3 Funded Research Residencies | ALMAT – Algorithms that Matter

Deadline: 16 April

Algorithms that Matter is an artistic research project by Hanns Holger Rutz and David Pirrò. It aims at understanding the increasing influence of algorithms, translating them into aesthetic positions in sound, building a new perspective on algorithm agency by subjecting the realm of algorithms to experimentation.

Almat is grounded in the idea that algorithms are agents that co-determine the boundary between an artistic machine or “apparatus” and the object produced through this machine. The central question is: How do algorithmic processes emerge and structure the praxis of experimental computer music? The hypothesis is that these processes, instead of being separated from the composer—as generators and transformers of infinite shapes—exhibit a specific force that retroacts and changes the very praxis of composition and performance.

This call is directed at experienced practitioners in sound art and experimental computer music, for whom algorithmic and computational strategies represent a central element in their work. Applicants should be able to demonstrate this through their past work. They are capable and interested in exposing and reflecting their process and work through writing, discussion and other forms of discourse. During the project, they are expected to either engage with software frameworks that the project team has developed, or with software they have developed in open source environments.

The project is conceived in such way, that applicants will work collaboratively with the project team. Each residency will be preceded by an online preparatory process in cooperation with the project team (this will begin at latest two months before the start of the actual residency). The applicants are then expected to spend the two months of the residency in situ.

The residency’s aim is to carry out algorithmic experimentation (in the form of compositions, installations, etc.) in an iterative setting, with focus on process and specific constraints. Applicants are expected to work both independently and collaboratively during the residency. An additional researcher will observe and document the work process and contribute to the public exposition of the traces.

The tangible outcomes will be presented locally and internationally by the project team, and the artists are invited to attend events related to the project. We want to emphasise that research is the prime focus of the residency, but that we intend to provide opportunities for public presentation of the works and artefacts created through the process.

Duration of residency: 2 months

Start date (in situ): October 2017 (select time slots in form)

Remuneration: 5,000 EUR total (contract for work; subject to taxation where applicable). This sum is meant to cover all expenses, such as travelling, living costs and accommodation.

For more information see: almat.iem.at/call.html

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