The Unseen / Open Call

By April 30, 2019 March 14th, 2020 Art & Science, Residency

2019 Art & Science



Scientifica launches the 2019 Art & Science Residency Program in Trieste, Italy.

“The Unseen” residency provides a framework for artists to investigate the relationship between contemporary art and advanced scientific research, the intentions of the program being to build a bridge between the two cultures of knowledge, to encourage the development of the creative force shared by both disciplines and to explore new ways of reflection at the intersection between art and science.

Through the proposed activities, this project encourages both the enhancement of creativity innovation capacity by combining it with advanced research platforms, as well as the positioning of the artist as an interpreter of the scientific information, that can facilitate a new kind of dialogue between avant-garde technology and society.

The objective of the program is to support 4 creatives willing to experiment and create in a new context for two weeks, to provide them with the cultural know-how of the place and to coordinate them in the development of a concept showcase in Trieste and an exhibition in Cluj-Napoca. An international digital artist, part of the Invisible Cities residence, will join us throughout the first week program.

Starting from investigation of the unseen phenomenas surrounding us, reflection and theoretical debate, participants in the project will attend tailored activities, meetings and site visits. During the two weeks, visits to the main local research centers will be facilitated, theoretical investigation discussions with researchers and meetings with local artists will take place. The artists are able to select their own method of artistic investigation and the resource they want to access (subject of research).

The entire program is designed to support the creation of new ideas and concepts by providing unusual access to information. For this reason, we encourage applications that are flexible and do not necessarily have pre-formed artistic concept before the residence experience.

The Unseen 2019 call is dedicated to Romanian creatives and/or international creatives based in Romania, for international mobility please apply through The Invisible Cities Call.

Application Deadline

15. May


Art and science are both a response of the innate curiosity of humans to understand the phenomenas surrounding us. They offer a sense of connection with the complex processes that encompasses life and the environment for practitioners as well as for people who are receivers. Each proposes a different perspective of the world that complements each other, making the process of exploring the bidirectional relationship important for enhancing the quality of life.

The creative theme: The Unseen explores the constructivist approach of meaning-making, an active process by which people interpret their experiences and knowledge and actively integrate them for a greater understanding of the world, both in a subjective and objective manner. The unseen represents a way of accessing the subtle and hard to grasp things surrounding us, offering the possibilities of new perspectives concerning phenomenas we stopped noticing.


The cultural project is organised by Scientifica in collaboration with Fondazione Internazionale Trieste as part of the international Pro-ESOF 2020 Framework (EuroScience Open Forum) and is co-funded by the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN). In/Visible Cities joins us this year, providing the grounds for international participation in the residence, while SciFabLab offers support in the concept ideation, a where manufacturing is needed.

Scientific institutions that play a key role in science research and that are included in our program:


Scientifica invites 4 artists to join an art+science residence program, that will take place between 1 – 15 July in Trieste, Italy. 

Artists will have the opportunity to visit and meet scientists from main research institutes in Trieste and discover various fields of scientific knowledge.


Application period: 30 April - 15 May, 2019.

An international jury will select the participants.

The list will be published on and social media on May 30th, 2019.

Selected artists will be contacted.

Residency period: 1 - 15 July 2019

Artist talk, Gorizia: July, 13 2019
Artist talk, Trieste: July, 14 2019

Concept creation: July - October 2019

Final exhibition: October 2019, Cluj-Napoca

Offered Grant

The participation grant includes:

  • Participation at the residence
  • International transport (120€ can be covered by us, extra costs will be supported by participants)
  • Local transport (by car rental service)
  • Accommodation (2 persons/room)
  • Each selected artist will receive the gross amount of 4500RON ( including the fee and production)

What is not included:

  • Meals
  • Medical travel insurance is mandatory and will be covered by each participant at its own cost


The call for applications is addressed to visual artists and creative artists working in the creative industries, including video and sound design, new media, and performing arts. The primary language of this residence will be English, therefore fluency in English (understanding and speaking) is mandatory. To apply, please send an email to with the subject Application for Residency_ (full name), containing the motivation for the application, written in English. If you have any questions, we’re happy to answer them.

Please include in e-mail:

  • Portfolio containing work / research selection, images, texts, audio / video content, file mentioning _ (full name).
  • CV or bio

* Materials larger than 20MB will be sent via wetransfer or dropbox.

The Call

Has Ended!

Selected artists are:
Ioana Trușcă, Lucian Indrei, Maria Băcilă, Hybrid Lab

Media Partners

Co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. These fall entirely under the responsibility of to the beneficiary of the funding.

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