MindSpaces Open Call

Mindspaces is a Lighthouse project belonging to the STARTS initiative. The main goal of the Starts is the inclusion of artists in innovation projects funded by the research programme Horizon 2020. To encourage collaboration of research projects and artists, STARTS funds STARTS residencies of artists in technology institutions and of scientists and technologists in studio of artists.
Mindspaces is a rich and complex project where artists are meant to collaborate at all levels with the partners and the different methodologies and techniques. The support of the EC allows Mindspaces to offer residencies, which could last for up to 18 months. This long-term approach adds incentive for outstanding artists, enhances the potential for outstanding transferable results and allows time for residents to integrate into the research framework. Furthermore, it reflects the very notion of a Lighthouse project.
Mindspaces will offer a number of artist residencies. Residents will become part of the research team, which aims to develop, implement and assess art installations that will highlight the cultural significance of urban sustainability issues, as well as offering potentially paradigm-shifting designs of indoor work and living environments. 
Mindspaces (www.mindspaces.eu) is a 3-year research project financed by the European Commission STARTS/Lighthouse projects started on Jan 1st 2019. In this project artists, scientists, architects, engineers and technology experts closely collaborate under a novel working model scheme to propose innovative designs to address societal challenges faced by cities as they expand, and the evolving needs in functionality and emotional resonance of modern day workplace and housing interiors. Art has the capacity to transcend established theoretical and conceptual frames and act in cross-disciplinary ways, as it provides space for what is called “lateral” thinking, that is to address issues with an ‘out of the box’ approach.  
Mindspaces Residencies are cross-disciplinary residencies of a collaborative nature. They offer no fixed accommodation, but include required travel to partner laboratories, research hubs and meetings. Interested applicants are expected to read the project description and propose a specific project, which contributes to the spirit and objectives of Mindspaces. The residency is open to artists of all types and experience, but preference will be given to those whose practices have previously engaged with science, emerging technologies, and/or interactive installations, AR/VR installations, architectural design and art in public spaces.  
Successful applicants will receive a lump sum of 30-60.000 euro max for a duration of min 6 to max 18 Mo that includes travel and material budgets. This can be paid in installments and is conditional on monitoring of the progress. Residents will be expected to achieve their project aims, contribute to the overall project and write a report of their experience as a member of the MindSpaces team. 
Further information about the project and the call can be found HERE
The full-text of the call can be found HERE
Applicants can register and submit their proposals on the starts.eu  PLATFORM
For additional information, please contact opencall@mindspaces.eu