Wanna hang? Wanna work?«
We are interested in what artists and collectives do in their breaks, which aesthetic and emotional practices exist and which ones have yet to be invented. Who can actually take breaks, and what class issues are associated with breaks? What is more feminist than taking a break together, alone, or just because? What if our lives were structured by pleasure, softness and community instead of our deadlines? What happens to us when we close the tabs in our head? What do breaks in the digital world look like? What would we do if we did not make use of every opportunity? What qualities must a break display in order to be more than a mere charging station in the capitalist cycle of exploitation, and is this even possible?
Individual artists as well as groups and collectives are invited to adopt the space of the radical pause, shaping it as they see fit. Go on vacation, complete an aesthetic project that has long been eating up your breaks, or design your own break-free utopia: because perhaps breaks have become superfluous in our contemporary utopian spaces. Who knows?
A declaration of intent, designed in any kind of media of your choice is sufficient for a submission. dgtl fmnsm works exclusively with queer people, BIPoC and FLINTA (women, lesbian, inter, non-binary/enby, trans and agender people).
This must be sent by e-mail to: webresidencies(at)akademie-solitude.de, subject: Web Residency Call by dgtl fmnsm – declaration of intent (Pausenmanifest).
Grant & grant selection process
Neither the curators nor the staff of Akademie Schloss Solitude will select projects for this call. After all, who can decide who is most in need of a break room? All groups and artists who apply for the call are then invited to decide who should be selected. This call is rewarded with a four-week residency and a 750-euro grant.
Submission period: October 19 – November 15, 2021
Voting phase: December 2021 (5 days)*
Web Residency: January 10 – February 10, 2022
Project launch: mid-February 2022
Please email digitalsolitude(at)akademie-solitude.de with any questions.
Artists and students of all disciplines as well as former or current Solitude fellows may apply. There is no age limit.
*we kindly ask for some patience. Due to the many applications the processing of them all takes longer than expected. We will get back with more information soon.
Is it possible to apply with more than one project?
No. We accept only one submission per applicant (individual artist or collectives)
Can individual artists apply, or only artist collectives?
Yes, individual artists can also apply.
The collective dgtl fmnsm has been examining what virtual potential lies in the contemporary performing arts and how a theater of the future might look in digitalized societies in hybrid and interdisciplinary formats, both online and offline, since 2016. The network-based collective works in fluid constellations within the context of festivals and digital artist residencies, as advisors for online formats and their policies and mentors for virtual aesthetic practices. Here, the focus is placed on the various forms taken by emancipatory and collective collaboration in a hypercapitalist world, and which critical connections we need in order to avoid exploiting one another more and more.
Graphic design by Anne Lippert and Stephan Thiel
Stephan Thiel works as a freelance graphic designer with a focus on combining graphics and 3D. He studies at the HfBK Hamburg in the class Digital Graphics.
Anne Lippert is an artist, designer and DJ currently based in Dresden, Germany. She graduated in 2019 with a degree in Fine Arts with a focus on time-based media from the Dresden University of Fine Arts. Together with Matt Arnold she founded DOCUMNT, a hybrid journal for text-based art and concrete poetry.