off the sixth edition of Recherche en Perspective, in which master’s students from La Cambre and researchers in different scientific fields share, learn from each other and exchange on how to best popularise, represent and communicate highly complex scientific research, for the benefit of a large audience as well as the artists and scientists themselves.

This year, the participants will explore five research projects in different fields: Philosophy of Science, Material Sciences, Neurosciences, Image Synthesis and Analysis, Information and Communication Sciences, Psychology and Educational Sciences.

Quentin Hiernaux

FNRS-qualified researcher and professor of philosophy of science at ULB Centre de recherches en philosophie (PHI), Faculté de philosophie et sciences sociales, ULB

Claire Fourmentin

Postdoctoral researcher at 4MAT (Engineering, Characterization, Synthesis, Recycling), École polytechnique de Bruxelles, ULB

Research: Promoting scientific culture through training in epistemology
Research: In search of local organisation in the disorder of a glass
Julia Justino, Laura Bourgaux, Romane Boulanger

Researches and PhD candidates at Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences (CRCN), Faculty de Psychology, Educational Sciences & Logopedy, ULB

Adrien Foucart, Arthur Elskens

Postdoctoral researcher and PhD candidate at Laboratory of Image Synthesis and Analysis (LISA), École polytechnique de Bruxelles, ULB

 

Research: Brain Safari
Marine Lagasse

PhD candidate in Information and Communication Sciences (UPHF France) and Psychology and Educational Sciences (UMONS Belgium)

Research: Understanding the personal experience of an agent in a complex environment: Case study of a self-guided visit to a museum

Research: Multimodal ‘pre-clinical’ medical image fusion

Find out more about Recherce en Perspective

Recherche en Perspective

Recherche en Perspective

Sciences and technologies, especially in academic research, can be hard to understand… and sometimes even harder to explain. In 2018, looking for a way to tackle this, we had an idea: getting scientific researchers and visual communication students around the table, inviting them to work together on projects at once visually attractive and scientifically enlightening.

Working closely with the pedagogical team of the Visual and Graphic Communication department of La Cambre Arts Visuels, as well as with PhD candidates, scientists and Professors from the various research department of the Université libre de Bruxelles, we started exploring mutually beneficial ways to build exchanges between very different, but equally creative minds. A few weeks later, we launched the first pilot year of Recherche en Perspective.

Each academic year since 2018, master’s students in Visual and Graphic Communication and researchers in different scientific fields share, learn from each other and exchange on how to best popularize, represent and communicate highly complex scientific research, for the benefit of a large audience as well as the artists and scientists themselves.

The outcomes? For each scientific research, an explicatory panel / poster aiming at representing and explaining the complex scientific research topics. And to spice it up a bit, they also created more interpretative, abstract and personal artworks, depicting the way the artists are inspired by the scientific topics of research.

Artworks 2023

Mycorrhizal fungi
How do fungi impact plants in stress conditions?

Leaflet
Graphic design : Amandine KERVYN

In collaboration with
Joske RUYTINX

Assistant Professor
Applied Biological Sciences (DBIT)
Biology Department (VUB)

Comment les sciences évoluent-elles ?
Booklet

Graphic design: Léonie LEFERE

In collaboration with
Félix DEVAUX

PhD in Chemistry
Faculty of Sciences (ULB)

ROSCOSMIC

Posters
Graphic design : William DENIS

In collaboration with

Louise CHARLIER
FNRS FRESH grantee 1st grant
ENSAV La Cambre and ULB

The Moon Goose Analogue
Advertising campaign, graphic identity and posters

Graphic design: Ewan A. LOPES

In collaboration with
Louise CHARLIER

FNRS FRESH grantee 1st grant
ENSAV La Cambre and ULB

 

D’où viennent les déchets radioactifs ?

