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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Fellowship-Programm für Kunst und Theorie 2023-24

Einsendeschluss: 29.01.2023

Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen
Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2023–24
Call for Applications

Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen invites visual and media artists, art critics, theorists, and curators to apply for a fellowship in 2023–2024 (9 October 2023 – 21 June 2024).

 With its Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, Büchsenhausen promotes internationally relevant artistic production, research, and discussion in the region of Tyrol. The program is based on the idea of generating and maintaining a context for production and exchange, in which artists and theorists can connect and reflect on international art and societal discourses in relation to local topics and issues. At the same time, it provides the opportunity for an artistic laboratory of experimentation, where new artistic practices and strategies may be tried out.

The program’s aims are:

    to promote and relay a critical, socially relevant production of knowledge in art and art theory;
    to produce, through the fellowship projects, qualified discourses on art and society within the local and global contexts;
    to enable the transfer of knowledge between the field of art and other public spheres outside the art context;
    to facilitate exchange between cultural producers in the visual arts and beyond (creating a network of experts).

The program combines the advantages of a residency with the possibilities of a postgraduate, non-academic research and production fellowship on the basis of an open, non-formalized structure. Content-wise, the program addresses a worldwide public made up of professionals in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, art and media theory, as well as criticism.

The Fellows are selected by a jury of experts following an open call for applications. They come to Büchsenhausen for a minimum of five months to work on the realization of their proposed undertaking and accompany this process with public events. For this purpose, Büchsenhausen assigns a monetary award and provides a production budget, a budget to facilitate the exchange with other experts and to (at least partially) cover the Fellows‘ own travel costs, free access to the working space, free lodging, as well as artistic, art-theoretical, and technical advice.

The conveyance and discussion of the Fellows’ own work occur parallel to the development of the individual proposals. The focus of the public events is determined by the respective emphases of the various Fellows‘ works. Within the framework of these discursive formats, the Fellows and/or their guests can present various points in their investigations, open up their works-in-progress to critical discussion, interact with experts who they invite, work through content with the public, and/or try out new ways of working.

The Fellowship Year starts with the Orientation Weeks in the beginning of October. The Orientation Weeks end with the Start Up Lectures and the opening of the autumn/fall exhibition by the Fellows. During the First Focus Weeks in January and the Second Focus Weeks in March/April, the Fellows and/or their guests publicly discuss issues related to their ongoing work, enjoy an intense exchange with their colleagues in the program, and carry out cooperation activities with other university and non-university partners and institutions. The Fellowship Year ends with a group exhibition curated by the artistic director of the Fellowship Program. The opening of the show usually takes place in mid-May.

The applicants are requested to take note that the time period of the Fellowship, as well as the duration of the Fellowship, may vary due to changing restrictions and measurements related to the COVID-19 pandemic which are beyond the control of Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen.

In the past, Fellows occasionally collaborated with other artists/professionals based in the greater Innsbruck region. Cooperation activities have been carried out, among others with the University of Innsbruck (Institute for Comparative Literary Studies, Institute for Architectural Theory, the Research Group ‘Cultural Encounters—Cultural Conflicts’, the Research Center ‘Migration and Globalization’, Institute for Pedagogy, the Italy Center, the Russia Center, etc.), the Working Group ‘Global Learning’ of Südwind Tyrol (in which Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen is an active member), etc. Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen encourages the candidates for a fellowship to take the opportunity for a collaboration of such type into consideration.

For more information:  https://www.buchsenhausen.at/fellowship-programm/call-for-application/