ART4MED is an international project, led by Makery (FR) in collaboration with Waag Society (NL), Labae (DK), Bioart Society (FI) and Kersnikova Institute / Kapelica Gallery (SI), which investigates how art and design can meet open science to improve access to healthcare. The project consists of multiple year-long artistic collaborative research residencies at each of the partner organisations, carried out in cooperation with medical or citizen science organizations. The residencies will be complemented by presentations of artists’ work in exhibitions or performative formats, supported by public presentations (artist talks, discussions, symposiums…) and workshops, challenging the multiple cultural and scientific issues raised by the programme.
The call is addressed to projects in the field of (self-)experimentation and collaborative projects between artists, scientists and other professionals from the field of (open) medicine.
Potential topics include but are not limited to the following: decolonising technologies; biopolitics and necropolitics; human and non-human alliances; DIY/DIWO/DIT biotechnology, biochemistry, biomedicine; open culture based self-experimentation; open hardware, open wetware, experimental pharmacology; remote surgery; laboratories on chips; tissue engineering; assistive robotics; radical open health and life sciences…
The residency offers an artist fee, accommodation, return travel costs, research materials budget, access to biolab/wetlab facilities, mentoring/tutoring by expert biotechnologist(s) and support by curatorial and production team. The overall budget for the realization of the project, including artist fees and art exhibition is up to 12,000 EUR, with the detailed breakdown being subject to the project’s needs. Infrastructure at Kersnikova Institute includes laboratories RAMPA & BioTehna, maker/haker spaces, which enable a meeting point for artists, scientists, engineers, designers… The mentioned laboratories are complementary spaces to the Kapelica Gallery, art production platform for facilitating and showcasing contemporary investigative art productions in the field of hybrid art, within which the production and presentation of the art work will be carried out.
The residency programme has a research phase (January–June 2021), followed by a production phase (July–December 2021), including a physical residency in Ljubljana, Slovenia with a duration ranging from 15 days to 2 months.
Adult (over 18 years old) artists, researchers, developers, hackers and members of collectives of all nationalities can apply.