Leaflet
Graphic design : Hippolyte LESSELIERS

In collaboration with
Céline KERMISCH

PhD in Philosophy
Researcher at École polytechnique de Bruxelles (ULB)

Comment fait-on pousser des tomates ?
Booklet

Graphic design: Clémentine BOST

In collaboration with
Marie CAVITTE
FNRS Postdoctoral researcher
Hugues GOOSSE
FNRS Senior Research Associate

Earth and Life Institute, Earth & Climate ELIC, UCL
ENSAV La Cambre and ULB

 

La variabilité climatique dans les modèles
Poster

Graphic design: Mélissa REA

In collaboration with
Marie CAVITTE
FNRS Postdoctoral researcher
Hugues GOOSSE
FNRS Senior Research Associate

Earth and Life Institute, Earth & Climate ELIC, UCL
ENSAV La Cambre and ULB

Pourquoi les chercheur·se·s peuvent-ielles se tromper ?
App

Graphic design: Mélina ASPRIDIS

In collaboration with
Félix DEVAUX

PhD in Chemistry
Faculty of Science (ULB)

 

Artworks 2022

REFUGEES WELCOME ?

Edition
Graphic design : Jana KATANIC

In collaboration with
PhD Julia VAN DESSEL

Aspirante F.R.S-FNRS
Département des Sciences sociales et des Sciences du Travail
Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences sociales (ULB)

AU PAYS DES GRAPHES, DES ARBRES ET DES POLYÈDRES
Booklet

Graphic design: Mathilde BOUSSANGE

In collaboration with
Prof. Jean CARDINAL

Professor and researcher in the field of theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics

Co-director of the Algorithms Research Group
Computer Science Department
Faculty of Sciences (ULB)

OÙ LA COULEUR EXISTE-T-ELLE ?

Edition
Graphic design : Zoé Kamalic
https://zoekamalic.be/

In collaboration with
Adrien Lucca

FRArt FNRS Fellow
Professeur de Couleurs à La Cambre

POURQUOI LES FILLES RATENT PARFOIS LES COURS DE PISCINE

Booklet and posters
Graphic design: Zahra Eddaif

In collaboration with
Lucas Secades & Julia Thieffry

Founders of Tulipal
www.tulipal.com

Artworks 2021

MISE EN ABYME AU COEUR DE L’ARTSCIENCE

Series of 9 posters
Graphic design: Cécile CUNY

In collaboration with
PhD Candidate Raoul SOMMEILLIER

Independent transdisciplinary research at
Ohme Academia

Research in Science Education at
 Bio, Electro And Mechanical Systems (BEAMS)
Brussels School of Engineering (ULB)

PHÉNIX : COMMENT LA MÉDECINE PEUT-ELLE UTILISER LE PLASMA FROID?

Edition
Graphic design : Raphaëlle KERN

In collaboration with
PhD Candidate Orianne BASTIN

Research in biomechanical device at
Micro-Bio-Mechatronics Research Unit
Bio, Electro And Mechanical Systems (BEAMS-µTech)
Brussels School of Engineering (ULB)

UNE ÉLECTRONIQUE VERTE ET DURABLE, C’EST POSSIBLE?

Edition
Graphic design: Arthur DUBOIS

In collaboration with
Guillaume SCHWEICHER
FNRS Postdoctoral Fellow 

Research in Organic Electronics at
Department of Chemistry
Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry
Faculty of Sciences (ULB)

STÉRÉOTOPIA

Edition et poster
Graphic design : Caroline ROHN

In collaboration with
Fariha ALI
Project manager

Action-based research at
Migrations, au-delà des préjugés
ULB engagée ASBL
Université libre de Bruxelles

HYPERION : THE TITANS OF LIGHT

Edition & poster
Graphic design: Margot LASSOIE

In collaboration with
Dr. Wassilis TZEVELECOS &
Prof. Jean-Louis MIGEOT

Microgravity Research Center (MRC)
Physical Chemistry Department
Brussels School of Engineering (ULB)

Posters 2020

Artworks 2020

WHY DON’T YOU TRY KINO?

