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- To engage artist collectives working on the theme of mutations – biological, ecological, socio-political, technological, or otherwise – that speak to the global digital divide.
To define the mutational is, at its most basic, to set a condition at odds with an established order. In the life sciences, this translates to alterations in chromosomal sequence, molecular transformations in cells, tissues, and organisms that are tracked within empirical contexts construed by modern science. Yet embedded in the idea of mutation are blind spots underpinning the designation of order itself. This is true not only in conceptual terms, disciplinary methodologies, or institutional priorities, but also through sociopolitical configurations that frame what is deemed disparate or exceptional in the first place.
The goal of the Mutations web residency is to engage artist collectives working on the heterogenous theme of mutations – biological, sociopolitical, technological – in relation to the global digital divide. We aim to support artists, programmers, hacktivists, researchers, and other practitioners that offer mutations to the aesthetic and political underpinning of digital and internet-based art. Here, mutations can be understood a s biological and computer code alike, impacting both natural and media ecologies. Likewise, we welcome, for example, practices that directly interrogate the changing landscape of the surface and dark web, the extractive geological industry that sustains these infrastructures, and the embedded economic and political inequalities of our networked existence. We hope to attract applicants with a practice that moves beyond raising awareness around issues in favor of intervening directly on the systems in question.
In order to increase diversity of applicants from geographic, linguistic, and technological backgrounds, the Mutations web residency invites low or no-text applications that speak to the call’s theme (more on this on the guidelines).
Finally, while the working language of the Mutations Web Residency is English, we strongly encourage applications that serve non-English-speaking communities and that maximize their impact across disparities in informational, technological, and computational resources worldwide.
The thematic collective residency, Mutations, is a cooperation between Akademie Schloss Solitude and KfW Stiftung, and the first thematic and collective residency of its kind at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Seven fellows representing a variety of artistic and interdisciplinary backgrounds were selected due to their interests that expand mutation beyond bounded interpretations of biological structures and systems. As a part of this group, Grayson Earle (USA/Germany), Ana María Gómez López (Colombia/USA/Netherlands), and Joana Quiroga (Brazil) are the curators of this Akademie´s web residency call. To know more about Mutations go to mutations.akademie-solitude.de.