Open Call Research Residency The Impossible Library (Germany)

17.04.2020 |

The Impossible Library is looking for allies to take part in a two-week residency in its Hamburg-based project space to research with the stacks, experiment, and formulate new artistic approaches.

Residency and stipend provide artists, writers, independent publishers, researchers, designers (but not limited to) with a focused work-phase to develop creative projects, public programs, and publications in relation to the Impossible Library.

The tools of the Impossible Library are an inventory of over 1000 independent magazines and zines.In a residency program and event series, the practice of publishing is explicitly understood as a format for exchange to discuss social questions.

Residents propose a project, relating their practice to the Impossible Library’s stacks, space and relevant themes. Additional expectations include, availability for an artist talk and/or workshop and creating a subjective collection from the Impossible Library inventory (Reader / Device / Research Method).

Residency Dates: 23 August – 6 September 2020., 2 March 2021 (to be confirmed)


Accommodation in Hamburg for max 2 applicants (double-room).
EUR 1000 Fellowship
Access to a studio at Impossible Library
Access to over 1000 Zines & Magazines
Travel costs
Possibility to exhibit during Indiecon – Germany’s largest Independent Publishing Festival 2020
Logistical support by the Impossible Library Team

Applications are open to German and international artists, researchers, publishers. Open to parents (no day-care provided). The open call deadline is 30th April 2020. Details about how to apply can be found here

Impossible Library is a collaboration by HEFT and Die Brueder Publishing in cooperation with Lady Liberty Press. Visit the Impossible Libraty on Instagram.

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