Digital residencies for international creative practitioners

The Übersee-Museum Bremen announces three 3-month digital residencies for international creative practitioners with links to Pacific Islands / diaspora. 

About the Übersee-Museum Bremen, Germany 

The Übersee-Museum is on a journey of reinvention. As a place for research in ethnology, trade and natural history, we are transitioning to a space for conversation and impact. Over the past six months, in conversation with museum and cultural professionals across the world we have identified three concepts that we believe can change perspectives on our collections. To continue this conversation, we are launching three residencies to explore how we can realise these concepts into prototypes. They are:

  • Concept 1: Can we present an online exhibition where objects will be unnamed, re-named or named in their original language – and does it change the visitor experience?
  • Concept 2: What would an online exhibition that explains “Germany” to Pacific Islanders  look like? 
  • Concept 3: How would you reconcile historical objects with contemporary stories in a multisensory way? 

You’ll notice, we have presented each concept as a question because it’s just a starting point, not an expression of the end result. We are now looking for open-minded, friendly and collaborative teams to develop prototypes based on one of the three ideas. Keep reading to find out how you can submit an expression of interest. 

What you need to know

During the residency, we expect you to participate in two workshops on storytelling and usability led by international experts. There will be a monthly 90-minute briefing between your group and the working group at the museum. The dates and times of these workshops and meetings will be agreed with you. The prototype will be published and distributed under an open source/free software license (if applicable). You will remain the copyright holder. 

We will award three digital residencies in 2021.

Each team will be awarded €7,500 (inclusive of VAT). 

The key dates:

  • Application deadline: September 13, 2021
  • Interviews of shortlisted candidates with the museum team: September 27, 2021
  • Successful candidates notified: October 1, 2021 
  • Residency duration: October 15, 2021 – January 15, 2022 

Who can apply?

This is a virtual residency open to creative practitioners globally. We are looking for a multidisciplinary group. We expect you to have multiple interests and skills. Your group should be linked with or have an interest in the Pacific Islands and/or diaspora communities. Please see the application form for more information. 

We’ve done our best to ensure that the application process is not time consuming. From the original application to your prototype, we want the process to be a conversation. Therefore, your answers to the questions in the application form should help us get to know you a bit better. We will arrange an interview with the shortlisted candidates. 

Click here to apply for the residency.

Application form (via Google)

Best of luck!

About the Neo-Collections project

Combining a collection of ethnology, trade and natural history, the Übersee-Museum Bremen has embarked on an ambitious project to rethink its digital curatorial work as part of its collection and exhibition practice. For the next few years the Übersee-Museum will focus its research and exhibition work on the Oceania collection. The NEO Collections programme, funded by the Digital Culture Programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, was  launched in 2020 as a collaboration between three museums to explore the perspectives of opening up our approaches to collections. 

Funded by the Digital Culture Programme of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Culture Foundation). Funded by the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media).

Logo vom Fonds "Kultur Digital" der Kulturstiftung des Bundes und von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien
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