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International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory

Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen invites visual and media artists, art critics, theorists, and curators to apply for a fellowship in 2010-2011. Candidates can apply for one or two semesters (1 October 2010 - 18 February 2011 and/or 21 February - 8 July 2011).

Büchsenhausen brings together two programmes under one roof. On the one hand, it is the site of the International Fellowship Programme for Art and Theory. On the other hand, it is the location of several studios for artists based in Tyrol, who require space for working in a professionally interesting environment. It is a post-graduate center for production, research, exchange in the fields of visual arts and art theory. Within the framework of the International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, the Künstlerhaus provides a platform that facilitates the development and production of artistic and art-theoretical projects in a critical context. At the same time, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen offers a forum for direct exchange between professionals - artists, theoreticians, critics, and curators - from the region and abroad, as well as a point of interaction with local interested audiences. Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen is affiliated with the Tyrolean Artists' Association, the major association of visual artists from the region.

With its International Fellowship Program for Art and Theory, Büchsenhausen promotes internationally relevant artistic production, research, and discussion in the region of Tyrol. The programme is based on the idea of generating and maintaining a context for production and discussion, in which artists and theorists can connect and reflect on international art and societal discourses in relation to local topics and issues. At the same time, it affords the opportunity for an artistic laboratory of experimentation, where new artistic practices and strategies may be tried out.

The program's aims are:

  • To improve the production of a qualified discourse on art and society in the local and global context;
  • To improve exchange between cultural producers in the visual arts and beyond (creating a network of experts);
  • To support and expand the critical, socially relevant artistic and art-theoretical production of knowledge;
  • To facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the art field and the public outside the art context.

The program brings together the advantages of a residency with the possibilities of a postgraduate non-university lectureship, without offering a formalized educational program. In terms of content, the program addresses both the interested public in the region as well as a worldwide public made up of professionals in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, art and media theory and criticism.

The fellows are selected by a jury of experts following an open call for applications. They come to Büchsenhausen for one or two semesters to work on realizing their submitted projects or research, and accompany this process with public events. For this purpose, Büchsenhausen offers a monthly stipend, a production budget, working spaces, free lodging, and artistic and technical advice.

The conveyance and discussion of the fellow's own work occurs parallel to the development of the individual projects. The public events take place in series. The focus of these series of events is determined by the respective emphases of the various fellows' works. Within the framework of this discursive format, the fellows (or their guests) can present various points in their research, open up their works-in-progress to critical discussion, interact with experts who they invite, work through content with the public, and/or try out new ways of working.

Professional visual/media artists, art theorists, art critics, and curators from all over the world are eligible for the fellowship. The candidates must submit a project proposal. Work on the submitted project forms the core of each fellow's activities during his/her stay in Büchsenhausen. A description of a series of public events intended to accompany the individual work during the duration of the fellowship (four to six events) is also an integral part of the project proposal.

Contact: Künstlerhaus Buchsenhausen, Weiherburggasse 13/12, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria; tel.: +43512278627; e-mail: office@buchsenhausen.at; www.buchsenhausen.at