Deadline: 30 May 2021
Call for entries

OPEN CALL: Viable Data Remote Residency

The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, the High
Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) and the Media
Solution Center Baden-Württemberg call on international media
artists and scientists to submit innovative collaborative project
proposals to apply for a one-month remote residency.
The project proposals should deal with adaptive systems or systemic processes
in nature, e.g. biomimetic behaviors, based on big data sets. This should result in
generative visualizations that investigate these complex processes in a creative

To participate in the call for proposals, artists/scientists must have experience in
working with GPU-accelerated libraries for AI (artificial intelligence) and HPC
(high performance computing) on Linux-based systems. After a technical
introduction by the HLRS team, the artists/scientists will have the unique
opportunity to access a dedicated infrastructure of the HLRS (a special HPC
cluster) in order to independently perform (AI-based) computational operations
on at least 10 nodes (each with at least one GPU) during the remote residency.

The artists/scientists themselves are responsible for the data sets used, their preand
post-processing, as well as the modeling of the processes.
The remote residency will take place over a period of approximately one month
between the beginning of June and the end of August 2021, which will be
agreed upon between the partner institutions and the artists/scientists. As a
result of the remote residency, a digital visual artwork is to be created, which
will be presented in the context of an international conference planned for
September 2021 at HLRS, and possibly from the end of November in the context
of the ZKM exhibition »BioMedia«.

Financial framework
Collaborative submissions by duos of scientists and artists can be considered for
a total grant amount of 4.000€. The selected artists/scientists will each receive a
stipend. The stipend amounts to 2.000€ and is limited to one month. An on-site
stay is not planned in each case.

Conditions of participation
The following is required for submission:
1. short summary of the project idea (max. 1000 characters incl. spaces)
2. short biography (max. 1000 characters incl. spaces) and contact details
3. sketch of the technical experimental setup (max. 1000 characters each incl.
3.1 Input: description of the data sets
3.2 Process: description of the processing steps
3.3 output: description of the visualization strategy
4. evidence of experience with GPU-accelerated libraries for AI and HPC (Linuxbased).

Applications in English can be sent by email to with the
email subject »Viable Data Remote Residency, Proposal, Last Name« in a PDF
file of up to 5 MB by May 30, 2021 11:59PM. Please upload any accompanying
audio, images, and video online to a file hosting service of your choice and
include the non-expiring download link in your application email. If you have any
questions, please contact

The remote artist-in-residence program »Viable Data Remote Residency« takes
place in cooperation between the CreativeLAB at the Research and Creation
Center for eCulture of the Media Solution Center Baden-Württemberg, the High
Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) and the ZKM | Hertz-Lab.