Art, Science, Technology Innovation, or simply called ASTI, is an initiative, coordinated by professor Steven Bishop from University College of London, that aims to bring artists together with scientists and technologists. The Science and Innovation office at the British Embassy in Warsaw hosted the first ASTI workshop event, with Magda Gajownik and Andrzej Nowak being the local driving forces.
This two-day event focused on the benefits of scientists collaborating with artists in a research environment and viceversa. The key component was to allow art to interact with scientific research, rather than just to depict it, thus producing long-term gains, which are thus also more accessible and reach to a wider audience.
ASTI showcased examples of artistic collaborations that already exist, urging participants to engage in a conscious dialogue. It tried to formulate questions that arise when art comes together with science and technology, and then find potential answers:
ASTI initiative aims to build the foundations of an active community and through more future meetings to provide a guide to best practice to help drive creative collaboration in the future.