Open Call: Chronus Art Centre Fellowship 2019


This year Chronus Art Centre (CAC) opens its Lab for a new three-month research and creation fellowship. This programme is designed to host international practitioners of extraordinary talents in the area of new media art, in order to produce new work at the Chronus Art Centre (CAC), Shanghai, China. The 2019 Fall Research and Creation Fellowship aims to foster global exchange while advancing the discourse and practice of new media art, and contribute to CAC’s research and educational mission as well as the institution’s future collection.

Research & Creation Fellowship

Start Date: Late September/Early October 2019 (starting date negotiable within reason)

Duration: Three months

Grant: $10.000

Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted electronically by 23:59 (Beijing Time), Sunday, July 15th, 2019

Notification of Selection: Applicants will be informed about their application status by late August, 2019.

Lucid Networks — Sporadic Correlations

Digital networks of different scales and intent sustain and depend upon each other. A variety of expressions transmitted and mediated via networks are facing a multitude of crisis; Post-truth, saturated uniformity of aesthetics, addictive consumption, fragile sense of intimacy and safety on and offline. The overwhelming relational complexity amplifies the paradox of a blind ecosystem, proving it difficult to imagine how far and to what extent our connections reach. Beyond trivial primary links lurks an opaque wilderness often positively connoted as ‘going viral’, where phenomena emerge from basic interactions, uncontrollably inflate and feed back onto us’. Networks accumulate autonomy beyond rational grasp; Metaphors of omniscient spanning mesh, they circumvent, thread, and connect.

Practically however, digital networks are defined by tangible, interconnected stacks and nodes. From data and cable distribution centres, routers and switches, personal and home devices, to sensors quantifying ‘users’ and their preferences, faces, heartbeats, and fingertips. Identifying and claiming those strategical points of interest becomes crucial in leveraging net volatility and our agency as part of the ecosystem.

What happens at the other end(s), every time a data packet request triggers? How can a quiz of a free smartphone mini game help elect a president? Why do vacuum cleaners share floor plans of homes? Can we accidentally or deliberately confuse a network, and how would it treat us based on such confusion?

‘Lucid Networks — Sporadic Correlations’ invites to not only manifest critique but ‘walk on network’, inhabiting the digital intersections thanks to which peculiar connections take place. The call prompts artists, designers, and practitioners working with artificial intelligence and machine learning, open data, ‘internet of things’, social media, and related fields. The projects should aim at but not limit themselves to investigating individual-to-large scale data flows, neural networks and deep learning, their potentials and biases, net intimacy and social media frictions, and how to champion individual and collective control over digital dependancies rather than abandoning them.


• This fellowship is open to all nationalities and creative backgrounds.
• Applicants should be able to use English as working language.
• Applicants must not be currently enrolled in degree-granting academic programmes, with the exception of PhD candidates who are aiming to develop research within the scope of the fellowship.
• Applicants are expected to show demonstrable success in previous development of related projects at this scale.
• Individuals and collectives are invited to apply. In either case, please make sure to specify how technical and creative responsibilities will be met. Please note that same funding conditions apply independently of the number of applicants.

The selected Fellow will be expected to work at <CAC_LAB> with the Research and Creation team, engaging in a range of activities and actively contributing to the CAC community. The activities might involve leading research initiatives, educational and public engagement programs, and developing current or future research strands for the organization. Projects including their prototypes, work-in-progress, and documentation, will be open to public at the Chronus Art Centre.