Kat Austen is one of the artists hosting scientists in residence as part of the STUDIOTOPIA programme, through Ars Electronica. Austen’s Studio is hosting Indrė Zliobaitė and Lawrence Gill. The team are currently developing concepts to be realised over the residency period.


STUDIOTOPIA is a European initiative that seeks to activate  the  collaborative and interdisciplinary expertise  required  to face the ecological implications of the Anthropocene. It consists of eight European cultural institutions: Center for Fine Arts (BOZAR) and GLUON in Brussels, Ars Electronica in Linz, Cluj Cultural Centre in Cluj, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Laboral in Gijon.

Artists Host Scientists

STUDIOTOPIA implements an inverse art and science residency model where scientists from diverse disciplines respond to an open call to work alongside and learn from leading European artists. The aim of the residency programme is to create an experimental space where scientists and artists can exchange ideas, learn from each other, develop methods for transdisciplinary collaboration and create speculative solutions to sustainable development. The purpose of the programme is also to formulate a clearer understanding of how artists and scientists can work together, and how such interactions can contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ars Electronica nominated the artists Kat Austen and Maja Smrekar to host selected scientists-in-residence.

Meet the Scientists

Indrė Žliobaitė is a tenure track professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her background is in machine learning with evolving  data. In Helsinki, she leads a research group called Data science and  evolution, which focuses on computational analyses of the changing world. For the last six years, Indrė has been actively involved in evolutionary paleontology research studying the mammalian fossil  record. 

Laurence Gill is a Professor in Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. His research interests involve studying the fate and transport of both air and water-borne pollutants in the natural and built environment, the development of passive treatment processes, the ecohydrology of wetlands and the characterisation of karst hydrological catchments. Much of the work involves extensive field studies which are then used to develop mathematical models to gain further insight into the processes.