The objective of this project is the establishment of a joint research structure called ARTEC lab, which aims at developing innovative digitization approaches for solving certain problems of social relevance. Therefore, we consider new concepts for imparting knowledge in tomorrow’s information society as well as for intelligent interior design solutions for new work and living environments and for multimodal digitization in the presence of demographic change.

Our synergistic research alliance between artistic, technological, and economic partners implements cross-disciplinary solutions by cooperatively developing and adapting dedicated creative methods such as artistic intervention, transdisciplinary design thinking and creative engineering. In addition to creating new research and development projects in close collaboration with the economic partners, we also aim at offering an innovative cross-disciplinary opportunity for studying and further education to said economic partners, students, and other social actors. In the ARTEC lab the partners work in a creative environment, joint both in terms of space and subject, and develop transdisciplinary projects at the interface between art, technology, and economy. According to the underlying thesis, sustainable innovations are able to emerge significantly well when they are transferred from one context to another. The very same reasoning holds for bionic solutions where natural principles are transferred to technological problems (lotus effect, biologically inspired algorithms, smart materials). In the ARTEC lab we look upon art-based intervention as a source of ideas for social and economic problems while we adapt technological solutions for artistic research. By creating a continuous economic and social-scientific accompanying research, sustainable and usable solutions are benefited for the purpose of disruptive innovation. We refer to this concept as the synesthetic utopias of the ARTEC project. Our target is the development of specific positive blueprints of the future emerging from connecting the usually separated domains of art, technology and economy. In order to accomplish this, we are working on three bigger scenarios with our artistic, economic and academic partners:


In the course of this project, ARTEC creates artistically inspired digitization solutions regarding the city marketing in Ratingen, Mettmann. As a result of the development and application of consistent digitization concepts, several selected areas including historically and culturally valuable ensembles (such as an industrial museum, a recreation area, or a wildlife conversation area) can enhance their value even further as they evolve into a “knowledge park”.

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This scenario is closely linked to the project 3-Klang+. It aims at analyzing the latter’s outcome and insight in order to be able to transfer it continuously to other scenarios, especially regarding the city marketing of Düsseldorf. A possible implementation for this would be a digitally supported memory of selected population groups, societies, or districts in Düsseldorf.


For the purpose of developing innovative concepts for fairs, exhibitions, and performances, ARTEC works on a third scenario called NextEvent. Among its most important targets are the advancement of the user-oriented approach of “audience development” for cultural institutions and its connection to participatory approaches of human-technology interaction. As a result, new concepts for visitor interaction at fairs and events such as individual support in terms of media technology, intelligent services at the point of interest, or artistic interventions for “non-visitors” can be developed in a cross-disciplinary way.