GOETHE/SPACE residency open call 2016/17

26 September 2016

Applications are now open for (in)versions - THE GOETHE INSTITUT LONDON and SPACE 2016/17 residency programme at The White Building, London.

Residency: 1 Nov 2016 – 30 Jan 2017
Application Deadline: 10am (GMT), 26 Sep 2016

The computer is moving out into physical and urban reality; since Mark Weiser’s call for a ‘computer for the 21st century’ in 1991, we have witnessed a migration from the desktop towards integrating computers and networks into our surroundings, with the rise of augmented reality, ubiquitous computing (ubicomp), pervasive computing and the internet of things. These scripted spaces are complex and networked software structures, where algorithms organise and determine user’s experience. (in)versions will explore the methods by which virtual interfaces are adapting our own orientation, investigating how users’ subjectivity now occupies a mediated position between lived experience and simulated presence. How do the functional, aesthetic, political and social experiences of these digital interfaces manifest themselves in an ever-changing playground for the self, where behaviour is scripted and action determined through a digital tool kit?

We invite applications from artists working with digital media based in Germany who respond to this provocation to take up residence at The White Building, London’s centre for art, technology and sustainability from 1 November –  31 January

Selected artist receives: 

- Three month residency term

- A fee of £2250

- A production allowance of £600

- A return flight

- Three month, double room accommodation

- Studio space

- Curatorial support and programming opportunities

- General support, advice and networking opportunities from the Goethe-Institut London


Practitioners will be selected in recognition of their proposal’s compatibility with the critical and experimental nature of the three month residency structure, where the focus is on process over product. The residency is conceived as a period of development, immersion and investigation for practitioners working on experimental applications and projects. Past development projects have resulted in performative lectures, moving image experiments, sound and code performances, computing works, beta testing of technical prototypes, installations and public interventions.

Now in its fourth year, the collaboration between the Goethe-Institut London and SPACE supports artists and projects that explore the critical application of emerging technologies. The purpose of the Goethe-Institut’s worldwide residency programmes is to provide a space for new perspectives, wherein artists and cultural workers have the opportunity to live and work in another country and another culture for an extended period of time. Especially in the era of globalization, cultural workers find it particularly inspiring, freed momentarily from economic concerns, to anchor their work to a specific location, where they can pursue their projects and develop or deepen lasting work relationships. 

The focus is on process over product and the residency aims to provide space and time for fearless experimentation.


Evaluation Criteria

The residency is open to contemporary artists. Aspiring artists with strong connections to and integrated within the German cultural scene, producing high quality work, who have not had the opportunity to work in London before will be prioritised. Applying artists should have at least a moderate level of spoken English and should feel comfortable engaging in artistic discussions in English.

Note: Though applicants must demonstrate strong links within the German cultural scene and should be based in Germany, there is however no requirement for the applicant to be a German national to qualify for the residency.


Selection Process

The artist will be selected on the basis of their application. The selection panel will include representatives from SPACE and the Goethe-Institut. The successful artist will be notified by Monday 3 October 2016.

The awarding of the grant may require meetings with applicants (potentially via video- conferencing systems) to discuss their proposals and establish detailed agreements. All applicants will be required to execute a definitive agreement with the Goethe-Institut London and SPACE, which will set forth appropriate agreements with respect to the scope, duration of the project, required milestones, amount and timing of funding etc.


Application Deadline: 10am (GMT), Monday, 26 September 2016

There is no application form but your application should submit the following as part of only one PDF file titled as your full name (e.g. ‘Full Name.pdf’):

1. Proposal for new project or production to be developed or completed during the residency period (max 800 words) 

2. Artist CV 

3. Statement of Intent describing what you seek to gain from the residency (max 400 

4. Completed Equal Opportunities Form 
(download here)

5. Examples of previous work (max 10 images; max 4 video links, if applicable) 


Please note that all applications are to be submitted via email: oliver@spacestudios.org.uk.