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Open Call Understanding intelligence

Residency 23 "Understanding intelligence: Across human and other-than-human worlds" invites a multidisciplinary group of artists, scientists, and others to explore concepts and constructs of intelligence.

This residency asks how constructs of intelligence are measured, used and abused, and how changing understandings of human and more-than-human worlds might require radical redefinitions. Through creative engagement with concepts of human and other-than-human intelligence, intelligence testing and the resources of existing research projects, the residency aims to stimulate new understandings of intelligence through dialogue and creative activity. The residents will explore questions of control, freedom and access, and how lines are drawn between the pathological and the normal, nature and culture, and human and animal. 

The residency is developed in collaboration with the University of Oslo (UiO) research project Historicizing intelligence: Tests, metrics and the shaping of contemporary society, which is based at the Museum of Cultural History, at its department Museum of University History (MUV). Historicizing intelligence examines how the scientific research object “intelligence” and related testing technologies have come into being through transnational exchanges, how they have acquired various roles and functions in Norway, and how intelligence measurements are woven into relations of authority and legitimacy.

Residents will have the opportunity to engage both with a multidisciplinary research team of historians, social anthropologists, science and technology scholars, jurists, and educationalists, and with materials in the historical collection on intelligence testing at the University of Oslo. Residents will also engage with work on human-animal relationships that is part of the research project MEATigation: Towards sustainable meat-use in Norwegian food practices for climate mitigation, based at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and partly at the University of Oslo.

Artists, practitioners, theorists and others whose interests and experience are relevant to the residency’s theme - for example, individuals who are presently investigating and making work/generating knowledge that relates to concepts of intelligence - are welcome to apply until the deadline of 20 June. Selected residents will be part of a temporary community of between around eight local and international participants. The residency will involve group activities, discussions, readings and creative exchange around the residency theme, as well as time for independent working. PRAKSIS aims to provide an environment for development and professional growth: applications are welcome from practitioners of differing ages and experience levels.

Selected international participants receive a stipend of 3000 NOK (approximately €300) towards additional costs. The organisers are able to support applications for external grants wherever possible.The residency is scheduled for 15 November - 10 December 2022. More information can be found here.