CYENS Artist Residency Open Call
CYENS Artist Residency Open Call
CYENS is pleased to announce an open call for the Artist-in-Residence Program intended for creative individuals.

As a creative innovation hub in Nicosia’s historic centre, the Thinker Maker Space has utilised its Artist-in-Residence Program to expand the knowledge and services of the centre through skill sharing and collaboration.

Traditionally housed under Thinker Maker Space, this year’s AIR program expands to involve CYENS MRGs (multidisciplinary research groups) Museum Lab, EdMedia and ITICA their research. Applicants will have the opportunity to select and collaborate directly with MRG through the application process.

Resident artists enjoy full access to the makerspace facilities allowing experimentation with advanced fabrication techniques. They will also have the opportunity to present and exhibit their work at the end of the residency. Additionally, artists may deliver a series of workshops and talks relating to their practice and area of expertise.

The makerspace residencies are hosted on a short-term basis ranging from 2 months and up to 6 months. The open call invites individuals from the creative industries (creators, designers, visual artists, academics and others) to submit a portfolio and a project proposal.

Applications will be processed and selected by a committee based on project criteria and briefs that are aligned with CYENS vision and capabilities. Proposals need to include details of the project’s purpose and outcomes.

Read more about each Group

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Thinker Maker Space

Thinker Maker Space of CYENS is a multifunctional creative space based in Nicosia, Cyprus that works towards providing support and building collaborations with local entrepreneurs, designers, artists and researchers. The aim is to support the creative local community in developing projects that utilise digital fabrication techniques and rapid prototyping; aspiring to technology led innovation. Makerspace members are given easy access to cutting edge equipment and experienced technicians.

Capabilities: Rapid Prototyping, Traditional Making Processes, Electronics and Robotics, Photography & 3D Scanning, Workstations

makerspace.cyens.org.cy

 

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Museum Lab

The Museum Lab group is dedicated to the interdisciplinary exploration of emerging technologies inside and outside museums, galleries and other heritage sites. One of the goals of the Museum Lab is to investigate the advantages and limitations of immersive technologies in the cultural sector. The Museum Lab MRG conducts research on the practical applications of emerging technologies in the field of cultural heritage . It contributes, not only to the preservation of cultural heritage, but also to its exploration, understanding and negotiation through user interaction. Furthermore, the Museum Lab MRG aims to explore how technology can help expose different layers of history in places of contested heritage and help visitors/users negotiate difficult or awkward heritage. Difficult heritage consists of elements of a past that are considered important but can also be contested and awkward. Representing difficult heritage in and outside museums is a timely challenge many museums face today, especially in countries dealing with social or political conflict such as Cyprus.

museumlab.cyens.org.cy

 

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EdMedia

The EdMedia Group of CYENS (https://www.cyens.org.cy/en-gb/) aims to conduct applied research and innovation in the field of Interactive Media for Education and Edutainment. EdMedia work is related to Learning Experience (LX) design, User Experience (UX) design, technology-enhanced learning, training and pedagogy, technology integration in formal, non-formal and informal education, assessment and evaluation. EdMedia aims to advance digital learning, defined as learning facilitated by technology or instructional methods, which makes effective use of technology (i.e. game-based learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, learning in AR, VR, and mixed reality settings, etc.). One of the Group’s latest projects involves the combination of a 360VR documentary with STEAM activities, aiming to engage pupils from local schools into playing an active role and reacting to climate change challenges. Some examples at https://www.facebook.com/CyprusInteractionLab. The group is a natural extension of the Cyprus Interaction Lab Group of the Cyprus University of Technology (https://www.cyprusinteractionlab.com/).

edmedia.cyens.org.cy

 

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ITICA

The Research focus of  Immersive Technologies for Intelligent and Creative Applications (ITICA) MRG, is on bringing together elements from fine arts with computational intelligence and emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to develop evidence-based applications.

ITICA will combine scientific research and expertise from the fields of Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, Space Sciences, Control Systems, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, Cognitive Sciences and eHealth systems and try to explore innovative projects in collaboration with international centres of excellence and private companies that focus on the combination of arts, technology and society. A key objective is to use interactive media, smart systems and emerging technologies in service of the arts and produce outcomes that will bring innovation and creativity in the dissemination of scientific results.

itica.cyens.org.cy

 

 

WHO

  • Artists, Designers, Creatives

 

PERIOD OF RESIDENCY

  • Min 2 Months / Max 6 Months
  • This will be evaluated depending on the project

 

ALLOWANCE

  • Monthly stipend allowance of €1,200

 

TYPES OF PROJECTS

  • Concepts & ideas, with the goal to create prototype(s) using the facilities of TMS, and/or research of Museum Lab, EdMedia and ITICA
  • Emphasis on digital fabrication & rapid prototyping

 

CRITERIA OF SELECTION

  • Aim & Innovation
  • Relatability to the activity of TMS, and/or research of Museum Lab, EdMedia and ITICA
  • Feasibility & Uniqueness
  • Level of experimentation
CYENS is pleased to announce an open call for the Artist-in-Residence Program intended for creative individuals.

