TASML / DSL Artist Residence @ SymbioticA, Call for Proposals

TASML / DSL Artist Residence Award, Call for Proposals (Deadline: March 30 2013, Application must be submitted in English, and the applicant must have sufficient knowledge of English language for communication)

This call is open to all Chinese artists including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Chinese nationals living / working overseas.

With the support of DSL Collection (http://dslcollection.com), the renowned art collection specialized in contemporary Chinese art, the award is conceived to provide emerging Chinese media artists with an unique opportunity to engage with cutting edge research and production in the intersection of art, science and technology in some of the most innovative media art and design laboratories from around the world. From 2011 to 2013, two artists will be selected annually.  The awardees will receive a US$4000 (RMB 26500) stipend to compensate for travel, accommodation and living expenses in the residence country. An international jury will decide the winners of the award based on the merits of the proposed projects.

TASML| DSL Artist Residence @ SymbioticA

In collaboration with SymbioticA and with additional funding from SymbioticA, TASML is pleased to announce a call for artist in residency proposals.

This exploratory research residency will enable and expose the selected artist to the culture and practice of the life sciences providing an opportunity for developing new skills and knowledge. The artist is expected to practice biological lab work and will be given training in scientific and technical knowledge related to the area of research s/he wishes to pursue. As a part of The University of Western Australia we also offer a wealth of resource, equipment, knowledge and expertise. As the duration of the residency is one month long, this residence is conceived as a professional development program that will enable the selected artist to gain better understanding and articulation of life sciences and art practices.  It is a spring board to develop a full research project at a later stage either at SymbioticA or in another research setting.

We welcome explorations of a wide range of the life sciences, such as molecular biology, synthetic biology, regenerative biology, tissue engineering, neuroscience, animal biology and ecology.


SymbioticA, based at the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, provides working space, access to resources, libraries and other laboratories within UWA, introductions to UWA staff and WA organisations relevant to the project. However, much of the work must be self-directed.

Potentials for collaboration

Once the application has been accepted, SymbioticA will begin making connections with potential collaborators for your project.

 Selection Criteria

Applications are selected based on:

  • · Quality of concept
  • · Quality of past work
  • · Innovative nature of the project
  • · SymbioticA’s ability to contribute to the project.

Send application (CV, project proposal) to tasml.tsinghua@gmail.com before March 30, 2013

SymbioticA – The centre of Excellence in Biological Arts at the School of Anatomy & Physiology and Human Biology at The University of Western Australia is a pioneer and a leading artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning, critique and hands-on engagement with the life sciences. With a strong emphasis on experiential practice, SymbioticA has thriving program of research, residencies, academic courses, exhibitions, symposiums, workshops and consultancy. Artists, researchers and students from all disciplines work on individual projects or interdisciplinary teams to explore the shifting relations and perceptions of life. As a research centre within a Science faculty, SymbioticA enables direct and visceral engagement with scientific techniques. Crossing the disciplines of art and the life science, SymbioticA encourages better understanding and articulation of cultural ideas around scientific knowledge and informed critique of the ethical and cultural issues of life manipulation.

Based in one of the top research universities in Australia since the year 2000, SymbioticA has developed best practice systems for dealing with ethical approvals and health and safety compliance together with, innovative ways of displaying biological, environmental and socially sensitive artworks. In addition, repeatedly supporting complex collaborative work has enabled SymbioticA to develop clear framework for negotiating terms of intellectual property in fields where there may be little or no reference. Many of our procedures are considered international precedents, and SymbioticA personnel are often invited to consult and advise about these issues to institutions and universities such as Stanford, Concordia, Royal College of Arts, London, University of Queensland, University of Melbourne and others.

SymbioticA has vast experience bringing together artists with scientific researchers and mentors from The University of Western Australia and beyond. Depending on the level and type of expertise needed as the artist’s work progresses, the residency program will tailor and match an array of experts with residents, drawing upon a large network of scientific collaborators and advisors.

SymbioticA is in prime position to research, with close ties with the University’s ethics committees, historical, recent and future cases involving ethics and the use of living material in the arts.

Through SymbioticA and its wide international networking the results of the projects will be disseminated as new academic knowledge, practical knowledge for the artistic (including curatorial) community, scholarly, administrative (The University’s ethics committees) as well as the wider public in forms of written and oral publications, workshops, exhibitions and institutional recommendations.

SymbioticA won the inaugural Golden Nica in Hybrid Arts at Prix Ars Electronica.

About the DSL Collection

The DSL Collection was created in 2005 and focuses on contemporary Chinese art.  It is a private collection representing 90 of the leading Chinese avant-garde artists, artists having a major influence on the development of contemporary art in China today. Even though focusing on the contemporary production of a specific culture, the collection is nevertheless not guided by the search for otherness. It admits basic cultural similarities and dispositions, however, goes beyond a simplistic approach looking for typical cultural signs and symbols.

for more info about DSL Collection, see http://tasml.org/?page_id=676

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