Animation
Graphic design: Lucie FAURÈS

Inspired by the PhD thesis of Amine HOSSEIN entitled “Design and implementation of a multidimensional ballistocardiograph
for automated monitoring of cardiac contractility.”

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OSE

Webdesign
Graphic design : Annaëlle GOLFIER

Inspired by the research of Prof. Gilles BRUYLANTS about “Délivrance d’acides nucléiques à l’aide de nanoparticules”

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PLANTULE MAGAZINE

Création éditoriale
Graphic design: Flore SANCHEZ

Inspired by the PhD thesis of Laurent STORRER entitled “Monitoring of crowd dynamics with passive radars based on WiFi signals”

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IN SPACE

Immersive projection
Graphic design : Anne-Lise DEPIERRE

Inspired by the PhD thesis of Amine HOSSEIN entitled “Design and implementation of a multidimensional ballistocardiograph
for automated monitoring of cardiac contractility.”

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C’EST QUOI CE BORDEL? LE POGO

Animation
Graphic design: Louis-Pierre CAUSSANEL

Inspired by the PhD thesis of Laurent STORRER entitled “Physicochemical Characterization of Chloride Transport across Lipid Membranes by Synthetic Molecular Carriers”

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DELHAYE ™

Campagne publicitaire, identité visuelle, packagings, vidéo et affiche
Graphic design : Axel VILLAREAL

Inspired by the PhD thesis of Quentin DELHAYE entitled “Automated System Partitioning for Efficient 3D-ID Partitioning Using Hypergraphs”

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NANO VIDEO GAME

Animation
Graphic design: Louise SERVAN

Inspired by the research of Prof. Gilles BRUYLANTS about “Délivrance d’acides nucléiques à l’aide de nanoparticules”

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3D-IC

Animation
Graphic design : Chloé GAERTNER

Inspired by the PhD thesis of Quentin DELHAYE entitled “Automated System Partitioning for Efficient 3D-ID Partitioning Using Hypergraphs”

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Posters 2019

Artworks 2019

SOUFFLE
Edition
Graphic design: Anne-Lise DEPIERRE

Inspired by the PhD thesis of Glenn GRAUWELS entitled “Physicochemical Characterization of Chloride Transport across Lipid Membranes by Synthetic Molecular Carriers”

MULTICRITERIA GRAPHICS
Edition
Graphic design : Laura SIMONATI

Inspired by the PhD thesis of Jean ROSENFELD entitled “An Extension of PROMETHEE to Multicriteria Clustering”

T’ES SÛR.E? LE PETIT GUIDE QUI VIENT À BOUT DES PRÉCONCEPTIONS
Edition
Graphic design: Lucie DAVID

Inspired by the PhD thesis of Raoul SOMMEILLIER entitled “Triggered Cognitive Rupture As a Way to Improve Learning and Invention Processes”

VAINCRE LA MUCOVISCIDOSE AVEC DES TRANSPORTEURS SYNTHÉTIQUES
Animated short film
Graphic and motion designs : Sébastien RABASTE
Sound design : Victor GÉRARD

Inspired by the PhD thesis of Glenn GRAUWELS entitled “Physicochemical Characterization of Chloride Transport across Lipid Membranes by Synthetic Molecular Carriers”

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Sustainable Robotics residency – Selected artists

In the framework of the Sustainable Robotics residency programme, the jury selected the proposals by Dewi Brunet and A Two Dogs Company – Kris Verdonck.

The Sustainable Robotics artist residency is a project led by Ohme in partnership with the Brussels Institute for Advanced Studies – BrIAS, and with FARI – Institute of Artificial Intelligence for the Common Good, both co-founded and co-led by the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB).

A Two Dogs Company (ATDC) serves as the creative core for Kris Verdonck’s innovative projects in performing and transdisciplinary arts since 2010. Based in Brussels, ATDC operates as a network structure, collaborating with both permanent and freelance talents. Verdonck’s consistent exploration of the societal and ecological impacts of technological advancements fuels ATDC’s endeavors. His multidisciplinary approach blends theatrical and visual elements to create unique artistic expressions showcased in theaters, museums, and public spaces. 

