Hungry EcoCities aims at exploring one of the most pressing challenges of our times: the need for a more healthy, sustainable, responsible and affordable agri-food system for all.
Hungry EcoCities puts forward a high-level alliance between science, technology, and the arts, to effectively explore how digital technologies & applications can lead in turn to reduced food waste, more sustainable value chains, eco-friendly attitudes, and a more ethical food consumption. How can we develop ways of creating a more healthy, sustainable, and affordable agri-food system for all?
In Hungry EcoCities, studios, universities, growers, and agricultural specialists’ team up with, artists and creative thinkers to come up with new ideas for the future food system. Hungry EcoCities will host 20 S+T+ARTS residencies and will be working towards defining, designing, and developing AI enabled responsible, art-driven solutions for the end-users in the agri-food industries.
Duration: September 2022 – February 2026
Consortium: Brno University of Technology (coord., CZ), KU Leuven Institute Leuven.AI (BE) , CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati (IT), Studio Other Spaces (GE) , In4Art (NL), Mendel University (CZ), NethWork (NL), FundingBox (PL) and supported by Gluon (BE).
Management Contact Person: Pavel Smrž
Two open calls will be launched to select 20 project pilots that address the following topics:
- Humanizing Technology Experiments within AI breakthrough technology domains.
- Paths to Progress Experiments to have AI enabled use scenario prototypes tested in real environments.
The first open call will select 10 artists / creative developers that will work on artistic agri-food AI usability explorations. The second open call will select 10 industrial end-user/SMEs from the agri-food sector and 10 artists that jointly will work on AI enabled use scenario prototypes and awareness raising artworks that (1) make the food chain more transparent, inclusive, and sustainable, (2) build conenctions between different stakeholders in the food chain; and (3) promote more informed and sustainable consumption patterns.
In this section, we will share updates on the project and, once started, the residencies.
Hungry EcoCities residencies will be conducted in close collaboration with AI and digital tech researchers at KU Leuven institute Leuven.AI and Brno University of Technology, AgriTech researchers at Mendel University in Brno, Art and Design studios Studio Other Spaces and CRA – Carlo Ratti Associati, Institute for art-driven innovation In4Art, Controlled Environment Agriculture network organisation EatThis, funding specialists FundingBox and Gluon Centre for Art Research and Education.
This HungryEcoCities project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement 101069990.