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basis e.V. has been promoting and presenting international contemporary art in Frankfurt am Main since 2006. In order to initiate and further develop a multitude of creative processes in Frankfurt, the association uses a comprehensive model of support. This includes the provision of inexpensive working spaces for young artists, the presentation of thematic group and international solo exhibitions in conjunction with readings, lectures, concerts and performances as well as various international exchange programmes.

basis e.V. Frankfurt © Günther Dächert Within the framework of the exchange programmes, international young artists are given the opportunity to gain new perspectives on their own practice and to network internationally as part of work scholarships in Frankfurt.

During their three-month stay at basis, the selected resident will be integrated into a functioning artistic and curatorial network. With 124 studios and over 150 artists working on location as well as a changing exhibition and event programme, basis offers a lively and inspiring environment for guest artists. The residents are accommodated in a spacious apartment and studio in one of the association's main buildings in Frankfurt's central "Bahnhofsviertel" district, close to the Städelschule and numerous museums.

An artist talk in the basis reading room also offers the public the opportunity to gain insights into the artistic practice and project ideas of the guest artists. An exhibition in the premises of the basis project space concludes the stay.

Status: Open to applications.

Residency period: October 1 to December 31, 2022*
*Subject to Covid-related changes.

Most recent bangaloREsident-Expanded@basis: Sameer Raichur
An independent OFF space in Dresden, C. Rockefeller Center for The Contemporary Arts is a forum, a living gallery, community and exhibition space, critical of time and the system, which positions itself on contemporary art forms. This includes painting, sculpture, photography and the large field of contemporary media art. The focus is clearly on the experimental and conceptual, and the works and intentions of young artists, also in political terms. Art and critical examination are always in the foreground in this experimental space in Dresden's Hechtviertel - long before favour, an aesthetic zeitgeist or sales arguments.

C.Rockefeller Center For The Contemporary Arts © C.Rockefeller Center For The Contemporary Arts Profile of the next bangaloREsident-Expanded@C. Rockefeller Center / Netzwerk Medien Kunst: Artists especially active in contemporary media art projects / making / installations / performance and silk screen printing. On offer is a gallery space, printing studios and partnership with Chaos Computer Club.

This residency is in partnership with the City of Dresden

Status: Open to applications.

Residency period: 4 to 6 weeks between September 1 and November 15, 2022*
*Subject to Covid-related changes.

Most recent bangaloREsident-Expanded@C. Rockefeller Center for Contemporary ArtsAfra Khan
Experimental Radio is an interdisciplinary platform for radio art in Munich founded by the artist Ralf Homann, bringing together a wide range of hybrid practices at the intersection of visual arts, radio, spatial proceedings and collaborative works. The platform also fosters versatile and newer forms of radio art such as as performance, micro radio, radio sculpture, audio documentary and podcasts, aesthetic journalism and transmission art or sonic strategies.

Experimental Radio aims to create a network between artists dealing with urgent questions on open access to the media, the activating of space and the development of the public realm. The artist-in-residence programme allows visiting artists to work temporarily in the shared studio space on their project ideas and to participate in current Experimental Radio's activities.

Experimental Radio - Ralf Homann © Ralf Homann The programme aims to introduce Indian artists to the Munich art world through public events. The shared workplace is in Streitfeld, 15 minutes away from downtown Munich. The Streitfeld is an artist co-operative with housing and nearly 50 studios. The premises also include a shared apartment, which is expected to serve as accommodation for the artists in residence (shared living room and kitchen, but own bathroom). 

The bangaloREsidency@Experimental Radio is made possible with the support of the Department of Arts and Culture and the Cultural Department of the City of Munich.

Status: Open to applications.

Residency period: October 8 to November 11, 2022*
*Subject to Covid-related changes.

Most recent bangaloREsidents-Expanded@Experimental Radio: Abhishek Bomana & Shruti Rao
Located in the heart of Berlin-Kreuzberg, Lacuna Lab e.V. is an artist-run space, collective and non-profit  association bringing together a wide range of hybrid practices at the intersection of art, science, and technology.

