3 months
Paid by host:

Traveling expenses, (limited) accommodation costs, a stipend and (limited) material costs are covered in the international exchange program. Daily access to laboratory facilities and the collaboration with scientific researchers is provided.

Paid by artist:

Individual traveling expenses (in special cases travel expenses within Switzerland can be covered).

Application guidelines:

Application guidelines may vary depending on the call.

25th August for 'The Persistence of Memory' open call
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artists-in-labs program

artists-in-labs program

School of Art and Design Zurich

Since 2003, the artists-in-labs program has been facilitating artistic research by way of long-term residencies for artists in scientific laboratories and research institutes. This programme, organised by the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS) at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), promotes sustainable collaboration between artists and scientists of all disciplines, not just in Switzerland but all around the world. These long-term interdisciplinary and cross-border collaborations provide artists with an opportunity to critically engage with the sciences and their experimental and aesthetic dimensions. This includes explorations of the site of the laboratory, as well as a range of scientific topics, methods and technologies.

Their interests lie in the interaction and expansion of types of contemporary knowledge and artistic production, and the creative potential resulting from exploring the parallels and differences of scientific and artistic practices. They perceive their work as being culturally engaged and of a curatorial and mediatory nature.


Presentations during the residency, a small exhibition at the end of the residency, a video documentary (produced by the artists-in-labs team) and a project report (to be provided by the artist and the hosting science lab).

Studio Information

A workplace or studio space at the science laboratory.

Contact information

Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8031 Z├╝rich

ail.program [at] zhdk.ch