Digital Labs: art critics and researchers

Sector: Culture and creative industries
Type: Digital Labs
Location: Online
Deadline: Finished
Organiser: House of Europe

Criticism and research produce force, influencing the modern art world. During the Digital Lab, we will create an interactive space, helping you to take control of power discourse through the development of research and critical skills.

In lectures with experts from the EU, USA, and Ukraine, you will learn what it means to be an art critic, discover how to find and formulate an idea of the research and work on publications. Consulting with mentors, you will create your own text or project description and compete for EUR 500 for further work on it. 

The Digital Lab will be held in March 2022 and will last two weeks. During the first week, you will attend lectures from 13.00 to 18.00. The second week is for consultations with mentors, work on the project and its presentation. 

Carefully study the application guidelines and join the Digital Lab. 

What do I get?
  • A chance to master research and critical texts writing. You will define the vocabulary and composition tendencies of Walter Benjamin, Susan Sontag, Arthur Danto, and other well-known intellectuals and proceed to practice. 
  • A completed critical text of project description and the opportunity to get EUR 500 for further work with it: you can implement the project or translate and publish the article
  • 10+ lectures, discussions, and readings with curators, art managers, artists, and representatives of leading cultural organisations from the EU, USA, and Ukraine
  • 8+ hours of mentoring sessions with experts where you will receive personal advice and an outside perspective on the project you are working on.
Can I apply?
This Digital Lab is for you if you:
  • Are an art critic, researcher, writer, curator, art manager, or artist
  • Have an idea or draft of a critical text or research. Ideally, the topic must be connected to strengthening intercultural dialogue between Ukraine and the EU and  the art residency narrative, but other ideas are also fine
  • Have at least three years of experience in the sphere of arts and culture
  • Know English well
  • Are of full age
  • Are a citizen of Ukraine
What do I need to apply?
  • A completed online application form in English
  • CV in English in PDF format (2 pages maximum)
  • If you have one: portfolio featuring your works in PDF format in Ukrainian or English (10 pages maximum)
How do I apply?

Apply via our online platform

Before completing the application form, check the application guidelines for more details on the programme, questions from the application form, and other information helpful to draft a successful application. 

Good to know
  • The Digital Lab is held in English and Ukrainian. You must know English well enough to understand the lectures without translation and pitch your research project or critical text in English.
  • You must attend all the lectures and participate in the final pitching on projects. Please plan your time carefully and make sure you do not miss any of these. 
  • Only individual applications are eligible, group applications are not.
  • Participants of the Digital Labs: managers of art residencies and Digital Labs: art residencies curators cannot apply for this opportunity.
  • If unsuccessful, do not get upset: you may apply for the next open call of this programme or go for another opportunity from the House of Europe catalogue of opportunities.
  • If you are not among selected participants, later a selection of lectures and final project presentations will be in open sources.

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