Lacuna Lab © Lacuna Lab Since 2015, it has been a habitat for collaboration and exchange on interactive, interdisciplinary artworks and participatory events, such as exhibitions, workshops, meetups, and lectures. With an international set of members, Lacuna Lab fosters cultural and knowledge transfer on a local and global scale on topics including audio-visual-, bio-, and space-art, creative coding, machine learning, textile design, dance/performance, music, and science.

The artist-in-residence programme allows guests from other cities and countries to temporarily work in the studio space on their project ideas and participate in the association’s activities.

Status: Not open to applications this season.

Most recent bangaloREsident-Expanded@Lacuna Lab: Pratyush Raman
Since 2006, Lichtenberg Studios has been the home of an international artist-in residence programme, located in the top floor of a Wilhelminian-period apartment building in the ‘Victoriastadt’ quarter, not far from the historical Tuchollaplatz square, in the Berlin district of Lichtenberg.

Lichtenberg Studios © Lichtenberg Studios Since 2011, Lichtenberg Studios offer it's space to artists from all over the world the opportunity to live and work in an interesting district in former East Berlin and to obtain their own impressions of Berlin and the city’s art scenes. 

Lichtenberg Studios intends to help focus the attention of the artists-in-residence on the district of Lichtenberg itself, its history, architecture, and its inhabitants and their lives.That is why with ‘their projects’ are referring to small-scale, mostly unobtrusive interventions that will generally take place without being announced in advance and will appear natural and spontaneous.

Status: Open to applications.

Deadline for applications: February 28, 2022
Residency period: June 1 to 30, 2022*
*Subject to Covid-related changes.

bangaloREsidents-Expanded@Lichtenberg Studios 2020/21/22: Shruti Chamaria and Rakshita Mittal 
Schauburg is the theatre for young audiences of the Bavarian capital, Munich. Set up in 1953 by Siegfried Jobst as Munich’s Märchenbühne, it was taken over by the city in 1969. Since 1983, the Schauburg has been artistically independent. In 1990, the city approved its conversion into a modern theatre. After the completion of renovation work in the early nineties, it has become one of Europe’s most modern, state-of-the-art theatres for young audiences, with a stage that can be changed to meet individual requirements.

Some 350 performances take place here each year, with audience numbers totalling more than 40,000. The productions are targeted at all age groups and are presented in the categories theatre, music theatre, dance, puppet/object theatre and performance art.

The ensemble consists of six actresses and actors, supplemented by guest performers. The ensemble performs plays for even the tiniest tots from the age of two, staging image theatre, narrative theatre and puppet theatre. It develops its own plays, adapts classics for its young audience and presents young contemporary authors. In cooperation with freelance artists, the ensemble experiments with new music theatre and cross-genre theatrical forms. The Schauburg also puts on mobile productions at kindergartens, schools and libraries and gives guest performances at international and national festivals.

Schauburg - building © Schauburg, Munich Courses and workshops for children and young people take place within the Schauburg LAB. Holiday courses are offered, as are courses lasting the whole season that culminate in the production of a play with youngsters on stage.

In cooperation with other Munich venues Schauburg hosts the festivals Kuckuck (theatre for toddlers, March 19, annually), Think Big! (dance and music theatre, biennial), Internationales Figurentheaterfestival (puppet theatre, biennial). Schaubrg has also hosted Politik im Freien Theater in November 2018.

The Schauburg invites Indian theatre artists (directors, theatre pedagogues, dramaturges) who plan to work for or with children to explore the wide range of theatre for young audiences as it is presented  in Munich and Germany. The guest may join rehearsals, performances, conceptional process, festival management and the workshop and courses for children and young people, assisting as far as possible.

*Working language is German.

Status: Not open to applications this season.

Most recent bangaloREsident-Expanded@SchauburgParthasarathi S. 
WELTKUNSTZIMMER Residency 2022 Programme
In collaboration with the FREIRAUM project // Ben J. Riepe Team
- Learning together, transcultural exchange, global and local networks -
FREIRAUM © Jessica Prestipino Guest artists from the field of dance/choreography from Karnataka/ Kerala are invited to participate in a residency, where they will live and work in the WELTKUNSTZIMMER in Düsseldorf for 7 weeks, as part of a cross-genre residence programme that will develop along three paths: dance/performance, visual arts and video/sound on site in Düsseldorf.
The goal is to stimulate transcultural and border-crossing encounters through inter-disciplinary exchange, which are expected to manifest in long-term global artistic networks. The aim is to combine the various artistical languages into a common research and exchange.
The exhibition area of the  WELTKUNSTZIMMER is located on approx. 10,000 sq. m. site of a former bakery. Based on the assumption that art plays a creative role in society, the WELTKUNSTZIMMER is a vibrant, open space – to live, exchange and experiment – in which both artists and researchers as well as interdisciplinary experts encounter unconventional and challenging ideas and presentations.