As a creative innovation hub in Nicosia’s historic centre, the Thinker Maker Space has utilised its Artist-in-Residence Program to expand the knowledge and services of the centre through skill sharing and collaboration.

Traditionally housed under Thinker Maker Space, this year’s AIR program expands to involve CYENS MRGs (multidisciplinary research groups) Museum Lab, EdMedia and ITICA and their research. Applicants will have the opportunity to select and collaborate directly with MRG through the application process.

Resident artists enjoy full access to the makerspace facilities allowing experimentation with advanced fabrication techniques. They will also have the opportunity to present and exhibit their work at the end of the residency. Additionally, artists may deliver a series of workshops and talks relating to their practice and area of expertise.

The makerspace residencies are hosted on a short-term basis ranging from 2 months and up to 6 months. The open call invites individuals from the creative industries (creators, designers, visual artists, academics and others) to submit a portfolio and a project proposal.

Applications will be processed and selected by a committee based on project criteria and briefs that are aligned with CYENS vision and capabilities. Proposals need to include details of the project’s purpose and outcomes.

Read more about each Group

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Thinker Maker Space

Thinker Maker Space of CYENS is a multifunctional creative space based in Nicosia, Cyprus that works towards providing support and building collaborations with local entrepreneurs, designers, artists and researchers. The aim is to support the creative local community in developing projects that utilise digital fabrication techniques and rapid prototyping; aspiring to technology led innovation. Makerspace members are given easy access to cutting edge equipment and experienced technicians.

Capabilities: Rapid Prototyping, Traditional Making Processes, Electronics and Robotics, Photography & 3D Scanning, Workstations

makerspace.cyens.org.cy

 

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Museum Lab

The Museum Lab group is dedicated to the interdisciplinary exploration of emerging technologies inside and outside museums, galleries and other heritage sites. One of the goals of the Museum Lab is to investigate the advantages and limitations of immersive technologies in the cultural sector. The Museum Lab MRG conducts research on the practical applications of emerging technologies in the field of cultural heritage . It contributes, not only to the preservation of cultural heritage, but also to its exploration, understanding and negotiation through user interaction. Furthermore, the Museum Lab MRG aims to explore how technology can help expose different layers of history in places of contested heritage and help visitors/users negotiate difficult or awkward heritage. Difficult heritage consists of elements of a past that are considered important but can also be contested and awkward. Representing difficult heritage in and outside museums is a timely challenge many museums face today, especially in countries dealing with social or political conflict such as Cyprus.

museumlab.cyens.org.cy

 

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EdMedia

The EdMedia Group of CYENS (https://www.cyens.org.cy/en-gb/) aims to conduct applied research and innovation in the field of Interactive Media for Education and Edutainment. EdMedia work is related to Learning Experience (LX) design, User Experience (UX) design, technology-enhanced learning, training and pedagogy, technology integration in formal, non-formal and informal education, assessment and evaluation. EdMedia aims to advance digital learning, defined as learning facilitated by technology or instructional methods, which makes effective use of technology (i.e. game-based learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, learning in AR, VR, and mixed reality settings, etc.). One of the Group’s latest projects involves the combination of a 360VR documentary with STEAM activities, aiming to engage pupils from local schools into playing an active role and reacting to climate change challenges. Some examples at https://www.facebook.com/CyprusInteractionLab. The group is a natural extension of the Cyprus Interaction Lab Group of the Cyprus University of Technology (https://www.cyprusinteractionlab.com/).

edmedia.cyens.org.cy

 

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ITICA

The Research focus of  Immersive Technologies for Intelligent and Creative Applications (ITICA) MRG, is on bringing together elements from fine arts with computational intelligence and emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) to develop evidence-based applications.

ITICA will combine scientific research and expertise from the fields of Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, Space Sciences, Control Systems, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, Cognitive Sciences and eHealth systems and try to explore innovative projects in collaboration with international centres of excellence and private companies that focus on the combination of arts, technology and society. A key objective is to use interactive media, smart systems and emerging technologies in service of the arts and produce outcomes that will bring innovation and creativity in the dissemination of scientific results.

itica.cyens.org.cy

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline for applications

26 APRIL 2024, 15:00 EET time

Announcement of Results

by 15 JUNE 2024

Period of residency

JULY – DECEMBER 2024
WHAT’S NEW IN AIR?

This year’s AIR program expands to involve CYENS MRGs (multidisciplinary research groups) Museum Lab, EdMedia and ITICA and their research as potential consultants to their residency. Further than TMS, applicants will have the opportunity to select and collaborate directly with an MRG through the application process.

HOW IT WILL WORK?

The appointed group will act as a consultant throughout the residency, offering guidance and potentially providing valuable data for the project. The level of interaction between the resident and the MRG group will be flexible, accommodating the group’s availability and commitment.

