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Artificial Intelligence in Residence

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Even as the term “artificial intelligence” still reminds many people of science fiction, AI is already part of our everyday life – ranging from digital picture recognition and virtual assistants to autonomous cars. Yet, the discourse surrounding AI is still mainly taking place in the technical sector. Therefore, a new programme from the Goethe-Institut Glasgow in collaboration with the Alliance Française Glasgow and the Institut Français d’Ecosse aims at uniting technology and art, and thus creating new approaches to an increasingly central topic.

What Are the Residencies About?

The new cultural collaboration between the Goethe-Institut Glasgow and the Alliance Française Glasgow (together with the Institut Français d’Ecosse) aims at uniting technology and art, thus creating a new approach to an increasingly central topic. 

In response to the impact felt by the cultural sector as a result of the Covid-19 global health crisis, we have reframedour initial residency project and transformed it into a purely digital one. The French and German cultural centres based in Scotland are inviting three contemporary artists based in France, Scotland and Germany to apply for this digital residency programme taking place between November 2020 and December 2021.

The programme consists of online residencies which will contribute to the interdisciplinary discourse between artists and partners around the topic of Artificial Intelligence. The remote residency will allow the artists to continue to work from their own space with the digital support of our partners: The National Library of Scotland, the Social Brain in Action Lab and the NEoN Festival of Digital Arts. A dialogue will be created around artificial intelligence, between the artists, the partners and an online audience.
In December 2020, the three selected artists will introduce themselves and their methods to a wider audience on NEoN Festival of Digital Arts’ digital platform. They will then develop further ideas while taking part in remotely held input sessions and workshops from our partners and from experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Finally, artists will present the outcome of their work on a digital platform or -if possible- in a physical way with the support of NEoN Festival of Digital Arts and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow.

The residency is directed at contemporary emerging artists whose practice revolves around Artificial Intelligence. The particular interest of the practitioners should be centred on the following:

AI applications and their impact on our historical and cultural memories that are held in physical archives and libraries.

AI technology and its impact on our future social relations and behaviour, in regards to developments in robotic engineering.

The aim of the project is to contribute to the discussion around the use of Artificial Intelligence from an interdisciplinary perspective and to make the discourse around AI technology accessible to a wider public. Artists will be working collaboratively and they are asked to deliver their final outcome within the year 2021.

This programme is supported through the Fonds culturel franco-allemand (Franco-German cultural fund).

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Current Open Call

New Forms of Togetherness - Digital Residency for Artists 
Goethe-Institut Glasgow

The residencies take place between November 2020 – December 2021. 

English will be the working language of this project. The events will be held in English. 


Applications are only possible via email. Please send your application as one PDF document (max. 5 MB) to applications@goethe.de using the email subject: “AI Residency Application_Name’’. We are looking forward to receiving your applications.

Application documents

To apply, applicants must submit the following:

1.   An up-to-date artist CV with contact details including name, postal address, telephone, email and mobile number.

2.   Expression of Interest: A statement which details how the residency opportunity connects to your interests and develops your practice. How does AI feature in your artistic practice and/or critical thinking? What project do you propose to work on for the residency? How will your artistic practice benefit from working within a community of researchers? (max. 500 words)

3.   Supporting material: Please include an artist statement and a documentation of your previous artistic work (max. up to 10 clearly titled images). If appropriate to your practice add up to three clearly labelled hyperlinks to moving image or sound listed within the PDF document.

Applicants should make it clear in the submissions if the residency work and artistic production would depend on technical or other provision.

If you would like to submit your application in an alternative format, please email applications@goethe.de to discuss.

Artists who have applied in the previous round will have their existing applications assessed. Therefore, please contact us via e-mail applications@goethe.de in order to confirm that you want your application to be assessed. It is possible to adapt or to submit a new application.

Closing date for application

Please submit your application by 9th November 2020 (23:59 pm, UTC+01:00) under the email address given above.

Selection process

The overall selection aims to find a balance in gender, age, artistic content, contemporary discourse and media. The selection panel will include representatives from the Goethe-Institut Glasgow, the Alliance Française Glasgow, the Institut Français d’Ecosse and the Social Brain in Action Lab, The National Library of ScotlandNEoN Festival of Digital Arts Trustees and external Visual Arts Advisors from the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their submission by by the end of November.

Fees and support

To financially support their residency, each artist will receive 1.000,00€ for production costs, as well as a 2.000,00€ fee. The funding of technical equipment may also be included, depending on the artist’s individual work and endeavour. Fees and costs will be paid in instalments throughout the year, in discussion with the artist.

Given the general context of uncertainty caused by the current pandemic, we reserve the right to adjust this project to the benefit of the artists. Financial or thematic changes might be made throughout the year, in agreement with the artists.