This intensive period of open-ended and inter-genre experimentation, research and discussion on site should lead to experimental, artistic expressions (works-in-progress presentations/performances) and interdisciplinary exchange.
The urban, partially historical, exhibition areas display an industrial character offering an unusual, experimental biotope for artistic work. Beside the spacious production and exhibition areas, the WELTKUNSTZIMMER also has a dance studio, various stage situations, workshop and screening options. Six spacious guest studios on site ensure that residents can live and work together. In addition to the regular exhibition programme, monthly concert series, performances, (dance and theatre) presentations, workshops, talks and an annual film festival in urban space, the WELTKUNSTZIMMER promotes cooperations with theatre, dance, film and music, which are realised on site, e.g. Performance Parcours, International Dance Fair NRW, Dance Research, ASPHALT Theatre and Music Festival, and DIGITALE - festival for digital art and music.
Initiated and operated by the Ben J. Riepe Company, the goal of FREIRAUM is to offer a protected space for the arts, independent of concrete production, which, with a non-hierarchical structure, enables independent encounters between the genres and various fields of work. Together with the FREIRAUM participants and affiliated professionals, the Ben J. Riepe team organises the FREIRAUM event programme - demand-oriented and mostly at short notice - including workshops on application, dramaturgical/artistic production content, project management, PR and contract law, as well as collaboratively developed discussions, artistic after-work inputs or theme lunches on critical cultural-political issues.
We are looking for artists-in-residence open to reflecting on their own artistic working process and interested in discussing their own and other working strategies. Residents should be open to allowing insights into their working processes for fellow professionals as well as the general public. Applicants should also have a general interest in interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and strategies, and theoretical as well as practical approaches between the arts.

During the residency there will be opportunities for exchange and networking, for example with the Folkwang University of the Arts, PACT Zollverein, FREIRAUM Düsseldorf and other cultural institutions or artists around this area.
Selected residents will:
  • share the residency experience at the WELTKUNSTZIMMER with artists from the fields of visual arts/sound, etc. (tbc) from Japan, Georgia (tbc) and Armenia (tbc)
  • be invited to join the  WELTKUNSTZIMMER and Ben J. Riepe Company /FREIRAUM teams in exploring various interdisciplinary ventures together
  • be asked to participate or host at least one public moment in WELTKUNSTZIMMER (e.g. showing, presentation, discussion, workshop, open studio, performance) in the second half of the residency
  • be welcome to use the residency for research and conceptual rehearsal, as well as for concrete production.
All communication will be in English, therefore fluency in the English language is a prerequisite. 

Status: Open to applications.

Deadline for applications: February 28, 2022
Residency period: May 9 to June 21, 2022*
*Subject to Covid-related changes.

Most recent bangaloREsidents-Expanded@Weltkunstzimmer: Ainesh Madan and Sonia Soney
The Westwerk, an artists’ residence founded in 1985, is located in a former warehouse on Fleet Island. It has spacious exhibition rooms (about 230 square meters) with stage and guest studio.

westwerk, hamburg © Westwerk e.V. With 35 members, the Westwerk sees itself as a multi-purpose house, as a place of cross-genre experiment, artistic encounter, collaboration and exchange for artists, musicians, filmmakers, performers, authors and more.

The emphasis is on dialogue with various art spaces and initiatives from Hamburg as well as other cities and countries.

Status: Not open to applications this season.

Most recent bangaloREsident-Expanded@WestwerkRakhi Peswani
Taubenberger_Werksviertel-Mitte Kunst © Werksviertel-Mitte Kunst Art and culture lie at the very heart of Munich’s Werksviertel-Mitte district. The whiteBOX is a vibrant component of the location’s DNA. For the past five years and under the artistic direction of Martina Taubenberger, it has revealed its true colours as a highly unconventional, courageous and accessible art and cultural centre – not only to audiences here in Munich and Germany, but also internationally.