ATDC, in collaboration with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (KBIN), proposes the project Garden of the Future. This endeavour seeks to envision a future garden shaped by biodiversity loss and the integration of self-sustaining robots. Through an exhibition at the Museum of Natural Sciences, the project aims to deploy robots mimicking ecological functions of vanished animal species. Powered by renewable energy sources and devoid of traditional batteries, these robots will demonstrate a symbiotic relationship with their environment. ATDC’s artistic expertise, coupled with KBIN’s scientific insights, will drive this exploration, fostering dialogue between art, technology, and ecology.

This residency provides a platform to develop the ‘Garden of the Future’ project further. Through technical and scientific collaborations, the project aims to refine the design and functionality of robots while deepening the artistic and ecological narratives. By leveraging expertise from the arts, robotics, and biology, the residency seeks to create an innovative and educational experience that raises awareness of ecological dynamics and the role of technology in addressing climate change.

Dewi Brunet is a folding artist. Self-taught, he has been practising this discipline for over fifteen years. Still a little-known practice, he sees folding as a technique, a medium of expression and a multi-disciplinary field of research. Today, his artistic projects focus on the sensitive relationship between the living world and robots. Dewi’s practice delves into the realm of Oribotics, a fusion of nature, origami, and robotics pioneered by Matthew Gardiner

Dewi’s project seeks to blur further the boundaries between living organisms and machines through the creation of innovative Oribotics hybrids. Building upon previous collaborations and explorations, the project aims to cultivate new imaginaries by integrating advanced crumpling and pleating techniques. By expanding reflections to encompass various life forms, including plants, fungi, bacteria, and minerals, the artist endeavors to foster a sensitive perception of belonging to the natural world while addressing sustainability challenges.

The overarching goal of the residency is to deepen the research on organic/technologic hybrids and explore new aesthetic possibilities through advanced folding techniques. By refining existing projects, Dewi aims to not only optimise technical capabilities but also reimagine exhibition spaces for enhanced viewer engagement. Furthermore, the residency serves as a platform to investigate the potential of biobased materials in addressing ecological concerns while bridging the gap between art and science.

Project partners

This residency programme is organised thanks to the support of Innoviris and the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Perspectives : Science – Graphic Art Collaborations

Perspectives : Science – Graphic Art Collaborations

The exhibition Perspectives retraces the editions of the academic project “Recherche en Perspective” for which students of the Master in Visual and Graphic Communication (ENSAV La Cambre) and ULB researchers from various disciplines have collaborated. Together, they co-created and produced communication materials that illustrate in an attractive and visual way scientific content that is sometimes difficult to grasp and communicate.

For although commitment to academic and scientific research aims to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a specific field, this contribution is only meaningful if it is understood and shared.

Perspectives second edition | 2023/2024, ULB Campus Solbosch

The second edition of Perspectives retraces five editions of the academic project Recherche en Perspective, coordinated by Ohme and ENSAV La Cambre. The project involves Masters students in visual and graphic communication and researchers from a variety of specialisms in a collaborative process that emphasises interdisciplinarity, creativity, dialogue and mutual learning.

The fruit of these synergies is a set of 36 productions which are presented to you in a route through the public space on the Solbosch campus. These productions take a critical and creative look at the subjects, methods, objectives and issues at stake in the work of 23 researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines: biomedical, electronics, sociology, chemistry, etc.

Discover the works on the campus until 15 February 2024!

