As a member with Leonardo/Olats of The Roots & Seeds XXI project, I am happy to post this call to support the production of two artworks and one research residency.

The deadline to apply is February 15th 2021. Full guidelines and application forms.

Roots & Seeds XXI aims to promote sustainable habits through the use of Art & Science approaches and practices. The project wants to encourage audiences to take better care of the environment, and more particularly of plants. Roots & Seeds XXI is an international cooperation project developed with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, between Ars Electronica, Leonardo/Olats, University of Barcelona and Quo Artis as lead partner.

We understand the botanical world from a non-anthropocentric perspective, and we aim to present it as a model for a more sustainable future. Among others, our activities include workshops, multidisciplinary garden cartographies, an Art-Sci Forum and this Open Call for the production of two artworks (organized by Quo Artis) and a research residency (organized by Leonardo/Olats).

 This Open Call will support:

 Financial support for the production of TWO artworks:

1) One artwork production valued at 12.500 € or less (VAT excluded) and

2) One artwork production valued at 5.500 € or less (VAT excluded).

The project must be completed in a maximum period of twelve months, starting in May 2021. Quo Artis Foundation will manage the production amount in common agreement with the artist/s.

  • ONE 14 days Research Residency in the frame of Leonardo/Olats programme “MM – Maison Malina Residencies”. The Residency will take place in April 2022 in Paris and the selected artist/curator will receive a grant of 1.400 €.

The « MM Residencies » offer time and a space for reflection, meetings and exchanges without any production obligations. This residency will be focused on research – please bear in mind there will be no workshop space available. In addition, Leonardo/Olats will cover the travel costs.

Applicants in both categories must address the biodiversity crisis focused on the botanical world. Their projects have to be developed in direct collaboration with scientific professionals and/or institutions.

In addition to the production of the artworks and the residency, the authors of the three selected projects will benefit from participating in some of Roots & Seeds XXI’s international training and exchange of knowledge events (LASER Paris meetings, Multidisciplinary Gardens’ Cartographies and Art-Sci Forum, among others). All the travel costs related to the participation in these activities will be covered by the Roots & Seeds XXI consortium.

The two produced artworks and the result of the research residency will be presented and exhibited at Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, in 2022.The artworks’ transport and the artists’ flight expenses to Ars Electronica will be covered by Quo Artis. In case of the residency, the presentation format will be agreed between the project representative and Root & Seeds XXI’s partners.

The Call is open to applicants of any nationality, but based in Europe, including non-EU countries.


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