Vilém Flusser Residency Programme 2012

határidődeadline: 2011. augusztus 31.

Vilém Flusser Residency Programme is oriented towards new and ongoing projects, that will be carried out during the residency. This requires a project related letter of intent by the applicant describing his/her motivation as well as a meaningful documentation of previous works.

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 oppportunity 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.


The evaluation by the programme group (tm artistic director, guest curators and program managers) requires excellent documentation of submitted works. Where appropriate, an explanation should be given as to which aspects of the works the program group should consider in particular. Preview video and audio material must be made available online, either within the artist’s own site or embedded within a community channel. Supporting images and documents (PDF only) may be uploaded, to a maximum of 5 MB per submission. Additional supporting material may be sent by post only if essential for preview purposes, not in lieu of the online applications themselves. Accepted hardcopy media for preview are DVD, CDROM or print publications. If submitting additional material, please include a print-out of your online application confirmation. Mailing costs will be borne by the entrant. Supporting material will be returned on request only and are subject to the following conditions: – submissions from Germany must have a stamped and self-addressed envelope enclosed. – submissions from abroad must have a 20€ bill (cash only) enclosed.

There are no entry fees for either call. Incomplete or late entries will not be considered. Notification about the inclusion in the programme of the festival will be made in October 2011. The selection for the residency will be made by a jury consisting of the program group, Claudia Becker of the Vilém Flusser Archive and one additional jury member. Please note: The residency programme starts from April 2012 on as a 2 month work-and research-residency in Berlin.


There will be no insurance cover for the material received. Should a work be damaged through the fault of transmediale only the material value will be reimbursed.


transmediale will only accept packages from abroad whose customs declaration forms have been completed correctly. Packages dispatched from outside the European Union must bear the following information: indication of the content plus the note “Not for trade – temporary loan for festival. Value = 0”.


Selected projects will be invited to participate in the relevant festival programme. If relevant, return travel to Berlin and accommodation for each artist/project are provided. Further conditions for festival participation will be communicated directly with the entrants. In the case of group entries or where further support of any form for participation is essential the available resources must be supplemented by additional funding. Further support will be assessed on a case-by-case basis at the festival’s discretion.


Works submitted must be in English or German or have subtitles in either of these languages. Works in other languages must be accompanied by a text list or clear explanation in English or German.

In submitting the work or project, the applicant agrees to the incorporation of the material into the transmediale archive beyond the respective application for one festival year and the use of the material for archival purposes. This includes the accessibility of the material via the transmediale website (thumbnails, link to a larger digital reproduction, digital metadata) for search, view, retrieval and display and the temporary download in order to be able to carry out the uses permitted.


Please use the online application for all entries.


festival for art and digital culture
Klosterstrasse 68 – D-10170 Berlin, Germany
tel +49 (0)30 24 749 761 – fax +49 (0)30 24 749 763