Digital Earth Fellowship 2020-2021

Planet Earth senses itself through a gigantic swarm of satellites and a multitude of smart city sensors scans the flows below and above its surface. The mechanical viewpoints of our phones observe, sense, and analyse our bodies and biologies while tracking our movements. As algorithms influence our behaviour, real-time surveillance technologies are shaping politics in a profound way from Harare to Beirut, and from Lagos to Beijing.

A ‘sensorium’ describes the combined system of perception that an organism has to sense its surroundings. Has a planetary sensorium emerged in which a worldwide technological megastructure of cameras, sensors, laser lights, and ultrasonic waves gestures towards new organic and synthetic entanglements?

The Digital Earth Fellowship 2020 - 2021 will focus on investigating The Planetary Sensorium and how we can imagine a humane digital earth to come. The organisers offer:

  • A Fellowship spanning 9 months (September 2020 - May 2021).

  • Monthly Stipend, a total of €13,500 per fellow for the entire fellowship.

  • Consultations with acclaimed artists, curators, and scholars.

  • Online research groups with other fellows.

  • Online sessions with the Digital Earth faculty.

  • Presentation during partner events, symposia and exhibitions (online and in real life, when possible).

The Digital Earth Fellowship welcomes eight artists and/or duos from different practices who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits, and are committed to ideas of resilient futures, equitable societies, and critical diversity, showing a marked capacity for self-direction. Applicants should have at least 5 years of work experience, be fluent in English, be aged 25 or older, and have a minimum 24 hours per week availability from 1 September 2020 until 31 May 2021.

Deadline: 17 July 2020

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