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Artist-in-Residence Program

The PDI Artist-in-Residence Program offers a unique opportunity for Berlin-based artists to immerse themselves in the scientific process, collaborate with researchers and technicians, and access state-of-the-art facilities and resources in the field of materials science. Located in the heart of Berlin, PDI is one of the world's leading institutes in the fabrication and analysis of nanomaterials for semiconductor technology. PDI's in-house facilities provide over 1500 m² of laboratory space, including 11 molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) systems and a central clean room area of 450 m² dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and nanofabrication.

Over a three-month period, the selected artist will work closely with scientists and technicians at PDI, gain access to labs, equipment, and insights into our research and activities. At the end of the residency, the artist will present their processes and learnings in a public discussion, and showcase their work in an exhibition format suitable to their discipline.

  • Duration: The residency runs for 3 months, from July to September 2024.
  • Remuneration: Artists will receive a stipend of EUR 1,500 per month.
  • Facilities: Artists will be assigned an office at PDI, and gain access to our labs and insights into our research through close contact with a mentor. Please note that accommodation is not provided.
  • Presentation: At the conclusion of the residency, the artist will have the opportunity to showcase their work through a public discussion and an accompanying exhibition, presentation, or performance, depending on the nature of their project.
  • Submission deadline: May 17th, 2024.


  • Open to artists who are based in Berlin and working in any medium, including but not limited to visual arts, digital arts, performance, and literature.
  • Artists at all stages of their careers are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to the duration of the residency and closing presentation.

Application Process

To apply for the Artist-in-Residence Program at PDI, please submit the following materials:

  • Artist Statement: Describe your artistic practice, interests, and why you are interested in participating in the residency (500 words maximum).
  • Project Proposal: Outline your proposed project for the residency, including its objectives, methodology, and anticipated outcomes (500 words maximum).
  • Portfolio: Provide examples of previous work relevant to your proposed project (up to 10 images, videos, or links).
  • CV/Resume: Include a current CV or resume detailing your artistic background, education, exhibitions, and any relevant experience.
  • All materials must be submitted via email to art(at)pdi-berlin.de with the subject line "Artist-in-Residence Application - [Your Name]."
  • Applications must be received by midnight, May 17th, 2024.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection & Notification

Selection criteria will include artistic merit, originality, feasibility of the proposed project, and alignment with PDI's mission. The selected artist will be notified by email by May 31st, 2024.