English, Dutch, German
2-31 October 2023
Paid by host:

Artists receive remuneration for the travel, accommodation, and subsistence
during the residency period, receive an artist’s fee of €2000 as well as a working budget of €2000 for the production of their work(s). Selected artists are expected to:

  • be present at and collaborate actively during the research residency
    —available for online meetings after the residency for feedback and follow-up of the work in
  • keep a visual diary of their process
  • describe their working method and share it with the general public
  • promote the project via their websites and social media profiles
  • participate in the local exhibition and the final group exhibition in Dresden
  • fulfill requirements concerning financial reporting
Application guidelines:

Your application should be submitted before 18 June 2023, 23:59 CET by sending it to this email
address: [email protected] 

The application should contain:

  • A motivation letter (max. 500 words) explaining why you wish to participate in this project
  • A short bio (max. 200 words)
  • A portfolio containing a representative selection of recent work (please link to the portfolio in
    Dropbox or by using a file sender — do not email us large files)

For questions concerning the application, please get in touch at [email protected]


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Hydromedia: Seeing With Water

Hydromedia: Seeing With Water


Sidestepping the purely documentary approach that prevails today in the photographic imagination of climate emergencies, Hydromedia: Seeing with Water would like to develop and promote new, experimental, and easy-to-use artistic protocols to visualise and narrate the ecological breakdown. They invite artists to develop innovative tools based on the alternative photographic model of direct tracing through physical contact. By sharing these newly developed visual and/or narrative protocols with the general public, Hydromedia will give them the artistic means to reimagine their relationship with nature. Stressing a multidisciplinary approach, artists will work together with scientists and environmentalists. To develop these novel methods and tools, Hydromedia will organise three residencies. Each residency is dealing with a local topic concerning ecological water management during a one-month stay at one of the participating institutes in Antwerp, Utrecht, or Karlsruhe.

The guiding theme is water (in whatever manifestation you prefer) and the residency will be multidisciplinary. You explore your preferred angle to this theme within local settings. During the residency, you will also be offered the possibility to collaborate with (or get inspired by) the work of scientists and ecologists around water and sustainable water management.

They invite you to explore and develop innovative ways of looking at (or with) water by using an analog and/or digital means. The creative process must be documented and processed into a type of artistic protocol, so the work will give a wider audience the tools to reimagine their relationship to nature. Furthermore, such an approach stimulates reflection on the conditions of the employed media, how a medium co-shapes us, and how water could be considered a medium, too.

The Hydromedia project consists of three residency periods (four selected artists per residency): The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (Belgium) in April 2023, the Utrecht University of the Arts (HKU) in Utrecht (The Netherlands) in October 2023, and the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe (Germany) in the spring of 2024.

Within a few months after each residency, there will be a small exhibition in the vicinity of the residency location showing the works as developed during and shortly after the working period. In the fall of 2024, the work of all 12 participants will
be shown together in a curated group show at the Dresden Museum of Technology and Industry (Germany).



After the residency period, the selected artists will have some time to further develop their work, which will be shown in a local exhibition starting in January or February 2024.


The city of Utrecht and its wider surroundings, nearly located in the geographical center of the Netherlands, are located on ecological borderlines, including multiple waterways and various soil types, from clay and peat to the sandy grounds of the more hilly area further east. The city itself contains canals, rivers, and some smaller streams, and of course the bodies of its human and non-human inhabitants for whom water is vitally important. In recent years, several scientific and crowd-sourced studies have pointed out, however, that the quality of the Dutch surface waters is sub-standard.

Contact information


hydromedia [at]