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Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden, ‘Data↔Worlds - Sociotechnical and Cultural Syntheses of New Realities’ (Germany)

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In the Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden, a joint project of The Schaufler Foundation and TUD Dresden University of Technology. Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden, launched in 2019, was initiated with the goal of exploring and elucidating the complex relationships among humans, machines, technology and the world from the perspective of the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Lab consists of the two pillars Schaufler Kolleg@TU Dresden (a research training group) and Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden.

The first funding phase (2020-2024) focused on Artificial Intelligence as factor and consequence of societal and cultural change. In the second funding phase of the Lab (2024–2027) the central topic is ‘Data↔Worlds. Sociotechnical and cultural syntheses of new realities’. Fellows from the humanities and social sciences and the resident artists will conduct research on this theme in close exchange with scientists from the university’s STEM disciplines (mathematics, natural sciences and engineering).

The Lab’s residency programme offers committed and internationally active artists or artist groups the unique opportunity to conduct artistic research on ‘Data↔Worlds’. It addresses artists or artist groups from the fields of media art, conceptual art, performance, etc. During the residency, the artist or artist groups are part of TUD’s scientific community of researchers and students and may draw on resources for artistic and creative productions, both of TUD and of its cooperation partners. The partners are Dresden University of Fine Arts, Ars Electronica Linz, and Hellerau – European Center for the Arts, etc.

The Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden includes:

  • Access to a competitive array of institutes and workshops for artistic research.
  • A stipend of €3000 (net) a month for 6 months.
  • A studio at TU Dresden.
  • Production support of up to €10,000.
  • Solo exhibition at the Gallery of the Office for Academic Heritage of TUD at the conclusion of the residency with a catalogue by a respected fine arts publishing house (Sandstein Verlag Dresden).
  • Assistance finding accommodation.

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