Located in Switzerland, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) is a leading university and one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan science and technology institutions. EPFL hosts more than 350 labs at its international campus in the Lausanne area.
Initiated by the EPFL College of Humanities (CDH), amplified by EPFL Pavilions, and now inaugurating a partnership with the City of Lausanne, the EPFL-CDH Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program “Enter the Hyper-Scientific” reflects the CDH mission of fostering transdisciplinary encounters and collaborations between artists and EPFL’s scientific community. The program invites professional Swiss and international creative practitioners, both emerging and established, for three-month residencies to realize innovative and visionary projects at the intersection of art, science, and advanced technologies.
For its second edition, the program offers three paths:
Open transdisciplinary welcomes international artists and practitioners from all disciplines and media to propose projects which reflect the main intention of the program, namely to investigate the fluid intersection between art, humanities, science, and technology. Scientific imaging, in collaboration with the EPFL Center for Imaging, prioritizes artists familiar with imaging technologies, CGI, digital practices, and visual arts more broadly. Project proposals in the field of data visualization will be also welcome. Environmental transformation in collaboration with CLIMACT, the Center for Climate Impact and Action, invites visual artists (including creators active in the performing arts) and designers to engage in a creative manner with topical themes related to climate
transformation. Topics such as climate and social justice, perspectives addressing the disparities between the Global North and Global South, and experimental interspecies, Indigenous, and post-colonial approaches are welcome.
Who does EPFL-CDH AiR Program want to reach?
Professional Swiss and international artists, emerging and established, with proven career paths or clear potential, who are interested in harnessing science and technological interventions in their artistic endeavors. EPFL-CDH AiR Program welcomes projects in diverse fields: visual and media arts; film, digital, mixed media, and imaging; performing arts; sound and experimental forms of music; experimental design and fashion; and literary, critical, and speculative writing.
What does EPFL-CDH AiR Program offer?
Travel costs and accommodation in Lausanne. Preferably, applicants will reside in the city during the period of the residency. Offered by the City of Lausanne, the accommodation is located in the newly inaugurated housing cooperative La Meute, where various cultural practitioners and artists reside. It includes access to a shared studio space, allowing an exchange with the rich Lausanne cultural scene and local community.
EPFL-CDH AiR Program also offers a monthly stipend and production budget, as well as curatorial mentoring and supervision for the duration, including the final presentation of the project.
For detailed information about the program and the application process, please visit the website or read the application guidelines.
Applications (in English) should be submitted by October 3, 2022 (12am CEST) using the email address applications.CDH-AiR [at] epfl.ch as one single PDF of maximum 20 MB attached or preferably in a download link.