Researcher in Residence Program for IMRC – Creative Technologists, Intermedia Artists and New Media Producers.

IMRC residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives in new media, intermedia, and other technology areas, and their social and cultural application. The residency supports a period of concentration and immersion in creative investigation, cutting-edge research or production of visionary, experimental applications and projects. Potential initiatives might range from live intermedia productions, sound and physical computing works to technical prototypes, installations and tactical media events. The RRP is committed to supporting a diverse and broad ranging creative environment. We consequently encourage applications from the broadest possible range of individuals and creative technologists to this program.

Residency Length

Residencies are offered twice a year, one residency is offered per six months in the Fall and Spring semesters for a period of between 8 and 12 weeks each.

Award

RRP awardees are granted a $5,000 stipend, studio space, 24/7 access to the IMRC Center’s state of the art digital design, media production, prototyping and fabrication studios, a materials budget of $3,000, and support for travel costs to and from Orono, Maine. Housing during the residency is not provided, however the program can provide assistance to find accommodations.

Eligibility

The ideal resident will both contribute to and benefit from the collective environment at the IMRC Center and the affiliated programs in New Media and Intermedia and will embrace the spirit of interdisciplinarity shared across the University of Maine. To promote collaboration and the sharing of diverse skill sets, these programs are grounded in and encourage interdisciplinary research in hybrid applications, innovative problem solving, and their utilization through the full range of research, development and commercialization. The aim of this program is threefold: to foster and support innovative research in Intermedia and New Media at the University of Maine; to build on the University of Maine’s reputation as a center of excellence; and to bring together students and faculty working at the IMRC Center with expert external participants to create a collaborative and innovative creative research environment. Collaborative teams are eligible to apply; the stipend will be split between the members.

Expectations

During the course of the residency RRP awardees are expected to participate in, and lead, public events including a lecture as part of the visiting artists series, workshops, demonstrations of research in progress, panel discussions, and other such programs and public presentations. In addition to these type of events RRP awardees will be expected to lead a one to two week intensive course for graduates students and advanced undergraduates (in Intermedia and New Media) on some aspect of advanced research, development or production related to their own work, interests and skill sets.

Visiting

Applicants are not required, but are welcome to visit prior to applying. There are a number of public events throughout the year that applicants are welcome to attend and can be found on the Intermedia MFA web site www.intermediamfa.org. For those that would like to make an appointment for an individual meeting to discuss the residency, please contact IMRC, at imrccenter@maine.edu.

Application Process

The program’s term is varied but there are two yearly awardees one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Residents will be selected from an open call, based on the quality of the work or research being proposed, the availability of the necessary tools and skills to support the work, and the relation of the proposed project to the overarching research agenda and activities of the IMRC Center, the Foster Student Innovation Center and/or the University of Maine. The IMRC Researcher in Residence Program is made possible by support from the Intermedia MFA Program, the New Media Department, and the Alston D. and Ada Lee Correll New Media Fund.

Application Deadline:
June 25, 2014 for Spring 2015

Our application is online only, please follow the link below to complete your application to the Residency program. You will be prompted to:

  • Complete the application. The application will ask for the contact information of three references. Letters of reference are not required.
  • Submit a Statement of Interest. Please provide a short statement, not to exceed 500 words, on the nature of your interests in the residency and plan and approaches for research conducted during stay.
  • Submit a current resume or CV PDF. Collaborative teams must submit individual resumes/CV.
  • Upload up to 10 images, video and/or audio clips of your work created in the last two years. (Files should be pdf, doc, docx, jpg, tiff, mp3, wav, mp4, mov, mpg and should not exceed 2M for images or 7M for audio or video files.)
  • Provide a file description list to include title of work (corresponding to file name), date executed, media and dimensions. Add any brief narrative necessary to inform the jury about each individual work.

For more information about the Researcher in Residence Program please contact IMRC, at imrccenter@maine.edu.


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