Fresh A.I.R. is an artist in residence scholarship program in Berlin, which offers artists and cultural professionals in the field of Urban and New Contemporary Art the time, the space and the resources to devote themselves to an artistic project within the framework of a given thematic complex (and in accordance with the Fresh A.I.R. funding guidelines of the Stiftung Berliner Leben).
During their stay, the scholarship holders have the opportunity to gain new impetus, to develop their art and to gain important experience for their future careers. Up to 13 scholarship holders will be invited to Berlin from April 2022 until September 2022.
The Fresh A.I.R. scholarships will be awarded for 6 months. The value of the scholarship amounts to a total of 1,900 euros per person, per month. This amount is broken down, as follows:
For questions about the scholarship, please write an email to FreshAIRfirstname.lastname@example.org.→ FAQ (pdf 0.3 MB)
The Fresh A.I.R. scholarships of the Stiftung Berliner Leben offer artists and cultural practitioners the time, space and resources to devote themselves to an artistic project in accordance with the foundation’s funding priorities. Up to 13 artists are invited to live and work in our artist residencies in Berlin for 6 months.
Thematic call – »PICTURING DEMOCRACY «
Since the turn of the millennium, the global community has been facing a variety of political, economic and social challenges, such as extremist terrorism, financial crises and refugee crises, which have put our understanding of democracy and solidarity to the test. Most recently, the viral pandemic also shook the European community to its core and at times pushed it to its limits. Thereby, the pandemic-related decrees and restrictions on democratic freedoms served those who aimed to use emotional rhetoric and new populisms to influence opinion-forming processes and destabilize citizens’ trust in democratic institutions and free media. The degradation of public media as a reliable source of information complicates reasonable, fact-based discourse and democratic understanding between institutions and the population.
Art – essentially democratic itself, since it can be freely interpreted – needs democracy in order to thrive. Most recently though, art has experienced rarely seen restrictions in the time of the pandemic and temporarily fell silent as a critical corrective, as a means of social self-reflection and as a producer of political utopias. The call for proposals »PICTURING DEMOCRACY « of the seventh class of Fresh A.I.R. is aimed at European artists whose projects stimulate public discourse, develop strategies to protect democracy, and visually unfold imaginaries of future developments of democracy as a form of government.
How did democratic societies develop and how is democracy practiced today? In the first thematic field of action »EXPLORING«, artists are invited to analyze and process current events and political conditions, and to express them in their artistic projects.
Funding will be provided for:
In which ways can a democracy be threatened and what measures are conceivable to protect it? In the second thematic field of action »PROTECTING«, the focus is on developing strategies to strengthen democratic values and institutions and to protect them from being attacked.
Funding will be provided for:
Facing the future, what challenges do democracies have to prepare themselves for? In the third thematic field of action »RETHINKING«, artists are invited to work out what democracy means in the 21st century and to imagine how it can develop in the future.
Funding will be provided for:
→ The funding guidelines (pdf 0.5 MB)
With the Fresh A.I.R. scholarships, the Stiftung Berliner Leben supports:
The scholarship has no age limit. It is irrelevant whether the applicant has a university degree or not. Scholarships are awarded to individuals. Former scholarship holders of the Fresh A.I.R. scholarship are excluded from reapplying.
Selection is made by a rotating jury. The decision of the jury is final and may not be challenged. There is no legal claim to the awarding of a Fresh A.I.R. scholarship. Applicants will be notified of the decisions, but not the reasoning.
For questions about the scholarships or the jury , please write an email to FreshAIRemail@example.com.→ FAQ´s (pdf 0.3 MB)
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