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Within the context of questioning many artistic structures, Improbable Connections wants to revindicate the essential role of the structures of art training, dissemination and production. Without them, it would be difficult for artists and thinkers, who contribute great value to society in general and a project such as Improbable Connections in particular, to continue researching and experiencing other ways of conceiving and constructing the world.
European Award
Conexiones improbables, second prize of N.I.C.E. Award 2014 (Network for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe), organised by the European Centre for Creative Economy in Dortmund (Germany).
Creative pills
What are creative pills? [3 min.]
Spanish TV
Documentary about Conexiones improbables by Spanish TV Channel TVE2, within its programme La aventura del saber, with examples of collaboration between artists and organisations at Cruces Hospital, Silam, Orbea, i68 and Nekane Moda.
[February 2014, 20 min.]
Successful collaborations between artists and organisations
i68 + Paola Tognazzi [3 min.]
Orbea + Cocreable [3 min.]
Lauaxeta Ikastola + Mikel Morlas [3 min.]
Fundación Anesvad + Carme Romero [4 min.]
Permanent. Call for organisations open for long/medium connections, and creative pills.
2015/04/15. 13:30-15:30. IrunLab, first methodology session, Irun Factory.
2015/05/08. Improbable Rendez-vous, EXIB Música, Alhondiga Bilbao.
2015/05/22. Presentation of Conexiones improbables within a Seminar about Basque Public Health System, Hospital de Cruces, Bilbao.
2015/05/27. Presentation of Conexiones improbables within a Seminar about Innovation in complex environments, Auzo Factory Matiko-Irazabal, Bilbao.
2015/06/11. 13:30-15:30. IrunLab, presentation of results.
In short

Stimulating, vitalizing, inspiring...

A new report by the WZB (only availble in Spanish) analyzes the results of 76 improbable connections and compares them with artistic interventions carried out in German companies. The results confirm previous findings: both project managers and workers find the connections stimulating, vitalizing, inspiring, but also useful, surprising and fun. Both emphasize that they bring new ways of seeing things, and, at a personal level, fresh perspectives. 100% of the workers that have participated in creative pills in Irun would recommend others to participate in them; and 90.5% of project managers would also recommend so (9.5% answered "maybe"). [Image: creative pill Maushaus + Garbi]

Cook in innovation for industries in Bidasoa region

Supported by Bidasoa Activa, a Cook in innovation Laboratory and three maxi-creative pills are activated  for companies of the region of Bidasoa. Cook in innovation is a space for experimentation and active participation created with Cocina de guerrilla that combines cuisine, arts and creativity by creating recipes and shared reflections (date to be determined). Creative pills incorporate creativity in businesses through processes of co-creation with artists and creators (July-October 2015). If you work in a company based in Bidasoa area and you are interested in participating, please send an email to [Image: improbable connection, Artepan]

Retails and artists in IrunLab

After the introductory session held on April 15, 2015, the 10 IrunLab binomes have started their collaboration process ending on June 11, 2015 with the presentation of results.  The following retails and artists are participating: Cervecería Boulevard + Flou Flou, Estudio Gover + Pink Gorillas, Floristería Dana + TrucaRec, Fotokop + Vicente Vázquez, Juguetes Garbi + Maushaus, Pasitos (children's shoes) + Idoia Zabaleta, Pinturas Muriel + Carles Gispert, Tejidos Marina + Ane San Miguel, Uno más (dog grooming) + Anne Cécile Paredes, Vinos y licores Alcanadre + Nerea Olazabal.

Sra. Polaroiska in Hernani

The artists collective Sra. Polaroiska keeps on working with the New patrons based in Hernani, a group of persons linked or related to the Hernani Council for equality. They will have to propose an artistic answer to the challenge defined by the group regarding gender questions in relation to street names. The group is led by the mediator Haizea Barcenilla, and is promoted by Tabakalera and Artehazia. The project will finalize at the end of 2015. [Image: public meeting of the project in Hernani]

Call for companies now open

Do you want to experiment with the introduction of arts and culture into strategic and innovation processes? Get in touch with us to know the details of the call open to companies and organisations wanting to develop innovation projects in collaboration with artists and thinkers. / M: 673 608 790.