Perspectives first edition | 2021, Halles Saint-Géry

Credits

Artists, graphic designers, illustrators:
Clémentine Bost | Mathilde Boussange | Louis-pierre Caussanel | Cécile Cuny | Manon Copper | Lucie David | William Denis | Anne-lise Depierre | Arthur Dubois | Lucie Faurès | Maria Fraga | Chloé Gaertner | Anaëlle Golfier | Zoé Kamalic | Jana Katanic | Raphaëlle Kern | Amandine Kervyn | Margot Lassoie | Léonie Lefere | Hippolyte Lesseliers | Ewan A. Lopes | Sébastien Rabaste | Mélissa Rea | Caroline Rohn | Flore Sanchez | Louise Servan | Laura Simonati | Mariia Timofeeva | Axel Villarreal

Scientists, researchers, doctoral students, professors:
Fariha Ali | Orianne Bastin | Gilles Bruylants | Jean Cardinal | Marie Cavitte | Louise Charlier | Quentin Delhaye | Félix Devaux | Gwenaël Diélie | Hugues Goosse | Glenn Grauwels | Amin Hossein | Céline Kermisch | Adrien Lucca | Jean- louis Migeot | Jean Rosenberg | Jean-Louis Migeot | Jean-Louis Migeot louis Migeot | Jean Rosenfeld | Joske Ruytinx | Guillaume Schweicher | Lucas Secades | Raoul Sommeillier | Laurent Storrer | Julia Thieffry | Wassilis Tzevelecos | Julia Van Dessel

Scenography 2023/24: Aiko Design

Scenography 2021: Studio Marie Douel

Graphic design: TAVU

Pedagogical coordination of Recherche en Perspective:
Marco Calant | Mathilde Collobert | Jean-manuel Duvivier | Chiquinquira Garcia | Loïc Gaume | Nicolas Rome | Gwen Sauvage | Raoul Sommeillier

Acknowledgements:
Zoé Ceulemans | Marius Gilbert | Valentine Hogge | Léa Mellini | Aurélie Rousseau

Press

In collaboration with ENSAV – La Cambre and Université libre de Bruxelles.

The 2023/24 edition has received the support of ENSAV La Cambre, Université libre de Bruxelles, Innoviris, Région de Bruxelles Capitale, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, FNRS – Fond Wernaers.

The 2021 edition has received the support of Innoviris, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Ernest Solvay Fund managed by the Roi Baudouin Foundation, the Brussels-Capital Region and Urban Brussels.

Residency call BrIAS

Sustainable Robotics – Artist residency

Each year, Ohme supports and offers its expertise to five artists in artistic and technical residencies. Through this initiative, and according to the specific needs of each artist, Ohme actively supports the creation, production and diffusion of innovative artistic projects, provides solid technical and scientific support in research and development, networks with experts and researchers, and promotes exchanges between art, science and technology.

Ohme launched a call for artists on the theme of sustainable robotics in partnership with the Brussels Institute for Advanced Studies – BrIAS, and with FARI – Institute of Artificial Intelligence for the Common Good, both co-founded and co-led by the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB).

The selected artists are A Two Dogs Company – Kris Verdonck, and Dewi Brunet. 

Partners

FARI is an independent and not-for-profit initiative that studies, develops, and fosters the adoption and governance of Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics technologies in an inclusive, ethical and sustainable way. Opened this year, this institute brings together world-leading researchers and experts in those fields to meet challenges at local level. 

The newly founded Brussels Institute for Advanced Studies – BrIAS, aims to expand upon the mission of other IASes as an incubator of ideas and research by focusing on current and urgent themes with a great societal impact. Located in the heart of Brussels, it aims to attract the very best scientists, artists or designers, coming from various fields or countries and with no philosophical or political restriction, and provide the opportunity to work in an atmosphere of complete freedom, collaboration, mutual emulation and cross-fertilisation. In this context, BrIAS aims to facilitate collaborations with countries facing critical challenges pertaining to sustainability.

For its 2024 edition, BrIAS has chosen the theme of sustainable robotics with the aim of exploring how robots and automated devices can contribute to sustainability in a world where they are becoming increasingly present. 

