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EPFL CDH Artist-in-Residence program opens call for second edition

The College of Humanities Artist-in-Residence program (CDH AiR) ‘Enter the Hyper-Scientific’ has launched its 2023 call, which will support up to four artists for three months of research and experimentation connecting art, humanities, science, and technology. This year’s edition will see a new partnership with the City of Lausanne.

Initiated by the EPFL College of Humanities (CDH) and amplified by EPFL Pavilions, the CDH AiR program is open to emerging and established Swiss and international artists interested in the intersection of art, media, science and technology.

Selected artists develop interdisciplinary projects and carry out their research in conjunction with EPFL laboratories, and resulting projects are featured in a public exhibition at EPFL Pavilions.

Following the success of the program’s 2022 edition, this year’s comprehensive residency opportunity welcomes projects in diverse fields, including visual and media arts, film, imaging and digital practices, experimental forms of sound research, experimental design, literature, and critical and speculative writing.

Thanks to a new partnership with the City of Lausanne, the selected artists will benefit from accommodation and working space in the housing cooperative La Meute, located in the new Plaines-du-Loup eco-district. This innovative and collective housing project, which brings together families, cultural figures, students, and asylum-seekers, will foster exchange between the artists and Lausanne’s rich art scene.

Enter the Hyper-Scientific

The goal of the 2023 program, ‘Enter the Hyper-Scientific’, is to explore the scientific landscape at EPFL through 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 three tracks:

Open Transdisciplinary. This track invites artists and practitioners from all disciplines to propose projects that investigate the fluid boundaries between art, humanities, science, and technology.

Scientific Imaging. In collaboration with the EPFL Center for Imaging, this track is for artists interested in imaging technologies, CGI, and digital imaging methods. Proposals in the field of data visualization are welcome.

Environmental Transformation. In collaboration with CLIMACT, the joint EPFL-UNIL Center for Climate Impact and Action, this track invites visual artists (including creators active in the performing arts) and designers to engage with themes related to climate change.

Applications (in English) must be received by October 3, 2022. Please visit the program 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.

For further information, please visit the program website at https://go.epfl.ch/CDH-AiR-call2023, or email info.CDH-AiR@epfl.ch.