Open call: "ARTIST IN LAB - DUALITÄT" with Fraunhofer & STATE

Artist Residency with Fraunhofer & STATE

© Ole Jeschonnek
Residents Charlotte Dachroth & Ole Jeschonnek at Fraunhofer IOF, Reinraum

STATE in partnership with Fraunhofer Network “Art, Science and Design” are launching a residency program, offering a unique opportunity for artists and designers.

© Charlotte Dachroth Dachroth+Jeschonnek, LICHTVOLUMEN

© Charlotte Dachroth
Dachroth+Jeschonnek, LICHTVOLUMEN

The "Artist in Lab - Dualität" program allows selected artists and designers to enter into an interdisciplinary exchange with scientists from the Fraunhofer network of institutes that focuses on science, art and design ("WKD Network") and to collaborate with them. Within the scope of the program, the selected artists and designers will be given access to applied research facilities in order to be able to network with the scientists. The objective is to approach knowledge cultures through interdisciplinary exchange guided by the aims of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Wissenschaft e.V. ("Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft", FhG)1.

The key topic of "Dualität" ('duality') suggests the interplay between science and business in applied research as a subject of artistic expression. Approaches that respond specifically to scientific-technical methods are particularly welcomed.

The results of interdisciplinary work created within the scope of this program will be publicly exhibited on occasion of the fair Designers Open (DO)in collaboration with the art center HALLE14, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, and in the science and art gallery STATE Studio in Berlin as part of the Fraunhofer exhibition series "Wissenschaft und Kunst im Dialog". In addition, the works can be exhibited in solo exhibitions at Fraunhofer institutes and Fraunhofer institutions in order to present the results to the public. The artists and/or designers and their projects will feature in an "Artist in Lab - Dualität" program catalogue to be published by the Fraunhofer Verlag. Provided the successful participants agree, the results of the interdisciplinary work will be made available to social science researchers.

Applications for this program may be submitted by:

  • All artists and designers who agree to collaborate with one/several of the Fraunhofer institutes listed

  • The artists and designers independently motivate their favorite Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft partner for their planned project, with reference to this program (successful applications are likely to receive funding or financial support through "Artist in Lab")

Application and Open Call

  • The open call for this project ends on 29 November 2019 at 11 pm.

  • Residency and exhibition period: 02/2020 – 10/2020


Under the umbrella of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, which is a research society (RS) that unites several Fraunhofer institutes and Fraunhofer institutions (FI) which each focus on a specific key topic, the artists and designers are invited to gain tandem partners engaged in independent scientific research from the institutes that participate in the WKD Network for their planned project. The successful applicants will have a set amount from the Fraunhofer WKD Network operational budget at their disposal. Successful applicants may use this amount to pay for the tandem partner's R&D services and/or the work of art within the scope of the project submitted. In the current call for submissions round, a total of 25.000 € is available for the allocation of funds to the submissions, in order to enable project results ready for exhibition. To allocate the budget, successful participants from the fields of art and design will be selected from the submissions by an interdisciplinary jury and will be funded in the amount of 5.000 € – 10.000 €.

Contact & Details

If you have any questions, comments or ideas about the residency program, please email us at

F.A.O. Frau Fankhänel

Fraunhofer IMWS I WKD Network Office
Walter-Hülse-Strasse 1
06120 Halle (Saale), Germany
Phone: +49 345 5589-239

Participating Fraunhofer institutes and Fraunhofer institutions 

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI

  • Headquarters of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ZV

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS 

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP 

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS

  • Fraunhofer Institute for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF 

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE

  • Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine Biotechnology and Cell Technology EMB

  • Fraunhofer Information Center for Planning and Building IRB

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT