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Guided tours in June!

Book now a guided tour from 1-25 June 2017 • Every Monday*: 4 pm and every Friday 2 & 4 ...

Looking for nature and adventure?

Always wanted to go camping at the Uithof? Artist Laurent Tixador is looking for participants to help building tree towers ...

How can art and science collaborate?

The Department of Search is an arts based organisation which was first set up in 2014. Soon after they developed ...


Zero Footprint Campus

Zero Footprint Campus is a new art programme in the public area of the Utrecht Science Park, the area formerly known as De Uithof in Utrecht. Twelve artists selected from the Netherlands and abroad have been commissioned to conduct a one-year artistic study into the possibilities and impossibilities of Zero Footprint Campus. To what extent is this area, with its users (researchers, students, canteen staff, security staff, etc.), suitable for creating new works of art? How can this work contribute to and shed some light on our search for a sustainable society? Through intensive collaboration with experts from the university of applied sciences, the university and other institutions and knowledge institutions, artists can use the Science Park as a scientific search engine. The study takes one year and will result in new work that will be presented in the public area of the Science Parkin in June 2017.

Department of Search

Zero Footprint Campus was initiated by the Department of Search, an organisation founded by artists – a department of search as well as a department for search. This new artists’ organisation was founded at the Utrecht Science Park after a one-year study by Dutch artist Melle Smets and Cynthia Hathaway, a designer working in the Netherlands. This new department links artists to the scientific practice of the Utrecht Science Park, it offers them the space for their study and experiments, and it commissions them with developing and presenting new work. The Department of Search offers the participating artists and scientists an opportunity to meet each other, enter into new relations, start new partnerships and gain other insights.

The Approach

National and international artists have been invited to do artistic research at Utrecht Science Park (USP) during the academic year. You can follow their experiments on this website and at the Department of Search-barn next to the Educatorium (Genevelaan/Leuvenlaan, USP).

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Department of Search

The initiative of the Department of Search was taken by the Aardschap Foundation and the municipality of Utrecht in collaboration with the Utrecht Science Park Foundation and Universitity Utrecht. The Zero Footprint Campus programme is also made possible by The Art of Impact, Mondriaan Fonds, provincie Utrecht, K.F. Hein Fonds, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds and Stichting Doen.

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