The ADAPT Research Centre and Beta Festival are thrilled to announce the open call for S+T+ARTS4WaterII - a European project bringing together Science, Technology + Arts which utilises artistic residencies as catalysts for innovation addressing global challenges.

These residencies will focus on Ports in Transformation and there will be 20 residencies across Europe. We will facilitate three residencies on the island of Ireland: one in Dublin Port, one in Port of Galway and one in Belfast Harbour. Supported by each of these ports as well as the Irish Maritime Development Office, Waterways Ireland, Smart Dublin, the Digital Hub Development Agency, Galway Culture Company, Culture Works, Digital Arts Studio Belfast, Maritime Trust Belfast, Belfast City Council.

Are you an artist and passionate about sustainability? Apply now for one of our residencies and collaborate with experts to tackle water challenges through art and technology.

Deadline: June 26, 2024.

Budget: 40.000€ per residency.

This is your chance to turn ideas into impactful artworks and be part of the solution! Take advantage of this opportunity to make an impact with your ideas and work.

This residency period between September 2024 and May 2025 will be facilitated by Beta Festival, an annual art and technology event in Ireland, inaugurated in 2023 and co-founded by The Digital Hub with a five-year commitment. The host institution will be the Science Foundation Ireland ADAPT Research Centre, the festival's research partner, having previously collaborated on projects such as the Ethics Studio in the 2023 festival. The primary contacts for artists during their residency will be the Beta Festival director and ADAPT’s Education andPublic Engagement Team.

Artists are required to attend workshops, activities, and conduct field research during the residency period, with travel expenses included in their budget plans. They must produce a prototype or artwork for presentation locally in Summer 2025 as part of the S+T+ARTS4WaterII programme, and for a final presentation at Beta Festival in November 2025, showcasing all three Ireland-based residencies. The residency format will be hybrid, with in-person attendance of at least one month, can be arranged in segments, plus additional online engagement.

S+T+ARTS4WaterII builds on the success of S+T+ARTS4WaterI to tackle the environmental and societal challenges within European ports and port cities. Join us on a journey to drive innovation and promote sustainability in water management within port ecosystems.

S+T+ARTS4WaterII is initiated by the European Commission and the United Nations. The consortium uses advanced digital technologies to explore sustainable solutions in port ecosystems, leveraging lessons from the previous project. Focused on clean water as a fundamental right and aligned with UN SDGs 6 and 14, the project engages industry professionals, researchers, artists, designers, policymakers, and local communities.

The consortium partners include Gluon, VITO, Camargo Corrêa Infra, Beta Festival, ADAPT Research Centre, Drugo More, Waag Futurelab, TBA21, OGR, PiNA, and Klimat Biennale - Kunsthaus Wien.

More information here.


Call out for volunteers for the Beta Festival We're currently looking for volunteers to help us with the programme. You can sign up to volunteer by completing this google form

We're asking volunteers to (ideally) cover 2x 4-hour slots volunteering at the Beta exhibition from the 3rd-19th of November at the Digital Hub, and/or the Beta Conference on the 3rd-5th November in The Bank at Digital Depot. (Though we'd love to have you even if you can only do one slot!). Each volunteer will get a 20-minute break within their 4-hour shift.

Volunteers can complete this Google form to indicate when they might be free to cover some shifts, and what time of volunteer work they prefer to do. For example, if people would prefer to invigilate in the exhibition, or help out with the conference. We will not ask people to cover more than 2 shifts max but if you can indicate any shifts you are free to cover that helps us ensure we've some help throughout!

In return for contributing your time and energy volunteers will get free entry to the 1 event at the Beta conference.
  • We will do our best to ensure we meet people's first choices, but this will be on a first come first serve basis, or a lotto for events with very high demand. For that reason we ask you to indicate your three preferred choices in the Google form
  • To say thank you for volunteering- you will also receive an invite, and some drink tokens, to our very special Volunteer party on the evening of Sunday the 5th.
  • We also hope you'll get to see some of the new and exciting works on show at Beta!

We will provide training for all volunteers on the 26 October, between 4-7pm for 45 min virtual training session. We will confirm the exact time in the coming days.

Any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch!

All the best,

Anne & The Beta Team



Beta festival is thrilled to have been funded by The Arts Council to facilitate a residency exchange with transmediale in Berlin.

Beta x transmediale 

Announcing Selected Projects for Beta x transmediale Residency

We are pleased to announce Bassam Issa Al-Sabah, bela and Kloxii, Mac Andre Arboleda, and Nadia J. Armstrong as artists-in-residence for the Beta x transmediale Residency this fall. The residency takes place in Dublin, Berlin, and remotely during October and November 2023.

During their residency, Bassam Issa Al-Sabah  will develop Uncensored Lilac – a new AI animated film. A story about revenge and desire, Uncensored Lilac questions the ways in which climate change affects and alters social and environmental relations. The film follows a group of goddesses, who may or may not be aliens, and their assembly of familiars, pets, servants, and technologies. Set in a dreamlike hallucinatory landscape that mutates between ornate embellishments and its original form, the landscape and the assembly have been invaded and altered by a toxic species, making them nurturing but venomous. Bassam Issa Al-Sabah is an interdisciplinary artist working with film, video, sculpture, and paintings, based in Belfast.

暴洪野火机构 – a fictional agency established by bela and Kloxii  – creates the context for their collaborative performance. Focusing on the production and dissemination of musical scores that respond to the anxieties of climate collapse and mass disintegration, the duo explores how the news and social media cycles of crises affect our emotional and psychological responses to them. Drawing inspiration from East Asian rain rituals and the duo’s witnessing of flash floods and wildfires in their homelands of South Korea and California, they question the atmosphere of never-ending doom, deconstructing and reorganising its patterns and rhythms. bela is a musician and a performance artist based in Berlin known for electronic music performance merging pungmul – a Korean folk act rooted in agricultural traditions and linked to past social movements - and vocals inspired by extreme metal. Kloxii is a Berlin-based artist and music producer of experimental pop inspired by trip-hop and industrial beats.

ABOLISH THE SCREEN! is an artistic research project and manifesto that investigates the implications and politics surrounding the screen as a central medium for societal functions. Through a series of workshops, dialogues, and presentations, the project questions what the abolition of the screen might mean, and speculates on the new dependencies that could arise from its disappearance. Mac Andre Arboleda  is an artist exploring the sickness of the internet, currently based in Berlin.

RENDER ME TENDER is an audiovisual experience that invites the public to consider the neo-primacy of the chat forum in our present understanding of communication. Rooted in cyborg feminist practices and eco-social concerns the project attempts to unbury the liveness and physical immediacy of the socio-political, and the oratory origins of the word “forum.” Through aesthetic signifiers, scripted conversations, and public interaction, automated AI characters will emerge on screens to engage spectators in rhetoric around the mutations of social interaction that the socio-technical history of the forum presents to us. Nadia J. Armstrong  is a Dublin-based visual artist working with performance, 3D composition, AI, and expanded video based in Dublin.

The residents were selected by Aisling Murray, Sheena Barrett, Tomke Braun, and Nóra Ó Murchú. 

The Beta x transmediale residency is a cooperation between transmediale, Berlin, and Beta festival, Dublin, and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland International Residency Initiatives Scheme.