The Octopus Programme is a guided research-based educational programme that encourages artistic research and production-based
collaborations across academies and art institutions; students and professionals; diverse presentation modes; and processes
of research and documentation in different geographies.
While the Octopus Programme functions as a support mechanism for emerging artists, the main objective of the programme is
to accumulate experience-based collective and creative output by taking geopolitical, social, ecological, and educational
urgencies and diversities into consideration. Correspondingly, the programme intends to develop and point out new critical
perspectives and standing points to process artistic research and practices. In this respect, by merging the viewpoints of
academic entities and contemporary art institutions along with what they can provide such as mixed facilities and activities,
the Octopus Programme would like to develop a progressive methodology by creating its autonomous network.
The programme was initiated in 2019/2020 by University of Applied Arts Vienna and Kamel Lazaar Foundation with a pilot phase
which linked Vienna and Tunis. The main phase is taking place in 2020/2021 and the partners of the main phase of the programme
are University of Applied Arts Vienna; Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis; Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts, Stockholm;
Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation; The University of Pretoria; The Centre for The Less Good Idea, Johannesburg;
the Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah; SAHA Association, Istanbul; Publics; and Saastamoinen