Art * Science * Collaboration – Seminar @ Goethe-institut Sofia – DA LAB foundation 

On June 18 in Goethe-institut Sofia, DA LAB foundation organizes the seminar “Art * Science * Collaboration”, related to the foundation’s mission to develop digital arts in Bulgaria and support young Bulgarian artists. One of the aims of the seminar is to acquaint Bulgarian artists with successful practices of collaboration with scientists and experts in developing interdisciplinary creative content, while at the same time connecting them to the international scene. The seminar focuses on contemporary interdisciplinary practices in the collaboration between art and science.

The one-day seminar provides opportunities to meet representatives of the international cultural scene and institutions from Europe, with the aim of building a professional network, sharing successful practices and promoting partnerships for future cooperations. The workshop not only facilitates networking, but also features presentations by guest curators, as well as a showcase of local and international artists engaged in interdisciplinary work. These presentations are intended to introduce artists in leading art-science programs and existing artist-in-residence programs. In addition, the seminar is dedicated to building a new Eastern European art and science network, culminating in a round table discussion to explore innovative ideas, foster connections and strengthen the regional ecosystem for collaboration.

The guests of the seminar are the Austrian curator and researcher Dr. Claudia Schnugg, as well as the curator Andrei Tudose from Romania, co-founder of the organization Marginal, as well as leading institutions from Europe working in the field of cooperation between art and science, such as the Schloss Academy Solitude – Germany, presented by Sophie-Charlotte Thieroff, Schmiede Media Festival – Austria, presented by Rüdiger Wassibauer and Marius Schebella (Subnet), University of Salzburg – Antoni Ryzhekov, Ukrainian Media Art Festival TETRAMATYKA – presented by Dr. Ostap Manulyak, MADLab – Cyprus presented by Dr. Marinos Koutsomichalis and others.

From the Bulgarian side, the following will be presented at the seminar: the digital art festival DA Fest by Prof. Dr. Venelin Shurelov, the DA LAB Foundation – presented by Dr. Galina Dimitrova-Dimova, ReBonkers (Varna) – presented by Ralitsa Gerasimova, as well as presentations of the artists: Aksinia Peycheva, Dimitar Solakov, Ivelina Ivanova, Marinos Koutsomihalis (MADLab, Cyprus), Maria Nalbantova, Sabina Suru (Marginal, Romania).

The event is in English.

The seminar is organized by the DA LAB foundation and supported by the “Creation” program of the National Culture Fund, Bulgaria, the Austrian Embassy in Bulgaria and in partnership with the Goethe-institut, Sofia.


10:30 – 10:40 Welcome, introduction
Antoni Rayzhekov, AIHI, University of Salzburg, Austria
Media-artist and researcher
co-founder of DALab Foundation – Bulgaria |

10:40 – 11:30 Keynote – “Art&Science collaborations”
Dr. Claudia Schnugg – Austria
independent curator and researcher
Dr. Claudia Schnugg is a curator of art and science collaboration and a scholar researching the intersections of art and aesthetics with science, technology, and organizations.

11:30 – 12:10 Sophie-Charlotte Thieroff
Coordinator art, science & business program
Akademie Schloss Solitude – Stuttgart, Germany

12:10 – 12:30 Ralitsa Gerasimova
Curator, ReBonkers art space
Alternative Art Space; ArtScience Residency Varna, Bulgaria

12:30 – 13:10 Lunch break

13:10 – 13:25 Dr. Marinos Koutsomichalis
Artist & Researcher
MADLab – Cyprus
Media Arts & Design Research Lab

13:25 – 13:45 Dr. Ostap Manulyak
Festival of Audiovisual Art “TETRAMATYKA” – is an event concentrated on multimedia and interactive art. The Festival was founded in 2013 as a small chamber art event and grew up to become an international festival with a vast program.

13:45 – 14:00 Andrei Tudose
MARGINAL – Romania
Curator / cultural platform for Art:Science:Technology // media art collaborations

14:00 – 14:15 Dr. Galina Dimitrova-Dimova
Curator & co-founder of DALAB – Bulgaria
DALAB Foundation Bulgaria is focusing on implementing a program of regular activities that support creative initiatives in the digital arts field and cultivate the audience’s interest in them.

14:15 – 14:30 Prof. Dr. Venelin Shurelov
Artist, educator and curator

NHA, DALab, DA-Fest – Bulgaria
DA Fest is an international festival that introduces the Bulgarian audience to new artistic practices and significant achievements in the field of digital arts. The festival is organized by the DA LAB Foundation in cooperation with the National Academy of Arts in Sofia.

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 – 15:00 SubnetAIR | Schmiede
A cooperation between AIHI, University of Salzburg, Subnet & Schmiede festival
Rüdiger Wassibauer – Schmiede Media Art Festival // Akademie Hallein
Marius Schebella – subnet – Salzburg Austria
Antoni Rayzhekov – AIHI at University of Salzburg, Austria
subnetAIR provides international artists an opportunity to spend four to six weeks in Salzburg to develop an artistic project in the realm of physical computing, hardwarehacking and tinkering. subnetAIR provides curation, budget, and experience in media projects as well as an established network in the local artistic community. Starting with the 2016 residents, we have joined forces with subnetAIR and provide the artists with a lively environment filled with technology-enthusiasts, critical thinkers, exotic human-machine interfaces and plenty of gear and space to work on projects as well as present them to audiences in the Science City. 

SchmiedeAIRs documentation:
FeralAIR 2019 2020 2023
AkademieAIR 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023

subnetAIR / HCI
subnetAIR documentation: 2019 – 2021 2022 2023

15:00 – 16:30 Artists Presentations (max. 10min per presenter including Q&A)
Aksynia Peicheva (Bulgaria)
Dimiter Solakov (Bulgaria),
Ivelina Ivanova (Bulgaria),
Maria Nalbantova (Bulgaria)
Marinos Koutsomichalis (Cyprus)
Sabina Suru (Romania)

16:30 – 16:45 Coffee break

16:45 – 18:00 Round table “Art&Science network” – challenges and opportunities
building Central and Eastern European Network
Participants: Dr. Claudia Schnugg, Sophie-Charlotte Thieroff (Akademie Schloss
Solitude), Dr. Marinos Koutsomichalis (MADLAB), Andrei Tudose (MARGINAL),
Antoni Rayzhekov (DALab), TBA