Open Call for Young Iranian Sound Artists | Beethoven Foundation Bonn and bonn hoeren – urban sound art
Sonotopia – the sonic explorers
Iran – Germany Sound Art Exchange Program
in collaboration with the Embassy of Germany in Tehran
October 1st until October 31st, 2019 – Tehran, Iran
May 29th until June 8th, 2020 – Bonn, Germany
August 15, 2019
Kooshk Residency and bonn hoeren – urban soundart / Beethoven Foundation Bonn with the collaboration of the cultural section of the German Embassy in Tehran present an exchange program between Iran and Germany for two Iranian and two German, active in the fields of sound art. This exchange program exists out of two parts and will be held from October 1st to October 31st, 2019 in Tehran and from May 29th until June 8th, 2020 at Bonn.
Since 2015, the Beethoven foundation for art and culture of the federal city of Bonn has organized “Bonn hoeren – Sonotopia”, the European student competition for sound art installation. This is the world’s only endowed competition for students of sound art. The creation of a European prize for the promotion of young sound artists will give up-and-coming talents in the field of sound art both greater visibility and audibility in the public sphere.
Sonotopia – the sonic explorers – residency project
The international residency and exchange project “Sonotopia- the sonic explorers” will turn former Bonn prize winners into traveling researchers and sound art ambassadors.
To open up the world for one’s self or to open up one’s self to the world – both processes commence with listening. Our perception of the world “out there” begins with listening, long before we are born. The act of listening is the foundation for every type of communication and social interaction. Both of the latter have to be learned.
6 young German sound artists will go for one month on project- and research resindcies to Theran/Iran, Dakar/Senegal and Valparaiso/Chile (2 to each place) to work there together as a group with 2 young local artists and a local mentor. The group will explore the city from the position of listening. How do cities sound today? How different is listening in other cultures? In the focus of the project lays the artistic examination of urban phenomena from the sonic perspective, their interpretation and transformation with multiple artistic methods.
In 2020 all participants come together for a second residence in Bonn/Germany – the home of the Beethoven anniversary year – to meet the other groups, exchange their experiences and explore together a different city context. A final exhibition im Künstlerforum Bonn will present the results.
Part I – Tehran/Iran
The residency will take place from October 1 to October 31 in Tehran.
Participants are two artists from Germany, two Iranian artists and a local artist as a mentor of the group.
Artist fee: €1500 for each artist
Beethoven Foundation Bonn will provide production budget for developing of the works, travel of the German artists to Tehran and return.
Kooshk will provide living space for the German artists, a shared working studio for the whole group for the month of October and host the final presentation.
Part II – Bonn/Germany
The residency will take place from May 29th to June 8th in Bonn.
Participants are the same as above + 2 mentors from Europe.
Artist fee: €1000 for each artist
Beethoven Foundation Bonn will provide production budget for developing of the works, final exhibition, etc., travel of the Iranian artists to Bonn and return, living space for all artists, working studio for the whole group for the duration of their stay in June and exhibition Space.
How to apply
We are looking for artists interested in the work with sound and city.
Hard-copy and email submissions are not accepted.
Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered.