Press Release | PDI | 20-02-2024

PDI launches Artist-in-Residency Program inspiring new perspectives on science

The Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI) in Berlin has launched its inaugural Artist-in-Residency Program, aimed at inspiring unique perspectives on science and presenting new opportunities for engaging with the community.

Image from Sadie Weiss exhibition 'Nanomaterials /// Plasmatic', 2018 from Sadie Weiss | Photo: PDI

The PDI Artist-in-Residency 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. 

“We are delighted to introduce our Artist-in-Residency Program which reflects our commitment to sharing knowledge with the community." said Prof. Dr. Roman Engel-Herbert, Director of PDI. "Through this program, we aim to immerse artists in the scientific process, helping them to gain an understanding of our work, develop unique perspectives, and uncover new ways to engage and inspire the community.”

The residency program is open to Berlin-based artists working in any discipline. Each residency lasts three months, during which time artists will have access to labs, a dedicated workspace, and mentorship from PDI's scientists and technicians. At the end of the residency, the artist will present their processes and learnings in a public discussion, and showcase their work in a format suitable to their medium. Artists will receive a stipend of EUR 1,500 per month. The call for submissions is open until May 17th, 2024.

“We believe that collaboration is essential to both the scientific and creative processes," said Dr. Carsten Hucho, Head of Department of Technology and Transfer at PDI. "Our Artist-in-Residency Program encourages artists and scientists to exchange ideas, ask questions, and challenge the ways we perceive and communicate science.”

Applications for the Artist-in-Residency Program at PDI are now open. Interested artists are encouraged to visit the PDI website for more information.

About PDI: The Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI) is a research institute in Berlin, Germany, performing basic and applied research at the nexus of materials science, condensed matter physics, and device engineering. The institute is part of the Forschungsverbund Berlin and a member of the Leibniz Association.

For inquiries, please contact:

Eimear Bruen
Head of Communications at PDI
Phone: +49 30 2037-288