The Vilém Flusser Residency Programme for Artistic Research calls for transdisciplinary artistic research projects that explore emerging social concerns in culture. Artistic research is here understood as an exploration of connections between aesthetics, materiality, and politics. The residency programme is a collaboration between the Vilém Flusser Archive at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) and transmediale.
Technocracy is the government by people who try to manipulate society as if it were an inanimate body, and who do so because they are the victims of an ideology (scientifism) and the instruments of totalitarian oppression, and a real menace at present. […] By statistics, projects, projections, five-year-plans and so forth, in which men and society are represented by curves and ciphers and thus become abstract. It is a lunacy with a method.
Vilém Flusser – What one can wish for
For Vilém Flusser, theory and praxis are intrinsically tied to each other. His nomadic thinking was shaped by a philosophy of positions; testing different ways of thinking and connecting different disciplines and methodologies played a significant role in his work. Not the search for truth but rather playing around with the aesthetic constitution of truth characterised his thinking, often developed in dialogue with others. A fundamental principle of his philosophy is the dialogue between disciplines, points of view, 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 organisation – is therefore the guiding principle for the concept of artistic research, which is supported by the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme for Artistic Research.
The two-month residency programme supports proposals for projects and works at different stages of development, from first conceptual steps to significant advancements of already existing projects and works. The jury’s decision is based on the quality of the research proposal, the relation between the work and the questions it addressed in its research, the contextualisation of the work within societal concerns, its feasibility within the two-month timeframe, and the connection to the focus of the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme for Artistic Research. The jury for the Vilém Flusser Residency 2023 consists of Anita Jóri, Nora O Murchú, and Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal.
The period of residency is two months, between May and July 2023. Accepted candidates are required to use the residency at its full length during this time period. The details of the final period will be defined in agreement with the selected resident.
The residency covers:
contribution to travel costs to Berlin
residency fee of 1,300 EUR per month
workspace at the Vilém Flusser Archive at the Berlin University of Arts (UdK)
and transmediale studio at silent green Kulturquartier
Please note that the residency fee 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 discussed in regular meetings between the resident, transmediale, and the Vilém Flusser Archive at UdK (also possible online). The residency can be conducted remotely in case of travel restrictions. In the selection process, special priority will be given to young and/or emerging (of any age) artist-researchers.
Depending on the project, collaborations with classes and studios can be arranged at the UdK Institute for time-based media, other UdK institutions, and the transmediale network. Further details of the project presentation at transmediale and Vilém Flusser Archive will be negotiated directly with the applicant.
The residency programme is a cooperation between the Vilém Flusser Archive at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and transmediale – festival for art and digital culture Berlin.