In March 2021, the whiteBOX was renamed the Werksviertel-Mitte Kunst in order to better meet and reflect the growing demands of the urban space it calls home. This rolls out the concept of the former whiteBOX even further into the area and loosely positions it in the burgeoning Werksviertel neighbourhood.

Werksviertel-Mitte Kunst is not a museum. But it is also not just a meeting place for artists, residents of the Werksviertel, culture hungry visitors, media representatives from all over the city and beyond, but instead regards itself as a platform and stage for outstanding budding initiatives, projects, concepts and ideas from all over the world.

Offene Ateliers@Ivana Bilz © Ivana Bilz Werksviertel-Mitte Kunst presents creative contemporary formats far removed from the realm of the familiar and ordinary. In future, its programme of events will delve even deeper into the topics of art and urban space (development), art and public space, art and society, art and the digital world – all this with a hitherto unrivalled level of intensity and diversity. The focus therefore always revolves around the artistic exploration of the industrial, historical and architectural legacy of the Werksviertel, along with its communal and social spaces.

Around 30 visual artists from all disciplines ply their creative trade in the Werksviertel-Mitte and are supported by the non-profit limited company. This includes ‘old hands’ who have had a studio on the premises for up to 20 years, along with young up-and-coming artists.

As part of its artists-in-residence programme, the Werksviertel-Mitte Kunst also invites creators from other cities and countries to temporarily relocate their studio to the Werksviertel.

Container_Werksviertel-Mitte Kunst © Merit Täuber As part of the bangaloREsidency-Expanded initiative, Werksviertel-Mitte Kunst has been inviting artists from Bangalore to Munich since 2017 to foster cultural education, social and professional networking and the personal development of the artists with the goal of unearthing new insights and artistic forms of expression.

A converted shipping container in the Container Collective is available as a studio for the duration of the residency. Furthermore, guest artists have the opportunity of collaborating on an exhibition in public space. Titled ‘Spektrum – die Stadt als Resonanzkörper” (Spectrum – the city as a resonating body), the exhibition will run from June 24 to August 14, 2022.

Status: Not open to applications this season.

bangaloREsident-Expanded@whiteBOX 2020/22Diya Pinto
Zentralwerk Dresden © Kunjikuttan Narayanan On an area of 7000 square metres in Dresden’s Pieschen neighbourhood, Zentralwerk combines living, working, art and culture. Here, in this historic place characterised by an eventful past, a community of artists, academics, architects and craftspersons has formed. What used to be a production facility of Zeiss Ikon’s former arms factory during WWII and, subsequently, a printing plant of the GDR printing firm VEB Graphischer Großbetrieb “Völkerfreundschaft”, is now in the hands of people involved in arts and culture, who have made the buildings come alive in their studios and workshops, as well as a public ballroom, an exhibition space, a yard and a bar.

Accommodation and duration:
The bangaloREsidency-Expanded@Zentralwerk runs every year from August 1 to September 15.
Contact: air@zentralwerk.de

Zentralwerk provides a studio apartment for the duration of the stay. The accommodation is suitable for children. Childcare will have to be organised individually. As a way of introducing our guests, we organise a welcome talk in our exhibition space “Kabinett” to learn more about them and their work and foster the exchange with the people living and working at Zentralwerk.

Content of the residency programme:
Our call for artists circles around the echo, the reverberation, the loop that is part of every process of human remembrance. What does this permanent recapitulation mean? What is the relation between remembrance and time, fragments, time travels, blurred and sharp visions, the subjective and collective element?

Final presentation:
As a historical monument, Zentralwerk forms part of the annual nationwide “Open Monument Day” in September. On this day, we would also like to show the work of our guest artists to a wider audience.

This residency is in partnership with the City of Dresden

Status: Open to applications.

Residency period: August 1 to September 15, 2022*
*Subject to Covid-related changes.

