Hey Human Open Call for Digital Artists


An experimental residency on data, music, writing and new media at the heart of Barcelona  

Hey Human! is a nonprofit artists-in-residence program that provides time and space for inventors, artists and researchers to create, experiment, and cultivate new directions in their practise.

A shared journey with the Domestic Data Streamers family to redefine the meaning behind the power of data using all kinds of arts .

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What Hey Human! offers?

We offer a 2-month stay in Barcelona for 4 artists, providing:

  • A shared accommodation with other artists
  • A working space: desk space based at the DDS headquarters in Sants.
  • Our workspace is a big creative open space where you will be surrounded by the DDS team, it has a communal sofa area, kitchen and an open air garden space.
  • A session a week with one of the DDS research team members.
  • A small event will be held to present the residency outcomes.
  • Transportation from the country of origin.
  • We will cover 25€/day in life expenses per artist.

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What projects do we encourage?

For the 2024 Hey Human residency, artists are invited to either conceive new works or further develop existing pieces in an early stage. This year’s call seeks projects that engage profoundly with the DDS research theme “New Data Languages.”

The research seeks to explore Unique approaches to data visualisation that go beyond numbers, charts and conventional data representation, exploration of novel, overlooked or invisibilized data sources, experimental data-based storytelling or curation of new narratives through innovative reworkings of data.

In the context of the Hey Human residency, the selection team will highly value proposals that consider the following: 

  • The digital environment is a space of research and not just a format or medium 
  • Ethical and conscious data foraging practices over extractive data mining approaches.
  • Critical take on data and technology, as well as its impact and implications.

Who should apply?

For the 2024 call we encourage people working specifically in digital outcomes without physical production requirements. This residency is for visual artists, musicians, creative technologists, curators, researchers, performers, cooks, human rights lawyers, and other creative professionals with an exhibition/publication record who want to work, think, write, or play with data as raw material and already have got experience in data-related projects and experimentation.

Will you assist me with my travel documents and visa?

Fellows will be required to independently secure their own valid travel documents and visas, as well as flights; requirements vary depending on country of origin and length of stay. 

Domestic Data Streamers will furnish letters of invitation if helpful.

Will you consider join application by partners/couples?

Even if we encourage love in all possible expressions, partners/couples wishing to submit a joint proposal must apply individually. If the Selection Committee deems each individual deserving of a fellowship, the partners/couple will have the chance to share a residency term.

What are the responsibilities of the fellowship winners?

Fellows will be asked to fully develop a specific project (agreed with the curators of the programme before the start of the residency) and publish their final outcome online on a website. The website should document the artistic residency experience and the project itself. During the last week of their stay, fellows must present the project developed in a small conference format held physically in Barcelona.

Fellows will sign a participant agreement with DDS, regarding the mentioned responsibilities. As well they will be required to sign an image rights agreement for their own image and other communication activities, as some pictures of the project process will be required.

Fellows will provide proof of transportation.

At the end of the residency, fellows will be required to sign a certificate of attendance

Will meals be provided?

Nope. Sadly we haven’t had sponsors yet to cover on the cost of living in Barcelona other than the studio and the accommodation for now. 

What length of residency is available?

The residency program will run from the 30th  September  2024 to the 28th  November 2024. The residency project must be uninterrupted, it is not acceptable for the fellow to go to other countries during the implementation of the project.

How do I apply?

  • A cover Letter (max. 500 words)
  • Current CV (specify your current location, where legally registered and based and contact details)
  • Project Summary: Explaining the project you will develop during the 2-month residency and how  it links to the curatorial topic of “New Data Languages” (max. 700 words)
  • Proposed project timeline & Workflow
  • A short video introducing yourself (30sec – 2 min)
  • Portfolio (max. 15 page)

How is the selection made?

Participants will be selected by an impartial jury (if such concept even exists…) on the basis of the submitted documentation. In addition to work merit, serious consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist’s work will benefit from the program.

What countries can participate?

This 2024 fall HeyHuman! residency has been funded by the Goethe Institute, so the applicant must be legally registered and based in one of the 40 Creative Europe countries (this is independent of your nationality): Albania, Austria, Armenia, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Tunisia, and Ukraine and extended territories from Greenland, French Polynesia, New Caledonia , Saint Barthelemy, St. Pierre and Miquelon , Wallis and Futuna Islands , Aruba , Bonaire , Curaçao, Saba , Sint Maarten and Sint Eustatius . French Guiana, Guadeloupe , Martinique , Mayotte, Reunion Island, Saint-Martin), Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands . 

What other funds can I apply for?

Here you will find a small article with a compilation of residences and funds that we found all over the world. Enjoy!

Website link: https://www.heyhuman.art/

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