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 address one of the following themes:
1. Future of Labor, productivity and agency: How will robotic technologies extend the understanding and value of work beyond substituting human or animal labor?
2. 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?
3. Environmental emergencies: How can robotics provide a framework to engage with broader and intersectional/ overlapping questions related to the climate and other environmental emergencies?
Across these themes, 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.
Once the three residents are selected, we will arrange meetings with faculty to form a mentorship committee that will help the residents orient to the resources at PERCH, Fine Arts and Design, and the broader University. The committee will also help the resident schedule a public lecture and workshops with the students, as well as develop peer and leader mentorship opportunities for the residents while they are in post.
Each resident will be expected to interact with the student community with Penn by participating with a lecture or a workshop. Due to pandemic, our residents will start engaging with the residency in an online form and eventually come on site as the conditions permit.
The culmination of the residencies will be a group exhibition by the three participants in the Robotics Art Residency.
The residency should take place sometime between September 2021 and June 2022. Please indicate your preferred timing within the proposal. 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)
The application deadline is
February 15, 2021 (May 15, 2021) June 15, 2021
Please view the recording from our information webinar on Feb 3, 2021. 5PM (EST)