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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

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 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 + Cocina de Guerrilla]

Improbable Rendez-vous at EXIB Music

We organized in May 8th, 2015, Improbable Rendez-vous to promote contact and exchanges between the different participants at EXIB music market. EXIB is held every year in Bilbao and brings together South American musical collectives with international music professionals. [Image: drawing by Pedro Strukelj during the event]

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 has started 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 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: Sra. Polaroiska, Pilota Girl]

Creative pills, what for?

The Institute for Social Research Berlin (WZB) has published (in Spanish) a report about "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. "

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.