Anna Schaeffner, Soft Collision. Photo by Michelle Mantel
Anna Schaeffner, Soft Collision. Photo by Michelle Mantel ©
VOJEXT S+T+ARTS Residencies

Artist Talk: Robotics in Arts (sold out)

On Tuesday 16 April, join us at Waag for an evening of art performances, inspirational talks, artist discussion and drinks.

Nowadays, we are constantly redefining our relationship with AI and robotics. Through artistic research within the robotic industry from March until December 2023, three artists have explored this relationship. Artists Calin Segal, Marielena Papandreou and Anna Schäffner focussed in their creative projects on human-robot interactions in manufacturing companies. On Tuesday 16 April, they present their artworks, and offer us new perspectives on collaborative creativity and safety in human-robot interaction. 


18:00 - 18:30 hrsDoors open
18:30 - 18:45 hrsWelcome & introduction VOJEXT S+T+ARTS Residencies
18:45 - 19:30 hrsInspirations with Michela Magas and Amir Bastan
19:30 - 20:00 hrsArtist talks and works 
20:00 hrsClosing and drinks

Want to see more? On Wednesday 17 April at 18:00 hrs, visit the LASER Talk on Arts in Industry: creative collaborations for innovations that matter. On Thursday 18 April and Friday 19 April, the artworks will be on display at Waag from 12:00 till 18:00 hrs.

About the speakers

Michela Magas is an innovation catalyst who bridges the worlds of science and art, design and technology, academic research and industry. She is founder of Stromatolite Design Innovation Lab, innovation advisor to the European Commission and the G7 leaders, Member of President von der Leyen’s High Level Round Table for the New European Bauhaus, and the creator of the Industry Commons. 

Amir Bastan is a new media artist with a background in fine arts and philosophy. Amir explores the gap between the conscious and the unconscious. He is pursuing his PhD and is currently a researcher at Creative Robotics and a lecturer at the Kunstuni Linz. Alongside his artistic practice, Amir is developing 'The Bunraku Project', a software utilised for real-time control, visualisation and simulation of industrial robots.

About the artists

Calin Segal is a Romanian artist and designer based in Paris, focussing on interactive and generative art. Co-founding the In-Dialog collective, he delves into multidisciplinary research at the intersection of art, technology, and design.

Marielena Papandreou is an experienced designer with a background in technical, manufacturing and academic fields. Her artistic research delves into the factors influencing the materialisation of building products, exploring circularity, natural resources and materials utilising algorithmic pathways and digital fabrication techniques.

Anna Schäffner is an Interaction designer, exploring the field of human-computer interaction through a Practice-based PhD at École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France. Her research centers on soft robotics and the design of deformation as a vehicle for movement, dynamic material adaptation, and expressiveness.

About the residencies

The goals of the VOJEXT S+T+ARTS residencies are twofold: to push for art-driven innovation and societal understanding of human-robot interactions, and to integrate them in industrial manufacturing robotics that work on construction, arts and crafts. 

About VOJEXT and S+T+ARTS 

VOJEXT is a European project that aims to design, develop, validate and demonstrate robotic systems for industry. S+T+ARTS is a European Commissioned initiative that supports and awards the most cutting-edge works of transdisciplinary European science, art and technology. works. Waag is partner in both VOJEXT and S+T+ARTS. 


This event is made possible by Gibas Automation B.V. 








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1012CR Amsterdam

Due to her monumental state the Waag building does not have elevators. A gender neutral toilet is present on the first floor.


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Vojext has received funding from the European Commission under the H2020-DT-ICT-03-2020 call under Grant Agreement number 952197.