Artificial Intelligence in Residence

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that our AI residencies will be postponed until further notice. As difficult as this decision was, the safety of our staff, partners, artists and visitors is extremely important. 

Furthermore, we’d like to thank all the artists who already applied and our partners for collaborating closely with us for their support. 

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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 Goethe-Institut Glasgow, the Alliance Française Glasgow and the Institut Français d’Ecosse invite contemporary artists based in France or in Germany to apply for one of two residencies taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow from 1st June to 5th July 2020. The aim of the programme is to contribute to the interdisciplinary discourse between artists and partners around the topic of Artificial Intelligence.

The programme consists of two residencies. One of them takes place in collaboration with the National Library of Scotland (NLS) in Edinburgh and the other one with the Social Brain in Action Lab (SoBA Lab) at the University of Glasgow. The artistic outcomes of these residencies will be presented during work-in-progress showings in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The selected applicant will have the opportunity to share their research/work in an event based format at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. Another occasion to present the outcomes of the residencies will be at the NEoN Digital Arts Festival which will take place in Dundee from 12th to 15th November 2020. NEoN (North East of North) aims to advance the understanding and accessibility of digital and technology driven art forms and to encourage high quality within the production of this medium.

The residency with the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh is aimed at contemporary artists who work with Artificial Intelligence and within the fields of visual arts, poetry, sound, media art and digital art. The main question is: How does AI technology open up new opportunities to interact with libraries and their collections and what are the challenges and opportunities of using it in this context?

The residency with the Social Brain in Action Lab in Glasgow is aimed at contemporary performance artists. The main question here is: How is the increasing presence of robots in our social lives impacting our social behaviour?

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

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Current Open Call

Artificial Intelligence in Residence
Goethe-Institut Glasgow

The residencies take place from 1st June to 5th July 2020.

The event will be held in English. 


Applications are only possible via email. Please send your application as one PDF document (max. 5 MB) to using the email subject: “Residence SoBA Lab (Surname)" or “Residence NLS (Surname)”. 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: Why do you want to take part in the artistic residency? 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.

Closing date for application

Please submit your application until 25th March 2020, 11:00 pm (GMT) 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, Trustees and an external Visual Arts Advisor from the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their submission by 15th April 2020.

Fees and support

The residency is funded, working space provided and suitable production costs taken care of. In addition, artists will receive 1 000€ to cover living expenses, and travel and accommodation will be covered by the partner institutions. The artist-in-residence will also receive mentorship from the research teams at the SoBA Lab and the NLS.

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