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Künstler:innenhaus Büchsenhausen: Call for Applications

Künstler:innenhaus Büchsenhausen: Call for Applications

AUSSCHREIBUNGEN | Einreichfrist: 9.2.2024

Künstler:innenhaus Büchsenhausen
Fellowship Program for Art and Theory 2025
Call For Applications

Künstler:innenhaus Büchsenhausen invites visual and media artists, art critics, theorists, and curators to apply for a fellowship in 2025 (13 January 2025 – 27 June 2025).

The closing date for submissions is 9 February 2024 (postmark).

The institution

Künstler:innenhaus Büchsenhausen is a postgraduate center for production, research, and exchange in the fields of visual arts and art theory. Within the framework of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, the institution provides a platform that facilitates the development and production of artistic and art-theoretical projects in a critical context. At the same time, it provides a forum for direct exchange between professionals – artists, theorists, critics, and curators – from the region and abroad, as well as a point of interaction with local, interested audiences. Künstler:innenhaus Büchsenhausen is a section of the Künstler:innen Vereinigung Tirol, the main association of visual artists from the region.

Büchsenhausen brings together two programs under one roof. On the one hand, it is the site of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory. On the other hand, it is the location of several studios for artists based in Tyrol who are looking for a working space in a professionally interesting environment. Four apartment studios are used by the participants in the Fellowship Program. The other six studios are available to artists based in Tyrol. The project and presentation space is equipped with multimedia facilities and is at the fellow's disposal.

Fellowship Program

With its Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, Büchsenhausen promotes internationally relevant artistic production, research, and discussion in the region of Tyrol. The program is based on the idea of generating and maintaining a context for production and exchange, in which artists and theorists can connect and reflect on international art and societal discourses in relation to local topics and issues. At the same time, it provides the opportunity for an artistic laboratory of experimentation, where new artistic practices and strategies may be tried out.

The program’s aims are:

  • to promote and relay a critical, socially relevant production of knowledge in art and art theory;
  • to produce, through the fellowship projects, qualified discourses on art and society within the local and global contexts;
  • to enable the transfer of knowledge between the field of art and other public spheres outside the art context;
  • to facilitate exchange between cultural producers in the visual arts and beyond (creating a network of experts).

The program combines the advantages of a residency with the possibilities of a postgraduate, non-academic research and production fellowship on the basis of an open, non-formalized structure. Content-wise, the program addresses a worldwide public made up of professionals in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, art and media theory, as well as criticism.

The Fellows are selected by a jury of experts following an open call for applications. They come to Büchsenhausen for a minimum of five months to work on the realization of their proposed undertaking and accompany this process with public events. For this purpose, Büchsenhausen assigns a monetary award and provides a production budget, a budget to facilitate the exchange with other experts and to (at least partially) cover the Fellows‘ own travel costs, free access to the working space, free lodging, as well as artistic, art-theoretical, and technical advice.

The conveyance and discussion of the Fellows’ own work occur parallel to the development of the individual proposals. The focus of the public events is determined by the respective emphases of the various Fellows‘ works. Within the framework of these discursive formats, the Fellows and/or their guests can present various points in their investigations, open up their works-in-progress to critical discussion, interact with experts who they invite, work through content with the public, and/or try out new ways of working.

The Fellowship Year starts with the Orientation Weeks in the beginning of January. The Orientation Weeks end with the Start Up Lectures. During the Focus Weeks in April, the Fellows and/or their guests publicly discuss issues related to their ongoing work, enjoy an intense exchange with their colleagues in the program, and carry out cooperation activities with other university and non-university partners and institutions. The Fellowship Year ends with a group exhibition curated by the artistic director of the Fellowship Program. The opening of the show will take place in June.

