The selection has ended. 
We thank You all for participating and congratulate the winners:

Cândea Floriama (București)
Ciurescu Tudor (București/Lausanne)

Crîngasu George (Cluj-Napoca)
Jurca Marius & Mateiaș Livia (Timișoara)
Săbăciag Catrinel (Cluj-Napoca)






The cultural project, organised by Scientifica, with the logistic support of Fondazione Internazionale Trieste and SciFabLab, is part of the international pro-ESOF 2020 program (EuroScience Open Forum) and is co-funded by the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN).


The "Our Nature" residence provides a framework for artists to investigate the relationship between contemporary art and advanced scientific research, the intentions of the program being to build a bridge between the two cultures of knowledge, to encourage the development of the creative force shared by both disciplines and to explore new ways of reflection at the intersection between art and science.


Through the proposed activities, this project encourages both the enhancement of creativity innovation capacity by combining it with advanced research platforms, as well as the positioning of the artist as an interpreter of the scientific information, that can facilitate a new kind of dialogue between avant-garde technology and society.

The objective of the program is to activate a group of 5 creatives from Romania willing to experiment and create in a new context for two weeks, to provide them with the cultural know-how of the place and to coordinate them in the development of an exhibition which will showcase concepts or artworks, both in Trieste and Bucharest.


During the two weeks visits to the main local research centers will be facilitated, theoretical investigation discussions with researchers and meetings with local artists will take place. They will involve the participants in individual and collective activities, observations, gathering of materials, etc. Then the artists will be able to select the method of artistic investigation and the resource they want to access (institute, scientific museum, research center)

Starting from natural investigation, reflection and theoretical debate, participants in the project will have various practical working spaces at their disposal. The central location of the residence, Sottostazione Electtrica, will provide the participants with working and meeting spaces, while SciFabLab provides tools specific to FabLab / Makerspace for the development of concepts and prototypes throughout the residence.




Art and science are both manifestations of the human passion for knowledge. Both offer their practitioners a sense of connection with the complex processes that underlie life and the environment. And, although ultimately each expresses the vision of the universe in another way, they are not mutually exclusive - but rather they mirror themselves in various and interesting ways.

The theme of "Our Nature" explores both the human nature, the inner self, and the relationship between the individual and the environment. This raises questions about self-awareness, emotion, sustainability, ecology and the environment, as well as recent developments in science and technology.

The context is the one where artists, curators, communicators and informants, scientists, academics and creative industries come together to complement their knowledge, test the benefits and expressions of collaboration, and build the foundations for a critical dialogue, ethical and moral about the next steps of humanity. The objective is not to acquire specialised knowledge, but rather to achieve experimental knowledge, critical reflections on current scientific culture, technological advances, and global socio-cultural themes.




Science and scientific research have always played a key role in Trieste. 

Here are some of the main research centers that have a rich offer in terms of scientific research opportunities, education and technology transfer. 


Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste


ICGEB Internațional Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology


SISSA Internațional School for Advanced Studies and Master în Science Communication (neuroscience, mathematics, physics)


ICTP Internațional Center of Theoretical Physics


INAF OATs Astronomical Observatory of Trieste


OGS Național Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (includes the Marine Biology Laboratory )






SCIENTIFICA invites 5 artists to join an art&science residence program, that will take place between 15-28 October in Trieste, Italy. 
Artists will have the opportunity to visit and meet scientists from main research institutes in Trieste and discover various fields of scientific knowledge.

The City of Trieste


Trieste is named the European City of Science between July 2018 - July 2020, being the perfect place for such explorations: it has the highest density of researchers per inhabitant, hosts excellent research institutes and is the home of the oldest Master in Scientific Communication in Europe.


Trieste is the place where the Bora wind blows, where you can explore intriguing caves and grottoes as renowned Grotta Gigante and you can wonder at the Miramare Castle and the Marine Reserve of Miramare.

House Lixl - The accommodation 


The villa was constructed in 1829 by the Koller family and then in 1908   acquired by the Lixl family, whose name it still bears. It is said that when James Joyce was in Trieste he often came to visit the Lixls and relax under the majestic horse-chestnut that towers over the entrance.


The main entrance is just a few metres from the Tram di Opicina, one of the city’s historical attractions. On Scorcola hill Haus Lixl offers its guests a terraced garden measuring 4,200 square metres with centuries-old trees and a view of San Giusto Castle. 

The Central Hub of the Residence


Sottostazione Elettrica from the Old Port of Trieste is an alternative space, rehabilitated and open to the public in 2018 as part museum, part working space. The building, built in 1913, is located near the Hydrodynamic Plant and was orifinaly designed to transform electricity.


The electrical equipment and the original furniture, are still visible, the space offering a new perspective on the preservation of scientific values ​​and their opening, in a modern form, to the contemporary audience.




ICTP Scientific FabLab


The Scientific Fabrication Laboratory is located at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, and was set up in 2014 to provide a space dedicated to creativity and research, as a Fablab / Makerspace, with a focus prototyping and fast manufacturing.


In this space, artists can access various modern manufacturing tools and techniques to make their artistic creations. ICTP Scientific FabLab is equipped with a set of flexible production equipment, including: a laser cutter, a variety of 3D printers and scanners, CNC machines, open technologies including micro-controllers and sensors, mini computers, etc.




Established in 1961, Trieste International Foundation for Progress and Freedom of Science (FIT) aims at promoting and encouraging the spread of scientific and technological culture in its peaceful applications. It fosters research and cooperation among different scientific institutions, both national and international, and is the founder of the “Trieste System” which comprises the most representative scientific and research entities of the territory. FIT encourages and values the strengthening of cultural and economic relations between the Trieste System and possible international partners. FIT is in charge of the organisation of ESOF2020 and the coordination of the activities leading to 2020. FIT is our main partner for the art and science residence.





Application period: July 25 - August 20, 2018.

The list of artists selected will be published on on August 31, 2018. The selected artists will be contacted.

Period of the residence: 15 - 28 October 2018

Public presentation: 26th October 2018, Trieste

Final exhibition: November 2018, Bucharest





The participation grant includes:

  • Participation at the residence
  • International and local transport
  • Accommodation
  • Each selected artist will receive the gross amount of 2500RON including the fee and production.


What is not included:

  • Medical travel insurance is mandatory and will be covered by each participant at its own cost.





The residence is addressed to visual artists and creative artists working in the creative industries, including video and sound design, new media, and performing arts. To apply, please send an email to with the subject Application for Residence_ (full name), containing the motivation for the application, written in English.


Please include in e-mail:


  • Portfolio containing work / research selection, images, texts, audio / video content, file mentioning _ (full name).
  • CV or bio


* Materials larger than 20MB will be sent via wetransfer or dropbox.





The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. These fall entirely under the responsibility of to the beneficiary of the funding.