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline for applications

26 APRIL 2024, 15:00 EET time

Announcement of Results

by 15 JUNE 2024

Period of residency

JULY – DECEMBER 2024

 

WHAT’S NEW IN AIR?

This year’s AIR program expands to involve CYENS MRGs (multidisciplinary research groups) Museum Lab, EdMedia and ITICA and their research as potential consultants to their residency. Further than TMS, applicants will have the opportunity to select and collaborate directly with an MRG through the application process.

 
HOW IT WILL WORK?

The appointed group will act as a consultant throughout the residency, offering guidance and potentially providing valuable data for the project. The level of interaction between the resident and the MRG group will be flexible, accommodating the group’s availability and commitment.

FREQUENTLY  ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Who is eligible to apply for the Artist-in-Residence Program?

The Artist-in-Residence program welcomes individuals with a creative vision and a desire to develop their concept or idea into a tangible prototype utilizing the resources of the Thinker Maker Space and/or the research of the indicated MRG. There are no age restrictions or limitations based on professional background or discipline. Applicants of all backgrounds and expertise levels are encouraged to apply, provided they are above the age of 18.

What is the suggested duration of a residency?

The residencies are hosted on a short-term basis ranging from two months and up to six months.

Does a resident artist need to know how to use the equipment within the makerspace or have specific software knowledge?

No, we have trained technicians that can give you an induction on the equipment and the operation of any machinery. Nevertheless, in the case you need to use specific software during your residency, it is necessary for you to know how to use it as our technicians can only guide you and not give a whole training.

Can non-EU citizens have residency in your country?

Yes, non-EU citizens can have a 3-month residency in Cyprus without the need for a permit of stay. However, for a residency longer than 3 months, they have to apply for a permit of stay. We do not take responsibility for the application process of the permit of stay, as it is the individual’s responsibility to go through the necessary steps and meet the requirements for obtaining the permit.

WILL THE RESIDENT ARTIST RECEIVE GUIDANCE FROM THE MAKERSPACE TEAM DURING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT?

The makerspace technicians are always willing to help. You need to book a consultancy session with them if you need a guidance that will take longer than 20 minutes. The technicians cannot undertake any of the work of the resident artist. They can only guide and assist you without undertaking anything that has to do with the execution of the project.

IS THE STIPEND ALLOWANCE AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE STAY, OR ONLY UP TO A CERTAIN NUMBER OF DAYS?

The allowance covers the entire period of the residency (payment each month).

WOULD YOU CONSIDER A PROJECT THAT WOULD NEED TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHER PARTIES (CREATIVE/MAKERS ACTORS BASED IN CYPRUS OR ABROAD)?

We are open to any type of collaborations.

IS THE USAGE OF THE FACILITIES FREE OF CHARGE OR WOULD WILL IT BE DEDUCTIBLE FROM THE 1200€/MONTHLY STIPEND ALLOWANCE?

At the start of your residency, a modest credit amount is provided to each artist. However, the usage of machinery and materials within the facility will be charged separately. Your allowance can be used as you see fit, whether it’s for covering these costs or for other aspects of your project.

IN WHICH LANGUAGE SHOULD THE APPLICATION BE COMPLETED?

The application should be in English.

IS THE RESIDENT ARTIST OBLIGATED TO USE THE MAKERSPACE FACILITIES DURING THE RESIDENCY PERIOD?

The obligation to use the makerspace facilities during the residency period depends on the project’s nature and involvement with specific MRGs (Multi-Disciplinary Research Groups). When applying, artists have the flexibility to choose whether they wish to work solely within the makerspace, with a designated MRG, or both.

Minimum presence of 3 days per week within the CYENS facilities is required. Please note that the TMS facilities are closed for residents on Mondays, and access to workshops is limited to opening hours (8:30 to 15:30) except on public holidays.

IS THE €1200 STIPEND SEPARATE FROM ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO PAY FOR TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, FOOD, MATERIAL EXPENSES?

The €1200 stipend allowance is provided as a fixed amount per month. We do not offer additional funds for accommodation or travel expenses. However, the resident artist has full discretion to use this stipend to cover personal expenses, as well as project-related costs.

WILL THE RESIDENCY BE CONDUCTED IN GREEK OR ENGLISH?

There is no restriction to this. The makerspace team are able to communicate in both Greek and English.

CAN MORE THAN ONE ARTISTS COLLABORATE WITHIN ONE PROPOSAL?

The maximum number of artists that can collaborate under the same project is two.

IN THE CASE THERE ARE TWO ARTISTS COLLABORATING, DO THEY EACH GET THEIR OWN BUDGET OR DO THEY SHARE ONE?

In the case of collaboration between two artists, they will share a combined residency allowance of €1200 per month. However, it’s important to note that both artists must be physically present at the premises of CYENS during the residency period to be eligible for this stipend.

How many days and hours per month should the resident artist be attending the makerspace in person?

The resident artists will have access to the workshops during opening hours only (8:30 to 15:30) between Monday to Friday of each week except from public holidays. It is required that the resident artists spend at least 16 hours per calendar week.