The Library is collaborating with the Goethe Institut Glasgow, Alliance Française Glasgow and the Institut Français d’Ecosse with their ‘AI in Residence’ programme

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New Forms of Togetherness – Digital Residency for Artists 
Goethe-Institut Glasgow

These residencies will take take place between November 2020 – December 2021. 

Find out more: AI in Residence call for submissions

An AI residency

The new cultural collaboration between the Goethe-Institut Glasgow and the Alliance Française Glasgow (together with the Institut Français d’Ecosse) aims at uniting technology and art, thus creating a new approach to an increasingly central topic. 

In response to the impact felt by the cultural sector as a result of the Covid-19 global health crisis, we have reframed our initial residency project and transformed it into a purely digital one. The French and German cultural centres based in Scotland are inviting three contemporary artists based in France, Scotland and Germany to apply for this digital residency programme taking place between November 2020 and December 2021.

The programme consists of online residencies which will contribute to the interdisciplinary discourse between artists and partners around the topic of Artificial Intelligence. The remote residency will allow the artists to continue to work from their own space with the digital support of partners: The National Library of Scotland, the Social Brain in Action Lab and the NEoN Festival of Digital Arts. A dialogue will be created around artificial intelligence, between the artists, the partners and an online audience.

In December 2020, the three selected artists will introduce themselves and their methods to a wider audience on NEoN Festival of Digital Arts’ digital platform. They will then develop further ideas while taking part in remotely held input sessions and workshops from our partners and from experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Finally, artists will present the outcome of their work on a digital platform or -if possible- in a physical way with the support of NEoN Festival of Digital Arts and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow.

The residency is directed at contemporary emerging artists whose practice revolves around Artificial Intelligence. The particular interest of the practitioners should be centred on the following:

– AI applications and their impact on our historical and cultural memories that are held in physical archives and libraries.

– AI technology and its impact on our future social relations and behaviour, in regards to developments in robotic engineering.

The aim of the project is to contribute to the discussion around the use of Artificial Intelligence from an interdisciplinary perspective and to make the discourse around AI technology accessible to a wider public. Artists will be working collaboratively and they are asked to deliver their final outcome within the year 2021.

This programme is supported through the Fonds culturel franco-allemand (Franco-German cultural fund).


National Library of Scotland project challenge:

How does AI technology open up new ways of how to interact with library and archival collections and what are the challenges and dangers of using this technology in archival research?

Applicants to the National Library of Scotland residency should use Data Foundry collections to respond to this challenge.

Find out more

Visit the Goethe Institut website: Artificial Intelligence in Residence: the Goethe Institut