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July 15, 2021

INHABIT artists-in-residence program

Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Alexander Tillegreen, Phantom Streams, 2020. Installation view, INHABITING basis, basis, Frankfurt, 2020. © basis e.V. Photo: Katrin Binner.

The INHABIT artist-in-residence program of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics invites artists from various disciplines to collaborate with our team of scientists and researchers. The integration of artistic thinking and knowledge as reflective practices in their own right is an important dimension of the Institute’s mission. For this the presence of art and the inspiration and challenge of artistic practice are essential. The interaction between these different perspectives creates a productive space for artists and scientists to collaborate in.

For this reason, INHABIT invites artists to spend three months creating new work, or further developing an existing project, in a scientific research environment. Openness to the mission of the Institute and interest and readiness to work together with individual researchers or research groups are naturally preconditions. During the residency, the Institute will provide space, resources, and facilities for productive experimentation, dialogue, and collaboration.

Work developed during the residency will be presented in cooperation with various local arts institutions in the form of an exhibition, performance, concert, or other form of presentation, and complemented by discursive formats.

About Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (MPIEA)
Founded in 2013 and located in Frankfurt/Main, the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics brings researchers from the humanities and the sciences together to investigate the field of aesthetics. This involves asking how and by whom art is appreciated, and which art, for which reasons, under which situational and historical circumstances, as well as analyzing the functions of aesthetic practices and preferences for individuals and societies. The MPIEA is currently the only research institution in the world that is dedicated solely to interdisciplinary research on aesthetic perception and evaluation. The MPIEA is one of 86 research institutions of the Max Planck Society, one of Europe’s leading organizations in the field of basic research. To learn more, please visit our website.

Residency periods
INHABIT #7: April–July 2022
INHABIT #8: September–December 2022
Jury decision: November 2021

Who we are looking for
–Artists from different disciplines who are interested in interdisciplinary collaboration between the artistic and scientific fields
–Artists who are open to developing and sharing a project in the form of an exhibition, performance, concert, or other format of
presentation.
–Artists who are active in contemporary culture and respond to the Institute with innovative and challenging ideas.

What we offer
–Artist’s fee: 8,000 euros
–Accommodation fee: 2,000 euros
–Production budget depending on the project
–Technical and administrative support for the realization of the final project
–Travel costs to/from and in Frankfurt
–Collaboration with scientists and researchers
–Access to the Institute’s library, sound studio, and scientific facilities
–Curatorial support during the residency.

How to apply
Please send, no later than August 29, 2021, 11:59pm CEST your complete application, including:
–your CV
–an artist’s statement describing your practice, concepts, and methods, etc. (max. 500 words)
–a description of the proposed project that outlines potential connections with the work of the Institute and the
scientific interest (max. 500 words)
–a portfolio of your work (max. 20 pages)
–an indication of the residency periods for which you are available, to inhabit [​at​] ae.mpg.de

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