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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.
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.
2014/10/29-31. Factorial, International Meeting in Art Factories, "A retroprospective reflection", Meeting Conclusions and Proposals for the future of the Creation Factories, Barcelona.
2014/11/04. 13:30-15:30. IrunLab, following-up of local creators' hiring, Irun Factory.
2014/11/7 Pontevedra School of Fine Arts, University of Vigo, Conference / Roundtable on art-enterprise relationships within the Baliza Art Project.
2014/11/17-20. Conducting various laboratories and participation in meetings at the invitation of Territorios de Cultura para la Equidad, Mexico DF.
2014/11/24-28. "Open Innovation for social innovation", AECID, Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)
2014/12/02. 11:30-13:30. Maxi-pills, presentation of results, Tabakalera (Sukaldea), Donostia.
2014/12/03. Introducing Conexiones improbables and New Patrons within the course "Creative territories: a new paradigm of cultural policies", Diputación Foral de Bizkaia.
2014/12/04. 13:30-15:30. IrunLab, presentation of results, Irun Factory.
2014/12/04. 18:30-20:00. AuzoLabs Amarabai and Berreibar, presentation of results, Firemen 2016 Main Building.
In short

From one place to another

Conexiones improbables is travelling all over the world: after an intense week in Mexico DF, we are during the last week of November in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), before returning to Bilbao with a presentation on Creative Territories, then going to Arrecife (Lanzarote) to talk about cultural innovation and to Berlin to a research workshop organized by the WZB. We have also just integrated N.I.C.E. (Network for Innovations in culture and creativity in Europe), based in Essen, and initiated by ecce (European Centre for Creative Economy). [Image: Laboratorio Para La Ciudad, México]

Other ways of seeing things

The Institute for Social Research Berlin (WZB) has just published (in Spanish) "Challenges addressed by artistic interventions in organizations: Examples of Conexiones improbables 2011-2013" based on reflections made by over 80 project managers who participated in long connections or creative pills. The learning that stands out is "new ways of seeing things" and the WZB researchers conclude: "(...) the positioning of the actors outside their usual contexts gives them a different impulse to work with their own ressources. The artist brings values ​​and practices of the art world that break into the organization promoting the development of important capabilities of organizational learning. "

New maxi-creative pills

In September two new maxi-creative pills are starting in Emun, cooperative based in Arrasate-Mondragón and Pernod-Ricard Bodegas, company based in Donostia-San Sebastián and Logroño. The presentation of results will take place on December 2, 2014, from 11:30 to 13:30 (place to be determined). Another creative pills is starting in November in AGA, an industrial locksmith company. [Image: Pernod-Ricard Bodegas + PKMN]

AuzoLabs in Eibar and San Sebastián

AuzoLabs are Laboratories of citizen hybridization ("Auzo" means neighbour in Basque), promoted by Donostia San Sebastian 2016. AuzoLabs intent to respond to concrete need expressed by groups of citizens with the help of a "different". Two projects, selected after a public call for projects, start in September 2014 around Berreibar and Amarabai (Asociation of neighbours of Amara) projects. The resullts will be presented in December 4, 2014, from 18:30 to 20:00, at Donostia 2016 main Building. A third AuzoLab is also starting in October to re-think Koldo Mitxelena as a Cultural Center; the process will end in June 2015.

Training for creators in Irun

Creative pills have been implemented in 8 service companies and 7 retails in Irun. Next step will be 10 local creators that will put in practice from September 16 ideas developed during the pills in 10 shops of the city, through a program sponsored by Irun City Council and Lanbide. Results will be presented on December 4, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, in Irun Factory. [Image: TrucaRec]

N.I.C.E. 2014 2nd Award

Good news: we have received, along with the  Unperfekthaus, Essen, the 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). The winner, RLF Propaganda (Berlin), and the third prize Urbanauts (Vienna), were also announced at Forum d'Avignon Ruhr, in Essen, on June 12.

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 2014 call open to companies and organisations wanting to develop innovation projects in collaboration with artists and thinkers. / M: 673 608 790.