[CLOSED] Vilém Flusser Residency 2020 – Call for Entry

Luiza Prado de O. Martins: Councils of the Pluriversal

[CLOSED] Vilém Flusser Residency 2020 – Call for Entry

Luiza Prado de O. Martins: Councils of the Pluriversal
Councils of the Pluriversal by Luiza Prado de O.Martins, Vilém Flusser resident 2019

Apply now for the Vilém Flusser Residency 2020: the submission platform is open until 30 November. 

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2019

“I shall return to look at the rain through the window to see if it will tell me something about itself. Here is what the rain is saying: out here it is raining and in there you are sheltered. This is the categorical distinction between nature and culture. Nature is like the rain: it provokes a sensation of powerlessness. Culture is like the living room: it provokes a sensation of shelter.”
— Vilém Flusser

With the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research we are calling for artistic research projects that actively explore the capabilities and limitations of transdisciplinary and transmedial situations in contemporary culture. We therefore understand artistic research as an exploration of the links between aesthetics, materiality, and politics.

For Vilém Flusser, theory and praxis are intrinsically tied to each other. His nomadic thinking was shaped by a philosophy of positions; experimental testing of different ways of thinking and the linking of different disciplines and methodologies played a significant role in his work. Not the search for the truth but rather the playing around with the aesthetic constitution of truth characterized his thinking, often developed in dialogue with others. A fundamental principle of his philosophy is the dialogue between disciplines, points of views, and methodologies. Knowledge production as a dialogue between different standpoints (between science and art, laboratory and applied research, old and new media, local and global forms of organization) is therefore the guiding principle for the concept of artistic research, which is supported by the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research.

Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research
With the two-month residency program, we would like to support projects and works in different stages of development, from first conceptual steps up to significant advancements of already existing projects and works. A comprehensible research interest is of importance for the jury’s decision; the relation between the work and issues and questions addressed in its research with the context of our society as a whole; first ideas regarding the approach during the period of the residency (strategy, workshops, presentations etc.); and the connection to the focus of the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research.

This is not a production grant. During the period of the residency at least one workshop and public presentation in the framework of transmediale and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) is expected from the selected resident. However, there is no pressure to present finished works. Where applicable, the support of publications, exhibitions, interventions, and other results of the residency may be negotiated on a project-to-project basis. One month before the start of the residency, details will be prepared/discussed in regular meetings between the resident, transmediale, and the Vilém Flusser Archive at UdK (also possible via skype). In the selection process, special priority will be given to young and/or emerging artist-researchers.

The Vilém Flusser resident 2020 will be chosen by jury members Anita Jóri, Nora O Murchú, and Martha Schwendener. 

The period of residency is two months, between May and July 2020. The details of the final period will be defined in agreement with the selected resident. The residency covers:
– travel costs to Berlin
– stipend/grant of 1,300 EUR per month
– workspace at the Vilém Flusser Archive at the Berlin University of Arts (UdK)
Depending on the project, collaborations with classes and studios can be arranged at the UdK Institute for time based media and other UdK institutions. Where applicable, transmediale will seek to integrate the residency project into its schedule of all-year program.

Further details of the project presentation at transmediale and Vilém Flusser Archive will be negotiated directly with the applicant.

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2019 | Conditions of Entry

The residency program is a cooperation between the Vilém Flusser Archive at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and transmediale – festival for art and digital culture Berlin.


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