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Artist in Residence Programme

Art and scientific research have several things in common. Artists and researchers investigate the nature of our presence in the world, push boundaries in knowledge and technology, and venture into the unexplored. The questions our researchers study naturally provide inspiration for artistic inquiry, which in turn can offer a fresh perspective of the scientific endeavour. Both disciplines require creativity, curiosity, and imagination, combined with scrutiny, technique and determination.

IRB Barcelona's Artist in Residency Programme aims to connect artists with an interest in interdisciplinary science with the wide range of research, scientists, data and infrastructure available at the Institute. It provides a unique opportunity for artists to immerse themselves in the IRB Barcelona community for a free exchange of ideas and to explore, learn, and form relationships with our scientists and stakeholders. The programme seeks to provide time and space for reflection and inspiration for artists and scientists alike.


Open call

Artist in residence programme

Application deadline 27 December 2021

Please submit your application through the following form.

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Artist in Residence 2022 Open Call Banner


IRB Barcelona invites applications from artists wishing to participate in its 2022 Artist in Residence Programme. We are looking for a professional artist, with a genuine interest in science who wishes to further their art by working alongside our scientists to gain insight and perspective into cutting-edge research in the biomedical sciences. Applications from artists from any discipline are welcome.

Proposals should be focused on a specific theme involving interactions with our researchers, which cover a wide range of disciplines within the life sciences. Read the detailed Terms and conditions.

Please submit your application through the following form by 27 December 2021, 23:59h Central European Time.

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Anaisa Franco

Anaisa Franco

Anaisa Franco is a Brazilian artist, who has a large body of work focused on installations in public spaces. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) in São Paulo (Brazil), a Masters in Digital Art and Technology from the University of Plymouth (England) and a Masters in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona.

Searching for the expansion of the senses, Anaisa Franco creates interfaces that artistically build an “affective” situation in which people can expand their senses through interaction with the sculptures, creating new forms, relationships and experiences between people, the subjects chosen and the technological material that we have available in the market.

In recent years, she has been developing interactive public art installations and new media artwork for museums, public spaces, galleries, media labs, residencies and commissions, including the Shanghai City Life Festival, Medialab Prado, Mecad, Hangar, the Taipei Artist Village, the China Academy of Public Art Research Center, Mediaestruch, VIVID Sydney, EXPERIMENTA Biennale Melbourne, and many others.

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