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Tsinghua University International Artist Residence Program: call for applications

www.tsinghua.edu.cn

Application deadline: June 1, 2012


Founded in Beijing, China in 2010, TASML | Tsinghua University Art & Science Research Center Media Laboratory is a research and production unit that creates an incubator for crossbred, trans-disciplinary experiments among artists, designers, scientists, and technologists. TASML functions as a center and a hub for worldwide exchange and collaboration both with academic and research institutions and the global media art and design community. Through information sharing and knowledge transfer, TASML also serves as a catalyst of innovations for other disciplines in the arts and for creative minds in general.

In collaboration with Goethe-Institut China, Institut Français, and Pro Helvetia, TASML will inaugurate its International Artist Residence Program (TASML IRP) starting from the second half of 2012.

The residence program is centered around two thematically structured research initiatives:

"Sensorium of the Extraordinary" reveals and amplifies subdued and muted sensorial experiences through technological intervention and augmentation to bring awareness to otherwise imperceptible human capacities as well as the dynamic exchange between the self and its vibrant, sentient surroundings. The revelation of a new sensorium beyond our biological limits implicitly complicates our understanding of embodiment and the body's newly acquired significance in mediated social spaces, broaching the visual-auditory dominant perceptual paradigm, freeing us from the hierarchy of sensory systems and opening up new possibilities for the imagination of bio-equality.

Experimenting with mediated social milieu through sensing/wearable technologies, augmented reality, and brain-computer interface are the foci of this area of research.

"Zone of Impending" brings into focus concerns about ecosystems and environments upon which all life depends, calling attention to the plight of ecological disruption through creative inspirations via artists' imaginations and ingenious strategies to engage us actively in environmental protection and in the reconstitution of a healthy ecosphere, thereby advocating for a new consciousness of shared responsibility and citizen participation.

Alternative urban living strategies through technological intervention, including architectural, urban-farming, innovative recycling/energy saving as well as artistic propositions on environment related investigation are the foci of this area of research/residence.

The research artist residence program will also collaborate with prominent Beijing art centers to produce a publication and an exhibition documenting and showcasing the research findings at the end of the first cycle of the program in 2013.

TAMSL will pair the successful candidate with Tsinghua's relevant research institutes such as the Pervasive Computing Lab, Institute of Neural Engineering, Academy of Arts and Design, and Institute of Sustainability to conduct research. State of the art facilities including fabrication studios, metal and woodwork workshops, motion-capture, and other technical equipments are available for testing and prototyping.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to be immersed in the dynamic and vibrant Beijing art and design scene, participating in TASML organized workshops and lectures aiming at Tsinghua students and the broader Beijing creative community.

Goethe-Institut China will support the selected artist's travel, accommodation for six weeks and per diem for the duration of the residency.

TASML IRP (Germany) is a collaboration between TASML and Goethe-Institut China. The selection will be made by a jury consisting of the following German and Chinese media art professionals: Andreas Broeckmann (University Lüneburg), Ute Meta Bauer (MIT), Kristoffer Gansing (Transmediale Berlin), Jeffrey Huang (Tsinghua University), and Zhang Ga (TASML).

Applicants must reside in Germany and provide the following documents:

-Short CV 
-Project discription concerning one of the two given areas of reasearch ("Sensorium of the Extraordinary" or "Zone of Impending")

The application deadline is June 1, 2012. Applications are to be submitted in digital form to the following e-mail address: application.goethe@peking.goethe.org





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