The Digital Solitude program focuses on communicating content from the Solitude network in the fields of art and science, and supporting new digital projects, talents, and topics.
The platform Schlosspost is a transdisciplinary and multi-perspective online forum for artistic research, transversal forms of knowledge, and alternative (digital) futures.
The Digital Solitude program focuses on communicating the Solitude network’s content and promoting innovative and alternative approaches to digital media, technologies, and topics. It fosters critical debate on digital culture as well as on various aspects and impacts of digitization of media, art, culture, and society. Another primary emphasis is using and transferring knowledge related to open-source software and techniques to support collaborative processes and self-determined participation in technological developments. An additional Digital Solitude objective is combining digital practice and culture with the Akademie’s other disciplines, such as the performing arts, music/sound, visual arts, architecture, and science. This will close the gaps between artistic practice and technological-digital progress even further.
The Digital Solitude program has a flexible attitude toward different forms of participation, online and offline. Fellows can edit and publish content on the online platform Schlosspost, and realize digital or web-based projects or workshops – for example in cooperation with universities in Stuttgart.
Fellowships and Projects
The fellowship program is interdisciplinary and invites applications from artists, experts, and creatives who work and research in the digital field. Coders, hackers, and journalists are also welcome to apply. Those interested can apply with project proposals that adhere to the program’s guidelines. Fellowships are awarded every two years within Akademie Schloss Solitude’s open calls, and are selected by two jurors. Applicants should be not older than 40. Students are not eligible to apply.
Schlosspost is a dynamic transdisciplinary online forum for artistic research. It addresses current issues in art, culture, society, and the digital world, and provides insights into the practices of international artists and scientists. It allows visibility to Solitude’s network of alumni, friends, and experts in more than 120 countries, promoting new political voices and collective discourses in an open and sustainable space. By exploring new forms of art publishing and writing, Schlosspost combines critical and serious – but also playful – attitudes and ways of thinking. Believing in art’s transformative potential, it opens the door to a multidimensional world, as well as transversal forms of knowledge and alternative futures. It shapes the digital sphere as a cocreative, transcultural, and nonexclusive space of experimentation and knowledge production.
Schlosspost publishes regular open calls for thematic online issues. Artists and authors from around the globe can participate. Schlosspost’s »Read Me« newsletter provides information on all open calls: http://schloss-post.com/subscribe/
»Web Residencies« by Solitude & ZKM
With the Web Residency microgrant (750 USD), Akademie Schloss Solitude supports artists, designers, technologists, hackers, and scientists who use the Internet as a production site. Open calls with varied themes are developed three times a year with invited curators. For each call, four selected artists or teams receive a four-week long web residency. These present the process and results of their online work on the Schlosspost platform. The program takes place exclusively online. The ZKM | Center for Art and Media has been a program partner since 2017.
In addition to the web residencies, the annual production prize HASH by Solitude & ZKM is awarded to one web resident under the auspices of the mediation program Virtual Goes Real with talks and presentations by artists and curators from the Web Residencies program. The 8,000-euro prize is funded by the foundation Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.
All web residency projects as well as information on the program can be found at this link: https://schloss-post.com/overview/web-residencies/
Schlosspost’s »Read Me« newsletter regularly posts information on all calls: http://schloss-post.com/subscribe/
The Digital Solitude program with fellowships, the Schlosspost online platform and the Web Residencies program are supported by Baden-Württemberg’s ministry for science, research, and the arts.