[spectre] Call for Applications - Algorithms that Matter - Artistic Research Residency

Hanns Holger Rutz contact at sciss.de
Tue Apr 4 17:53:40 CEST 2017

Please note the approaching deadline - 16 April 2017 - this is also
Easter holidays, so if you plan to go on an egg hunting trip, make sure
to send your application in time!

On 2017-02-20 22:10, Hanns Holger Rutz wrote:
> (apologies for cross posting)
> __Algorithms that Matter__
> Artistic Research Residency - Call for Applications
> https://almat.iem.at/call
> Algorithms that Matter (Almat) is an artistic research project funded by
> the Austrian Science Fund FWF, PEEK AR 403-GBL, and based at the
> Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) in Graz, Austria.
> Almat is happy to announce a call for three artistic residencies to take
> place in 2017/18!
> __What__
> Algorithms that Matter is an artistic research project by Hanns Holger
> Rutz and David Pirrò. It aims at understanding the increasing influence
> of algorithms, translating them into aesthetic positions in sound,
> building a new perspective on algorithm agency by subjecting the realm
> of algorithms to experimentation.
> Almat is grounded in the idea that algorithms are agents that
> co-determine the boundary between an artistic machine or “apparatus” and
> the object produced through this machine. The central question is: How
> do algorithmic processes emerge and structure the praxis of experimental
> computer music? The hypothesis is that these processes, instead of being
> separated from the composer—as generators and transformers of infinite
> shapes—exhibit a specific force that retroacts and changes the very
> praxis of composition and performance.
> A series of systematic experiments is carried out by the project team
> together with the artists in residence. Over defined periods of time,
> artists develop series of interrelated sound pieces that interrogate
> specific aspects of algorithmicity. The work process is observed and
> transcribed into complementary forms of presentation and discourse,
> including concerts and exhibitions, an online public “continuous
> exposition”, and gatherings that connect artists-researchers across
> various institutions in Europe.
> The project not only aims at extending the praxis of experimental
> computer music using algorithmic processes, but also at contributing to
> the scope and methodology of artistic research.
> __Who__
> This call is directed at experienced practitioners in sound art and
> experimental computer music, for whom algorithmic and computational
> strategies represent a central element in their work. Applicants should
> be able to demonstrate this through their past work. They are capable
> and interested in exposing and reflecting their process and work through
> writing, discussion and other forms of discourse. During the project,
> they are expected to either engage with software frameworks that the
> project team has developed, or with software they have developed in open
> source environments.
> __Residencies__
> The project offers three residencies in the period from October 2017 to
> December 2018
> (see possible periods listed in the application form).
> The project is conceived in such way, that applicants will work
> collaboratively with the project team. Each residency will be preceded
> by an online preparatory process in cooperation with the project team
> (this will begin at latest two months before the start of the actual
> residency). The applicants are then expected to spend the two months of
> the residency in situ.
> The residency's aim is to carry out algorithmic experimentation (in the
> form of compositions, installations, etc.) in an iterative setting, with
> focus on process and specific constraints. Applicants are expected to
> work both independently and collaboratively during the residency. An
> additional researcher will observe and document the work process and
> contribute to the public exposition of the traces.
> The tangible outcomes will be presented locally and internationally by
> the project team, and the artists are invited to attend events related
> to the project. We want to emphasise that research is the prime focus of
> the residency, but that we intend to provide opportunities for public
> presentation of the works and artefacts created through the process.
> __Application__
> The applicants are commended to carefully read through the summary,
> research questions and methodology provided on the project's website:
> https://almat.iem.at
> Please fill out the form provided at https://almat.iem.at/call.html and
> send it to almat at iem.at along with the required accompanying documents.
> We aim at a balance of gender and background of the applicants,
> asserting the diversity of the project.
> __Conditions__
> - Duration of residency: 2 months
> - Start date (in situ): October 2017 (select time slots in form)
> - Remuneration: c. 5,000 EUR total (contract for work; subject to
> taxation where applicable). This sum is meant to cover all expenses,
> such as travelling, living costs and accommodation.
> __Application deadline:__ 16 April 2017 (e-mail reception, 24:00 CET)
> If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at
> almat at iem.at.
> __Additional Information__
> The Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics is a department of the
> University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, founded in 1965. It is a
> leading institution in its field, with more than 25 staff members of
> researchers and artists. IEM offers education to students in composition
> and computer music, sound engineering, contemporary music performance
> and musicology.
> What we offer:
> - 24/7 access to the facilities of the IEM (http://iem.kug.ac.at/en).
> - A desk in a shared office space for the entire period and access to
> studios including the CUBE which has a 24-channel loudspeaker system and
> motion tracking, according to availability.
> What we cannot offer:
> - We can not provide any housing, although we will try to help with
> finding accommodation.

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