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Call for Submissions »WimmelResearch-Fellowship«
16. June 2019 - 14. July 2019


»Immortality & Disruptive Materials«

What fabric is our world made of: energy, thoughts, dark matter? How do we treat these materials: holistically, socially, efficiently? Which role do resources play for human life? Are rare-earth elements the future »Unobtainium« of Pandora? What is the relationship between technological progress and the scarcity of resources? Does sustainability constitute the opposite of efficiency and growth? How can resources be made accessible and for whom? Will our thoughts as energy become rare? Which lifeworld can be created through new materials? What kind of dependencies do intelligent systems have on matter that they are made out of? What is the life span of a raw material? Do we want to use the world or consume it? What does destruction mean for our existence? Is a digital twin immortal? What substances will future human beings consist of?


The current thematic call for submissions for the WimmelResearch-Fellowship invites artists of all disciplines to engage with the topic of »Immortality & Disruptive Materials« from an artistic point of view. Intended as a trigger for interdisciplinary exchange, the introduction of a thematic focus aims to initiate an open dialog between artists and researchers of the Robert Bosch GmbH from all fields, in which common grounds, deviations, and controversies can be discussed and constructively metabolized.

The following link leads to more information on the topic mentioned in the text from the perspective of Robert Bosch GmbH:

Disruptive materials and manufacturing for sustainability:


The »WimmelResearch-Fellowship« will be awarded as part of a joint project between Robert Bosch GmbH, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and Wimmelforschung. The collaboration is based on the development of Platform 12, an experimental space designed by the artistic duo Wimmelforschung in collaboration with Bosch as part of Bosch’s center for research and advance engineering in Renningen. As an essential feature, Platform 12 contains a permanent collaboration with Akademie Schloss Solitude, in the framework of which artists of various disciplines engage with the company as indirect observers and initiators, to exchange ideas with researchers and work on their own and joint artistic projects. The fellowship is meant to encourage artists and researchers to explore new ideas and to shape future-oriented concepts together. The main focus is not necessarily the production of a specific artistic work, but the encounter and process of dialog in itself.  


The WimmelResearch Fellowship addresses artists (including architects, designers, authors, sound artists, performers, filmmakers, coders), who have a serious interest in interdisciplinary exchange. A willingness to open communication and sensibility toward the specific working environment are essential. An active examination and artistic reflection of the respectively encountered working conditions in the context of Platform 12 are required. The fellowship also entails an introductory as well as a concluding presentation at the start and end of the fellowship, which introduces the artistic approach towards the topic and which initiates a comprehensive dialog with researchers from Bosch. The work’s content and form of expression are principally open and left to the artist.

  • Individuals can apply for a fellowship. The fellowship is open to artists of all ages with the exception of currently enrolled university or college students.
  • The fellowship is a residence fellowship; continuous daily presence (Mo–Fr) at Platform 12 is mandatory.
  • Prior to the fellowship there is minimum one-day mandatory orientation as well as a first meeting with Wimmelforschung and Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart and an interview before and after the fellowship.
  • Good language skills in English or German are essential


  • The funding period amounts to a maximum of three months.
  • A monthly stipend of 1,200 euros (plus one-time expenses incurred by the fellowship holder traveling to and from Stuttgart from their primary residence)
  • If applicable, a project-related budget.
  • A combined apartment studio, furnished with electricity, water, and heat free of charge
  • For the duration of the fellowship the respective artist will be mentored by Wimmelforschung, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and the Robert Bosch GmbH.


The application material is submitted online and should include:

  • An idea, question, or project outline that deals with the topic »Immortality & Disruptive Materials« in an artistic way, against a social background and in reference to the dialog with the researchers (max. 1 Din A4 page)
  • A description of your motivation (max. 1 Din A4 page)
  • A short biography and informative portfolio or documentation of previous artistic work (no comprehensive listing of exhibitions, etc.)

All documents should be sent in PDF format via e-mail to:

The next fellowship will be awarded for the period of September 1 to November 30, 2019.

The deadline for applications is July 14, 2019, midnight CET/MEZ.

The jury, consisting of Maren Geers and Thomas Drescher (Wimmelforschung) and Sophie-Charlotte Thieroff (coordinator art, science & business) will choose one suitable artist from all applications.

The selection will be carried out as a multi-level procedure. The final decision will be made after a personal introduction of the project and meeting with Wimmelforschung, Akademie Schloss Solitude and Robert Bosch GmbH.

For further inquiries please contact:

A video about the project can be found under the following link:

Platform 12 | Dialog between Research, Arts, and Business:

A detailed interview on the creation of Platform 12 can be viewed here:

A joint press release can be accessed and downloaded under the following link: