What is the wind? Where does it come from? And why does it blow? These were questions which preoccupied thinkers in the Renaissance and led to the development of a global science, including the creation of the concept of the atmosphere. Previously theories abounded – from ideas that winds were stored underground in caverns deep in the earth’s core to other ideas that the winds being an expression of the humours which were then let rip on the world.
In this second year of the Earth Water Sky open call to find the next Science Gallery Venice artist in residence, the theme is Wind – one of the invisible forces which has shaped our history – including that of the city of Venice where the 2 month residency will take place.
The winning artist will be working mainly with the international scholar and historian of science and philosophy, Craig Martin, who is writing a global history of wind at Ca Foscari University of Venice.
In addition, the artist will be put in contact and work with scientists from the Veneto region who are looking at different aspects of wind, including the formation of waves and tides, thermodynamics and as an alternative power source.
Science Gallery Venice are looking for an artist who is truly inspired by the idea of investigating wind, enjoys the research process as well as public engagement, and can create imaginative, extraordinary new work which captures the public’s attention, their senses, minds and hearts.
Earth Water Sky is Science Gallery Venice’s residency programme for artists interested in the environment and the latest in cutting-edge environmental science and thinking. Every year there is an open call for artists from any art form – digital arts, painting, sculpture, dance, performance, music, multimedia, video, film, photography, writing, drawing – to apply for a 2 month fully funded residency in Venice. The winning artist/s will work with leading scientists from Ca Foscari University and the Veneto region.
The artist has a set fee for two months of 5000 Euros per month. In addition all travel, accommodation and subsistence are covered for that period on a fixed budget.
At the end of the residency, the artist will be invited to bid for a 26,000 Euro production budget to make an art work inspired by their research into wind and their interactions. This final work and the results will be exhibited at Science Gallery Venice and potentially elsewhere. As well as Craig Martin, the artist will work closely with the initiator of the project, the Creative Producer and Curator Ariane Koek who was the founder of the Arts at Cern programme and was Science Gallery Venice’s first director.
- Quality of project idea and work shown in portfolio
- Quality of interest in the theme of Earth Water Sky, the ideas of environmental science, and the Science Gallery Venice mission
- Quality of imagination and curiosity shown in the proposed project and work
- Quality of achievement in making ideas happen within budgets and practical constraints
- Quality of originality of ideas and approach to contributing something new and exciting to the arts/science field
- Quality and ability to communicate and therefore become an ambassador for the Earth Water Sky residencies as well as be involved in any press, internal as well as public events connected with the residencies