TTTfellows: Art and Science Residency

The Ionian University Art and Science Residency II – Fertilisation

The Ionian University is now presenting the second of three calls for TTTfellows: Art and Science Residency on the theme of Fertilization. Taking place 1-15 March 2024 (online), and 18-29 March 2024 (on ground) on the islands of Othoni and Corfu, Greece. 

TTTfellows, inspired by the thematics of the conference Taboo – Transgression – Transcendence in Art & Science, has opened a call for one scientist and one artist to collaborate in developing an Art & Science workshop / lecture performance / speculative exhibit related to informal art & biology training for artists, philosophers and social theorists on the theme of Fertilization: Artificial Insemination, In Vitro Fertilization, Germline Gene Editing and Zombie Studies. The fellowship’s art and science research thematics include: embryonic development, preimplantation genetic diagnosis and speculative forms of embryo grading. The subtextual narrative mixes developmental biology with teratology through the undead hauntology of congenital birth defects, radical syngamy and practices of living dead slow shambling.

More on TTTfellows: Art and Science Residency is an interdisciplinary research incubator, a think-tank dedicated to bending the boundaries of art, science and technology. TTTfellow explore alternative sources of communicating knowledge by creating work proposals in the field of new media, hybrid arts and creative writing in terms of: open source technologies; DIY (do-it-yourself), DIWO (do-it-with-others) and DITO (do-it-together) cultures; and STEAM concepts involving interdisciplinary and non-formal education and workshopology activities. 

In a time of extraordinary scientific advances and ethical dilemmas in the fields of bioinformatics, new reproduction technologies, transgenic germline alterations and animal behavior studies, TTTfellows is an invitation to rethink new reproductive technologies and concepts: artificial womb, birth control, ovum pickup, eco-burial, cryogenics, embryo grades, implantation/surrogacy, genital development, semi-living death studies, selective reduction, posthuman family planning and transgenic germline tailoring. 

Organized by the Ionian University, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) specialists like gynecologists, developmental biologists, embryologists, IVF technicians, new reproductive technologists as well as qualified human gene editing training staff are invited to apply and be paired with an accompanying bioartist, performance artist, device artist or hacker/maker tech artist for the development of creative informal mutagenic IVF training for artists, philosophers and social theorists. 

TTTfellows: Art and Science Residency is an hybrid artist and academic experimental project, organized in three different seasons while offering to its fellows the opportunity to contribute as well to the activities of TTTlabs BioFeral.BeachCamp (BFBC) and other activities developed by the Department of Audio & Visual Arts: 
TTTfellows I. (Spring 2023) Human Oocyte and Collection/Cryopreservation, 
TTTfellows II. (Spring 2024) Artificial Insemination 
TTTfellows III. (Fall 2024) Embryo Implantation Procedures 

TTTfellows is integrated in the project Rewilding Cultures by the Feral Labs Network, co-funded by the European Union, aiming to bring together one artist and one scientist for one month of interdisciplinary friction and Ionian environmental immersion. TTTfellows: Art and Science Residency programmes are designed for growing deeper community ties by working with local hubs: offering space for one scientist and one artist or writer to combine theory and practice in spaces and places of reflection; stimulating interdisciplinary discussion and speculation in order to cultivate art-sci collaboration; and rewilding hybrid arts with depth scientific knowledge aiding in the breadth of creative interpretation. Participants should be willing to contribute to the development of a local Feral Labs DIY Bio Hub i.e. presentation for graduate students; and writing a speculative text for publication / exhibit. 

The organization offers accommodation in Othoni and Corfu and a fee of approx. 1400 euros to cover expenses related with traveling, food and research. Call for participants is open NOW until 5 January 2024. Results to be announced on 31 Jan 2024.

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