S+T+ARTS EC(H)O Residency Programme Call for Artists 

Residencies Programme
Innovation Areas
What Do we Offer ?
Admissibility Criteria
Preparation and submission
Challenges
Important Dates

Welcome to the S+T+ARTS EC(H)O Residency Programme Call for Artists! This initiative is dedicated to fostering innovation at the intersection of Science, Technology, and the Arts (S+T+ARTS). In collaboration with our esteemed consortium partners, we are excited to announce this opportunity for artists to contribute their creative perspectives to address the societal and environmental challenges of our time. 

ABOUT S+T+ARTS EC(H)O: 

S+T+ARTS EC(H)O is a project launched as part of the S+T+ARTS initiative with the objective of promoting ecologically conscious and human-compatible digital technology. Through this initiative, we aim to drive the triple transformation – social, green, and digital – by supporting artists in developing innovative solutions that blend art, science, and technology. 

+ Residencies Programme

The S+T+ARTS EC(H)O Residency Programme offers selected artists the opportunity to participate in a 13-month residency starting from December 2024. During the residency, artists will receive funding, guidance, access to experts, and participation in various events aimed at accelerating the impact of their projects. 

This open call offers 10 residency opportunities hosted in Germany, Austria, and France. Each Residency Host Institution has defined specific challenges in collaboration with the S+T+ARTS EC(H)O Consortium. Artists are invited to submit project proposals that respond to these challenges, addressing various areas of innovation. 

+ Innovation Areas :

(1) Data Simulation & Visualisation – utilizing advanced algorithms and technologies to simulate and visually represent complex datasets for improved analysis and decision-making. 

(2) High-Performance Computing – leveraging powerful computing systems to process vast amounts of data quickly and efficiently, enabling complex calculations and simulations. 

(3) (Urban) Digital Twins – creating digital replicas of physical environments or systems, such as cities, to monitor, analyse, and optimize their performance in real-time. 

(4) Clean Tech/Circular Economy – developing innovative solutions and practices to minimize waste, reduce environmental impact, and promote the efficient use of resources. 

(5) Artificial Intelligence – harnessing algorithms and machine learning techniques to automate tasks, make predictions, and derive insights from data in various domains. 

(6) Bio and Life Sciences & Medical Technologies – research and technologies in biology, life sciences, and medical fields to understand biological systems, develop medical treatments, and improve human health and well-being. 

+ What do we offer ?

40.000 funding for artists residencies

  • Up to 40.000 EUR budget for artists residencies to cover the project;
  • Guidance and support by the S+T+ARTS EC(H)O Residency Host Institutions;
  • Access to experts provided by the STARTS EC(H)O Consortium;
  • An incubation programme (M1-M13) to support the residency teams in kickstarting the pilots and nurturing them to accelerate their impact. The program will consist of 8-10 shared training & peer exchange sessions throughout the piloting period, about 24 overall hours of individual mentoring (support by email included) according to artists’ needs, and a STARTS impact accelerator workshop at the end of the residency cycle;
  • An impact assessment (M4-M13) to evaluate the potential impact of the new and innovative ideas, scenarios and prototypes developed. For this, an hour-long interview (online, recorded and transcribed) will be run with the selected artists at the beginning and at the end of their residency to discuss their expectations and expected impacts. These interviews will not be made public and will not be used for dissemination or communication purposes.

+ Admissibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be individual artists, collectives, or self-employed individuals engaged in artistic activities. 
  • Citizenship or permanent residency in eligible countries. 
  • Demonstration of artistic experience through previous artwork. 
  • Adherence to call requirements and ethical standards.

We encourage artists being in the process of obtaining their PhD to submit a proposal related to their research topic and consider the residency project as a part of the wider research context. Please, if applicable, reflect on it and provide some information in your application.   

+ Preparation & Submission

  • Complete the online application form and submit along with the required templates. 
  • Ensure all fields are filled correctly, respecting character/page limits and language requirements. 
  • Multiple submissions are allowed, up to two proposals for different challenges. 

The deadline for proposals’ submission is June 30, 2024, 17h00 Central European Time.

+ Challenges

Ten residency opportunities were hosted in Germany, Austria, and France. 

Each Residency Host Institution has defined specific challenges in collaboration with the STARTS EC(H)O Consortium. 

Artists are required to submit project proposals that respond to these challenges 

Challenge #1: MODELLING THE MIND

Challenge #2: EXPLORING HUMAN – AI RELATIONSHIPS

Challenge #3: EXPLORING THE PHYSICS OF LIFE

Country: Germany

Country: Germany

Country: Germany

Challenge #4: EUROPEAN SPACE POLICY IN THE AGE OF SUSTAINABILITY

Country: Austria

Challenge #5: VIRTUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF USERS

Country: Germany

Challenge #6: TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS INSPIRED BY NATURE

Country: Germany

Challenge #7: TRANSFORMING LOGS INTO VISUAL NARRATIVES

Country: Germany

Challenge #9: CULTURAL HERITAGE THROUGH NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Challenge #8: URBAN DIGITAL TWINS FOR THE SALZBURG FESTIVAL

Country: Germany / Austria

Challenge #10: RECONNECTING TO THE TERRITORY

Country: Austria

Country: France

+ Important Dates

  • May 15, 2024 – Call for Artists is launched
  • May 21, 2024Info Session 1 by INOVA+ : During this session, the consortium of STARTS EC(H)O will present the open call, the application process, requirements, budget questions and submission.  (11h00 CET)
  • May 22, 2024Info Session 2 by MSC, HLRS, SFS and AE : each host representative will present their challenges, the expectations for the artists and the foreseen outcomes. (12h CET)
  • May 23, 2024Info Session 3 by TUD, ESPI, FTGP and AU: each host representative will present their challenges, the expectations for the artists and the foreseen outcomes. (11h CET)
  • June 18, 2024Info Session 4 by INOVA+ : this session aims to clarify applicants’ questions and summarise the most common requests. [After this meeting, the consortium members will publish these questions in a more comprehensive “FAQ” document.] 
  • June 30, 2024Deadline for proposals submission ( 17h00 Central European Time)
  • Sept 30, 2024 – Results communicated by email

+ Link to register for the info-session

Recorded info sessions will be available on the YouTube S+T+ARTS channel (S+T+ARTS EC(H)O playlist). 

Topics covered include the application process, challenges, expectations, and opportunities for participation. 

+ Contact

For any questions or assistance regarding the STARTS EC(H)O Residencies Programme, please contact us at startsecho@starts.eu.

Technical support is available for solving any issues encountered during the application process. 

Discover more about S+T+ARTS EC(H)O

STARTS EC(H)O is co-funded by the European Union under the STARTS – Science, Technology and Arts initiative of DG CNECT (GA no.-101135691). Views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or DG CNECT. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.