Call for entries
Deadline: 31 August 2011

Vilém Flusser Residency Programme

Call for applications

transmediale Award RIP! For the 2012 festival there will be no general transmediale Award and also no Open Web Award. Instead, we are opting for tight curatorial coherence in the programming as well as more community engagement outside of the festival. Related to these changes we are transforming the Vilém Flusser Theory Award into a Residency Programme for artistic research.
For Vilém Flusser theory and praxis are intrinsically tied to each other. His nomadic thinking was shaped by a philosophy of positions, experimental testing of different ways of thinking and the linking of different disciplines and methodologies played a significant role for him. Not the search for the truth but rather the playing around with the aesthetic constitution of truth characterised his thinking, often developed in dialogue with others. A fundamental principle of his philosophy is the dialogue between the disciplines, points of view and methodologies. Knowledge production as a dialogue between different standpoints, such as between science and art, laboratory and applied research, old and new media, local and global forms of organisation, is therefore the guiding principle for the concept of artistic research, which the Vilém Flusser Residency Programme supports.

In the current times of the crisis of revolutionary movements, artistic research is not only a dialogue between theory and praxis. The work within in-between spaces and moments of transitions is necessary in order to make the complex structures of today’s networked culture comprehensible.

We are calling upon artistic research to actively explore the capabilities and limitations of transdisciplinary and transmedial situations in contemporary culture and thus to understand artistic research as exploring the links between aesthetics, materiality and politics.

The newly organised Vilém Flusser Residency Programme supports projects and activities which are simultaneously conceptual and practice-based. The programme is geared towards the initiation of new research or to the further development of existing projects. This is not a production grant and while a public presentation/event will be expected, there is no pressure to present finished works. Where applicable, the support of publications, exhibitions, interventions and other results of the residency may be negotiated on a project to project basis. Special priority will be given to young and/or emerging artist-researchers.


The program starts from April 2012 on as a 2 month work-and research-residency in Berlin. The applicant selected by the jury will have the opportunity to further develop the submitted project during the time of the residency. The program includes:

• travel costs to Berlin
• accomodation costs in Berlin
• stipend of 1000 EUR per month
• studio / workspace in the Flusser Archive at the University of Arts (UDK) in Berlin.

Further details of the project presentation at the transmediale festival and Flusser Archive will be negotiated directly with the applicant.


Applications are accepted from individuals, groups, or collectives as well as recognised organisations or individuals acting on behalf of entrants. There are no entry fees for the Call for works. Applicants must agree to the Conditions of Entry, and incomplete or late entries [Deadline: 31st August 2011 (24:00 CEST / UST+2)] will not be considered. Entrants must register and use the online application form only (additional hardcopy or preview materials may be sent by post/courier ONLY as backup information, not in lieu of the online applications themselves. Hardcopy materials will not be returned unless 20 EURO cash has been included for this purpose). Notification of selected works will be made in October 2011.

• Please read our Conditions of Entry before applying.

• Submit your work using the online form. In order to do so you must register at the transmediale website by creating your own personal and unique user account or, if you have registered in the past, login to transmediale.

Deadline: 31/08/11

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