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OPEN CALL: European ARTificial Intelligence Lab | Astronomy x AI (Grant €10,000)

Applications are invited for European ARTificial Intelligence Lab 2020.

The AI Lab (European ARTificial Intelligence Lab) is a follow up project of the European Digital Art and Science Network and offers international artists working in the field of AI to win a residency at a scientific partner institution and at the Futurelab of Ars Electronica. The AI Lab is led and organised by Ars Electronica in collaboration with 15 partners across Europe, including Leiden Observatory. In this open call round artists will have the chance to apply for a residency at Leiden Observatory, the Netherlands.

The theme of the residency is Astronomy x AI. The Universe is much larger, more diverse, dynamic and enigmatic than our ancestors could have imagined when they first gazed at the stars. The captivating and mysterious nature of that sight makes astronomy so endlessly fascinating.
By using experimental methods and technological approaches like artificial intelligence, the Leiden Observatory aims at understanding what we actually see when observing such an ungraspable thing as the Universe. 
Leiden Observatory is exploring fundamental questions about our place in the Universe: how the past and the future of knowledge can improve the understanding of all that surrounds us and defines our very existence in time.

Residency Structure

The residency is divided in two parts:

– with an initial 4-6 weeks at Leiden Observatory where the winning artist will have an especially dedicated science mentor to inspire him/her and his/her work.

– The second part will be 3-6 weeks with the Futurelab team at Ars Electronica with whom the winner will develop and make new work inspired by the residency at Leiden Observatory.


The winning artist will be funded during their residency.
• An artist fee in the amount of € 3.000

• a production budget of € 7.000, as well as accommodation and travel are funded from an Ars Electronica designated limited fund covering all residencies.

• No prize money is involved.

• In case the winning party is an artist duo or artist group the artist fee, production costs as well as travel and accommodation costs need to be split between the members.


• The call is open for international artists (above the age of 18) and all kinds of innovative concepts and ideas in the fields of AI, Machine Learning and Digital approaches to make sense of the Universe.

• Originality: The proposal needs to be for original work that demonstrably breaks new ground. That said, the proposed work can be entirely new, or can be an extension of an ongoing body of work.

• An entry confirmation will be sent out via e-mail as soon as all required documentation has been received.

• A submission is complete and formally entered in the competition only if all information has been entered online and the submission has been finalized online. Works submitted without the required accompanying material will not be accepted.

• Employees of Ars Electronica Linz GmbH & Co KG, Edinburgh Futures Institute, partners, sponsors and patrons of the European ARTificial intelligence Lab, staff members of organizations that have established and endowed an individual category, as well as the competition’s jurors are ineligible to participate.


• To participate in the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab, you must register online and submit all mandatory information online.

• The submission has to be made in English.

Online application portal

The following documents are required:

• A personal testimony video which introduces the artist who describes why and how this residency will inspire new work (up to 5 min.)

• An outline of a possible concept/idea which the artist wishes to pursue at the Leiden Observatory and Futurelab

• A draft production plan with cost estimation for the realization and timeline

• A selected portfolio of work which showcases work the artist is proud of

• Entrants are requested not to submit irreplaceable originals since submitted materials cannot be returned

Start Online Submission: 17 June 2020
Online Submission Deadline: 22 July, 2020 (closing deadline 23:59 CEST/GMT+2)

For more information visit European ARTificial Intelligence Lab.

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