The future of culture is hybrid.
Cultural innovation lies in the cross-pollination between different fields, approaches and expertise.
Hybridity captures this and cherishes the intersection and dialogue between digital and the physical; heritage and critical perspectives; nature and the built environment; the biological and the technological; human and other-than-human lives; trans-disciplinarity within arts and culture and with other approaches to knowledge production, including scientific, research-based, and crowd-sourced knowledge creation.
Hybrid cultures are anchored and embedded in physical spaces and increasingly disseminated, shaped, and negotiated in trans-local media networks. Cultural hybridity – with co-creative, polyphonic, plural and heterogeneous hybrid cultures – is therefore a central feature of our current situation in today’s globalized world.
Hybridity promotes mutual enrichment, and ultimately that is all cultural innovation is about.
And now, picture an un-disciplinary experience where cultural innovation can take place. Something which is at once rooted and mobile and versatile. A platform for cultural institutions, activists, laypeople and audiences to co-create cultural innovation. A project that grows organically from ongoing, past and future contributions, incrementally shaping up to a constellation of ideas, projects and contexts.
A creative open space between a playground for cultural innovations, a museum and a place of trans- and un-disciplinary research – and this is where INbetweenSTITUTE happens.
INbetweenSTITUTE is a platform where multiple transdisciplinary collaborations are grounded and aired. INbetweenSTITUTE hosts and coordinates wide-ranging projects, backgrounds and programs, whilst accelerating the cultural innovation processes that make them possible.
INbetweenSTITUTE combines and merges the best of both worlds – the physical and the digital one – fostering collaborations on innovative hybrid, transferable and versatile co-creative formats. Through the support of a mobile, modular media infrastructure, the program engages with practices that can make culture ‘go-round’ in its hybridity, embedding and merging digital social communication spaces with physical urban/natural environments.
Involving artist, creatives, cultural professionals from a very broad from very different fields (painting and sculpture, performance, dance, video, film, theatre, music, and sound as well as media and digital arts, gaming, and other interactive and online formats) and bringing them together with scientists and experts, activists, entrepreneurs, and decision makers in transdisciplinary international meetings and workshops enables the INbetweenSTITUTE network-building and exchange.
INbetweenSTITUTE is characterised by openness to multiple generations, languages, thresholds of engagements and species, as well as being alert to multiple futures.
The INbetweenSTITUTE trajectory includes scanning and evaluating existing practices as well as transdisciplinary speculative artistic/design research. As an exploratory project, INbetweenSTITUTE experiments with testing and prototyping, it disseminates results and provocations. As a learning and growing project INbetweenSTITUTE consists of a chain of programs incrementally building on one another.
Hybrid Space Lab is a trans-disciplinary Think Tank and Design Lab focusing on cultural innovation, addressing the interconnected realities of the digital and physical, of the technological and biological.