Art, research, innovation

15 December 2017 – 07 April 2018

The exhibition Next Things_Next Starts is showing for the first time the results of the research and production residency programme called Next Things organised by LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in conjunction with Telefónica R+D over a five-year period with the mission to forge new connections and collaborations between art, science, technology and society. Following an open call issued to artists and other creatives, the most innovative ideas and projects related with the Internet of Things were chosen. The award consisted in a six-month residency (two at LABoral and four at Telefónica I+D) to materialise their ideas and projects, as well as substantial funding.

The exhibition centres on the critical role played by creativity and social involvement in processes of innovation. Together with scientific and technical know-how and learning, art is a catalyst that helps transform knowledge into objects or processes. The projects showcase the paths opened up when combining creative thinking with the possibilities of open technology.

The five critical and innovative projects chosen for the programme rethink and open a debate on contemporary situations stemming from technological advances. Through the creative use of new technologies, these projects propose prototypes for new solutions and working spaces.

The exhibition is co-funded by the S+T+ARTS==STARTS programme of the European Commission via the VERTIGO Project. The STARTS programme fosters innovation in Europe by linking Science, Technology and the Arts through, among others, financing an annual STARTS prize ( and promoting STARTS residencies where artists are invited to technology institutions (

Artists: Laura Malinverni & Lilia Villafuerte; Lot Amorós, Cristina Navarro & Alexandre Oliver; Sam Kronick; María Castellanos & Alberto Valverde; Román Torre & Ángeles Angulo.