Water is Life. All living things need water to survive. Not only does the human body consist of 60 percent water, the resource is also essential for producing food, clothing, computers, moving our waste stream, and keeping us and the environment healthy. And yet, we do not have a sustainable approach towards this commodity.

In the past years the S+T+ART’s pillars have created momentum on a European level and to meet the SDG6+SDG14 challenges and maximise the impact, this consortium will forge a strong STARTS4Water Experts Network around artistic practices and art-driven innovation through use of advanced digital technologies (AI, IoT, Advanced sensor platforms, Drones and autonomous vehicles, VR, AR, etc.). At the vital nexus between the local and the global and at the crossroads between art, industry and technology, 12 STARTS4Water residencies will critically engage with the environmental issues, transform how we manage our shared global environment and create new narratives and strategies to understand, value and manage water in a more inclusive, integrated and sustainable way. 101 events (conferences, network events, acceleration events, expert meetings, workshops, labs, summer schools, talks, presentations, exhibitions etc.) will contribute towards a sharing of knowledge about the local and regional water challenges in Belgium, The Netherlands, Greece, Croatia and Italy between the communities and the industry, leading to a more complete picture of the needs and challenges and to better decisions both on the side of water utility as on the side of the user and citizen towards sustainable water management.

Research unit: LABOPro

Duration: 2021 - 2022

Funding: EUROPEAN COMMISSION Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology


  • Leading partner:
    LUCA School of Arts
  • Project partners:
    TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
    UR institute
    V2_Lab for Unstable Media
    Ohi Pezoume NPO, UrbanDig Project
    Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto


Valery De Smedt

Kasper Jordaens