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Opportunities: Cairo, Shenzhen, Moscow, Berlin, Košice

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Author Lynsey Free

Strelka Mag has picked a selection of upcoming interdisciplinary programs, residencies, and competitions taking place across the globe.

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Never-never school: A Course in Urban In-betweenness

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Where: Košice, Slovakia
Deadline: May 5, 2019

The Never-never school, which is focused on community learning and research about cities, is hosting a summer course centered on mapping, collective visioning, and the exploration of urban in-betweenness.

Participants will focus on the city of Košice, which appears stuck in a permanent limbo state between the utopian desire of a future city and stagnating reality. They will be encouraged to look at the city not as a blank void, but as an already existing network of dynamic human and non-human relationships which could be the starting point for growth utopias beyond the anthropocentric present.

The goal of the course is to explore different mapping, ethnography, phenomenological research, and dramatic storytelling to give voice to various present and future actors of the in-between space, thus moving smoothly between now and then.

Find out more here.


Arab Studies Institute: ‘Critical Narratives’ program

Where: Cairo, Egypt

Deadline: May 1, 2019

The Arab Studies Institute is calling on Egyptian citizens and residents to apply for its Critical Narratives program which has two program tracks—one for institutions, art spaces, and creative hubs, and another for independent artists.

Those who have a large reach and impact and are geared towards artistic, independent, and socially critical work are invited to apply. The call is open to artists, designers, filmmakers, cultural institutions, vloggers, audio-visual media practitioners, and techies.

Find out more here.


Trust: Summer 2019 Residency

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Where: Berlin, Germany

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Trust, the space for platform design and utopian conspiracy, is offering three-month research residencies in Berlin, beginning in May 2019. The program is looking for individuals or collectives thinking on and around its current research theme Fully Automated _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (Luxury, Gay, Space, Eternal, Communism).

The program is interested in a wide range of approaches to conceptualizing societies beyond work, scarcity, capitalism, and heteronormativity. Participants can expect an active and collaborative approach to research, through reading groups, film nights, and event planning.

Trust started in 2017 as a co-working space and loosely organized events program. It is headquartered in Berlin but also consists of a large network of off-site co-conspirators.

Find out more here.


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / MIEFF: The Coming World

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Where: Moscow, Russia

Deadline: May 15, 2019

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and the Moscow International Experimental Film Festival (MIEFF) have announced a film competition within the exhibition The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030-2100, which will bring together new and existing works by over 50 artists from Russia and abroad. The exhibition will look at the speculative future, the boundaries of which are determined by predictions that are no longer considered accurate—from the depletion of oil by 2030 to the colonization of other planets by 2100.

A prize will be awarded to the makers of the best short film which explores the issues covered in the project and reflects its broad understanding of ecology.

Find out more here.


Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture: Eyes of the City

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Where: Shenzhen, China

Deadline: May 31, 2019

As advances in artificial intelligence (AI) continue to take place, cities are facing a new reality. Facial recognition and natural language processing could become the new normal.

The Eyes of the City open call, which takes place within the framework of the 2019 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, seeks to explore the potential consequences of AI on the built environment and how people live it. Participants will be asked to tackle those themes while focusing on two parallel relationships: the one between space and users and the one between space and design practices.

The open call aims to collect hypotheses and suggestions—imaginative, ironic, practical, and visionary—in order to reflect on the kind of city we want to build tomorrow.

Find out more here.