Begun in 2012, Soft Control is a Europe-wide cultural project that aims to bring the public closer to the phenomena emerging from the meeting between art, science and technology. Through collaboration between research laboratories, artists and schools, the project will be developed over several years as a platform for collaboration and cooperation between researchers and cultural agents. Sharing and experimenting with new forms of artistic creation, Soft Control seeks the active participation of a large segment of the population, especially younger audiences, students and seniors. Art, science and technology thus meet at an open event which aims to bridge the gap between scientific research and the general public.
Soft Control works with the collaboration of several centres of artistic production in Europe: KIBLA, Association for Culture and Education (Maribor, Slovenia); FBAUP, Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (Porto, Portugal); RIXC, Centre for New Media Culture (Riga, Latvia); CIANT, International Centre for Art and New Technologies (Prague, Czech Republic); MMSU, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rijeka (Rijeka, Croatia); KGLU (Slovenja Gradec, Slovenia); DOB (Belgrad, Serbia), O3ONE (Belgrad, Serbia) and Hangar, Visual Arts Research and Production Centre (Barcelona, Spain).
As part of this project, Hangar has developed the SOFT CONTROL initiative: Art, Science and Technology of the Unconscious, which proposes a collaboration between visual artists and resident scientists at the Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona and the Centre for Research in Biomedicine Engineering at the UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). To this end it has launched an open call for interdisciplinary projects in which artists can invite a professional from another discipline to work with them on a research project during a month-long residency at Hangar.