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EPFL College of Humanities Artist-in-Residence 2022 call

The EPFL College of Humanities Artist-in-Residence program (EPFL-CDH AiR) invites proposals for its 2022 edition, which promotes artistic research and experimentation connecting art, humanities, science, and technology. Up to four artists-in-residence will be supported for three- to four-month residencies at EPFL. The title of the call 2022 is ‘Enter the Hyper-Scientific’.

The EPFL-CDH AiR Program is open to emerging and established Swiss and international artists interested in the intersection of art, media, and technology. Invited artists develop interdisciplinary projects and carry out their research in conjunction with EPFL laboratories and the resulting project will be presented in a public exhibition or event at the EPFL Pavilions.

CDH’s 2022 comprehensive residency opportunity is aimed at artists interested in harnessing science and technological interventions in their artistic endeavors. The program welcomes projects in diverse fields, including visual and media arts; film, digital, mixed-media and imaging; musical composition, sound, and experimental forms of music; experimental design; literature; and critical and speculative writing.

Enter the Hyper-Scientific

The goal of the 2022 program, ‘Enter the Hyper-Scientific’, is to explore aesthetic avenues around the scientific landscape of EPFL through specific artistic works. By facilitating encounters between artists and scientists from different disciplines, the program aims to establish a dynamic, critical, and inspiring platform for propelling aesthetic investigations at the intersection of art, technology, science, and the humanities.

Artists may select one of four paths:

  • Open Transdisciplinary.For international artists and practitioners from all disciplines and media to propose projects that reflect the main intention of the program; namely, to investigate the fluid intersection between art, humanities, science, and technology. This path leaves applicants free to suggest the specific path they would like to investigate and explore. Applicants are encouraged to indicate the scientific directions and the EPFL labs and entities they would like to collaborate with.
  • Wearable Technologies. In collaboration with EPFL Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (NANO) and Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), prioritizes artists and designers, including those working in the fields of fashion and jewelry.
  • Interface Design and Digital Animation. In collaboration with EPFL Reconfigurable Robotics Lab (RRL), prioritizes artists and designers working in the field of emerging technologies.
  • Scientific Imaging. In collaboration with the EPFL Center for Imaging, prioritizes artists familiar with imaging technologies, CGI, digital practices, and visual arts more broadly.

Applications (in English) must be received by November 29th, 2021. Please visit the EPFL-CDH AiR website for full application instructions. A selection committee, including senior members of CDH and EPFL Pavilions, plus external jurors from the cultural and artistic sector, will assess each proposal. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision in December 2021 for the Wearable Technologies residency, and in January 2022 for the other paths (Open Transdisciplinary, Interface Design and Digital Animation, Scientific Imaging).

For further information, please visit https://go.epfl.ch/AiR-call-2022, or email info.CDH-AiR@epfl.ch.