International robotics specialists and experts from various fields are invited to Brussels on several occasions between January and May 2024 to discuss how robotics can contribute to facing the worldwide challenges identified by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as poverty, inequality and climate change. Particular attention will be paid to issues relating to health, food and agriculture, peacekeeping, sustainable production and the management of electronic waste, as well as those relating to social inclusion, particularly through social robots.

Find out more about the theme

🔗 BrIAS programme
🔗 Sustainable Robotics
🔗 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Laboratories involved in the project

🔗 SMIT VUB (Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology)
🔗 SAAS ULB (Department of Control Engineering and System Analysis)
🔗 FARI ULB/VUB
🔗 R&MM VUB (Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group)
🔗 BruBotics VUV (Brussels Human Robotics Research Center

Jury Members

Raoul Sommeillier is an engineer, cultural entrepreneur, scientific researcher and music label manager. His background and career reflect a need to cross-fertilise his diverse passions and a deep desire to break down the boundaries between disciplines. He holds a double master’s degree in engineering specialising in mechatronics, an advanced master’s degree in technological and industrial management, and a doctorate in applied science didactics. His research focuses on scientific preconceptions that act as barriers to learning and on strategies for overcoming these preconceptions. As a practitioner-researcher and FNRS Wernaers fellow specialising in science communication and popularisation, his exploratory and action research also focuses on collaborative methodologies, transdisciplinary interactions and the integration of art and design in raising awareness of science, research and technology. Raoul is co-founder of Ohme, and is responsible for Ohme Academia department, which develops academic projects in collaboration with art schools and universities, and for Ohme Lab department, which uses scientific and technical R&D as a driving force for artistic creation. He is also manager of the electronic music producer OTON and their label Alliance Club.

Camilla Colombo is a curator and producer whose practice focuses on arts and sciences.

She curated exhibitions in collaboration with the Museum of Ixelles, at BOZAR, PILAR and iMal in Brussels, and she collaborated with z33 (Hasselt) and Atelier LUMA in Arles.

With a background in the performing arts and in advocacy for the arts at the European level, Camilla worked in Italy, the UK, and Belgium. Interested in hybridisation and crossing of disciplines, she served in art organisations of all sizes as well as with independent artists, focusing on multidisciplinary and multimedia productions.  

Since 2016 she is based in Brussels where she began merging her multilayered experiences in her curatorial practice.

She is Ohme co-founder, artistic director and curator. She also initiated Culture Solutions, an independent non-for-profit, bottom-up social innovation group contributing to the excellence of EU international cultural relations policies.

In 2019 she co-founded SALOON Brussels, a network for women working in the art scene of the Belgian capital.

Carl Mörch is co-director of FARI – AI for the Common Good Institute (ULB-VUB) and a member of the AI Ethics & Law Board of the Federal initiative AI4Belgium. He is also a member of the Ethics Special Interest Group of CLAIRE and a co-chair of CLAIRE Brussels office.

Carl aims at fostering high-quality applied projects related to AI, Data and Robotics that could serve the Brussels Region and its inhabitants. With FARI, he wants to support initiatives that can reinforce education around these technologies, and could help bridge the gap with civil society.

He was in 2020-2021 a postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal and Mila – Québec artificial Intelligence Institute. He was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies (OBVIA) in 2020. He is also a lecturer and adjunct professor at UQÀM (Montréal, Canada).

His personal research work is oriented towards the concrete application of high-level ethical principles in applied domains. He is interested in the responsible development of technologies in society, with a keen accent on health care.

With a background in artistic direction, Juliette Bibasse has a taste for simple and stripped down aesthetics.

Since 2009, she has been applying her skills to the digital art scene, creating connections and opportunities between artists, festivals and cultural actors.

After ten years as an artist’s producer, collaborating on a wide range of projects with many international artists, she became an independent curator and co-director of Studio Joanie Lemercier.

In 2019 & 2020, she was the international curator for STRP festival in Eindhoven.

