Call for Arthaus Ambach

Call for Arthaus Ambach

Syntopik Research at Arthaus Ambach facilitates transdisciplinary research between artists and scientists on a highly creative level of excellence. The radical shift from an additive to a co-creative permeation of the disciplines was named ‘Syntopia’ by the neuroscientist E. Pöppel. Their objective is a ‘syntopik' paradigm in research and research methodology, transcending disciplines.
At their core, artists and scientists are very similar. Both endeavour to solve the greatest mysteries through the power of imagination. Leonardo da Vinci was both artist and scientist. Significant scientific development depends on the overturning of established ideas. “Artists often have implicit knowledge, which is then confirmed by scientists” (Pöppel). Since the 20th century, leading thinkers, from Albert Einstein to Stuart Kauffman, have called for looking beyond the limits of reductive science in order to grapple with the complexities of our present age. In a 2010 correspondence to the journal ‘Nature’ a group of international scientists warned that Europe's future depends on the funding of transdisciplinary scientific collaboration (Vasbinder et al., 2010).
Artistic and scientific agency comes with great societal responsibility. The syntopik paradigm is experimental in the sense that it methodically frames, structures, and organises the discourse of society and global events in regard to the issues and problems at stake. A syntopik cluster consists of two or more artist and scientist investigators working on a research proposition which is equally motivated by all parties. New modes of synergetic investigation provide valuable insight to solving challenges we face in regard to the environment, technology and medicine.

The residency is mediated by artist, scientist and philosopher ‘diplomats’ who have the ability to simultaneously inhabit multiple epistemic domains, being genuinely sympathetic to different frameworks in the arts, sciences and humanities. They translate between contemplative, technical and theoretical practice, bridging and overlapping these different modi operandi. Residencies are offered on a weekly or monthly basis. Research residents are selected solely on the basis of excellence, regardless of age or nationality. Diversity and multiple scales of lived experience and memory are integral. Longer term residencies can be considered with an appropriate research proposition. They have the capacity for four research residents at a time.

The organizers aspire to cater to the individual needs of the residents. Residents are provided with a private bedroom and studio access. They allow much flexibility in the use of space in the building and of the surrounding premises. The studio spaces measure 92 /75/36 sqm. The courtyard may be used a further outdoor studio. All spaces in the building have internet access via ethernet cable. The residency fee is 380 Euros/week per person. Syntopik Research will provide a letter of acceptance for successful applicants in order to procure funding for the residency. Partial stipends are available in certain cases.

Deadline for applications is extended to 20th of June. Residencies are available from July 2017 onward. Applications should include: a letter explaining your motivation, research/project proposal, CV with current photo, samples of artistic or academic work. Applications should be sent to:[email protected], larger files can be shared over Dropbox.