Evangelists for Online Culture

For the second time, Akademie Schloss Solitude has awarded fellows for the Digital Solitude program. The fellowship program is intended for journalists, developers/coders, designers, as well as artists and all other creatives and professionals who work on the development of new digital content and formats. For 2018, the fellowship will be awarded within the regular program under the category Web-based Media. Applicants can apply now until November 30/2016.

Read the statement on this year’s selection by author and journalist Bruce Sterling, who was part of this year’s jury for the Digital Solitude program together with Clara Herrmann and Alessandro Mininno:

»It was our privilege as a jury to choose four new fellows for residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude.

The Digital Solitude program is an innovation for this time-honored artists’ retreat, located at a stately baroque castle in the forest outside Stuttgart. How can web-based practices and digital cultural activism integrate with the academy’s older categories of performance, music, visual arts, architecture, and science?

Our answer to that issue was a very human one: we choose people who personify the situation. Among our many entries, we looked for charismatic activists with compelling, broad-scale ideas; people who are evangelists for online culture, but also good companions to break bread with at the general cultural table.

So our candidates are Rosa Menkman, Fei Liu, Sebastian Schmieg, and Taietzel Ticalos.

Rosa Menkman is a widely-known digital artist exploring compelling, broad-scale formal problems. The designer and artist Fei Liu of Beijing and Brooklyn is as global as a device-artist/hacker can get, while Sebastian Schmieg is young, energetic, technically skillful and seems to fizz with ideas. The artist known as Taietzel Ticalos is living the digital-native life of a contemporary Internet creative.

We hope they enjoy their stay in this beautiful, peaceful yet fertile setting, which we have seen only briefly but admire very much.«

Text by Bruce Sterling