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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.
2015/09/24. Opening of the exhibition of the New Patron project developed in Bilbao, Contexts Gallery, Paris
2015/09/22. Conexiones improbables in the jury of NICE award, Essen, Germany.
2015/09/29. Hibrilaldiak, first methodology session, San Sebastián.
2015/10/02. Plenary Conference of Ibero-American Cultural Management Symposium organized by the University of Piura, Lima Campus (Peru)
2015/10/07. Opening Conference of the third International Seminar "Cities, Culture and Future" organized by the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
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
2015/11/11. 12:00-13:30. IrunLab Industry, presentation of results, Irun Factory.
2015/12/17. 11:00-13:30. Hibrilaldiak, presentation of results, at Donostia/San Sebastián 2016 (C/Easo)
In short

Hibrilaldiak: new call for projects

A new call 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]

"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]

IrunLab Industry

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Supported by Bidasoa Activa, three Maxi-creative Pills are activated in industrial companies of the region of Bidasoa to incorporate creativity in businesses through processes of co-creation with artists and creators (July-November 2015). The binomes are Alcad + Mikel Morlas, Comdiflex + Ehcofab and Iturria Industrial + Maushaus.
Industry IrunLab is a program promoted by the City Council of Irun through Bidasoa activa and co-inanced by the Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa. [Image: memes picked up by Mikel Morlas].

New Patrons projects

A public Call for Patrons that was launched by Artehazia is now closed. The two selected groups will participate in the creation of an art project, together with a mediator and an artist, to respond jointly to the challenge that has been raised. We will publish the name of the two groups at the end of October 2015. [Imagen: group of patrons, Hernani]

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]

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.