The GRASP Lab at The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Weitzman School of Design invite you to apply for 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.
The residents will receive mentorship from Penn faculty, use the fabrication facilities at PERCH, and interact with students across the campus through lectures and workshops. The residency application is not open to students. However, Penn students will be able to work with the residents and get involved during the research, production and exhibition of their work.
The outcome of each residency will culminate in a group exhibition at Esther Klein Gallery and a digital form of dissemination (i.e., website, and possible subsequent publication) which will allow them to share the results within the broader community.
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.