Most recent bangaloREsident-Expanded@ZentralwerkSarasija Subramanian
ZiMMT, Leipzig © ZiMMT e.V. ZiMMT (Centre for immersive Media art, Music and Technology) is a gallery, production space, concert hall, research lab and network all in one.

At ZiMMT, we provide the appropriate stage for the many facets of media immersion and a place for creative experimentation. As one of only a few cultural institutions nationwide, ZiMMT has an innovative 3D audio system consisting of 36 loudspeakers. This provides the future opportunity to develop and present immersive, space-consuming concerts, exhibitions and performances.

In addition to the interdisciplinary exchange of artists and developers, we are particularly interested in the transfer of knowledge and workshops.

As bangaloREsidency-Expanded partner, we want to invite and encourage artists to engage artistically with spatial audio and 3D audio technologies. We provide technical assistance and coachings, studio time and the opportunity to present the developed artistic works or research results.

Status: Open to applications.

Residency time slot: 4 to 6 weeks between October 15 and November 30, 2022*
*Subject to Covid-related changes.
ZKM ©ZKM The ZKM | Hertz-Lab offers artists working in all genres - from the visual arts to music - to try out a diversity of technologies in collaboration with scientists and developers. The main focuses of the Hertz Lab are art production and research on media technology. Contemporary concepts in the arts and sciences, for example, artificial intelligence, extended reality, immersion and sensor-enabled environments are carefully reflected on, reviewed for artistic usability, and implemented in productions. Scholars, scientists, and artists from all over the world find ideal conditions at the ZKM to realize their theoretical and practical projects. With its Hertz-Lab the ZKM is also a research center that connects science, technology, and art in a new alliance for the digital age.
As part of the bangaloREsidency-Expanded, the ZKM | Hertz-Lab offers two possible residency scenarios at the ZKM:
1) Spatial Sound
With the beginning of the use of spatiality in electronic music, new aesthetic possibilities arose up to the simulation and implementation of acoustic environments. At the ZKM | Hertz-Lab the Artists-in-Residence of the bangaloREsidency-Expanded are offered the opportunity to work with the ZKM_Sound Dome and to realize innovative sonic spatialization concepts. The dome-shaped set-up consisting of 53 loudspeakers is an ideal location for the development and reproduction of electroacoustic and acousmatic spatial music. Here new compositions can be created and performed.

The first scenario of the open call addresses Indian composers and sound artists working in the field of experimental electroacoustic music. Applicants must submit a composition sketch and audio samples of existing works.
2) Digital art
The second scenario of the open call addresses interdisciplinary media artists, device artists and digital artists who use methods ranging from creative coding to physical computing in their artistic work to realize interactive installations, media sculptures, web-based artistic projects, digital artworks or many other possible forms of contemporary digital art. Special attention will be given to artists who experiment artistically in their work with algorithms of machine learning or similar disruptive technologies of the 21st century.
Applicants must submit a portfolio of existing works and a sketch of a project.
Applicants are welcome to use an electric workshop and the Rapid Prototyping Lab at the ZKM | Hertz Laboratory after prior registration.

Status: Not open to applications this season.

bangaloREsidents-Expanded@ZKM 2020/22: Sultana Zana and Yashas Shetty. 

bangaloREsidency-Expanded Virtual

Mind Over Matter ©Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Netzwerk Medien Kunst // C. Rockefeller Center for the Contemporary Arts, Walkin Studios
Digital Residency - Media Art Exhibition in Germany

Announcing a digital residency programme, initiated out of a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore, Walkin Studios Bangalore and Netzwerk Medien Kunst // C. Rockefeller Center for the Contemporary Arts, Dresden, Germany. This is the forerunner for a larger collaboration starting 2021 under the banner of the bangaloREsidency, involving sustained artistic exchange between Bangalore and Dresden.

In these very difficult times for artists and their exhibition projects and independent research, thanks to widespread cancellations due to lockdowns and work/travel restrictions, we want to encourage artistic production and reflection about the present structure and circumstances of our underlying operating system, the so-called consciousness.

