transmediale x JUNGE AKADEMIE // Archiving Care


transmediale festival in cooperation with the JUNGE AKADEMIE of Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and the Goethe-Institut Slovakia are pleased to announce What Stays – Archiving Care. The year-long project explores digital counter-archives and the role of technology in opening up alternative histories and memories, and launches with an open call with three digital residencies for international artists from any discipline. Each three month residency will be awarded with 3,000€.

Application deadline is May 4, 2021.

Challenging records, reclaiming narratives, or writing differences into public accounts, requires defiance, imagination, and the bringing together of oppositional experiences and knowledge. Often incomplete and unstable, archives have become spaces where accounts of histories are contested and expanded through acts of resistance and refusal. Examining the gaps, omissions, and the politics of metadata, What Stays – Archiving Care explores how counter-archives can be built through gestures of care, opening up alternative histories, narratives, and stories.

Applications to What Stays – Archiving Care are open from April 6 - May 4 (midnight CET).
The call is open to artists (working individually or in collectives) to submit new or ongoing projects who are working with digital technologies, counter-histories, and experimental archival formats. Each three month online residency is awarded €3,000 and will take place remotely between June - September 2021.The completed work will be presented online and residents will be invited to partake in an event in the year-long programme of the project partners.

Applications to What Stays – Archiving Care are open to all web based formats including text, 3D objects, sound, performances, API’s and games, among others. We particularly welcome projects that follow the principles of open source, accessibility and participation.

The artists for the three digital residencies will be selected by a joint jury of:
Oulimata Gueye (curator and art critic)
Clara Herrmann (Programme Director of the JUNGE AKADEMIE, Akademie der - Künste)
Markus Huber (Director, Goethe-Institut Slovakia)
Nora O Murchú (Artistic Director, transmediale festival)
Helen Pritchard (Associate Professor in Queer Feminist Technoscience and Digital Design, University of Plymouth)

How to apply
Applications are submitted online ( and should include:
A project proposal (500-750 words)
Project image or video
Proposed methodology
Short Bio
Contact Information
A portfolio (PDF) of previous work

For further information and questions please contact: info[at]


btw they are also accepting worldwide applications! so you don’t have to be a eurocitizen to apply :slight_smile:


Thanks for this, and for creating a section for jobs/comps/opportunities! Super important to keep networking as things speed up again!!!