open call for artists: residency "mycity, mysounds" | deadline 20/5/18
ZKM | Center for Art and Media invites artists to apply for a one-month residency with new project ideas for the app »MyCity, MySounds«.


»MyCity, MySounds« is a georeferencing app for iOS- and Android-based smart devices developed by ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics in 2014. »MyCity, MySounds« can be used to record field-recordings, create site-specific miniature compositions, media-supported Soundwalks or audio and video walks and share them with a growing community. For this purpose, sounds are recorded with the app or loaded into the app and positioned on a digital map according to their localization data. In 2017, for example, Thomas M. Siefert and Lasse-Marc Riek's »rhein_strom« project was realized, in which a section of the Rhine - from the source of the Rhine to the port of Karlsruhe - was mapped in a variety of sounds. For »100 Sounds«, the French sound artist Sébastien Roux as early as 2015 transferred a grid measuring 250 m x 200 m to the city map of Karlsruhe and created a transitory soundcape composition for Karlsruhe's urban space.

»MyCity, MySounds« was developed further in 2017 by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe in cooperation with the Athens institutions Onassis Stegi and Medea Electronique as part of the project »INTERFACES« and is co-financed by the European Union's »Creative Europe« funding programme.

Four scholarships of 1500€ each will be awarded. Within the framework of an Artist Residency at ZKM, the selected artists will be able to work on their project ideas and sketches over a period of one month and realize a new artistic work. Over the one-month scholarship period, the artists have no obligation to reside in Karlsruhe, although sporadic stays at the ZKM | Karlsruhe have to be scheduled. Travel expenses will be covered up to an amount of 400€. Accomodation expenses will be covered up to an amount of 500€. The residency will take place in the second half of 2018 and must have been completed by the end of 2018.

The residency is connected to ZKM | Hertz-Lab. Since 2017, the Hertz-Lab has been operating as a transdisciplinary research and development platform in the overlapping area of media arts, science and society. In close transcultural exchange with international institutes and research institutions, the Hertz-Lab researches and expands the possibilities of media artistic expression, performance and design in the age of rapidly accelerated technological progress and digitalisation. The Hertz-Lab focuses on artistic production. At the laboratory, contemporary (artistic-scientific) concepts - e. g. extended reality, artificial intelligence or immersion - are reflected across media and genres, examined for artistic applicability and taken up in artistic productions.

The deadline for submission of artistic project ideas is May 20,2018.

Please send your project idea on time and exclusively by e-mail to with the subject »Residency MyCity, MySounds«.

The following components are mandatory for a complete submission:

-Short summary of the project idea (max. 1000 characters incl. spaces)
-Project description (max. 5000 characters incl. spaces)
-Short biography (max. 800 characters incl. spaces)
-Portrait photo (min. 300 dpi; photo credit details)

Please upload accompanying audio, image and video material online to a file hosting service of your choice and inform us of the non-expiring download link in your submission email.

The Artist-in-Residence programme is part of the »INTERFACES« project and is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The iOS version of »MyCity, MySounds« is available in the App Store.
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The Android version of »MyCity, MySounds« is available in the Google Play Store.
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Submission Deadline 20/05/2018