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Call for applications: Artist-in-residence (AiR) program 2024–2025


miðvikudagur, 13. september 2023

Call for applications: Artist-in-residence (AiR) program 2024–2025

Located in Switzerland, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) is a leading university and one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan science and technology institutions. EPFL hosts more than 350 labs at its international campus in the Lausanne area.

Initiated by the EPFL College of Humanities (CDH), amplified by EPFL Pavilions, and in partnership with the City of Lausanne, the EPFL-CDH Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program “Enter the Hyper-Scientific” reflects the CDH mission of fostering transdisciplinary encounters and collaborations between artists and EPFL’s scientific community. The program invites professional Swiss and international creative practitioners, both emerging and established, for three-month residencies to realize innovative and visionary projects at the intersection of art, science, and advanced technologies.

EPFL-CDH AiR Program—Enter the Hyper-Scientific
The goal of the EPFL-CDH AiR Program is to further interpretative and aesthetic avenues around the multifaceted scientific landscape of EPFL through artistic productions. Forging encounters between artists and scientists in various disciplines, the program aims to establish a dynamic, critical, and inspiring platform for propelling new approaches and aesthetic investigations within the exponentially developing scene at the intersection of art, technology, science, and the humanities. The program functions as a facilitator and promoter of investigations in multiple directions, many of which will be discovered through the submitted projects themselves.

For its third edition, the program offers three paths and a special track:

Open Transdisciplinary welcomes international artists and practitioners from all disciplines and media to propose projects which reflect the main intention of the program, namely to investigate the fluid intersection between art, humanities, science, and technology.

Scientific Imaging, in collaboration with the EPFL Center for Imaging, prioritizes artists familiar with imaging technologies, CGI, digital practices, and visual arts more broadly.

Environmental Transformation, in collaboration with CLIMACT, the Center for Climate Impact and Action, invites visual artists (including those active in the performing arts) and designers to engage in a creative manner with topical themes related to climate transformation.

Special Track: Explorations in Geometry, Computation, and Matter, in conjunction with EPFL Geometric Computing Laboratory (GCM), invites artists, designers, and makers to engage in an intense collaboration with researchers and fabrication experts at GCM.

Transversal interest in artificial intelligence
This year’s edition of the program aims to support and encourage an interdisciplinary interest in artificial intelligence. Applicants are invited to consider the role of AI in their proposed projects, in terms of possible applications and the aesthetic and conceptual potential of co-creation with AI.

Who should apply?
Professional Swiss and international artists, emerging and established, with proven career paths or clear potential, who are interested in harnessing science and technological interventions in their artistic endeavors. We welcome projects in diverse fields: visual and media arts; film, digital, mixed media, and imaging; performing arts; sound and experimental forms of music; experimental design and fashion; and literary, critical, and speculative writing.

What do we offer?
Travel costs and accommodation in Lausanne. Preferably, applicants will reside in the city during the period of the residency. Offered by the City of Lausanne, the accommodation is located in the housing cooperative La Meute, where various cultural practitioners and artists reside. It includes access to a shared studio space, allowing an exchange with the rich Lausanne cultural scene and local community. We also offer a monthly stipend and production budget, as well as curatorial mentoring and supervision for the duration, including the final presentation of the project.

For detailed information about the program and the application process, please visit our website or read the application guidelines.

Applications (in English) should be submitted by October 16, 2023 (11:59pm CEST) using the online application form.

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