In the past, Fellows occasionally collaborated with other artists/professionals based in the greater Innsbruck region. Cooperation activities have been carried out, among others with the University of Innsbruck (Institute for Comparative Literary Studies, Institute for Architectural Theory, the Research Group ‘Cultural Encounters—Cultural Conflicts’, the Research Center ‘Migration and Globalization’, Institute for Pedagogy etc.), the Working Group ‘Global Learning’ of Südwind Tyrol, etc. Künstler:innenhaus Büchsenhausen encourages the candidates for a fellowship to take the opportunity for a collaboration of such type into consideration.

Information about former and current fellows‘ projects in Büchsenhausen can be found here.

Fellowship

  • a money award of EUR 4,000
  • an individual studio for working and living, furnished with a large shared kitchen
  • a production budget for the realization of the submitted proposal;
  • a budget for inviting experts to Büchsenhausen for the purpose of professional exchange
  • a budget for (at least partially) covering the own travel costs (in relation to the Fellowship Program)
  • the opportunity to present the produced work in a curated group exhibition at the end of the fellowship

Facilities

  • free access to the ‚Lab‘, the project/gallery space
  • free use of the available multimedia production equipment in the ‚Lab‘
  • free Highspeed-DSL/WLAN Internet access
  • professional artistic and art-theoretical advice
  • technical advice if required

Eligibility

Professional visual/media artists, art theorists, art critics, and curators from all over the world are eligible for the fellowship.

Requirements

The application must include a concrete work proposition. Work on the submitted proposal forms the core of each Fellow’s activities during his/her/their stay in Büchsenhausen. A description of a series of public events intended to accompany the individual work during the duration of the fellowship (up to three events) is also an integral part of the working proposal. If the application is successful, the Fellows are required to specify the details of the presentation series and carry out the proposed program.
The Fellows commit themselves to be present at Büchsenhausen for the duration of the fellowship. Working knowledge of English is required.

Selection

The selection of Fellows is made by a jury of experts and based on the quality, originality, and relevance of the proposed undertaking as well as the work samples submitted by the applicants. The jury consists of the artistic director of Künstler:innenhaus Büchsenhausen, a member of the advisory board at Künstler:innenhaus Büchsenhausen, and one external expert.

The selection procedure has two stages:

First, the submitted applications are evaluated and the jury makes a shortlist of candidates who will be invited to Büchsenhausen for personal interviews.

Second, the applicants have to present their working plans and aims during the fellowship personally via interview in Innsbruck, or via video conference (for instance via Zoom).

For a personal interview in Innsbruck, Büchsenhausen will pay for accommodation for one night, however will not cover the travel costs to Innsbruck.

There is no legal right to be awarded a fellowship at Künstler:innenhaus Büchsenhausen. For this reason, the jury is under no obligation to justify decisions. The jury’s decision will presumably be communicated in written form in March/April 2024 (first stage) and April/May 2024 (second stage).

Application procedure

Applications are to be written in English. The jury acknowledges submissions by non-native English speakers and will take issues of spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure into consideration.

Applications must include the following printed documents:

artists:

  • the working proposal (max 1,500 words, in printed form, 3 copies)
  • visual portfolio/documentation of recent work. The portfolio can be submitted in paper form (max. 2 catalogs/portfolios), on DVD, CD or USB stick (max. 1 DVD/CD/USB stick), or digitally via a permanent link (no time-limited download links like WeTransfer!)
  • curriculum vitae (in printed form, 3 copies)
  • completed and signed application form (in printed form, 1 copy)

theorists/art critics:

  • the working proposal (max 1,500 words, in printed form, 3 copies)
  • 1 recent writing sample (in printed form, 3 copies)
  • curriculum vitae (in printed form, 3 copies)
  • completed and signed application form (in printed form, 1 copy)

The electronic application form can be found under https://www.buchsenhausen.at/en/fellowship-program/application/.

The address to which the applications must be sent is:

Künstler:innenhaus Büchsenhausen
Ref.: „Fellowship 2025“
Weiherburggasse 13
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

Closing date for submissions (postmark): Friday, 9 February 2024

For additional information, please contact:
fellowship@buchsenhausen.at, phone +43 512 278627.

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