Open Call Residencies

1Information about the Residency Program Open Call
2Open Call Form
Theme of the residency program

Physicaldigital-digitalphysical-physicaldigital-[…] is an exploration of the boundary between the physical and digital realms. Although the digital world exists in a space that is not directly accessible to our senses, it plays an increasingly important role in our lives. The use of metaphors and translations can greatly contribute to understanding, democratising and facilitating access to these realms.

Artists are particularly skilled at bridging and interconnecting these worlds. By creating immersive, interactive, and shared experiences, new ways of thinking about technology and its impact can be developed. Our goal is to invite people from different backgrounds, expertises and life experiences to gather, explore and navigate the core of our theme: the possibilities and challenges of art as an interface between the digital and the physical.

For this residency program, we are looking for artists that want to research, develop and produce works that “live“ on interface between the digital and the physical worlds. We are aware of the countless interpretive possibilities of the theme. Naturally, we are curious to discover the various associations and ideas that you might have! Works of abstract nature are also welcome for submission.

As an organisation that aims at being a hub for exploration and discovery, we have a strong preference for works that can be experienced together, in the physical world.

About Uncloud

Uncloud is a non profit contemporary art & music organisation based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Uncloud organises a yearly event that coherently blends multiple genres and artistic disciplines in its program, with a focus on innovation and interdisciplinary art and installations. In addition to being a festival, Uncloud is a platform for young and emerging artists and is deeply committed to creating a sustainable and inclusive artistic ecosystem in which there is room for experimentation, research and interdisciplinary.

Uncloud’s residency program fosters collaboration and co-creation among artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. With coaching, support, and equipment, Uncloud aims to create an environment where artists can exchange ideas and push the boundaries of their practice. The former prison location provides a unique backdrop for artistic exploration and inspiration.

The aim of this year’s theme is to catalyse new ways of thinking about technology and its role in our lives by creating shared immersive experiences. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a space where artists, technologists, and audiences can come together to genuinely meet, reflect, discover, explore, and speculate.


The former Pieter Baan Centre, located in Utrecht, Netherlands, is a historic building that has been repurposed as a creative space for artists and innovators. Originally built as a prison in the early 20th century, the building has undergone extensive renovations to transform it into a unique and inspiring location for artistic exploration.

The former prison is an imposing structure with a rich history. It was named after Pieter Baan, a Dutch psychiatrist who developed a method for diagnosing criminal behaviour. The building was used as a forensic psychiatric hospital until 2008, when it was decommissioned. Since then, it has been used for a variety of purposes, including as a location for film and television productions.

Practical Info
  • The open call is open for submissions until April 2nd 2023, 23:59 CET.
  • There are two residency periods. Each applicant can take part in one of the two residencies. The two periods are:
    • From 5 to 16 June. (weekend optional)
    • From 4 tot 15 September. (weekend optional)
  • The honorarium per project is €800 (artistic fee) and €200 (material costs/rentals) excluding VAT. The honorarium is an artistic/research fee. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover travel costs, residential costs, etc. for the residencies. Of course, if materials costs are nihil, the fee for materials is added to the artistic fee.
  • Uncloud has wide range of technical equipment available for residencies. This will be discussed with selected artists.
  • The aim of both residency periods is to present the outcome at our festival/pop-up museum in October 2023.
  • In addition, the (provisional) outcomes of the first residency period will be presented during a public event on the 16th or 17th of June.
  • Materials costs that are required for the final presentation at the festival/pop-up museum are to be discussed.
  • Proficiency in English and availability for a mini-interview/documentary during the residency is highly appreciated.

Applications are submitted through the form below. Additional attachments are:

  • CV
  • Portfolio
  • Short Biography (for promotional purposes)
  • Project proposal
  • Press Images

For any questions about the open call, please feel free to email us through opencall [at] uncloud [dot] nl.

We are delighted to announce our artistic residency program for 2023, consisting of two residencies of 10 days each at the former Pieter Baan Centrum in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The residencies are part of Uncloud’s thematic programme of this year, titled physicaldigital-digitalphysical-physicaldigital-[…].

We are interested in interdisciplinary works that incorporate three (or more) of the following themes:

  1. A close connection with the theme of the program.
  2. Works that embody the interface(s) between physical and digital spaces.
  3. Site-specific works that engage with the space (or themes) of the former forensic psychiatric observation clinic.
  4. Critical reflection on modern society and present dilemma’s.
  5. Creative use of contemporary technology.

Below you can find some more information about this years theme, what we are aiming at with this residency program, who we are, and general practicalities.

Looking to present work thats already created? Take a look at our General Open Call here.