Open Call for Media Artists

Open Call for Media Artists


Visions of transformations to sustainability

Deadline for applications: July 15th, 2021

Sustainability affects all facets of life and, in addition to ecological, economic and technological considerations, also touches on issues of social justice within a society. The transformation to a sustainable society involves fundamental changes in the way societal needs are met in terms of mobility, culture, health, nutrition or energy supply, for example. Achieving comprehensive sustainability will be an ongoing and interactive process that must be shaped by all parts of society.

In the context of the international conference "International Sustainability Transitions" (IST), which will take place from 5 to 8 October 2021 in the UNESCO City of Media Arts Karlsruhe, the Fraunhofer ISI, in cooperation with the UNESCO Office of the Cultural Affairs of the City of Karlsruhe, invites artists or groups of artists to submit project proposals for a media artwork. Under the heading "Visions of transformations to sustainability", the aim is to create a digital media artwork that critically reflects on the following questions:

  • What does a truly sustainable future look like?
  • Can we use our creative talents to renew our cities and make them more sustainable? What role can or should technology play in this?
  • What influence does art have on sustainability and vice versa?
  • Through which alternative paths or ways can sustainability be mainstreamed into all parts of global societies?

The selected artist will receive a fee of EUR 9,999.00 (net) for the realisation of the artwork. In addition, the artist may be granted a subsidy for production costs of up to EUR 5,000.00 (net).

Applications are open to professional media artists from Karlsruhe and the cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. As this is an international project, only applications in English will be considered.

The artwork will be presented in virtual form at the IST Conference on 7 October 2021. Subsequently, exhibitions are planned at various locations and events of the Fraunhofer ISI, as well as within the exhibition format Seasons of Media Arts, organized in Karlsruhe by UNESCO City of Media Arts.

Further information and access to the online application form can be found here:


Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung ISI
Petra Sandker
Tel: +49 721 6809-212

Kulturamt Stadt Karlsruhe I UNESCO City of Media Arts
Blanca Giménez
Tel: + 49 721 133-4003


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