Who can apply: Artists or artist groups from Karnataka and Kerala with a professional background, preferably media art, conceptual art, photography, video

What will the grant comprise of: 3 projects will be selected by an international jury, each project will receive INR 50,000 for the realisation of the proposed project

Where will it be shown: The project will be presented at the Museum Technische Sammlungen in Dresden, Germany as part of an international media art exhibition

Open Call for Artworks <media art>

: August 15, 2020

Selection: August 24, 2020

Project realisation: August 27 - October 27, 2020

Exhibition opening: March, 2021

For this Open Call we will prioritise references to South Asian philosophy, spirituality or anthropology; and explorations of the context technology plays within this paradigm.

Submit your application via email by August 15, 2020 to residency-bangalore@goethe.de.

Please include a project outline, a short CV and references to your artistic work and practice, preferably in PDF Format. If your file size exceeds 10 MB please use a file transfer hosting service such as Wetransfer or Dropbox and include the link to your files in the application.

The title of the project for 2020 is MIND OVER MATTER, an English expression that can be compared to the German folk axiom DER WILLE VERSETZT BERGE <Pure willpower can move mountains>. The phrase is also used in parapsychology to describe paranormal phenomena such as psychokinesis. In the context of the exhibition and the lecture programme, which will be embedded in the conference DATEN-SPUREN of the Chaos Computer Club Dresden, questions of consciousness research, machine learning and the structure of self and self-experience will be investigated in particular. Since time immemorial, these questions have been projected in the context of science fiction literature, and film series such as Matrix or Westworld into futuristic settings, which try to solve the question of how mind and consciousness phenomena can develop and manifest itself within complex collections of matter, composed of the smallest atomic components by means of advanced technology. This raises several basic philosophical questions about the structure of being and time, which will be explored by means of technological and artistic experimental arrangements. Media art has been dealing with this kind of complex of questions since the outset, and in 2020 it is particularly relevant to reflect and speculate on the development of consciousness, both individual and collective.

The Technische Sammlungen in Dresden, which will be the venue for the exhibition with the Vernissage scheduled for November 13, 2020 is especially suitable as an exhibition venue for this nature of questioning, since physical and technical research on this complex of issues is also pursued here in other formats and attracts a very mixed audience of young and experienced visitors with an interest in technology predominates.

The depiction of the artistic dimension of this question can be particularly successful here, since the combination of media technology, information processing, perception research and cybernetics has been the central starting point for various educational and experimental formats in this museum for years.

Documentation of past exhibitions of the series Netzwerk Medien Kunst in Technische Sammlungen:

Applications for 2020 are closed.

Previous Hosts

Wisp Kollektiv is an interdisciplinary platform of artists, scientists, designers, and coders, working together in a studio and laboratory in Leipzig. For their immersive installations and performances they make use of state-of-the-art technologies and combine sound, graphic, and interaction design to challenge the awareness and senses of visitors in unexpected ways.

For several years, Wisp has laid a focus on working with sound in space, using spatial sound technology and sound exposure systems. In workshops and lab sessions, the perception of sound in space, different technologies and the combination of sound and visuals in space are being constantly explored and experiences exchanged.
wisp collective © Wisp Kollektiv In 2016, Wisp celebrated the “Wisp Festival for Arts, Technology and Communication” in Leipzig for the first time and gathered more than 60 international artists to present installations, talks and workshops around the leitmotif “The stranger within us”. Since 2016, Wisp has been collaborating with “the Indian Sonic Research Organisation (ISRO)” and the “3D Soundlab Bengaluru (3dsb)”.
Seeing itself as a laboratory for inter- and trans-disciplinary activities centred around the phenomenon of “the city", ZK/U addresses contemporary artistic positions, ranging from contextual and interventionist to conceptual and street art as its selected themes.

ZK/U Berlin © ZK/U Berlin ZK/U promotes international exchange on global issues, in the light of what is happening in one’s own backyard. Working with local and international partners, ZK/U residency brings together critical minds at the cutting-edge of artistic production and urban research. The work at ZK/U is informed by theoretical and practice-based critiques developed in the disciplines of geography, anthropology, urban planning, architecture and the humanities.

The ZK/U residency is a production space where artists, researchers and practitioners can meet and work on individual or collaborative projects and ideas. Since the ZK/U sees itself as a constantly evolving space, fellows are encouraged to bring their own inputs into the communal life, be it in terms of actions, creating collectives or simply contributing to the maintenance of the space.