Beyond Matter

Tallinn Art Hall, Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art and Hertz-Lab of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media are jointly calling for European art practitioners/theoreticians to apply for one of three production residencies taking place in Karlsruhe, Tallinn, and Tirana.

What is the Residency about?
These residencies are programmed in the framework of the long-term project Beyond Matter and will be hosted by three of the partner institutions Hertz-Lab of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Tallinn Art Hall and Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art. On site, the fellows should develop an artistic production or theoretical concept that takes as a starting point the core questions of Beyond Matter project.

How can virtual reality tools and digitisation contribute to development of artistic practices that question materiality and offer possibilities to shift the discourse into other dimensions like experience, visualisation, imagination, sensory perception, atmosphere or spirituality? How can artistic practices using virtual reality contribute to current political and social discourses? What is the potential of virtual reality within the art field? And how can virtual reality serve as a medial basis for overcoming physicality and temporality in order to create something new—based on today’s possibilities What can VR stand for?

What do we offer?
For the two month stay each location offers the residents particular resources and opportunities:

Hertz-Lab of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe: Workshops (wood, metal, electrical), dark projection room, set-up areas for bigger installations, green screen studio, sound studio with multi-channel audio projection and a volumetric capturing system available by appointment.

Tallinn Art Hall: Opportunity to hold workshops, sessions and/or seminars related to the overall themes of the project and in particular on the challenges with the latest XR-Applications, networking opportunities, research support, support to travel regionally, space for workshops and seminars.

Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art: Research and production of artworks engaging with the overall themes of the project and involving public space/Interventions in public space related to the city of Tirana, using Extended Reality Technologies.

How are you financially supported?
Each residency is fully funded and includes travel, accommodation, a stipend, and production costs.

For all three locations, the dates are: September 1–October 31, 2021 and May 1–June 30, 2022.

Application deadline: April 30, 2021

For further information please visit

ZKM | Center for Art and Media
Lorenzstraße 19
76135 Karlsruhe
Tel.: +49 (0) 721/8100-0





Karlsruhe, Tallinn, Tirana