[artinfo] call for participation-media art project Virtual Residency

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Virtual Residency

+++ a call for a virtual migration to the model house Europe +++

We are looking for artistic concepts for installations which are concerned
with the complex theme of "Migration", be it direct or indirect and would like
to invite artists of any kind (media artists, painters, sculptors etc. just to
name a few) to participate in the project.

Submission from 1 May 2006 to 15 August 2007.

  (The database can be accessed for 15 months.)

Residency, residence, resident – habitation, life, resident in, residence

A state of personal and collective destabilization, chaotic change, emptiness

creative transit

... clearly an extensive topic – what will happen before and after a stay or
the issuing of a residence permit? Who (or what) entitles a person to settle
down somewhere else and what motivates people to do so? What inner processes
drive people to change?

The project Virtual Residency calls for an artistic migration and provides
places of residence to the resulting ideas, concepts and images in the World
Wide Web and at real places in the form of exhibitions in Germany, Poland,
France and Luxembourg.

All the artistic concepts, which have been submitted, will be presented at the
four exhibitions. About ten works (at each location) will be realized as media
installations in the different institutions. All necessary material will be
paid for by the Virtual Residency. A comprehensive and multilingual catalogue
of each exhibition will be published.

The following Internet address will provide you with any further information
in English, German, French and Polish. If you would like to participate in the
project please register here:


If you would like to participate in the Virtual Residency just click on new
registration and register. Your concept and the corresponding image video or
sound files can be entered into a database. (Menu item NEW REGISTRATION).

Please enter all concepts and other data in English as well.

Information about yourself (how you look like, social environment, biography)
is welcome!

You will be notified immediately, should your concept be chosen by the project
team or the European partner institutions. In order to secure a professional
implementation of your concept, the organizers will be in contact with you to
discuss any technical details regarding the exhibition of your work.

All concepts, which have been entered into the database since 1 May 2006 and
have not been chosen for an exhibition, may still be selected for one of the
follow up exhibitions!

We are looking forward to your participation!

We would be very grateful if you would forward this invitation to any
interested friends, colleagues, institutions or galleries.

If you need any further information please contact us:
e-mail: <mailto:info at virtual-residency.net>info at virtual-residency.net


The Virtual Residency project starts on 1 May 2006 and ends in December 2007.
On 1 May 2006 the first call for the participation in the project will be
announced on the following web site: 
<http://www.virtual-residency.net>www.virtual-residency.net. The database
of the Virtual Residency will remain accessible until 15 August 2007.

Artists who would like to take part in the first exhibition in Poland can
enter their concepts into the database until 6 August 2006.

The first exhibition will open at the Galeria Biala, Centrum Kultury in
Lublin, Poland on 6 October 2006.
The exhibition will run from 7 October to 27 October 2006.

Artists who would like to take part in the second exhibition in Germany can
enter their concepts into the database until 09 December 2006.

The second exhibition will open on 4 March 2007 at the Handwerkergasse -
Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte – Europäisches Zentrum für Kunst und
The exhibition will run from 5 March to 1 April 2007

Artists who would like to take part in the third exhibition in France can
enter their concepts into the database until 1 March 2007.

The third exhibition will open at the Galerie Faux Mouvement, Centre d’Art
Contemporain in Metz, France on 26 April 2007.
The exhibition will run from 27 April to 8 June 2007

The closing event will take place within the context of the "European
capital of culture 2007" project in the Casino 
Luxembourg - Forum d’art contemporain
in Luxembourg, (Luxembourg) in December 2007. You will get an overview of all
the "Model house" exhibitions that had been held in the partner countries.


Virtual Residency + + + a call for a virtual migration to the model house
Europe + + +
The dramatic European transformation processes of the last fifteen years have
been the catalyst for the multimedia and exhibition project the Virtual
Residency  of the media artists Monika Bohr, Claudia Brieske, Leslie Huppert
and Gertrud Riethmüller.

The project group is calling on artists world wide to participate in a
virtual "migration". The project initiates a creative transit of images,
motives and concepts through the World Wide Web to real exhibition venues in

The artistic experiment the Virtual Residency  uses the examination of the
states of personal and collective destabilization as the actual, powerful
engine of the migration movements. Hope, fear, dreams, necessities, distress
and the wish and the will for change generate individual images. They are
examples, "samples" or patterns for migration motives. Through the virtual
projection screen of the project, its Internet platform, they receive a
direction, they will be made visible and find a domicile. There, on behalf of
their creators, they become virtual residents.

The project group will then enable a part of the virtual residents to
materialize their ideas and concepts in reality. Based on the "sample
character" of the concepts that had been submitted to the Virtual Residency,
the group has developed an approach to realize the ideas as real multimedia
installations in various exhibitions in Europe, so called "model houses".

One associates the term "model house" with a collective image of the
paradise. It is a pure place, a white place, a vessel, at the same time
a "void", a "blank space", a place without it’s own character, without
personality. Thus, the "model house" will be the ideal projection screen for
migration motives. Model houses will be created from October 2006 in Germany,
France, Poland and Luxembourg.

The Virtual Residency is being supported amongst other sponsors by the
organizers of the Luxembourg and Greater Region European Capital of Culture
2007 project, as well as the Ministry of Education and Culture of the
Saarland, the office of the plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany
(Saarland) and other sponsors and partners. The project executing organization
is the HBK Saar - School of Fine Arts, Saarbrücken.
With the support of the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in
Karlsruhe, Germany.

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