Apply for an artistic residence programme at an astronomical observatory
This programme is conceived so as for an only artist to perform a one-month residency in a unique and inspiring environment in direct contact with the universe. During this period the artist will create a piece of art supported by the professional team at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma). The programme aims to promote creation and creativity among the technology and science fields.
For centuries, different civilizations have seen and interpreted in their own way the universe. Babylonians carried out mathematic annotations in all their observations. In ancient Egypt, the Nile flood, symbol of fertility, started at the time when Shotis could be seen shortly before the sunrise and the Greeks associated the interactions of the stars between them and they devised a spherical cosmos whose center made the Earth, sun and other planets spin around it.
In this way a broad scientific knowledge was formed until the Arabs cataloged the stars with the names used today.
During all these centuries, and in parallel to technological advances, philosophers have asked repeatedly about the meaning and reason of the universe and life. And nowadays, we look at the sky with all the uncertainty that looking at the cosmos makes us feel.
However, if there is something by which the humanity has ever been attracted it is the contemplation of this unknown and incomprehensible universe, in which millions of celestial bodies are orbiting around the sun.
We are looking for an artist from any part of the world that will be capable of integrating art and technology in a single project, providing with an artistic sense the millions of visual or numerical data, which are hidden in the universe. To help in this interpretation, the artist will make use, together with the team of scientists of the Observatory, of the most advanced astronomical observation systems. Artists who are able to create a work art inspired by these heavenly natures and data.
The aim of the program is to deepen in the relationship between art, technology and science, through the use of the latest technological developments made available to the artists. One look and a different approach to the scientific environments that produce to new artistic disciplines and revolutionary and innovative works of art. A unique and inspiring environment that will facilitate the direct connection between the artist and the vastness of the universe with the most advanced astronomical observation systems.