Schlosspost is a content focused online platform in English, aimed at a global audience of young artists and those interested in the arts. The website was founded in 2015 as part of the program Digital Solitude by the international artist residence Akademie Schloss Solitude and focuses on the communication of the content from the Solitude network in the fields of art and science and the support of new digital projects and talents.
The Schlosspost people are contributors from all art disciplines and science including current and former fellows as well as 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 in the fields of art and science, digital/net art, net culture as well as Internet, technology, and society.
Editorial team: Clara Herrmann & Judith Engel
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 as well as artists of all disciplines who deal with web-based practices to present the process and results of their work online on the platform www.schloss-post.com. For each call four people or teams will be selected by the curators for a four-week »Web Residency,« which is rewarded with 500 USD.
Three times a year, calls with different focuses – from virtual reality to artificial intelligence to surveillance technologies – are developed in the framework of the »Web Residencies.« In two years, around 550 artists, coders, designers, technologists, and scientists 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?
Here, works emerged that were poetic as well as political, experimental as well as utopian. The works are primarily situated in the interstitial space between critique and optimism, reality and fiction. They show 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 organizes the Web Residencies together with ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. With this cooperation, 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 jointly on the development of the program. Both houses consider online artist residencies as a contemporary format for the support of artists in a globalized art scene shaped by digitalization. The program is consciously open designed to be shaped also by the ideas, concepts, and methods of a scene that operates beyond the mainstream art establishment.
The focus of the »Web Residencies« does not lie in the ready art piece but artists are invited to experiment with digital technologies and new art forms within a defined topical frame. 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 makes possible a decentralized and international discussion on topics set by the invited curators in the fields of digital arts, net culture as well as digital technology and society.
The program is coordinated by Clara Herrmann (Solitude) & Margit Rosen (ZKM).
Production Prize HASH
The Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, and the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, have jointly established the international Net Art award HASH for net-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 at ZKM.
The 8,000-euro prize is donated by the Foundation of the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.
Digital Solitude Fellowships
As part of the Digital Solitude program, Akademie Schloss Solitude awards fellowships in the field of web-based media to artists, developers/coders, designers, as well as journalists and all other creatives and professionals who work on the development of new digital content and formats.
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The Digital Solitude program with fellowships and the online platform Schlosspost are supported by the State Ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg for Science, Research and the Arts.