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VERTIGO STARTS Artistic Residencies Program Call 2018

Jan. 10, 2018 - March 12, 2018
Organized by Ircam


Requirements and process

 Submission Instructions:

Create an account (or use a pre-existing account). After creating your profile, create your application for " VERTIGO STARTS Artistic Residency Program Call 2018" via the "Your Application" panel. You can save your application as a draft before the submission deadline. The system will warn of any incomplete material before the final submission. Content in your profile can be used for several applications.

Purpose of the VERTIGO STARTS Artistic Residencies

The call builds on the STARTS initiative (Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS) which promotes the collaboration of artists with R&D projects in the field of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) as catalysts of innovation processes.

The call is open to artists willing to collaborate with the partners of an R&D ICT-Project in order to develop, in particular through the production of an original artwork based on its technology, a fresh approach to its innovation challenges.

List of R&D ICT-projects selected by VERTIGO is accessible online.

After having chosen a project in this list, applicants shall elaborate the idea of an original artwork based on its technology. They shall also explain the projected process of its design and production including the expected interactions with the project partners for the investigation of the artistic and technological issues to be explored through experimentation.

Who can apply?

The call is open to experienced artists of any artistic field and of any nationality. The only constraint is that the applicant is a physical person and will be the author of the artwork produced in the framework of the residency.

In addition to the VERTIGO grant and to the available R&D ICT-Project facilities, it is recommended that the artist applies together with an organisation (Producer) of choice which will bring additional support (technical and hosting infrastructure, funding, staff, etc.) in order to cover all the means necessary for the targeted artistic production. 

In this case, the Producer should comply to relevant criteria in terms of human, technical and project management approach adapted to the specificity of artistic projects. It might also facilitate the relationship between the artist and R&D ICT-Project and monitor the progress of co-creation. The contribution of the Producer should clearly appear in the workplan and in the budget.

What does the VERTIGO grant cover and which category to select?

The VERTIGO grant will be paid directly to the Artist as a commission for producing the artwork.  The artwork will remain the property of the Artist, but in exchange, the Artist will enable its partners in this process (VERTIGO, the R&D ICT-Project, the Producer) to present and disseminate the produced artwork and its public documentation through their dissemination channels.

The Artist shall choose between two categories of grant:

  • Category 1 concerns grants not exceeding 15.000€. The cumulated duration of the artistic work (possibly split in several periods) shall be between 3 to 6 months. Resulting artworks may be in the form of sketches or prototypes but ready for public exposure in cultural venues and preferably in the form of achieved works.
  • Category 2 concerns grants not exceeding 30.000€.  The cumulated duration of the artistic work (possibly split in several periods) may exceed 6 months. Resulting achieved artworks must be ready for public exposure in cultural venues with their fully functional setup.

The residencies of Category 2 will be reserved for the largest production projects involving recognized artists. Applicants may choose to apply only to Category 2 but with fewer chances of selection. They may also opt to apply to Category 2 while accepting to be downgraded to Category 1 by the jury; in that case, they shall present a budget detailing both possibilities.

The VERTIGO grant is expected to cover all of the expenses of the Artist during the full residencies process, including travel, subsistence, equipment depreciation, purchases, etc. In case the amount is not sufficient, complementary funding by the Producer will be necessary; all the planned expenses and their funding shall be justified in the submitted budget and the Producer shall commit to its contribution in the co-production contract.

What are the requirements for the application?


  • The English language is mandatory for the application.
  • The application procedure is strictly online. No material through mail or post will be considered.
  • The submission deadline will close automatically on March 2nd, 2018 March 12th, 2018 (15:00 CET) Deadline Extended. No exceptions will be granted.
  • If you are interested in several R&D ICT-Projects, you must submit one application per project.
  • Any application not complying with these rules will be rejected. Authors are responsible for the application content and its verification.
  • The application form contains both private and public sections. Before selection, they will be handled as confidential and accessed only by participants in VERTIGO and by reviewers and jury members appointed by VERTIGO. For selected applications only, public information will be published by VERTIGO through its dissemination channels.

Required material
The required materials will include:

  • Biographical details: CV and Motivation Letter
  • Project title
  • Project abstract
  • A short amateur video of the Artist presenting his/her project in English (up to 3 minutes)
    Multimedia (audio/video) samples:  Samples of prior or current work representative of the artistic and research quality of the applicant’s work.
  • Presentation and contact details of the Producer (optional but recommended) 

Detailed Project Proposal 
a .PDF document in A4 format (max. 20 pages) including the following sections:

  • Concept of the targeted artwork and contribution to the innovation challenges of the R&D ICT-Project technology; 
  • State-of-the-art background and justification on the novelty of the proposed project. Artistic challenges expected to be solved or explored using scientific and technological advances. Potential for innovation (new functional approach, use-cases, application fields, etc.); 
  • Technical approach: technical synopsis of targeted artwork with the various pieces of technology and protocols used, hosting production environment, analysis of specific developments to implement; 
  • Implementation workplan: proposed modes of collaboration and interaction with the R&D ICT-Project and respective roles, periods and places of execution, planned schedule with milestones and deliveries including periods of work compatible with R&D ICT-Project expressed constraints; 
  • Consolidated budget including the elements of funding brought by each concerned party and the justification of related expenses.

Residencies may start from September 2018 and cannot in any way end after February 2020 (residencies selected as part of the 2018 Call are normally expected to end in 2019, but a later end may be considered). The residency cannot end after the end of R&D ICT-Project. The workplan shall include at least one milestone at halftime with a review involving all parties with VERTIGO and the production of a short video presenting the done work for the VERTIGO public dissemination. Together with the artwork, the final delivery shall include an internal report on the done work and its main outcomes including a financial report, a technical documentation of the artwork describing the setup necessary for implementing it (If relevant depending on the nature of the artwork) and public communication supports including a video and a 4 pages public report (all these documents in English language).

What are the selection criteria?

The selection jury will apply the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality: based both on previous works by the artist (selected portfolio) and on the originality of targeted artistic work and developed vision in relation to the R&D ICT-Project technology.
  • Art-science congruency: synergy between the R&D ICT-Project and artistic thematic and methodological approaches.
  • Innovation potential: Originality and novelty of presented ideas.
  • Technical approach: Quality and consistency of the technical design, technical knowledge of the artist, hosting infrastructure, quality of the Producer.
  • Implementation: Quality of the workplan (process, schedule, milestones, specifications of respective roles and proposed collaboration framework), relevance of consolidated budget with targeted actions.

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This competition is now open for applications.
Feb. 27, 2018
Deadline extended !

Application deadline extended to Monday, 12 March, 2018