What is VISIT?

VISIT provides fellowships: VISIT is a fellowship programme run by the E.ON Stiftung. It provides young artists with the opportunity to create new work and pursue extraordinary projects.

VISIT promotes discussion: The foundation expressly requests that the artistic works created under the purview of the programme engage with themes related to energy, science and ecology and its significance to society at large. VISIT aims to facilitate a multifaceted discourse with artists as well as scientists and companies about energy, and to address questions relevant to the future. The process of transformation ushered in by the energy transition does not merely involve designing technology; instead, it affects society as a whole. Individuals with various different skill sets and areas of expertise should be involved. 

If you would like to learn more about E.ON before applying, take a look at the website.

What VISIT provides

VISIT supports up to three art projects per year. 

The project outlines can be submitted by individual artists as well as by project groups. Interdisciplinary and participatory approaches are welcome. VISIT also welcomes projects that blur the boundaries between fields such as art, design and architecture.

The projects should be at the interface of art, science and ecology in the context of the theme "Human Machine". The "Human Maschine" scholarship has been in existence since 2019. The focus of the current call for proposals is on the artistic approach to questions of sustainability in the field of digital technologies, in particular artificial intelligence. The complex relationship between man and machine has been the subject of art and artistic practice since industrialisation. With digitalisation, but also with the climate emergency, the topic has become more explosive, especially in the field of artificial intelligence. Fundamental philosophical, economic, ecological and ethical concepts as well as ideas of our living environment are being called into question. With the Open Call "Human-Machine", VISIT promotes international artists of all artistic disciplines who deal with digital technologies and artificial intelligence in the broadest sense, who question in particular the Western history of progress as well as dualisms such as the "artificial" and the "natural"; who enable new patterns of thought, narratives and approaches to the world in the context of the topic and explore urgent aspects of the current situation of society and the planet.

Project schedules are negotiable. However, projects should generally be completed within roughly six months.

The budget allocated for each project is €20,000. This funding can be used for travel, materials, production, exhibitions and documentation.

All VISIT artists will receive access to the broad E.ON Stiftung network, which spans the fields of PR, technology, science and the international art scene.

Our jury

All applications will be reviewed by our independent and interdisciplinary jury. The jury currently consists of:

  • Anh-Linh Ngo, Architektur-Theoretiker und Kurator, Mitglied der Akademie der Künste, Berlin
  • Tiara Roxanne, Künstlerin und Forscherin
  • Anna Gritz, Direktorin, Haus am Waldsee
  • Sinthujan Varatarajah, Autor*in und Wissenchaftler*in

    Cooperation: Junge Akademie

    The idea of artistic research and the multidisciplinary approach are what connect the Akademie der Künste's JUNGE AKADEMIE and VISIT. Since 2020 the partners are offering a new international fellowship to fund projects at the interface between art and science on the topic of the human-machine relationship. Fellows shall also be given the opportunity to stay at one of the Akademie der Künste's studios in Berlin's Hansaviertel district as a guest. The perspective of art, science and business are to be connected in the context of the programme in order to facilitate comprehensive answers to current societal issues. A joint exhibition programme and accompanying discourse formats will serve to support this process and make it available to the public.

    New Partner in 2022: E-Werk

    In 2022, a very special partner was added in the form of E-WERK Luckenwalde. For 60 years, the power plant produced and supplied the city of Luckenwalde and the surrounding area with energy from coal - in 2019, the artists' collective Performance Electrics flipped the switch and transformed the old building into a regenerative art power plant and a centre for contemporary art. E-WERK has a pioneering ecological and economic model, producing and supplying renewable electricity Kunststrom (Art Power) to the building and national grid. As a not-for-profit institution, E-WERK reinvests all revenue from energy production into its contemporary art programme. A place of energy, creativity and critical engagement with and for the local people and visitors from all over the world is being created. VISIT artists have the opportunity to spend a studio stay here on request – joint exhibitions and discourse formats are planned.