TU Braunschweig Science&Art Lab Residency

A World Between the Size and Light
for Artist in residence at TU Braunschweig’s Science&Art Lab in cooperation with Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers.

Science&Art Lab brings together cutting-edge research with art in their various forms of expression and media and inspires a dialog. The aim is to enable different approaches to research questions and an exchange between science, art and audiences.
Science&Art Lab is open to experiments, transfer thinking, new formats and ideas.
Our aim is to give space to the dialog between art and science and to fill this space with life, with talks, exhibitions, screenings and other opportunities for encounters.
We are convinced that this exchange will provide food for thought that is as well critical as enthusing, inspiring and community-building.

The Cluster of Excellence “QuantumFrontiers” is dedicated to the fundamentals of quantum and nanometrological phenomena in order to push the limits of what is measurable and achieve maximum precision through e.g. quantum technologies. QuantumFrontiers brings together around 400 researchers from TU Braunschweig, Leibniz University Hannover and the National Metrology Institute of Germany. The Cluster of Excellence builds on the experience on Braunschweig’s core research area Metrology.
As part of QuantumFrontiers, researchers at the Institute of Semiconductor Technology are working on miniaturizing lasers and LED technology and increasing their efficiency to create the enabling technologies for building quantum computers suitable for mass production. At the interface of physics and chemistry, they are pursuing for example the task of isolating individual molecules from the crystals, that are the basis for LEDs, and processing them in a targeted manner. Applied to semiconductor surfaces, these molecules are given an incredibly tiny yet crucial task: to emit individual light particles, photons. Another vision can be seen in LED grids, where tens of thousands of individually controllable microscopic LED light sources are brought together on just a few square millimeters. Such grids could, for example, make gas sensors small and energy-saving, form tiny displays or even become the hardware for new types of neural computers.

As one key aspect of Science&Art Lab we are realizing an international artist in residency program to connect partners who are interested in same or similar topics from different points of view. Against the background of quantum research, we invite
artists to apply with their own project. Convinced of the mutual inspiration of both fields, we look forward to ideas that can be linked to quantum topics in a variety of ways (see keywords).

In 2024 Science&Art Residency will be based at the Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers and specifically at the Institute of Semiconductor Technology.
Scientists open their laboratories to the artist and grant access to their studies, working material and technical equipment.
The core of the residency is the exchange between the various fields of work and research and the process that results from this. It is therefore not necessarily about producing an artwork in the narrow sense.
In addition, meetings at National Metrology Institute and Leibniz University Hannover, who are part of the Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers, can be organized.

Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Epitaxy, Lasers, LEDs, Light, Metrology, Physics, Quantum Engineering and Quantum Technology, Semiconductors, Semiconductor Technology, Wafers


  • Artist fee 2400 Euro (gross) per month, travel costs, accommodation
  • Production budget of 3000 Euro (gross)
  • Access to the Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers
  • Access to new technologies in the laboratories of Quantum Frontiers, i.e. Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Physics and Laboratory for Emerging Nanometrology LENA
  • Contact to the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK Braunschweig)
  • Participation in a public event, including the presentation of the artwork
  • Visibility through communication activities by TU Braunschweig, Science&Art Lab, and Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers

Duration of the residency
8 weeks (autumn 2024)
Individual time segments are possible within this period by arrangement.


  • Artists applying to the residency of Science & Art Lab should:
  • Have an interest in technology and innovation that is traceable in the portfolio.
  • Be happy to work in interdisciplinary contexts.
  • Be interested in learning about or developing their understanding of quantum technologies, LED and / or Laser technologies.
  • Be motivated to work with experts and partners in cultural, educational and tech sectors.
  • Be open to participate in one public event like a talk or presentation during the stay.
  • Be able to communicate in English.

The Science&Art Lab of TU Braunschweig is committed to offering equal access and opportunity to all potential applicants regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, family status, religion, age, disability, race, cultural and/or socio-economic backgrounds.

Your application should include the following:

  • ARTIST STATEMENT: write a statement about your work (250 words or less)
  • STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: describe your potential project, ideas and expectations in the context of the residency (250 words or less) In this context, you can address the following questions, for example:
    o What are you hoping to research, develop or create?
    o In what way your project is developed with Quantum/ LED / Laser
    technologies or about these techniques?
    o How might the context of Quantum Frontiers be inspiring / useful for
    your work?
  • A proposed production budget of up to 3500 Euros relating to the described project
    (max 1 page)
    Please note:
    Submitting a proposed production budget does not guarantee that all costs will be
    covered, depending on what can be realized on site.
  • CV / artist bio including your contact details and links to previous works and projects
    of yours (max. 2 pages)

Please combine all pages in one PDF file (max 25 MB) and send with your name and the term residency in the subject line it to artist-residency@tu-braunschweig.de
If necessary please use the following link to upload PDF on TU Braunschweig Nextcloud Server. Thank you.
Application deadline is June 9th 2024.

Application deadline June 9th 2024
Review of the applications received until end of June 2024
Decision by jury made mid of July 2024
Residency at Science&Art Lab autumn (Sept/Oct/Nov) for 8 weeks

Website link: https://www.tu-braunschweig.de/en/projekthaus/labs/science-art-lab

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