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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.]
More information available here about public presentations.
Permanent. Call for organisations open for long/medium connections, and creative pills.
Until December 12, 2015 Exhibition of the New Patron project developed in Bilbao, Contexts Gallery, Paris
2015/10/9-10. Seminar "Cultural Innovation and Culture of Innovation: Looking for Improbable Connections" in the Faculty of Economics of the University of Cordoba (Argentina).
2015/10/23-24. MUSAC (León), Laboratorio 987
2015/11/04. Foro Confluencias, Prácticas innovadoras de la cultura como base del desarrollo local, presentation and workshop by Conexiones improbables, Sevilla, organized by Junta de Andalucía
2015/11/05. Presentation of New Patrons at a Conference organized by the Spanish Ministry of Culture "Cultura local y Construcción de ciudadanía", Madrid.
2015/11/11. 12:00-13:30. IrunLab Industry, presentation of results, Irun Factory.
2015/12/03. Irun Open Innovation Seminar, Ficoba, Irun.
2015/12/17. 11:00-13:30. Hibrilaldiak, presentation of results, at Donostia/San Sebastián 2016 (C/Easo)
2015/12/18. Presentation of Sra. Polaroiska's film, New Patron project in Hernani, Tabakalera, Donostia/San Sebastián.
In short

Hibrilaldiak Call for projects: last days

A call for projects is open until November 27, 2015 within Hibrilaldiak program, for organisations or groups of citizens willing to start a process of reflection and co-creation with the help of a "different" - in most cases, an artist - based on a need expressed by the group. The first 6 groups using Hibrilaldiak methodology have started working in September 2015 and will present their results in December 17 at Donostia 2016 main building. [Image: introduction session of the first round of Hibrilaldiak]

Irun Open Innovation

More than 15 interventions will be happening at Irun Open Innovation Seminar to investigate three aspects of innovation: user-driven innovation, innovation from arts and culture, and the limits and opportunities of open innovation. Thursday December 3, 2015, from 9:15 to 18:30, in FICOBA, Irun. Please confirm attendance in or 943 505 336. [Image: detail of the work of Andrea Acosta, Contexts Gallery, Paris]

New Patrons in Oion and Barakaldo

After a Call for Patrons organized by Artehazia, two projects start in october 2015 in Alava and Bizkaia (Basque country, Spain), within the New Patrons programme, with the support of Carasso Foundation. The Patrons based in Oion want to improve intercultural coexistence in the city, and the Patrons linked to the Barakaldo Time Bank want to help disseminate the project so that it can continue to grow, informing more neighbours of the existence of the project and encouraging them to participate. More information in the next months. [Imagen: group of patrons, Oion]

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 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 art work (a film), created by Sra. Polaroiska is presented in Tabakalera in December 2015. [Image: shooting of the film in Hernani, octobre 2015]

"Manual de uso" in Paris

"Manual de uso", first New Patrons project developed in the Basque Country, is presented in Paris at Contexts gallery, from September 25 to December 19, 2015. "Manual de uso" aims to provide another view towards Zorrozaure- Ribera de Deustu neighborhood in Bilbao, to help imagining other futures for the territory. The publication was created by Andrea Acosta, and the project was mediated by Haizea Barcenilla. [Image: Andrea Acosta]

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]

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.