— 2019/20 is the second MAST edition, to view the legacy MAST New-media & Contemporary Art in Nova Gorica (2018/19) follow here —

MAPPING Art-Science-Technology
Rethinking, Art, Science and Technology for Social Europe
(connected events 2019/2020: workshop, symposium)

COURSE NAME: Studio in New-media & Contemporary Art


The Studio course connects students and mentors from different disciplines into a cohesive topic-based and research-oriented production, usually in the form of a workshop, supported by online collaboration before and after a series of intensive live meetings. In terms of themes and topics the content is thus opened and completely dependent on particular needs of each year’s student cohort and students’ individual master projects. Here each student can combine his/her know-how with those of his/her peers becoming a part of a contextually wider production process.


The second in this year’s cycle of MAST workshops will bring together artists, scientists and technologists from around Europe to learn from each other and develop methodologies that can bring about better futures for all. Based on a body of preparatory work, from March 11 to 15, 2019 the participants will meet at the University of Nova Gorica  School of Arts to map, develop, iterate and pitch to the MAST committee novel methodologies that will gradually contribute to a toolbox for innovating the relationship of man and machine, in order to find innovative solutions for a truly Social Europe.

The workshop will create an opportunity to the students and their tutors to jointly develop methodology that can translate artistic ideations to the possible scenarios and prototypes. Such a process is usually called Do_it_Together (DITO), however here it will be moderated and lead in a manner that every participant will feel included. The process throughout the day will be structured with lectures and hands-on activities that will help the participants to understand the beauty and thrill of the innovation process from a prospective of artist, scientist/artist, entrepreneur/artist…

As a long-term aim of MAST, bringing different disciplines together into such a general framework should open up not only new working places and styles, but also bring about a new profile — the “innovation catalyst”, a multi-skilled and cross-knowledgeable person that competently switches between different professional realms, interconnects and develops new paradigms, finds unconventional, art-thinking based solutions, as well as provides necessary translations among realms.

Some creative concepts will be brought to Nova Gorica from the November workshop on Progressive Product Prototyping in Funchal, Portugal, several should spring up through new encounters and a fresh body of local participants in Nova Gorica, to be further iterated at the events in Graz (Spatial Design Challenge: Algorithmic Spatial Studies), Austria (April) then in Ljubljana, Slovenia (May), to be eventually evaluated, jointly reflected and prepared for the next academic year in the Rijeka, Croatia “Interfacing Academy” event.


  • students explore a wider context and/or research of topics that may surround their specific final master projects and interests
  • students reflect on the contemporary topics and methodologies in the field of media arts (new-media and contemporary art)
  • students develop interdisciplinary and inter-professional competencies and engage in an interdisciplinary, interactive learning–production process.
  • students develop testing and training grounds and tools for their (master project) ideas; in terms of a laboratory-oriented exploration



Venue: University of Nova Gorica  School of Arts , ground floor, Large Studio (address: Via Armando Diaz 5, Gorizia, Italy, Eastern Wing, ground floor — suggested entry from the rear of the “Palazzo Alvarez” complex at Via Nizza!)
This map will help you find the closest free public parking for cars, showing a short walk to the school (at Via Diaz 5), 400m in length. Parking closer to the school is payable (blue zone).


  • arrival of students to accommodation


  • 8.30 Everyone meets for coffee & cakes @ University of Nova Gorica  School of Arts (address: Via Armando Diaz 5, Gorizia, Italy, Eastern Wing, ground floor)
  • 9-12 intro session Jurij&Peter, with break
    About MAST, its curriculum and this workshop (Peter)
    About A-S-T for Innovation (Jurij)
  • 13.30 – 16.30 workshop preparation (mapping)
    Round of introductions
    Work with student materials prepared for Task 1
    Jurij&Peter moderating, with Robertina&Špela present

(open end)


  • 9h Robertina Šebjanič artist-talk
  • 10h Špela Petrič artist-talk
  • 11-12h discussion Robertina&Špela&Jurij&Peter
  • 13.30 – 16.30 workshop (grafting yesterday’s ideas)
    in two groups with Jurij, Robertina&Špela

(open end)

  • 20h-00h a-MAST-socializing event at Mostovna (students & mentors MAST partners) in a local club, the ex-squat Mostovna with Joondroid – Weird Records – Kathmandu & a welcome drink or two by LepaVida wines (address: Cesta IX. korpusa 99A; Solkan 5250, Get Directions; 30 mins walk or 5 mins by taxi from Gorizia/IT centre, 15 mins from Nova Gorica/SI centre).


  • 9h – Simon Mokorel (Flapax/Arctur, Guest lecturer on Innovation Management)
  • 10h – Mladen Franko, Prof., PhD  (UNG, Guest lecturer on Science and Innovation)
  • 11-12h round table with guests, moderated by Peter&Jurij, in presence of the MAST Committee
    joint lunch (for students, mentors & MAST partners) at the school, catering
  • 13.30 – 17.30 afternoon workshop design-thinking toolkit (how designers do it..) with Jurij, supported by Robertina&Špela, with break


  • 9-12h morning workshop: art-thinking toolkit development 1 with Jurij, supported by Robertina&Špela, with break
  • 13.30 – 17.30  afternoon workshop art-thinking toolkit development 2 with Jurij, supported by Robertina&Špela; with two minibreaks

(open end)

  • 20h – 00h; a-MAST-socializing event at Klub PDG (Trg Edvarda Kardelja 5, Nova Gorica; just upstairs from the City Gallery on the 1st floor/terrace, next to the National Theatre) with DJ you:re (bits&bytes&bites&a-free-drink! = enough to finger-feed yourself, so no need to dine beforehand!)


  • 9-12h morning workshop: wrap up, clearing any leftover dilemmas; with Robertina&Špela&Jurij, with break
  • 13.30 – 15.15 afternoon workshop (clean up ideas and prepare for presentations), individual (group) work
  • 15.30 –  17.00 presenting to the MAST committee, discussions, evaluation

(open end; farewell)

Fri night & Sat morning

  • departures


At the FUTURE.HUMAN@WORK event in Nova Gorica students will think & work together with:

  • Peter Purg  Prof., PhD (UNG AU Professor in New Media, MASTmodule.eu Lead)
  • Jurij Krpan  (Kersnikova.org, Kapelica gallery Art Director; MAST),
  • Robertina Šebjanič (http://robertina.net/ art – technology – science)
  • Špela Petrič (www.spelapetric.org/ new media art, ex-science)
  • Simon Mokorel (Flapax/Arctur, Guest lecturer on Innovation Management)
  • Mladen Franko, Prof., PhD  (UNG, Guest lecturer on Science and Innovation)
  • MAST Committee (representatives of the MAST consortium partners)



  • regular coursework according to syllabus
  • final documentation, with presentation
  • oral examination
    • Grading scheme:
      • 50% regular coursework
      • 20% final documentation
      • 30% final presentation and/or oral exam


Readings and other materials will be assigned based on the offered Studio topics.


  • LOCATION: Nova Gorica
  • DURATION: 3 weeks
  • WORKSHOP: 6 days
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • LEVEL: postgrad., MA


Peter Purg, PhD, Assoc. Prof.
Robertina Šebjanič, Assist. Prof.


Please find the full curriculum syllabus of the course here:

— 2019/20 is the second MAST edition, to view the legacy MAST New-media & Contemporary Art in Nova Gorica (2018/19) follow here —

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