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    Posted: 6 February 2023

    ARTeCHÓ Fellowship Programme

    Deadline for applications: 15 March 2023

    The main goal of ARTeCHÓ is to create a peer-to-peer learning community for artists to learn more about the technical side of the art-making process and its intersection with new technologies, Crypto Art, blockchain, and NFT marketplaces.

    To do so, ARTeCHÓ is launching this European call for participants to select 15 artists and designers to join a 7-month Fellowship Programme consisting of a blended approach with online meetings, training, mentorship, inspirational sessions, and a 2-week physical residency. During the 7-month programme, selected fellows work on their proposed projects and present them to the public at the end of the trajectory. The Fellowship Programme focuses on digital productions but does not exclude other forms. The selected fellows will receive a grant of €10.000.

    ARTeCHÓ will combine artistic talent with technological exploration, bringing together experts and recognised artists to share their knowledge with emerging creative practitioners and provide them with inputs to grow artistically and professionally. During the Fellowship Programme, each participant will learn about this field and its current discourses and apply this knowledge in a project developed under the guidance of mentors and in exchange with the fellows, speakers and the institutions involved.

    The underlying approach of the Fellowship Programme is to explore these decentralized technologies while being critical towards their economic and ecological implications. Furthermore, the intention is to artistically expand the topic of decentralization beyond the merely technological aspect. To critically implement this approach and intention in the ARTeCHÓ program, we will include in our inspirational sessions contributions that highlight the role of art for decentralized technologies, the empowerment and speculation of NFTs, the ecological costs of crypto art and the social implication of the blockchain for alternative economic models, to name a few.


    The aim of the Fellowship Programme is trifold: to discuss the use of decentralised technology in art; to reflect on how these technologies could contribute to different ways of living; to develop and present a project around these themes.

    The fellowship will run from April - October 2023. It contains:

    Inspirational Sessions
    April - October | online + on-site during kick-off meeting and sprint residency

    7 gatherings with presentations and discussions from/with invited speakers. Topics we will explore: promises and pitfalls of NFTs and cryptocurrencies, decentralisation and society, arts and design’s contribution to decentralised technologies, DAOs (decentralised autonomous organisations), crypto arts and ecology and the social implications of the blockchain.

    Domenico Quaranta will open the program with a gathering that introduces us to the realm of NFTs and decentralised technologies. Domenico Quaranta is an art critic, curator and teacher interested in the ways in which the ongoing technological changes affect contemporary artistic practices. He recently wrote Surfing with Satoshi, a book on how the blockchain is disrupting the art world (or not).

    Ruth Catlow will focus on the social implications of the blockchain, and how to keep it from serving centralised power and capital. Ruth Catlow is an artist, curator and researcher of emancipatory network cultures, practices and poetics and artistic director of Furtherfield, a not-for-profit international community hub for arts, technology and social change founded with Marc Garrett in London. Together with Penny Rafferty, Ruth co-edited Radical Friends. Decentralised Autonomous Organisations and the Arts.

    Michelle Kasprzak will guide a gathering around ethics and NFTs. She is an artist, writer, curator and educator. Her essay “Ethical Engagement with NFTs - Impossibility or Viable Aspiration?” is included in the book From Commons to NFTs edited by Felix Stalder and Janez Fakin Jansa.

    Other speakers will be announced soon.

    Mentoring Sessions
    April - October | online + on-site during kick-off meeting and sprint residency

    Mentoring session with experiences artists/curators from the field, will give you the chance to reflect on the inspirational sessions and discuss your project idea. In groups of five, fellows are followed and mentored throughout the program.

    Inte Gloerich is a PhD researcher at Utrecht University and the Institute of Network Cultures (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences). In her PhD, she explores sociotechnical imaginaries around blockchain technology as they appear in for instance blockchain memes, startup culture, and art. More broadly, Inte’s work involves the politics, artistic imagination, and (counter)cultures surrounding digital technology and economy. She co-edited MoneyLab Reader 2: Overcoming the Hype (with Geert Lovink and Patricia de Vries) and State Machines: Reflections and Actions at the Edge of Digital Citizenship (with Yiannis Colakides and Marc Garrett) and organised several conferences addressing the crossroads between digital economy, technology, culture, and politics.

    Felix Fritsch attempts to apply the experience gathered in various social movements and community centres to the digital realm. In the course of writing his PhD thesis on the political economy of Crypto Commons, he co-founded the Crypto Commons Association (CCA) in early 2021 as a way to more directly contribute to the development of protocols for organising around the common good.

    Jonas Lund is a conceptual artist who creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflect on contemporary networked systems and power structures. The Jonas Lund Token (JLT) is a distributed decentralised autonomous artistic practice that aims to optimise and streamline the decision-making process in art production and the strategic decisions concerning a career path.

    Kick-off meeting in Milan
    MEET Digital Culture Center (Italy) | 17 - 19 May 2023

    A 3-day on-site program with talks, workshops and experiences. This will be the first occasion during the fellowship to meet each other in person. The mentors will also join the program.

    Sprint-residency in Zaragoza
    ETOPIA Center for Art and Technology (Spain) | 2-16 November, 2023

    To produce your project for presentation at Zaragoza at the end of this sprint residency. You can use the facilities of ETOPIA. There will be practical working sessions in the new media lab, encouraging collaborative projects for the media facade and the virtual gallery of ETOPIA.


    We are looking for artists and/or designers working with decentralised technologies, cryptocurrencies and/or NFTs, or who have the ambition to do so. In order to be eligible, proposals must be presented by a single applicant meeting the following criteria:

    ● Be an artist and/or designer, , working with decentralised technologies, cryptocurrencies and/or NFTs, or with the ambition to do so.
    ● Be established in one of the 27 EU Member States or non-EU participating countries that, on the date of the publication of the call, participate in the Creative Europe Programme.
    ● Be registered as a legal entity - this means that you are registered in the Chamber of Commerce and have a VAT number.

    We ask artists and/or designers to apply individually (even if you are part of a collective or artist/designer duo). For 3 of the 15 spots available we prioritise artists and/or designers with no experience with decentralised technologies or who are just starting in this field.

    You can apply by filling out this form with the following information/materials (in English):
    • Your motivation letter (max 1 page)
    • Your CV (max 2 page)
    • A portfolio highlighting max 5 of your projects most fitting to the topic of this call
    • A short proposal of the project you want to work on during the fellowship (max 1 page)
    • A portrait picture of yourself

    The (extended) deadline for application is 15 March 2023, 23:59 CET.

    To be admissible your application needs to comply with the guidelines, meaning that you need to submit it in English, before the deadline and provide all the requested information in the form.

    Paper or email submissions are NOT admissible. However, if your submission failed and you believe this is due to a fault in the submission system, you should immediately contact, explaining the circumstances and attaching a copy of the proposal (and, if possible, screenshots to show what happened).

    For questions, please send an email to

    ARTeCHÓ is co-funded by the European Union. Grand agreement n° 101056278. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting can be held responsible for them.


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