EPFL CDH AIR PROGRAM Call for applications 2024-2025

Located in Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) is a leading university and one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan science and technology institutions. EPFL hosts more than 350 labs at its international campus in the Lausanne area.

Initiated by the EPFL College of Humanities (CDH), amplified by EPFL Pavilions, and in partnership with the City of Lausanne, the EPFL-CDH Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program “Enter the Hyper-Scientific” reflects the CDH mission of fostering transdisciplinary encounters and collaborations between artists and EPFL’s scientific community. The program invites professional Swiss and international creative practitioners, both emerging and established, for three-month residencies to realize innovative and visionary projects at the intersection of art, science, and advanced technologies.

CDH is now welcoming proposals for the 2024-25 edition of the “Enter the Hyper-Scientific” program.

The EPFL-CDH AiR Program promotes artistic research and experimentation that connects art, humanities, science, and technology by supporting up to four artists for three-month residencies at the EPFL.

The program is open to emerging and established Swiss and international artists interested in the area where arts, science, media, and technology intersect. It enables selected artists to develop interdisciplinary projects and carry out their research in conjunction with scientists and researchers at EPFL. It also offers an opportunity to access the cutting-edge engineering, infrastructure, materials, and science developed or made available at EPFL, thus fostering intense experimentation in new forms of expression. At the end of each residency, the resulting project will be presented in a public exhibition or event held at EPFL Pavilions, Amplifiers for Art Science and Society.

What do we offer?

  • Travel costs and accommodation in Lausanne. Preferably, applicants will reside in the city during their residency. Offered by the City of Lausanne, accommodation is located in the housing cooperative La Meute, where various cultural practitioners and artists reside. It includes access to a shared studio space, allowing an exchange with Lausanne’s rich cultural scene and local community.
  • A monthly flat fee for living expenses (of CHF 1500).
  • A production budget (of maximum CHF 15000).
  • Curatorial mentoring and supervision for the duration, including the final presentation of the project at EPFL Pavilions.

How to apply

Proposals should be written in English and submitted by October 16, 2023 (23:59 CEST) using the online application form.

The following elements should be considered: the residency should extend over a maximum duration of three months and the project should be realized within a maximum budget of CHF 15000.

Timeline 2024-2025

Residencies will take place between March 2024 and June 2025

Slots for first three tracks “Open Transdisciplinary”, “Scientific Imaging”, and “Environmental Transformation”:

  • September–November 2024
  • January–March 2025
  • April–June 2025

Slots for Special Track “Computational Geometry”:

  • Spring 2024 or Spring 2025

Despite a preference for a continuous stay in Lausanne, the program offers flexibility according to artists’ schedules.

Website link: https://www.epfl.ch/schools/cdh/art-culture-society/artist-in-residence-at-cdh/call-for-residencies-2024-2025/

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