If you’re a creative actively involved in the rapid development realm of the digital and its impact, apply for the Digital Earth Fellowship 2020/2021 for a chance to receive up to €13,500 alongside other incentives.
Collaborate with the Digital Earth fellowship in an out of this world experiment on The Planetary Sensorium and how we can imagine all-inclusive digital earth to come.
Be part of eight artists and/or duos from diverse backgrounds with new vibrant and original ideas dedicated to pursuing their artistic endeavors to any length.
See below for details on eligibility, how to apply, deadline, and more.
Application Deadline: July 17, 2020
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Selected candidates will receive :
- A monthly stipend total of €13,500 per fellow for the entire fellowship
- Mentoring and training from leading artists, curators, and scholars
- Access to an online research group with other creatives
- Access to online training sessions with the faculty
- A platform for the presentation of innovations during partner events, symposia, and exhibitions (virtually and physically)
- Access to a network of like-minded unique young creative from diverse backgrounds
To become one of eight artists and/or duos who will be selected, applicants vying for these positions should take note of the following criteria:
- Applicants should have five years of work experience.
- Applicants should be fluent in oral and written English
- Applicants should be 25 years of age or older.
- Applicants should be capable of being available for a minimum of 24 hours per week from September 1, 2020, until May 31, 2021.
Personal selection criteria on which applicants are reviewed include:
- Demonstratively qualitative artistic practice and exceptional creativity.
- Motivation to become a part of Digital Earth’s network.
- Originality, quality, and criticality of the proposal.
- Alignment with the curatorial theme of The Planetary Sensorium.
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Background to the 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 analyze our bodies and biologies while tracking our movements. As algorithms influence our behavior, 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?
To imagine a Planetary Sensorium is to both acknowledge and re-imagine our conception of Planet Earth. As increasingly sophisticated technologies are created to sense the world, the Planetary Sensorium is drastically shifting people’s worldview in return. Infrastructural networks and logistics of pipelines, high-speed rails, and fiber optic cables have informed the worldview of the earth as an interconnected and globalized whole in service of a specific mono-culture of technology. This in turn produces its own geopolitical realities, impacting how people’s lives are governed across the world.
The current planetary sensorial apparatus — sonic, tactile, visual, affective, and embodied — can help us to imagine alternate possibilities for the digital planet and new ways of living together. As the planet flows through human, technical agents, and other beings, a question then emerges: for which Earth do we create our intellectual, cultural, and artistic interventions?
The theme is inspired by the philosophical work of Lukáš Likavčan