I’m excited to finally receive a copy of Claudia Schnugg’s Creating ArtScience Collaboration: Bringing Value to Organizations. I was in the middle of the research and exhibition planning for THERIAK (the particular body of work she was interested in) when I was interviewed for the book. Because I was deeply immersed in the work itself, I didn’t have the distance from the project required to fully appreciate the positive impact the practice of interdisciplinarity was having. Claudia’s lens, at that time, was invaluable.

Now, after having had the chance to co-evaluate the activity with those involved, I have learnt what had been achieved across and beyond the disciplines, through crossing boundaries. The assurances, acknowledgements, perspectives and insights I received from all the collaborators, gave me the confidence to continue in what can feel quite a murky borderless and sometimes lonely landscape. The work established permanent cross-institutional relationships, instigated new collaborative research and fundamentally changed a museum’s understanding of its collection, reframing its contemporary value and context.

I am really looking forward to reading about others’ work in this area and the different values acknowledged. I have no doubt Claudia’s work will influence our research here at SPACER, as we redefine ‘value’ within and beyond organisations.

“How can artist-scientist collaboration be of value to science and technology organizations? This innovative book is one of the first to address this question and the emerging field of art-science collaboration through an organizational and managerial lens. With extensive experience collaborating with and advising institutions to develop artist in residency programs, the author highlights how art-science collaboration is such a powerful opportunity for forward-thinking consultants, managers and institutions. Using real-life examples alongside cutting edge research, this book presents a number of cases where these interactions have fostered creativity and led to heightened innovation and value for organizations. As well as creating a blueprint for successful partnerships it provides insights into the managerial and practical issues when creating art-science programs. Invaluable to scholars and practitioners interested in the potential of art-science collaboration, the reader will be shown how to take an innovative approach to creativity in their organization or research, and the ways in which art-science collaborations can mutually benefit artists, scientists and companies alike.”

About the author:
Claudia Schnugg is a researcher and advocate of positive impact collaboration, and a producer and curator of residency programs. She has been the catalyst for numerous art-science projects. She is also Creative Director of Science Gallery Venice and was previously Assistant Professor at the Johannes Kepler University and Visiting Researcher at Copenhagen Business School, the Art|Sci Center at UCLA, and ESO, Chile. She headed the Ars Electronica Residency Network from 2014 to 2016. This book was written during her time as an independent researcher and curator at the intersection of art with science, technology, and business.

Copies of the book can be ordered direct from the publisher here.

Authored by Sarah, Director at SPACER

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