Since 2020 she is curating a light parcours for the city of Leuven in Belgium, taking place in various heritage venues. In 2023-2024 she is guest curator for LLUM, Barcelona light festival.

Based in Belgium since 2013, she has been an active member of The Federation Wallonia-Brussels’ digital arts scene and is currently vice president of the digital art funding commission.

In 2019 she co-founded SALOON Brussels, an international network for women working in the art scenes.

She is a member of the French network for hybrid arts and digital cultures HACNUM.

Frank Deconinck is director of BrIAS for the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He is Professor em. of Medical Physics at VUB. He was research associate at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) and researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

His main research domain was medical imaging and image processing, with a particular emphasis on nuclear scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging. 

In the nuclear field, he is Honorary Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) and the European Nuclear Society. He coordinates Rad4Med.be, network representing the Belgian expertise in nuclear science and technology applications for healthcare. 

In the socio-cultural field he organised, together with Mrs. Deconinck-De Ries, the exhibition ‘Tactile Graphic Art’, accessible by blind and visually impaired persons. The project was selected in 1989 by UNESCO for the U.N. World decade for cultural development.

Lynn Tytgat is visiting professor and coordinator of weKONEKT.brussels, an initiative in which the Vrije 

Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) actively contribute to the development of a free, connected and resilient urban community. In this context, Lynn works together closely with the art scene and the diplomatic world to enforce the synergies between education, science and art. Among other things, she is the driving force behind Mindblowers and Homo Roboticus.

Lynn Tytgat studied Literature and Theater Studies and International and European Law at the VUB. She also followed an advanced management course at Solvay Brussels School. Lynn built out her diplomatic and international career in New York, Paris and Brussels, where she amongst others worked for UNESCO, United Nations University and the permanent representation of Belgium at the United Nations.

Today, she works for the Strategy and Policy Unit of the VUB. Lynn is a Belgium’s 40 under 40 Fellow and serves on several boards of directors such as Ancienne Belgique, Cinematek, MAD Brussels and Brusseleir.

Partners

This programme is organised thanks to the support of Innoviris and Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles 

Artistes en résidence 2022-2023

Artists in residency 2022-2023

In 2022 / 2023 we are kicking off our yearly programme to support research, residency, co-production and mediation of artistic projects linking art, science and technology. 

This programme allows us to support contemporary creation in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and to participate in the transmission of scientific and technological knowledge in the Brussels Region.

Each artist receives a personalised support, ranging from meeting and exchange with scientists, access to Ohme spaces and lab to work for short residencies, financial participation in research projects, technical research and development by Ohme Lab and the creation of a tailored artistic and scientific mediation.

While there is no obligation to the production of a final work, we invite the artists to participate in a public presentation of their project, focusing on their research – whether in progress or concluded – and to raise awareness of scientific topics and technologies. These events will take place between spring and autumn 2023.

For this first edition, we have selected 6 artists to work with, putting our skills and competences at the service of their creation, on an intermittent basis, for a period of 1 year. The artists with whom we have the pleasure of working are Damien Petitot, Studio Adrien Lucca, Laura Colmenares Guerra, Frederik Vanhoutte, Yannick Jacquet and Otto Lindholm

Stay tuned for more info !

PROJECT PARTNERS

This programme is organised thanks to the support of

the Digital Arts Commission of Wallonia-Brussels Federation and Innoviris

Machines for Good

Machines for Good

WHAT IS MACHINES FOR GOOD?

Can Artificial Intelligence be not only a tool but also a topic to discuss? 

Starting from this challenge, 4 European organizations – Baltan Laboratories, Fundación Zaragoza Ciudad del Conocimiento – FZC, Ohme, led by Sineglossa – launch Machines for Good, a new European project funded by the European Commission under the CERV program

CERV stands for Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values: it’s a program launched in 2021 by the European Union that will run for seven years, until 2027. It seeks to support and develop open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies based on the rule of law. This includes a vibrant and empowered civil society, encouraging people’s democratic, civic and social participation and cultivating the rich diversity of European society, based on our common values, history and memory.

