Call for Applications

In 2020 and 2021, the Goethe-Institut will implement the large-scale project "Generation A=Algorithm", in which technical developments in the field of artificial intelligence will be highlighted and at the same time critically reflected upon. The project is aimed at young adults between 18 and 30 years of age, at Generations Y and Z. It is these two generations, after all, who are setting the directions for the following generation, "Generation A", and their use of algorithms in everyday life. The aim is to stimulate a public debate on existing approaches, potentials and risks of artificial intelligence within the upcoming generation. The project is accompanied by a European A(i)lliance, which is composed of a wide range of European institutions and interest groups (civil society, culture, science).

About the residencies

As part of the project "Generation A=Algorithm", thirteen residencies in eleven European countries for young artists from Europe (EU countries and UK) are being announced for the period from November 2020 to August 2021. The residencies are four weeks in duration and are affiliated with an institution or start-up that is intensively involved in the development of artificial intelligence and algorithm-based systems. An opportunity to exhibit artistic works created in the context of the residencies will be offered at the close of the project "Generation A=Algorithm".

Scholarship awardees will be selected by a jury made up of representatives of the following institutions: Furtherfield, LABoral, Kontejner, ZKM and the German Research Centre for AI.
The residency programme offers the following features:

  • Inclusion in the work of an institution or start-up involved with artificial intelligence
  • Inclusion in the network of the Goethe-Institut on location or the Goethe-Institut in the surrounding area
  • On-site accommodation
  • Travel expenses (arrival and departure)
  • Scholarship allowance of 1,000 Euros (incl. VAT)
  • Costs of materials with a maximum amount of 1,400 Euros (incl. VAT)
  • The opportunity to exhibit artistic works created in the context of the residency.

Young visual artists under 30 years of age, living in EU countries or Great Britain, are eligible to apply. The application must be in English and include the following documents:

  • Statement of motivation (1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae (1-2 pages)
  • Overview of previous artistic work (10 pages max.)
  • Selection of up to three residencies in the order of preference

Application Deadline

Please send your application in English in electronic format as PDF by 30.09.2020 to:
Dr. Jeannette Neustadt, Project Director “Generation A=Algorithm

Budapest, Hungary

The fundamental task of the Institute for Computer Science and Control is to perform basic and application-oriented research in an interdisciplinary setting in the fields of computer science, engineering, information technology, intelligent systems, process control, wide-area networking and multimedia. Contract-based target research, development, training and expert support for domestic and foreign industrial, governmental and other partners are important activities at the Institute.
The mission of the Institute includes the transfer of up-to-date research results and state-of-the-art technology to university students.

Bucharest, Romania

The International Center for Research and Education in Innovative and Creative Technologies CINETic is a research department of the National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest, focused on projects at the intersection of art and technology, including deep learning, digital interactivity, film, and performing arts. The CINETic Laboratories focus on work expanding creative digital techniques for film, digital light sound interaction, digital animation, virtual set design, and augmented reality, digital interaction, cognitive development and applied psychology through immersive experiences. 

Genoa, Italy

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an international research center based in Italy. IIT scientific activities are multidisciplinary and with a very strong attitude towards technology transfer. IIT staff consists of more than 1700 people, coming from more than 50 foreign countries. The main goal is to produce technologies that will have a positive impact on important societal challenges, such as sustainability and the environment, healthcare and aging society. Robotics and AI are among the main research topics. Project: The research focus of the unit “Social cognition in human-robot interaction” is on reception of robots by humans (individuals and society in general). Researchers are interested in attitudes that people have towards robots, and whether (and when) people socially attune with robots. Our aim is to help in introducing social robots in domains where they can be of assistance, e.g., healthcare or elderly care.

Glasgow, Scotland

The Social Brain in Action Lab in Glasgow explores how we perceive and interact with other agents in a social world. Its research falls within the domains of Social Cognition, Social Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience. AI technology is essential in robotics research and development: from computer vision, to natural language processing and the prediction of motion, many pieces come together to power social interaction with a robot. Research in the SoBA Lab investigates the neuroscientific and behavioural underpinnings of our social encounters with artificial agents, which is becoming especially salient in a time when technology intersects more and more with our daily lives. Important questions remain regarding the extent to which we are able to connect with humanoids or androids on a social level, or whether they might someday replace pets.
Building on the fruitful exchange of a previous artist-in-residency, collaborating with researchers in the SoBA lab will enable the visiting artist to shape a project informed by cutting-edge research in social robotics, cognition and the neuroscience of aesthetics. 

London, United Kingdom

Imperial College London is a world top ten university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial is committed to developing  the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics through collaboration across disciplines. Located in the heart of London, Imperial is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges.  The college focuses exclusively on science, technology, medicine and business. The college's main campus is located in South Kensington, and it has an innovation campus in White City, a research field station at Silwood Park, and teaching hospitals throughout London. The college was a member of the University of London from 1908, becoming independent on its centenary in 2007. Imperial has an international community, with more than 59% of students from outside the UK and 140 countries represented on campus.

Pisa, Italy

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an international research center based in Italy. IIT scientific activities are multidisciplinary and with a very strong attitude towards technology transfer. IIT staff consists of more than 1700 people, coming from more than 50 foreign countries. The main goal is to produce technologies that will have a positive impact on important societal challenges, such as sustainability and the environment, healthcare and aging society. Robotics and AI are among the main research topics. Project: The EU-funded project GrowBot, coordinated by IIT, focus on the ability of climbing plants to orientate their stems to climb up a support, for growing, living and moving, thanks to different anchoring strategies. Researchers will therefore create new climbing robots, which in the future might find application in architecture and urban design, in order to integrate and guide sensors within cities, or for explorations in the archaeological field.

