START Interpreting the origin of the universe through art and technology

Artistic residence programme in astronomical observatories  to promote creation and creativity in technological and scientific environments.

START Technarte


1 MONTH Artistic residence




For centuries, different civilizations have seen and interpreted in their own way the universe. Babylonians carried out mathematic annotations in all their observations. In ancient Egypt, the Nile flood, symbol of fertility, started at the time when Shotis could be seen shortly before the sunrise and the Greeks associated the interactions of the stars between them and they devised a spherical cosmos whose center made the Earth, sun and other planets spin around it.

In this way a broad scientific knowledge was formed until the Arabs cataloged the stars with the names used today.

During all these centuries, and in parallel to technological advances, philosophers have asked repeatedly about the meaning and reason of the universe and life. And nowadays, we look at the sky with all the uncertainty that  looking at the cosmos makes us feel.

However, if there is something by which the humanity has ever been attracted it is the contemplation of this unknown and incomprehensible universe, in which millions of celestial bodies are orbiting around the sun.


We have been looking for an artist around the world that will be capable of integrating art and technology in a single project, providing with an artistic sense to the millions of visual or numerical data, which are hiding in the universe. To help in his interpretation, he will use, together with the scientists of the Observatory, the most advanced astronomical observation systems. Artists who are able to create a work art inspired by these heavenly natures and data.

The aim of the program is to deepen in the relationship between art, technology and science, through the use of the latest technological developments made available to the artists. One look and a different approach to the scientific environments that produce to new artistic disciplines and revolutionary and innovative works of art. A unique and inspiring environment that will facilitate the direct connection between the artist and the vastness of the universe with the most advanced astronomical observation systems.

Because of this, we have launched the artistic residence programme START Technarte in La Palma Island. A first call for which we have searched one of the best places in the northern hemisphere for the contemplation of the universe: Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in the island of La Palma, where The Big Telescope Canarias lies.

Artistic Residence Call in Roque de los Muchachos Observatory

Technarte, along with the CIT Cedote, the Island Council of La Palma, the Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport and with the collaboration of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, Avantalia and CBT Communication and Multimedia have announced the artistic residence programme in Roque de los Muchachos Observatory.

Roque de los Muchachos Observatory is on the verge of the National Park Caldera, 2,396 meters above sea level in the island of La Palma. The Big Telescope Canarias is there, one of the most complete batteries of telescopes in the world. The climate of the island and its geographical situation favours the formation of clouds that occur at an altitude of between 1,000 and 2,000 meters below the location of the Observatory which really favours a clear night sky and also serve as a protection against  the light pollution from towns on the island. One of the best places in the world not only for the night observation but also for solar physics.

The chosen artist has the opportunity to live for 2 months with scientists who work daily at the Observatory, as well as to work with the most modern systems of astronomical observation. All of this with one goal, to create a work of art in direct relationship to the universe.



Cabildo Insular de La Palma
Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte




Instituto de astrofísica de Canarias


  • 15 th of NovemberDeadline for Call for applications. Those applications received after will not be taken into account.
  • November 16 to December 5: Evaluation period.
  • 7 th of December: Selection of the artist and reserve candidates.
  • January 11 to February 11, 2016: Stay in del Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory.
  • 5 th of May, 2016: Final delivery of the work.
  • 19 th and 20 th of May, 2016: Resulting work will be presented in the 11º edition of the Ineternational Conference on Art and Technology in Bilbao.