Octopus Programme Open Call for 2021/2022

Date(s) - 20/01/2021 - 08/03/2021
All Day


This call is open to all Diploma Students, Master’s and PhD students at University of Applied Arts Vienna and Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design Stockholm. Two students from University of Applied Arts Vienna will be selected. The deadline of the submission of the applications is 08.03.2021, 17:00 (CET).

The Octopus Programme is a guided research-based educational programme that encourages artistic research and production-based collaborations across academies and art institutions; students and professionals; diverse presentation modes; and processes of research and documentation in the targeted geographical regions—Europe, the Mediterranean, and Africa. While the Octopus Programme functions as a support mechanism for emerging artists, the main objective of the programme is to accumulate experience-based collective and creative output by taking geopolitical, social, ecological, and educational urgencies and diversities into consideration. The programme is designed and attached to a two-semester course “Spectral Encounters” (a 3-credit course per semester, presented by the University of Applied Arts Vienna) that takes place simultaneously in different cities with a joint curriculum, designed and prepared by 8 institutions from Europe, The Mediterranean and Africa for 10 selected participants. The language of the course is English. The programme includes peer-to-peer educational sessions, talks and tutorials by guest lecturers, online and class discussions, research field trips and work groups, collaborative production-based workshops in Birzeit, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Helsinki, Pretoria, Stockholm, Tunis and Vienna. While the course is run by 7 curators, international guest artists and activities will accompany the programme.

For further information please visit the webpage of the project: