The Fellowship Program for Art and Theory has taken place in Büchsenhausen since spring 2003. The program is based on the idea of generating and maintaining a context for production and discussion, in which artists and theoreticians can connect and reflect on international art and societal discourses in relation to local topics and issues. At the same time, it offers an artistic laboratory of experimentation, where new artistic practices and strategies may be tried out.
The program’s aims are:
- to promote and relay critical, socially relevant production of knowledge in art and theory
- to produce, through the fellowship projects, qualified discourses on art and society within the local and global contexts
- to enable the transfer of knowledge between the field of art and other public fields outside the art context
- to facilitate the exchange between cultural producers in the visual arts and beyond (creating a network of experts).
The program combines the advantages of a residency with the possibilities of a postgraduate, non-university lectureship on the basis of an open, non-formalized structure. In terms of content, the program addresses a worldwide public made up of professionals in the fields of contemporary art, architecture, art and media theory and criticism, as well as interested publics in the region.
The fellows are selected by a jury of experts following an open call for applications. They come to Innsbruck for one or two semesters to work on realizing their submitted work proposals or research, and accompany this process with public events.
Participation in the Fellowship Program of Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen implies the receipt of a money prize, free use of one of the guest studios in the Künstlerhaus, provision of an individual production budget, artistic and technical advice, and the opportunity to invite experts for mutual specialist exchange and participation in events. The fellows’ works, production methods and themes are made accessible to interested visitors in public events and presentations. This conveyance and discussion of the fellows’ own work occurs parallel to the development of the individual projects. At the end of the fellowship there is a thematic group exhibition in which it is offered to the fellows to present the results of their (artistic) research to a broader public.
Once a year Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen invites visual and media artists, art critics, theorists, and curators to submit work proposals for a fellowship. Candidates can apply for one semester (October – February or February – June). The fellowship can be split across two semesters.
The competition for a fellowship is usually held in the months November until April. During this time more detailed information and the online application form can be found on this website under the menu item Call for Application.