Cooperation Agreements. International Connections of the MIDECIANT
All over these years, the MIDECIANT has maintained in active several Cooperation Agreements with some of the most prestigious institutions and artistic, academic and cultural centres in the national and international level such as:
- ArtLabTokyo, an advanced research centre composed of electronic engineers and art curators, which Canon set up in 1991 to develop his most sophisticated technology – not commercialized -, and where J.R. Alcalá was working as an invited artist-researcher.
- MultimediaCentre, of the National Centre for the Art sin Mexico City, a great artistic and cultural project of theFederal Government of Mexico. Managers of the MIDECIANT were invited as international experts for its creation.
- CICV French, managed by Pier Bongiovanni, a centre similar to theZKM of Karlsruhe, with which the MIDE exchanged artists and researchers who work together in the Forum of Experts of the Council of
It has also established specific collaborations and exchanges with prestigious Schools of Art and universities, such as:
- Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) of New York, through its Department of Contemporary Photography in the Visual Arts School, having housed in the workshops of MIDE to Charles Arnold, , prestigious photographer and artist of the electrographic and Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Photography of the American Institute.
- London Institute, with which institution, MIDE collaborated in the preparation and consolidation of the multimedia training in the EuropeanUnion (Multimedia SkillForum), through itsMEDIA
- Kyoto University, with which, through their teachers- and international prestigious artists- of art and new technologies, Yuri Nagawara and Akira Komoto, MIDE takes more than five years collaborating and exchanging educational experiences and students and scholars from Cuenca centre and its Faculty of Fine Arts, having resided in our University and the MIDE as guest artists.
- Tama Art University, in Japan, with which we have shared some graphic art telecommunications projects through its Professor of Art and Technology, Tetsuharu Takita.
- Saint Martins School of Arts of London, with whose department of Graphic Design have worked together to develop process of digital graphics.
- Royal College of Art, London, whose Illustration Department, through its director Dan Fern (now director of the Royal) and Professor of Graphic Design, and the prestigious artist Jake Tilson, has conducted research residences about “artistic creativity and electrography” in the laboratories of MIDE, and having been invited some members of the MIDE team to its department in London.
- Postgraduate Programme CAIIA and Bachelor of Interactive Arts of the University College of WalesNewport, whose research relations with theMIDE, through its founder, Roy Ascott, have been very fluid and inspiring since 1992, working there the teacher Kepa Landa, Bachelor of Fine Arts from our university and previous fellow ofMIDE.
- University of Cyprus, Nicosia, with which jointly MIDE developed an I+D project from the European Community entitled “Cultural Journeys in the Information Society”(CJIS) about access to art and culture of the Mediterranean countries through the
- University of Cardiff in Wales, and the Ecoledes Beaux Arts of the University ofNantes, where several members of the MIDE have resided as guest professors and with which we have aSOCRATES-ERASMUS student exchange.
- As with other, among the most important, theUniversity of Montreal in Canada, the Nazareth Collegue of Art of Rochesterin NewYork, the State University Paulistain Sao Paulo(Brazil), with whom, over the last ten years and timely manner, MIDE has developed applications and processes of audio-visual technologies applied to artistic creation.
All these international connections, reinforced the position and research projection of the MIDECIANT, which has been invited to participate in international forums and commissions from the most prestigious national and international institutions, such as:
- Council of Europe, as a member of the expert group of its Forum on “Technology Telecommunications andArt Education” in Strasbourg and Paris, in 1996.
- ITU (International Telecommunication Unit), as a invited researcher to participate in the work of reflection and drafting of the text of the official lecture of the UN World Forum about “Art & Industry” in Souillac and Geneva from 1997 to 2000.
Fellowships and Grants for Creation, Experimentation and Research
Over his twenty-five years operating as a research centre in Art and New Media, the MIDECIANT has given many grants and aids to the most avant-garde artists for carrying out experimental practical works. At the moment, keeps its program of grants and scholarships for the study and research on these artistic practices through the programs of action of CAAC (Collections and Archives of Contemporary Art) in Cuenca. This is a set of resources gathered under a single brand, which was created by the Faculty of Fine Arts of Cuenca in November 2012 and accepted by the Rector UCLM team since 2013, and which is integrated together with the MIDECIANT and other collections, research centres and files created along all these years by different researchers from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Cuenca, and gives continuity to the objectives and activities of all of them, some of which were endangered by lack of funding.
The list of scholarships and grants offered by the MIDECIANT is summarized as the following:
- Scholarships for Artists in Residence, designed to develop artistic projects and proposals.
- Grants for Researchers in Residence.
- Assistance to Courses, Workshops and Seminars.
- Collaborative Grants and Research Projects I + D + i belonging to European competitive, national and regional programs led or in which participate the MIDECIANT as a research centre of the UCLM, or through its various research groups attached to it.
- Aid for artists to carry out or finance their research projects or creative works related to new technologies.
MIDECIANT and Educational Programs of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cuenca
It should also be noted the fundamental connection that has always existed (and still exists today) between the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cuenca and the MIDECIANT that, thanks to the innovative and pioneering curriculum of that, where is taught and researched on video-creation, digital photography, multimedia design, dynamic advertisement, computer graphics electronic music, performance, performing arts, filmmaking, interactive and net art, including technical and expressive disciplines it has trained graduates from Fine Arts, and to whose creative talent has joined a thorough knowledge of new technological processes of art and communication. This has allowed the MIDECIANT to incorporate into its research and design works and multimedia creation, the revolutionary new creative approaches of these young talents, offering them resources as primary source material for the development of former PhD program and current Master of Research.