Open Call Artist in Residence @ Biofaction

14.05.2020 |

Biofaction is seeking applications for its new Artist in Residence programmes. Four artists will be invited to work for 4-6 weeks at laboratories across Europe.

The residencies will start in Fall 2020 and will conclude in May 2021. They will be held in two parts, and the exact dates will be set by taking both artist and laboratory schedules into account, and with an eye to the situation in each locale (e.g. travel, safety regulations etc.).

The artists in residence will have the opportunity to actively engage with scientists working on one of three Synthetic Biology related projects that delve into fascinating areas: plant molecular farming, new-to-nature reactions, and cell factories. Applications from artists, designers, biohackers, musicians, or other cultural practitioners who want to carry out artistic work with biological media are welcomed. The collaborating laboratories will make sure to provide space and personal interaction for mutual exchange with the artists. Biofaction is responsible for organising and curating the residencies. At the end of the residency programmes all works and/or their processes will be documented and compiled in form of a book, initiated by Biofaction and co-created together with the participating artists and scientists.

The shortlisted artists will be contacted to arrange telemeetings to get to know them and their work better. Final decisions will be made at the end of summer 2020, and the selected artists will be contacted via email as well as announced on the website.

For each artist, a stipend of up to 7000 € is provided by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation projects MADONNA, NEWCOTIANA and SINFONIA. It covers travel, local expenses, living allowance as well as (partial) support for the production and showcasing of the artistic prototype or finished work.

The open call deadline is Tuesday, 30th June 2020. Details about how to apply can be found here.

Biofaction is a research and science communication company based in Vienna, Austria. Biofaction has significant expertise in science communication, film production, technology assessment and the study of ethical, legal and social issues in a number of emerging sciences and technology (genetic engineering, synthetic biology, converging technology).



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