VISIT Scholars 2023: Human Machine

The jury has selected the 2023/2024 scholarship holders for the E.ON Foundation's VISIT program from more than 200 international applications.

This time, three female artists and one female artist duo can look forward to prize money of 20,000 euros each:

The artist Sofia Isupova will work on a machine that records sections of the Ukrainian terrain in diagrams and drawings to make the daily changes in the landscape visible. For example, the consequences of the Russian war of aggression, but also renewal, growth and life.

The artist Maithu Bùi wants to explore the use of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, bioengineered organisms and robots. During her fellowship, she will also address the role of marginalized groups involved, e.g. in the detection and removal of mines and explosive remnants of war and the resulting impact on the environment.

The artist duo Franziska Aigner & Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi will explore the composition of film and choreography and develop an experimental film about personal and multidirectional memories and historically mediated narratives.

The artist, designer and scientist Rae Hsu examines the social and ethical conditions of artificial intelligence and will use specially developed parameters to develop a neural network as an "empathy machine" in order to point out the paradoxes of empathic feeling.

The VISIT program of the E.ON Foundation with the thematic focus Human Machine is a cooperation with the JUNGEN AKADEMIE, the international residency program of the Akademie der Künste and the E-WERK Luckenwalde, center for art flow and contemporary art. The partnership serves to promote artistic networking and aims to deepen questions of sustainability in the field of digital technologies. Studios at E-WERK Luckenwalde and at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin are available for the funded artists. A joint event is also planned.

The jury consisted of Anna Gritz, director, Haus am Waldsee; Anh-Linh Ngo, architecture journalist, curator, editor-in-chief, member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Tiara Roxanne, artist and researcher; Sinthujan Varatharajah, author and scientist, and Laura Helena Wurth, art critic and curator.