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 research and production fellowship 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.,
The Fellows are selected by a jury of experts following an open call for applications. They come to Büchsenhausen for a minimum of five months to work on realizing their proposed undertaking,and accompany this process with public events.
For this purpose, Büchsenhausen assigns a monetary award and provides a production budget, a budget to facilitate, the exchange with other experts and to (at least partially) cover the Fellows’ own travel costs, free access to the working space, free lodging, as well as artistic and technical advice. 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.
Details regarding former and current fellows and their projects can be found at Fellows under the menu item Archive.
Once a year Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen invites professional visual /media artists, art theorists, art critics, and curators from all over the world are eligible for the fellowship. Candidates can apply for a five-month fellowship starting in October ongoing until May of the following year.
The competition for a fellowship is usually held in the months November until April. The jury’s decision will be communicated in written from in March (first stage) and April (second stage). More detailed information and the online application form can be found on this website under the menu items Call for Application. and Application Form.