Beyond Matter: Virtual Media Residencies for Artists and Theorists

Tallinn Art Hall, Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art, and the ZKM I Centre for Art and Media are jointly calling for European art practitioners / theoreticians to apply for one of the three production residencies taking place in Karlsruhe, Tallinn, and Tirana, taking place 1 September – 31 October 2021 and 1 May – 30 June 2022.

These residencies are conceived within the framework of the long-term project Beyond Matter (‘Cultural Heritage on the Verge of Virtual Reality’). On-site, fellows are expected to develop an artistic production or a theoretical concept that builds on the core questions underlying the Beyond Matter project. How can virtual reality tools and digitisation contribute to the development of artistic practices that question materiality and offer possibilities to shift the discourse into other dimensions, such as experience, visualisation, imagination, sensory perception, atmosphere or spirituality? How can artistic practices using virtual reality contribute to current political and social discourses? What is the potential of virtual reality within the art field? And finally, how can virtual reality serve as a media basis for overcoming physicality and temporality in order to create something new based on today’s possibilities?

Residencies are fully funded and include travel expenses, free accommodation, a stipend, and coverage of production costs.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions for which no uniform European regulation has been adopted so far, please be aware that the physical stay during the residency period may have to be postponed. Thus for the application at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Beyond Matter are also offering the possibility of applying with an online project which does not have to be implemented on site, but could be shown on a hosted virtual exhibition platform. The platform is a virtual replica of the so-called Museum Balcony, a feature in the exhibition space at ZKM | Karlsruhe. Therefore, you are encouraged to respond site-specifically. Please note that the implementation will be done by a coder, whose work will be paid for out of the production budget.


More information and how to apply here



Deadline: 30/04/2021 12:00 am (Timezone: Europe/Amsterdam)

Artist in Residence, Opportunities
Apply until 29/10/2021

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Apply until 23/10/2021

Call for Artists, Exhibition Opportunity, Opportunities
Apply until 07/01/2022