Prague, Czech Republic

The RICAIP Centre - Research and Innovation Centre on Advanced Industrial Production - is one of the largest recent EU projects in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and Industry 4.0. The RICAIP Centre is focused on AI and industrial robotics for distributed and fully integrated production in Industry 4.0. RICAIP will virtually connect experimental workplaces = testbeds in the Czech Republic (CIIRC CTU in Prague, CEITEC BUT in Brno) and Germany (DFKI and ZeMA in Saarbrücken) and enable remote production control according to current demand or available resources. The RICAIP Centre has been hosted by one of its four founding partners -  CIIRC CTU - the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics, and Cybernetics at the Czech Technical University in Prague.
Project: The idea is to offer the artist a core topic, which would be focused on AI and industrial robotics. The artist will have the opportunity to see the experimental robotic production line in Prague Testbed, speak to the team and see also other existing state-of-the-art technological equipment (including 3D print centre). Additionally to this, RICAIP would offer the possibility to get familiar with other “faces of AI” and meet the CIIRC CTU experts on AI: from machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, conversational AI/ chatbots, intelligent and autonomous robots, to quite new approaches investigating the “general AI” via complex systems.

Riga, Latvia

RIXC is the center for new media culture, art gallery and artist collective, that initiates projects in intersection of art, science and emerging technologies. RIXC's activities include: running an art gallery, production of artworks and innovative art, science and technology projects, organising of the annual RIXC Art Science festival, exhibitions, publishing of Acoustic Space journal series. RIXC uses events and publications to introduce novelty themes, such as renewable energy, techno-ecologies, art of resilience, fields – contextual seedbeds for social changes, renewable futures and open fields. RIXC also is a key founder of Liepaja University's Art Research Lab & New Media Art education program. RIXC has extensive experience in network building locally and internationally, and currently is developing Renewable Network – for Baltic-Nordic and Europan cooperation. RIXC was established on May 2000 on the basis of E-LAB (Centre for electronic arts and media, since 1996). The basic activity of RIXC is to initiate the most novel and current topics in digital art by performing innovative experimental projects in art, science and technology in Latvia and internationally.

Rijeka, Croatia

Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity at the University of Rijeka is a platform for the collaboration of the academia, industry and public sectors that researches technological, legal, ethical, social and other aspects of AI. It is focused on connecting scientists, knowledge transfer, creating high-tech jobs and attracting renowned technology partners from abroad to Croatia. That makes the Centre a place where innovative ideas originate, are tested and developed and a platform for multidisciplinary collaboration.

Saarbrucken, Germany

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) was founded in 1988 as a non-profit public-private partnership. It has research facilities in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Bremen, a project office in Berlin, a Laboratory in Niedersachsen and branch offices in St. Wendel and Trier. In the field of innovative commercial software technology using Artificial Intelligence, DFKI is the leading research center in Germany. Based on application oriented basic research, DFKI develops product functions, prototypes and patentable solutions in the field of information and communication technology. Research and development projects are conducted in twenty research departments, nine competence centers and eight living labs. Far beyond the country’s borders DFKI enjoys an excellent reputation for its academic training of young scientists. At present, approx. 660 highly qualified researchers, administrators and 480 graduate students from more than 65 countries are contributing to approx. 250 DFKI research projects.

Sofia, Bulgaria

The Artificial Intelligence and CAD Systems Lab at Sofia Tech Park aims, in collaboration with research organizations and industrial clusters, to become a leading center that facilitates the access to specialized software and CAD systems and contributes to the development and maintenance of highly qualified specialists in the field of artificial intelligence. Activities: Developing a suitable simulator of human brain activity, as well as the relevant information and computer technologies that promote and guarantee its activity / Scientific research and developments in the following areas: intelligent systems for medical applications, algorithms for controlling robots and drones, intelligent systems for early warning of natural disasters and intelligent systems for the recognition and certification of materials and products / Use of CAD systems in the field of microelectronics, telecommunications and intelligent transportation; design and modelling of new devices, systems and technologies / Computer design of complex systems for industry, business, etc. 

Tallinn, Estonia

The Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture, or MEDIT, was established at Tallinn University, Estonia in 2015. MEDIT's goal is to study cultural change and innovation processes that accompany digital media. MEDIT also aims to apply theoretical knowledge to experimenting with new and innovative forms of digital media. The work of MEDIT is largely interdisciplinary, based on the understanding that interpreting and participating in contemporary cultural change requires cultural, economic and technological dynamics to be viewed as a single system. The staff of MEDIT come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including media economics and marketing research, film studies, communication science, and anthropology.

Turin, Italy

The Fablab Turin is a digital workshop, a meeting point for all creative people, inventors, designers, technicians, mentors. A place where the coordinates for Artificial Intelligence come together and where their various forms of expression are encouraged and potentiated. The Fablab network is an open creative community for artists, scientists, engineers, makers, educators, students, professionals and amateurs, spanning more than one hundred countries and 1750 Fablabs around the world. Fablabs offer a wide range of educational programs for all age groups and professional digital infrastructures for experimentation and do-it-yourself.

The AI-Residencies of the Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut engages in intercultural exchange and interdisciplinary discourse within a global context. With the AI Residency Programme we aim to initiate both a dialogue between art and technology and a dialogue reaching beyond the borders of European countries. The programme aims to promote artistic access to developments in the field of artificial intelligence.