open call: emotional ai | deadline 30/04/2019

As part of the Interfaces activity “Cross Genre Residencies” the ZKM calls for sound artists and composers who are interested in developing new artistic strategies for affective technologies.

The submitted project proposals should deal with emotions in human-machine interaction based on sound art or electroacoustic composition and build an interdisciplinary bridge to Emotional Artificial Intelligence, Affective Computing or neuroscience.

Empathic machines, social robots, affective agents. Today affective computer technologies can record the emotional states of users via sensors, microphones and cameras and react quasi empathetically. Algorithms used in text mining can also recognize the emotional mood in news, reviews and articles. Sensors worn directly on or even in the body also provide data on experienced emotions, which can be further processed medically, artistically or technologically. Emotions – the fundamental distinction between man and machine – are digitized, while at the same time a more intuitive, quasi-human handling of the computer develops.

The content of the artistic project proposals should address the aforementioned areas of affective computing, emotional artificial intelligence or neuroscience and be feasible during the one-month residency period. The technical infrastructure of the ZKM | Hertz-Lab is available to all artists in residence for the realization. The residency must be completed by December 2019. A presentation of the resulting works at the ZKM is planned, but not confirmed.

Two scholarships will be awarded, each endowed with 1500 €. As part of the artistic residency at the ZKM | Hertz-Lab, the selected artists will work on their project ideas and sketches over a period of one month and realize a new artistic work. During this one month period, at least two weeks of residence in Karlsruhe is compulsory. Travel costs will be covered up to an amount of 400€. Accommodation costs will be covered up to an amount of 500€.

Conditions of participation

End of online application: 30/04/2019

If you have any questions, please contact

The following documents are required for the application:

  • Short summary of the project idea (max. 1000 characters incl. spaces)
  • Project description stating the required technical infrastructure and possible residence times (max. 5000 characters incl. spaces)
  • Short biography (max. 1000 characters incl. spaces) plus contact details
  • Portrait photo (min. 300 dpi, specify picture credits)

Applications can be sent by e-mail to up to and including 30/04/2019 in a single PDF file of size up to 5 MB. (If any), please upload the accompanying audio, image and video material online to a file hosting service of your choice and include the non-expiring download link in your application email.

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Photo credits: Screenshot Face OSC © ZKM | Karlsruhe, Dan Wilcox, 2019