Machines for Good will contribute to achieve this goal by using AI not only as a tool but also as a driver of participation of youngsters, when combined with arts. To do so, the project plans a series of training workshops in each country where partners are based – Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain – aimed at teenagers and young people, in which artificial intelligence tools will be shown and used to critically address issues related to 4 technology challenges: technology and sustainability, technology and democracy, technology and climate change, and technology and community.

From these workshops, a set of guidelines will emerge and will be discussed with local and international policy makers and stakeholders. As a last step,  a document of policy recommendations will be published, aiming  to increase awareness on Artificial Intelligence and its potential for citizen’s participation.

On 12 and 13 July 2023, Ohme hosted two interactive workshops at FARI, the AI Institute for the Common Good, to explore practical responses to societal problems using AI.

Working with citizens, AI experts and professionals, we explored how these technologies can be applied to two important sectors for the sustainability of our communities: food and the circular economy. How can these new tools have a positive impact on society? How real can this impact be?

In partnership with The Barn Bio Market – Brussels | La Ferme du parc Maximilien | Kroket | Le Pédalo | Terroirist

Mission: To meet the challenges of a Brussels partner active in the food sector by exploring the possibilities and limits of these new technologies.

This workshop also focused on the ethical and societal issues involved in implementing such tools, in order to provide an overview of this highly topical subject.

In partnership with Repair together

Mission: To respond to various challenges such as repairability and programmed obsolescence by exploring the possibilities and limits of these new technologies.

This workshop also focused on the ethical and societal issues involved in implementing such tools, in order to provide an overview of this highly topical subject.

 

On 30 November 2023, Ohme hosted at FARI a morning of talks and exchanges to explore the potential of artificial intelligence combined with art to enhance civil participation and engagement in democratic processes, with a focus on climate change issues. This event – free upon registration – was designed for an audience of policymakers, researchers and civil servants working in Belgian public administrations.

9:30 – 10:00 : Reception of participants and the public at FARI’s premises in Be-Central (Cantersteen 16, 1000 Brussels)

10:00 – 10:40 : First talk by Neena Singh of Knowledge center – Data & Society, the central hub for the legal, social and ethical aspects of data-driven applications and AI applications presenting Amai! – Boosting AI Literacy and co-creating AI Solutions for societal challenges.

10:40 – 11:00 : Coffee break

11:00 – 11:40 : Second talk by Antoine Bertin, a French artist working with the research centre Earth Species Project to decode animal language using AI to develop innovative forms of sensibilisation and advocacy practices to raise public awareness on climate change issues.

11:40 – 12:30 : Panel talk with the morning’s speakers and a representative from FARI

12:30 – 13:30 : Networking Lunch

PARTNERS

Baltan Laboratories is a cultural indisciplinary lab based in Eindhoven (NL). Baltan Lab focuses on societal issues through a relational approach, creating spaces to rehearse living otherwise. In a world full of complexity, Baltan Lab stands for the importance of interactions between different disciplines to achieve a relational approach able to respond to the environmental, political, social, economic and technological issues we must address today. 

Ohme is an organisation based in Brussels (BE) that creates and produces original content at the intersection of Arts and Sciences. Drawing on a multidisciplinary team of engineers and professionals from the cultural sector as well as a large scientific and artistic network, Ohme’s objective is to develop new forms of scientific mediation, multidisciplinary artistic creation, education and innovation through collaborative practices.

Sineglossa is a cultural organisation based in Ancona (IT) that fosters new sustainable development models in response to global challenges by applying the processes of contemporary art. 

Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation (FZC)/Etopia is a private non-profit foundation founded in 2004 based in Zaragoza (ES). Its founding objectives include the dissemination of the progress made by the Knowledge Society to build a more participative, equalitarian, inclusive, and innovative society; open to new developments and opportunities offered when we work at the intersection of art, science and technology.