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.
For 2018, the fellowship will be awarded within the regular program under the category Web-based Media. Applicants can apply from September 1 to November 30, 2016 on the regular application website.
Alongside the existent Akademie Schloss Solitude, Schlosspost opens a virtual second Akademie. With the micro grant »Web Residency« (500 USD), the Akademie invites young talents from the digital scene to realize digital projects in a four-week residency and to present the process and results of their work on Schlosspost. Open calls on set topics will be held three times a year by different specialist jurors from the Solitude network. The program takes place exclusively online. For each call, three people or teams will be selected for a Web Residency.
All calls for Web Residencies will be announced in the platform’s newsletter: http://schloss-post.com/subscribe/
The Digital Solitude program with fellowships and the online platform Schlosspost are supported by the State Ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg for Science, Research and the Arts.