The building, known as Kleiner Fotorefraktor, is situated opposite PIK's main building. It contains a bright working area beneath the dome which used to house a telescope specially made for the photography of stars and a small kitchen (formerly the photographic lab). From the late 19th century on, Potsdam astronomers contributed to a – never completed – international star map.
Applications are welcome from international contemporary artists working in a wide range of disciplines including visual art, film, literature, music/sound, curating, design and theory. This year, the residency will take place for a three-month period from September to November 2020.
Artists in residence at PIK are provided with accommodations in the city of Potsdam and studio space at PIK, as well as a stipend paid in three monthly instalments in order to offset living expenses and costs for materials and travel. During their residency, guest artists are expected to interact with the scientific community and present their work to the public in Potsdam and Berlin.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)