Deadline: 21 May 2021
Call for entries

Tallinn Art Hall, Tirana Art Lab Center for Contemporary Art, and the Hertz-Lab of the ZKM I
Center for Art and Media are jointly calling for European art practitioners / theoreticians to
apply for one of three production residencies taking place in Karlsruhe, Tallinn, and Tirana.
What Are the Residencies About?
These residencies are within the framework of the long-term project Beyond Matter, and will
be hosted by three of the partner institutions: Hertz-Lab of the ZKM | Center for Art and
Media Karlsruhe, Tallinn Art Hall and Tirana Art Lab Center for Contemporary Art. On site,
the residency fellows will develop an artistic production or theoretical concept that takes as
its starting point the core questions of the Beyond Matter project. How can virtual reality tools
and digitization contribute to developing artistic practices that question materiality and offer
possible ways to shift the discourse into other dimensions like experience, visualization,
imagination, sensory perception, atmosphere, or spirituality? How can artistic practices using
virtual reality contribute to current political and social discourses? What is the potential of
virtual reality within the art field? And how can virtual reality serve as a media basis for
overcoming physicality and temporality in order to create something new based on today’s
possibilities? What can VR stand for? Virtual Reality, Variable Relations, Vertical Radiation,
Valid Readings, Vaporous Restoration, Visible Revision? With this residency we invite
applicants to consider not only the multivalent applications of the latest representational
systems, but also how they can be expanded. The future applications must be conceived as
versatile as their fields of application are constituted. That is why the search is not for one
answer, but for many solutions.

Who Do We Want to Reach?
The residency provides artists and theoreticians working in the field of contemporary art from
the EU and the Associated Countries with the opportunity to live and work in Karlsruhe,
Tallinn, or Tirana for a period of two months. We want to stress expressly that not only
cultural producers who work in the field of virtual media are being invited to apply, but all
artists and theoreticians with variations of artistic and theoretical outcome. Project proposals
developed in relation to and conversant with the local realities at each of the locations will be
prioritized. The residents will have access to the local institutional infrastructures and each
residency will result in a statements presentation.

What Do We Offer?
For the two-month stay each location offers the residents particular resources and opportunities:

Hertz-Lab of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe: Workshops (wood, metal,
electrical), dark projection room, set-up areas for larger installations, green screen studio,
sound studio with multichannel audio projection, and a volumetric capturing system available
by appointment.

Tallinn Art Hall: Opportunity to hold workshops, sessions, and/or seminars related to the
overall themes of the project and in particular on the challenges with the latest XR
applications, networking opportunities, research support, support for regional travel, space
for workshops and seminars.

Tirana Art Lab Center for Contemporary Art: Research and production of artworks engaging
with the overall themes of the project and involving public space/interventions in public space
relating to the city of Tirana using Extended Reality technologies.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions for which no
uniform European regulation has been adopted so far, please be aware that the
physical stay during the residency period may have to be postponed. Thus for the
application at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe we are also offering the
possibility of applying with an online project instead, that does not have to be
implemented on site, but could be shown on a hosted virtual exhibition platform. The
platform is a virtual replica of the so-called Museum Balcony, a feature in the
exhibition space at ZKM | Karlsruhe. Therefore, we encourage you to respond sitespecifically.
Please note that the implementation will be done by a coder, whose work
will be paid for out of the production budget.

What Costs Does the Residency Cover?
Each residency is fully funded and includes travel, accommodation, a stipend, and production
costs. More detailed information upon request.

How Do You Apply?
Applications must include the following:
• Your contact information (name, address, e-mail, phone number, website)
• Letter of intent explaining why you are applying and what would you like to focus on during
the residency (max. 5000 characters)
• Brief informative curriculum vitae (max. 1 page)
• Which residency location you are applying for: Karlsruhe, Tallinn, or Tirana?
• Portfolio (max. 10 MB)

Please note: Accepted candidates are required to use the residency in its full length during
fixed periods of time. In the first round of residencies, two candidates will be selected for
Karlsruhe, two for Tallinn Art Hall, and three for Tirana Art Lab.

For all three locations the dates are: September 1 – October 31, 2021 and May 1 – June 30,

Only applications in English will be accepted and these must be submitted by e-mail until
April 30, 2021. Please send your application in PDF format with the subject “Beyond Matter
Residency” to
Selected participants will be notified by May 31, 2021 latest.

The jury for selecting the artists consists of curators at the ZKM, Tallinn Art Hall, and Tirana
Art Lab.
If you have further questions, please contact:
Felix Koberstein, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe:
Corina L. Apostol, Tallinn Art Hall:
Adela Demetja, Tirana Art Lab Center for Contemporary Art:

This project is cofunded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.