Strelka Institute, in partnership with Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), Helsinki Design Week and Design Museum Helsinki has announced an open call for the Helsinki Design Residency 2019.
The open call is directed at Russian applicants, as the program will welcome three residents – a Russia-based practitioner who applies through the open call, a practitioner from the UK invited by the British Council, and a Finland-based practitioner invited by HIAP.
Researchers and practitioners who have working focuses in design, architecture, urbanism, and neighboring fields are invited to apply – particularly those with an interest in testing the significance of material and materiality between the geological and the digital as a non-stable, critical factor in the organization of human and non-human life.
The residency will comprise two working periods in the Finnish capital: a two-week research phase in May/June 2019, and a one-month production and presentation phase from August to September, which will overlap with Helsinki Design Week. The two return trips to Helsinki, accommodation during both residency periods in Villa Eläintarha, a working grant and a production budget will be provided as part of this residency.
Possible research topics may include, but are not limited to, material as willful actors and the role of material symmetries in shaping notions of time and space; approaches to design which emphasize reciprocity over solution; convenience, bias, and habit as material deformers of human practice; the intangibility of material and the sensuousness of virtual things; and intermateriality and transmateriality in the hybrid zones of digital experimentation.
The three residents will have the opportunity to present their work to local and international peers, as well as to specialist and public audiences through the HIAP Open Studios, two main events of Helsinki Design Week, and public events organized in coordination with the Design Museum.
Open call applicants should be based in Russia and have between two and 10 years of experience in their field. They should be able to demonstrate experience in collaborative work, and of creative practice through design excellence and critical thinking.
If you are a researcher or practitioner who would like to apply for the residency program, send your application and proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 24, 2019.
Proposals should include the following: up to five examples of key projects (realized or speculative) that you feel represent your approach; your CV; a short statement (max 300 words) outlining why you are applying for the program and what you hope to gain from the experience; and a plan identifying the main stages of your activity from the start of the program onwards.
The residency is supported by the Finnish Embassy in Moscow, the Finnish Consulate General in St. Petersburg and the Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg.
You can find out more about the open call here.