InProcess Residency at SPACE Art + Technology

March 2019

Residency: 12 Sep  – 12 Dec 2019
Application Deadline: Mon 4 Mar 2019 

Open Call: The Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki, Saastamoinen Foundation and SPACE Residency Programme 2019/2020

Emerging artists of any age who are MFA-alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki are invited to apply for a three-month residency hosted by SPACE Art + Technology in London. 

The InProcess Residency is conceived as a period of development, immersion and critical investigation. 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.

This year’s InProcess residency will focus on alternate futures. With the rise of fake news, data harvesting and the rising impact of climate change, the world is in political and environmental turmoil, with opinions divided more than ever. Amidst the turmoil sits technology – as both the cause and cure for world’s biggest problems. Technology is the catalyst for spreading fake news via social media platforms, as well as the main factor causing climate change through our growing need for energy. At the same time, many people turn to technology and science to solve humanity and Earth’s biggest problems. Increasingly, technology is looked at as the universal saviour that can even help us overcome death.

We would like to hear from artists who can imagine possible futures, and speculate on how technology will continue to shape life on an increasing scale, building scenarios that operate within this polarising spectrum of techno utopia and dystopia. Submissions are welcomed from practitioners whose work engages with these ideas.

The selected artist will receive:

  • A travel allowance from Finland to the UK
  • Three month's accommodation
  • 24-hour studio and equipment access
  • A stipend of £2,400
  • A production allowance of £1,000
  • Curatorial support and programming opportunities
  • General support, advice and networking opportunities
  • Mentorship tailored to artist’s needs

To apply, applicants must submit the following:

  • Full contact details (including telephone, email, mobile number and address) with a short presentation.
  • 1 x Proposal for new project or production to be developed or completed during the residency period: max 750 words. (In the proposal, please include a section on how this residency will fit within your practice and why this is a good time for you to be applying for it.)
  • 1 x Proposal for an artist-led workshop to investigate their subject collaboratively.
  • Examples of previous work: Max of 15 Images, 4 Video Links, sent as 1 PDF file, no larger than 5 Mb. (Please note that referring to website links will not be accepted as previous work material. Applicants must send a PDF portfolio). Please include the basic information about each work (year, technique, materials, measures/duration etc.)
  • Artist CV

Selection Process

The selection will be done in March 2019 by the jury nominated together by the Academy of Fine Arts and SPACE and confirmed by the Saastamoinen Foundation. The members of the jury are: Jonathan Powell, Curator, Somerset House, London; John Sundholm, Chair of the Department of Media Studies and Professor in Cinema Studies, Stockholm University and Ulrika Ferm, Professor in Time and Space Studies, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. The final decision will be made by Kristina Pulejkova, Art and Technology Programme Manager, SPACE. The results will be announced in April 2019.

More details on how to apply here.