D.A.I.R. Digital Artist In Residence

The Fondazione Giorgio Cini, within the framework of the ARCHiVe Centre, announces 2 residential scholarships for 1 month each covering the cost of accommodation, aimed at artists with proven experience, of any artistic language and expressive tool, of any age and nationality.


Application deadline is postponed until 15 July, 2024 (applications must be uploaded by 11:59 pm CET).

The 2 scholarships are addressed, within the multidisciplinary context of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, to Italian and foreign artists interested in spending a period of 1 month at the ARCHiVe digitisation laboratory for a direct confrontation with the potential of new technologies for the digitisation of cultural heritage, with the tools of AI applied to digital humanities and mainly in the reuse of data already in the archives of Fondazione Giorgio Cini in a creative and design key. The aim of the project is to enable dialogue between artists and computer scientists, developers, and archivists, in general between art and science, to narrow disciplinary distances, to create contamination between languages and to produce new works starting from the reuse of the digital heritage of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.

Candidates are not required to have digital skills but will be able to take advantage of the support of ARCHiVe staff.

The goal of the residency period is the writing of a project, not the execution of the work. The Fondazione Giorgio Cini will be able to support the production of the digital artwork by agreeing on its realization with the artist who will be eventually selected.

Discover ARCHiVe projects, and available technologies.
We use various frameworks and models for computer vision, including:
– Detectron2 for object detection;
– Segment Anything for image segmentation (MobileSAM);
– Vertex AI, from Google.

Access to the digital archives of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.
Information about ARCHiVe Online Academy.

Candidates must propose a research project preferably dedicated to the use of data from completed or ongoing digitisation campaigns or focused on the themes addressed in the ARCHiVe Online Academy training programme.

The two scholarships dedicated to the D.A.I.R. Digital Artist in Residence project guarantee access to the digitisation laboratory and the possibility of using, in collaboration with the operators of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, all the technological equipment and computer apparatus of the ARCHiVe Centre.

In addition, selected artists will have access to:

  • Libraries and Photographic Library of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, specialised in art history, history of Venice, literature, music, dance, theatre, rare books, comparative civilisations, and spirituality. The libraries are equipped with Wi-Fi connection.
  • Cultural initiatives (seminars, conferences, concerts, exhibitions) organised by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, which will give residents the opportunity to place their digital research in a broader cultural perspective.

The Residence, located in the park of the Island, can accommodate up to 90 scholars simultaneously in single and double accommodations. The Residence is equipped with reception services, surveillance, cleaning, and self-service laundry. To promote social life and the circulation of ideas, common spaces are open to all guests: living room, music room, fitness area, terrace.


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