LINZ FM[Ai]R 23 – Open Call for Artist-in-Residence-Entries 2023

We are pleased to announce the open call for Artist-in-Residence-Entries for the upcoming 3rd edition of FMR – Festival for art in digital contexts and public spaces which will take place in Linz, Austria, from June 6 to 11, 2023.

FMR – art in digital contexts and public spaces is a biennial festival for artistic processes and positions, that reflects the ephemeral nature of our digital and connected present. The ever-advancing digitalization of everyday life implies an intense overlapping and layering of familiar physical, but also finely interwoven digital spaces. FMR focuses on the shifts, distortions and rifts that arise in this process and presents current artistic positions in this context.

The festival, whose title alludes to ephemerality and short-livedness, presents works whose initial ideas can be found in virtual and/or digital space or have a strong reference to it, but are shown (sometimes in a transformed way) in the physical surroundings of the city of Linz. The focus is primarily on the interstices that arise during these transformations into public space – outside of museums, galleries or art spaces. At the same time, FMR attempts to subject the concept of sculpture to a contemporary update and to reflect on questions of transience, ephemerality and obviousness.

The upcoming 3rd edition of the festival focusses on five different topics #ephemeralization, #blackout, #circularity, #cooling and #decoupling. To deal with all these topics more intensively, we are inviting artists and art collectives to spend one month creating a new work, or further developing an existing project. Openness to the mission of the festival as outlined above as to the topics as outlined below and interest and readiness to work together with the team of FMR are naturally preconditions. During the residency, we will provide space, resources and facilities for productive experimentation, dialogue, and collaboration. The work developed/realized during the residency will be presented within the framework of the festival (depending on the format either as part of the group exhibition, performance, or another mode of presentation) and complemented by discursive formats. The artists will also be given the option to be part of an artist talk.

FMR 23 will take place at the southern harbor district of Linz. Between the former Quelle department stores’ in the northwest, the Danube in the east, the tank terminal in the south and the LINZ AG district heating power station in the southeast, an area of more than 100 hectares is spread out, which is characterized in a fascinating way by the alternation between industry and nature. Here you will find a lot of different companies such as Plasser & Theurer, Schachermayer, BUNZL & BIACH, KE KELIT, PORR Bau or Fischer Brot. At the same time, the area is bordered and criss-crossed by natural, recreational and leisure spaces, including the hello yellow Velodrom, the Flachenauer farm, the Hollabererhof with Schwemmland and the allotment garden settlement of Linz-Ost, which alone covers around 10 hectares.

Topics

#ephemeralization

Ephemeralization is a term coined by the American architect, systems theorist, writer, designer, inventor, philosopher, and futurist R. Buckminster Fuller. It describes the ability of technological advancement to do “more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing”. Fuller’s vision was that ephemeralization will result in ever-increasing standards of living for an ever-growing population despite finite resources.

Fuller uses Washington Carver’s assembly line (used by Henry Ford at his car factory), as an example of how ephemeralization can continuously lead to better products at lower cost with no upper bound on productivity. Fuller saw ephemeralization as an inevitable trend in human development. The progression was from “compression” to “tension” to “visual” to “abstract electrical” (i.e., non-sensorial radiation, such as radio waves, x rays, etc.).

Length measurement technologies in human development, for example, started with a compressive measure, such as a ruler. The compressive technique reached an upper limit with a rod. For longer measures, a tensive measure such as a string or rope was used. This reached an upper limit with sagging of the string. Next was a surveyor’s telescope (visual). This reached an upper limit with curvature of the earth. Next was radio triangulation (abstract electrical). The technological progression is a continuing increase in length-measuring ability per pound of instrument, with no apparent upper limit according to Fuller.

The Belgian cyberneticist Francis Heylighen and the American futurist Alvin Toffler have stated that ephemeralization, though it may increase our power to solve physical problems, can make non-physical problems worse. According to them, increasing system complexity and information overload make it difficult and stressful for the people who must control the ephemeralized systems. This might negate the advantages of ephemeralization.

#blackout

Blackout describes a state where light goes out in a more or less abstract sense. On an individual physical or psychological level it means a temporary loss of consciousness, sight or memory. On a collective level the term is used for different situations in societies, e. g. for the period of time during a war when all lights must be put out or covered at night, so that they cannot be seen by an enemy attacking by air, or for situations when a government or the police will not allow any news or information on a particular subject to be given to the public (news/media blackout).

More common the term blackout is used for the period when there is no light as a result of an electrical power failure. This situation, also called power outage, powercut or power failure), is caused by different reasons. Examples include faults at power stations, damage to electric transmission lines, substations or other parts of the distribution system, a short circuit, cascading failure, fuse or circuit breaker operation. During the last years the fear of a system-wide blackout got more into discussion, especially because of threats like cyberattacks, solar storms, or  severe weather.

#circularity

Circularity, in this case, refers to circular economy (CE), a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. CE aims to tackle global challenges as climate change, biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution by emphasizing the design-based implementation of the three base principles of the model: eliminating waste and pollution, circulating products and materials, and the regeneration of nature.

CE has been gaining popularity in the last years since it helps to minimize emissions and consumption of raw materials, open up new market prospects and principally, increase the sustainability of consumption and improve resource efficiency.

#cooling

Cooling generally means the removal of heat, usually resulting in a lower temperature and/or phase change. Temperature lowering achieved by any other means may also be called cooling. The transfer of thermal energy may occur via thermal radiation, heat conduction or convection. Examples include cooling towers, heat exchangers, heat pipes, HVAC systems, thermoelectric cooling or vortex tubes.

In the context of climate change the term cooling became popular especially in combination with cities and the different natural and built environment strategies and technologies for adaptation to help local governments reduce the effect of increased heat on their communities and citizens. Examples include urban greenery, green roofs and walls, water-based technologies, cool roofs, or cool pavements.

#decoupling

Decoupling usually refers to the ending, removal or reverse of coupling. The term is used in various contexts, from advertising (the purchase of services directly from suppliers rather than via an advertising agency) to meteorology (the change in the interaction between atmospheric layers at night) to electronics (the prevention of undesired energy transfer between electrical media).

In the context of economy and ecology decoupling stands for economic growth without increase in environmental costs. An economy that would be able to sustain economic growth while reducing the amount of resources such as water or fossil fuels used and delink environmental deterioration at the same time would be said to be decoupled. The OECD understands decoupling as a method to break the link between “environmental bads” and “economic goods.” It explains this as having rates of increasing wealth greater than the rates of increasing impacts.

Dates

These are the most important dates for your application:

  • Duration of residency: 1 month
  • Possible periods: February and March 2023
  • Application deadline: September 30, 2022, 23:59 CET
  • Jury decision: around end of October 2023
  • Festival time: 6 – 11 June, 2023

Who is eligible?

You can apply for FM[Ai]R 23 if you meet the following criteria:

  • Artists of any age, sex, gender, race or nationality can apply for a one-month residency in February or March 2023 (applicants can choose one of the two options or indicate that they are available for both). The curatorial board – a panel of members of the collaborating initiatives and institutions of FMR – will review the applications and select the successful candidates.
  • Successful candidates are expected to reside and work in Linz for one month. The work produced during the residency is expected to be shown in the exhibition in public space during FMR 23.
  • The one-month residencies will take place in February and March 2023, the exhibition of FMR 23 will open on 6 June, 2023. For the realization of more complex works, the artists presence and support during the days before the exhibition is expected (exact timing to be negotiated).
  • The applicants should be able to speak English fluently and should be flexible in interacting and engaging in conversation with the local art community and the FMR team.
  • We encourage applications from women and artists who identify as LGBTIQ+, members of ethnic, racial, or cultural minority groups, or those from otherwise underrepresented backgrounds.

What can I expect?

The conditions you can expect which are also set in the artist agreement are:

  • 800 Euros artist grant,
  • up to 1.000 Euros production budget (reimbursement based on receipts/invoices),
  • up to 450 Euros travel expenses (reimbursement based on receipts/invoices),
  • free use of a studio and
  • free accommodation in one of the flats of Atelierhaus Salzamt for your one month stay,
  • free access to your hosts facilities and various workshops at the Art University,
  • a professional presentation, exhibition and artist talk (optional) during the Festival
  • curatorial support during the residency.

How can I apply?

In order to apply for FM[Ai]R 23, you need to fill out the application form at the end of this page (in English or German).

In addition to personal and general information, the following details in particular are required for the submission (in English or German):

  • short motivation for the residency (max. 1.500 characters),
  • a project proposal including (working) title, concept of the project, connection to the topics of the call, a project plan with an outlined schedule of activities during your residency, technical requirements (equipment, technical support, …), budget plan.
  • IMPORTANT: When designing the proposed work, please bear in mind that the major part of the festival will take place in public space. It must already be clearly recognizable in the submission that the work can be realized outdoor.
  • a portfolio including a short biography, selected projects and most recent exhibitions/activities.

Please note: each submitter may hand in only one project proposal. However, several works can/should be mentioned in the portfolio. Once the application has been finally submitted, no further changes are possible.

When will I be informed about the decision?

The jury decision will be announced around end of October 2023. The notification of the results will be sent in an automated e-mail. No comments on jury decisions will be provided and we kindly ask you to accept this. There might be various reasons for the final selection – if your submission is rejected, we would like to encourage you to apply again for the next edition of FMR in June 2025!

Contact

FMR / Waldeggstraße 116 / 4020 Linz / Austria
linzfmr.at / office@linzfmr.at

Application form

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