New open call for nominations & applications: VARI Embedded Residency for practitioners working with data

May 9, 2017

Flight Patterns, 2005 – 2009, Aaron Koblin

The Victoria & Albert Museum Research Institute (VARI) is inviting nominations and applications for a yearlong embedded residency at the Museum for practitioners working with data as their medium. The appointed resident will be based at the V&A South Kensington’s Research Department on a part-time basis between October 2017 and October 2018.

The V&A holds considerable quantities of data and of information about its collection objects, and digital infrastructures increasingly form the connective tissue between objects, information, curators and visitors – both in house and online.  Artists working in code and as developers are producing artworks, experiences and events with museum data, creating visualisations, systems and software design, hackathons and more by employing and repurposing digital tools and languages such as (but not limited to) JavaScript, algorithms, GIS, text/image mining and semantics. 

Working with the multiple layers of collections information held in the V&A Museum, we would like the VARI Embedded Resident to make data-focused works that propose new points of entry, navigation and engagement with both collections and the information that we hold about them, eliciting meaningful forms of participation both onsite and offsite, and by the widest range of possible publics. 

For full details on eligibility criteria and the application process: VARI-Embedded-Residency-Open-Call_

Deadline for applications: 7 July 2017

Interview date: 20 July 2017

We welcome nominations/applications from applicants based in or outside of London (in the UK and internationally) but please note that there is no separate budget for accommodation or travel. Nominators will be asked to submit a joint application with the nominated practitioner.

Enquiries should be directed to:

This residency is generously supported by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.


About the author

May 9, 2017

I oversee the V&A's residency programme, supporting artists, designers and other creative practitioners who are invited to undertake research, develop public programmes and create work inspired by the museum’s collections.

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Hello, I am sorry – but your call is a little confused – too much informations and we get lost. Also your document online can’t be filled via internet. I should be interested to be guest of your residence program. As i am a confirmed multimedia artist i would greatly appreciate to know if you should be interested after viewing the following pages > and the other pages of the website. Thank you for your consideration

Thanks for your announcement but is it possible for participating researchers only in your residence program? My field of study is to know the roots and diversity of designs in Iranian Rugs, From Safavid era till now, Is that related title for you for acceptance?

Tehran- Iran

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