Artist residency in Kosice – UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts

20 May, 2020 - 00:01 to 30 June, 2020 - 23:59

Košice - UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts, offers media artists (art and technology) a two-month stay in Košice (Slovakia) in autumn of 2020. This residency is organized by the NGO Creative Industry Košice - focal point of UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts, and by K.A.I.R. (Košice Artist in Residence).


Full details about the call, here.

Artistic discipline

Media Arts (Art and technology)


This specific residency seeks to create space for a media artist from one of the UNESCO Creative Cities to develop his/her own artistic project. The residency is an opportunity to create a new project or to continue work on something in development by shifting its perspective and embracing the open call’s topic.

Target candidate

The open call is limited to artists who either have been born, live or work in any of the UNESCO Creative Cities. You can find out about them here.

Length of the residency

70 days. From the 21st of September to the 29th of November.

Organising entities

Creative Industry Košice NGO
Kukučínova 2
040 01 Košice, Slovakia

Application period

From the 20th of May to the 30th of June 2020, at 23:59 (CEST)


  • Grant of 2000€ gross
  • Transport costs to and from Košice
  • Accommodation in Košice
  • Atelier
  • Budget for technical production (up to 4000€)
  • An opportunity to participate in the artistic and community life of the city and to promote own work in Košice



During the residency, the artist will be asked to participate in the Open Studios Night to introduce himself/herself to the local audience. By the end of the residency program, the artist will offer a public exhibition and a final presentation of the work created over the 70-day residency period. The exhibition and presentation will be part of the international festival of media arts, technology and digital culture – Art & Tech Days. The artist will be also given the option to be one of the speakers at the Art & Tech Conference (optional).



The project to develop during the residency must revolve around the topic of “Human Responsibility”.


In the last hundred years, we as humans have experienced exponential progress in economic and social development. This comes with great achievements such as the increase in our lifespan and literacy, poverty decrease, improved global interconnectedness, urbanization, internet, nanotechnologies, AI, VR, etc. but at the same time, constant growth in limited conditions on Earth has led to many negative consequences. We exploit more resources than we can sustain, there is a rise in inequalities, many living species are becoming extinct, climate change, fake news, the rise of surveillance, and so on.


It is our role as humans to take responsibility for all the domains we have intervened with and conquered to find a sustainable and resilient way to live fulfilled and prosperous lives as a global society while sharing our planet and protecting all the life and beauty it accommodates. Today more than ever we feel the urgency to address global questions of the future. We believe that art and creativity have the potential to put things into a new perspective which, with the aid of technology, could help us find answers and new solutions.


During the residency, the artist should explore the topic in the context of art and technology.


The artist can look for answers to the following questions:

  • What is the relation between a human and our planet; between human and human? How can art and technology refer to, process and further develop such relations?
  • What is the role of humans in digital space? What is their responsibility?
  • How can art and technologies help a human to be resilient?
  • Does technology have the ability to solve all the problems in the future?
  • Do we need more art and empathy to make a better and more responsible use of technology?
  • Are we allowed to make decisions on behalf of the planet?


Submission deadline: Until 30th June 2020, at 23:59 (CEST)
Results announced: 22nd July 2020
Residential stay in Košice: From 21st September to 29th November 2020


In the event of an unfavourable situation caused by the Covid-19 situation or other force majeure, the residency will be postponed until spring 2021. In such a case it will be agreed individually with the selected artist-in-residence.

Submission of applications

To apply for this call, you must fill out the online application form

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