Schlosspost is a dynamic transdisciplinary online forum for artistic research. It discusses current issues in art, culture, society and the digital world, and provides insights into the practices of international artists and scientists. It allows visibility to Solitude’s network of alumni, friends, and experts in more than 120 countries, promoting new political voices and collective discourses in an open and sustainable space.
Schlosspost contributors come from all artistic disciplines and science, including current and former fellows, jurors, journalists, curators, and web residents. They run their own blog projects reflecting on their artistic research, show works-in-progress in studio visits, or contribute to ongoing online editions with topics discussed at Akademie Schloss Solitude. As part of the Digital Solitude program by the international artist-in-residence program Akademie Schloss Solitude, Schlosspost was founded in 2015.
The Digital Solitude program provides fellowships with studios at the Akademie for experts, artists, and creatives working in the digital field and offers online »web residencies.«
Web Residencies by Solitude & ZKM
The web residencies program was initiated by Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2016 to support young talents from the international digital scene, and artists of all disciplines who deal with web-based practices. These present the process and results of their work online on the platform www.schloss-post.com. For each call, curators select four people or teams for a four-week web residency, each of which is rewarded with 750 USD.
Three times a year, calls with different focuses – themes might include virtual reality, artificial intelligence, or surveillance technologies – are developed in the web residency framework. Since 2016, approximately 750 artists, coders, designers, technologists, and scientists have submitted ideas.
What are international Internet creatives working on? What topics drive their work? What are their questions? And what artistic answers to developments in technology, society, and the Internet do they provide?
So far the residents have produced work that was poetic, political, experimental, and even utopian. The works are primarily situated in the interstitial space between critique and optimism, reality and fiction. They reveal the tensions of technology and humans, intervene into common narrations of the Internet and society, or create space for new imaginations of another future. They reflect the role of art and its institutions in the age of the Internet and digital (re-)production.
Since 2017, Solitude has organized the web residencies with ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. Solitude as an artist residency and the ZKM as a museum and place of artistic research and development merge their expertise and practice to work together on the program. Both institutions consider online artist residencies a relevant format for supporting artists in a globalized art world shaped by digitalization. The program is designed to be open, shaped by the ideas, concepts, and methods of a scene that operates beyond the mainstream art establishment.
Web residencies’ focus is not in the finished art piece; artists are rather invited to experiment with digital technologies and new art forms within a defined thematic framework. They’re in direct exchange with the professional network of both institutions as well as a broad digital public which in turn gets immediate access to the artists’ works. This format allows a decentralized and international discussion on topics set by the invited curators from the worlds of digital arts, net culture, and digital technology and society.
Program coordinators are Inga Seidler (Solitude) and Margit Rosen (ZKM).
Production Prize HASH
The Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, and the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe have jointly established the HASH award, an international prize for Internet-based projects in the fields of art, technology, and design.
Inspired by the Hash value from information technology, which is unique for each file and used as a test value for data transfer, the HASH award stands for project excellence. The production prize was awarded for the first time to one of the 2016/17 web residents on February 15, 2018.
The 8,000-euro prize is donated by the Foundation of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.
All works by the web residencies are also shown in the »Open Codes« exhibition at ZKM.
Videos from the last HASH award can be found here.
Inga Seidler & Denise Helene Sumi (Coordinators Digital Solitude program, Editors-in-Chief Schlosspost), Sarie Nijboer (Contributing Editors)
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The online platform Schlosspost is supported by the State Ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg for Science, Research and the Arts.