The program Digital Solitude focuses on the communication of the content from the Solitude network in the fields of art and science and the support of new digital projects and talents.
Schlosspost is a content focused online platform in English, aimed at a global audience of young artists and those interested in the arts. It is simultaneously an online magazine and artist portfolio and allows multimedia insights into the studios of current and former fellows inside and outside of Solitude. Schlosspost provides space for creatives and experts who work and conduct research in the digital field, and provides visibility online for art projects from Akademie Schloss Solitude’s archive.
As part of the Digital Solitude program, each year Akademie Schloss Solitude will be awarding a total of 24 months of fellowships to two to four people in 2016 and 2017. The fellowship program is intended for journalists, developers/coders, designers, as well as artists and all other creatives and professionals who work on the development of new digital content and formats. There is a special focus on digital projects in journalism, storytelling, as well as in arts and cultural communication.
Young professionals who have an interest in the content of Akademie Schloss Solitude and its interdisciplinary network and are also pursuing independent digital projects can apply for a fellowship. The program will offer them the space and flexibility to develop new ideas and formats, which will be published on or in connection with Schlosspost. The age limit for applicants is 35. However, some fellowships will be awarded irrespective of the age of the applicant. Students are not eligible.
The fellowship includes a grant of 1,150 Euros per month (plus a one-time grant for travel costs for the journey to and from Stuttgart from the fellow’s primary place of residence) and a combined apartment/studio, where electricity, water, and heating will be provided free of charge.
Fellowships from 2020–2022 will be awarded within the regular program under the category Web-based Media. More information on the application process can be found here.
Alongside the existent Akademie Schloss Solitude, Schlosspost opens a virtual second Akademie: The »Web Residencies« program was initiated by Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2016 to support young talents from the international digital scene as well as artists of all disciplines who deal with web-based practices to present the process and results of their work online on the platform www.schloss-post.com. For each call four people or teams are selected by the curators for a four-week »Web Residency,« which is rewarded with 500 USD.
Three times a year, calls with different focuses – from virtual reality to artificial intelligence to surveillance technologies – are developed in the framework of the »Web Residencies.« In two years, around 550 artists, coders, designers, technologists, and scientists submitted ideas.
Since 2017, Solitude organizes the Web Residencies together with ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. With this cooperation, Solitude as an artist residency and the ZKM as a museum and place of artistic research and development merge their expertise and practice to work jointly on the development of the program. Both houses consider online artist residencies as a contemporary format for the support of artists in a globalized art scene shaped by digitalization. The program is consciously open designed to be shaped also by the ideas, concepts, and methods of a scene that operates beyond the mainstream art establishment.
The focus of the »Web Residencies« does not lie in the ready art piece but artists are invited to experiment with digital technologies and new art forms within a defined topical frame. They’re in direct exchange with the professional network of both institutions as well as a broad digital public which in turn gets immediate access to the artists’ works. This format makes possible a decentralized and international discussion on topics set by the invited curators in the fields of digital arts, net culture as well as digital technology and society.
Find all projects and calls for Web Residencies under this link: https://schloss-post.com/overview/web-residencies/
The Digital Solitude program with fellowships, the online platform Schlosspost as well as the web residencies are supported by the State Ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg for Science, Research and the Arts.