The Robotics Art Residency organized by the GRASP Lab and the Weitzman School of Design is a four week residency program that will bring together faculty and students to explore the use of robotic technologies in addressing contemporary social, cultural, and environmental challenges.
Three artists, designers, engineers or creatives from any discipline will spend four weeks at the GRASP Lab at PERCH, during which each will develop a creative project with resources offered by PERCH and the Department of Fine Arts and Design.
Our residency focuses on developing an artwork using robotic technologies. While robotics, here, is broadly defined, we are looking for creatives who would explore the use of robotic technologies in addressing contemporary social, cultural, and environmental challenges. These could be any type of physical system (kinetic or static) that can exhibit autonomous behavior.
We encourage applicants who explore alternative forms of making, knowing, and decision-making associated with non-canonical/hierarchical, BIPOC, queer, feminist, and non-Western perspectives.
The residency requires a 30 hr/week commitment for 4 weeks and includes:
Materials and Fabrication budget: $1000
Housing: $1,500 for an apartment in West Philly (if housing is not needed, the funds could be used for travel or fabrication)
As a conceptual framework, the applicants are invited to think across different material embodiments, aesthetic paradigms, capacities of agency, and utility—and submit their application that addresses one of the following themes:
- Future of Labor, productivity and agency: How will robotic technologies extend the understanding and value of work beyond substituting human or animal labor?
- Education inequality and social empowerment: How can robotics be used to increase the participation of underrepresented people in public discourses around careers within STEM, and empower under-represented people already in STEM communities gain more agency and influence?
- Environmental emergencies: How can robotics provide a framework to engage with broader and intersectional/overlapping questions related to the climate and other environmental emergencies?