[oberlist] EE/AL/DE* call/air: Beyond Matter Residency

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OPEN CALL: Beyond Matter Residency

Open Call
Tallinn Art Hall, Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art and 
Hertz-Lab of the ZKM I Center for Art and Media are jointly calling for 
European art practitioners /theoreticians to apply for one of three 
production residencies taking place in Karlsruhe, Tallinn, and Tirana.

What is the Residency about?

These residencies are programmed in the framework of the long-term 
project Beyond Matter and will be hosted by three of the partner 
institutions Hertz-Lab of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, 
Tallinn Art Hall and Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art. On 
site, the fellows should develop an artistic production or theoretical 
concept that takes as a starting point the core questions of Beyond 
Matter project.

How can virtual reality tools and digitisation contribute to development 
of artistic practices that question materiality and offer possibilities 
to shift the discourse into other dimensions like experience, 
visualisation, imagination, sensory perception, atmosphere or 

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 how can virtual reality serve as a 
medial basis for overcoming physicality and temporality in order to 
create something new – based on today’s possibilities What can VR stand 
for? Virtual Reality, Variable Relations, Vertical Radiation, Valid 
Readings, Vaporous Restoration, or Visible Revision. With this residency 
we invite applicants to consider not only the multivalent applications 
of the latest representational systems, but also how they can be 
expanded. The future applications must be thought of as versatile as 
their fields of application are constituted. That is why the search is 
not for one answer, but for many solutions.

Who do we want to reach?

The residency provides artists and theoreticians working in the field of 
contemporary art from the EU and Associated Countries with the 
opportunity to live and work in Karlsruhe, Tallinn or Tirana for a 
period of two months. We want to expressly point out that not just 
cultural producers who work in the field of virtual media are asked to 
apply but all artists and theoreticians with variations of artistic and 
theoretical outcomes. Project proposals developed in relation to and 
conversation with the local realities of each of the locations will be 
prioritised. The residents will have access to the institutional 
Infrastructures and each residency will result in the presentation of a 

What do we offer?

For the two month stay each location offers the residents

particular resources and opportunities:

Hertz-Lab of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe: Workshops 
(wood, metal, electrical), dark projection room, set-up areas for bigger 
installations, green screen studio, sound studio with multi-channel 
audio projection and a volumetric capturing system available by 

Tallinn Art Hall: Opportunity to hold workshops, sessions and/or 
seminars related to the overall themes of the project and in particular 
on the challenges with the latest XR-Applications, networking 
opportunities, research support, support to travel regionally, space for 
workshops and seminars.

Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art: Research and production of 
artworks engaging with the overall themes of the project and involving 
public space/Interventions in public space related to the city of 
Tirana, using Extended Reality Technologies.

How are you financially supported?

Each residency is fully funded and includes travel, accommodation, a 
stipend, and production costs.

How do you apply?

Applications have to include the following documents:
Your contact information (name, address, e-mail, phone, website)
Letter of intent explaining why you are applying and what would you like 
to focus on during the residence (max. 5000 characters)
Brief informative curriculum vitae (max. 1 page)
Which residency location you are applying for: Karlsruhe, Tallinn, or 
Portfolio (max. 10 MB)

Please note: Accepted candidates are required to use the residence in 
its full length during fixed periods of time. In the first round of 
residencies, two candidates will be selected for Karlsruhe, two for 
Tallinn Art Hall and three for Tirana Art Lab.

For all three locations, the dates are: September 1 – October 31, 2020 
and May 1 – June 30, 2021.
Applications are accepted only in English and by e-mail until April 30, 
Please send your application in PDF format with the subject “Beyond 
Matter Residency” to residencies at beyondmatter.eu
Selected participants will be notified latest until May 31, 2020.
The jury for selecting the artists consists of curators of ZKM, Tallinn 
Art Hall, and Tirana Art Lab.

For further questions please contact:
Felix Koberstein, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe: 
koberstein at zkm.de
Corina L. Apostol, Tallinn Art Hall: corina at kunstihoone.ee
Adela Demetja, Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art: 
adela.demetja at tiranaartlab.org


The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European 

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