Open Call for Artists and a Scientist in Residence (Finland)

16.07.2020 |

Aalto University located in Espoo, Finland are seeking two artists and a scientist to work together in the Aalto Biofilia – A Base for Biological Arts in the Aalto University, Finland for a four-week period in February-March 2021.

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. The university is committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future.It has six schools with nearly 11,000 students and nearly 400 professors. The campus is located in Espoo, Finland.

The university welcomes applications from artists and scientists, as a duo, as a group, or individually. A compensation up to 5000 euros covering living costs during the residence and some of the cost of production and show are offered for each participant.

The residencies gives artists and a scientist an opportunity to realize artistic work in a fully equipped laboratory dedicated to bioart and to meet researchers and doctoral students of Aalto University and Department of Art in the Aalto Otaniemi Campus. The organizers hope artistic work reflects critically upon technical manipulation and exploitation of living systems, biological beings, other species, and/or the biosphere at large. The aim is to create artwork(s) in relation the explored themes.

The residencies are conceived within the framework of the The Green Revisited: Encountering Emerging Naturecultures (GREEN) project funded by Creative Europe. The project's main objective is to develop a European platform to shape and popularize an emerging “naturecultures” paradigm via the arts, as well as to strengthen an international network committed to enhancing criticality by investigating the pervasive greenness trope.

Resident artist- and scientist-led workshops for high school students will be organized during the residency period. Artists and a scientist in residence will plan and organize these workshops together with Aalto University Junior personnel. In the final presentation there will be shown works by artist & scientist collaboration as well as outcomes of STEAM workshops.

The application phase ends on 30 September. Final decisions will be made no later than end of October 2020, the selected artists will be contacted via email. Further information on how to apply can be found here.

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