Dutch, English
9 days
Paid by host:

Each participant will be allocated a €400 fee to be applied toward accommodation and / or material costs. Participants will arrange their own travel to Ghent, travel   expenses will be refunded by Timelab. Collective meals will be cooked at Timelab.

Application guidelines:

Timelab is open to all sorts of proposals. There is no application fee. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals which detail a motivation, working method, or area of interest, but need not present a specific project or expected outcome. Submissions should take the form of a response to the content and questions posed on this site, and can be presented as a two-minute video or 500-word text accompanied by up to 5 images. More info also here.

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Timelab is a citylab for new collaborative models of working. Timelab gives examples of small and large-scale change, eliciting dialogue and offering new perspectives. Timelab provides time, space, and reflection for a society in motion. Timelab hosts and initiates an open lab with digital prototyping tools, co-creation projects, artists-in-residencies, hand-on open workshops, lectures and debates, and a co-working space.

‘How Do We Save Time?’ is the name of the AiR program for which Timelab invites a group of 12 internationally-based artists and makers to gather in Ghent from November 18 – 27, 2016 to explore and reflect on current and changing perceptions of time.

If time is a malleable, man-made concept, how do we make sense of it? How do we negotiate between different timescales, from the deep time held by fossil fuels and nuclear waste to the quick flight of energy or the lifespan of a human? How do we think about time outside of how it shapes our sense of history, presentness, and futurity? How do different social realities and modes of intersectionality shape our experience of time? And how does the exponentially increasing pace of innovation affect our perception of time?

A series of videos posted on the open call website bring individual reflections on time gathered from creators, public figures, and other citizens of Ghent. In addition, a selection of source materials inspired by these different voices hints to the different directions our open-ended inquiry into saving time can unfold. Together, the videos and sources are intended as a point-of-ignition for applicants to formulate their personal brief in response to the prompt ‘How Do We Save Time?’.


The outcome of the residency can take on different forms, to be discussed during the residency programme.

Studio Information

With 'How Do We Save Time?', applicants are encouraged to make use of the prototyping lab, facilities, and extended network of Timelab. This network offers knowledge exchange with lab members, feedback from professionals, and contextualization within the city of Ghent.

Accommodation Information

The applicants will be allocated rooms with citizens of Ghent, unless they choose to rent their own space with the allocated budget.

Technical Information

The 250 square-meter working space at Timelab includes a full set of prototyping tools: From basic hand tools to specialized electronics equipment and sophisticated digital fabrication machines, including 3-D printers, lasercutters, and CNC routers.

Contact information

Brusselsepoortstraat 97
9000 Gent

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