TASML / DSL Artist Residence Award
With the support of DSL Collection, the renowned art collection specialized in contemporary Chinese art, the award is conceived to provide emerging Chinese media artists with an unique opportunity to engage with cutting edge research and production in the intersection of art, science and technology in some of the most innovative media art and design laboratory from around the world. From March of 2011 till February of 2013, two artists will be selected annually through a national wide open-call for proposal submissions. The awardees will receive a $4000 (RMB 26500) stipend to compensate for travel, accommodation and living expenses in the residence country. An international jury will decide the winners of the award based on the merits of the proposed projects. The inaugural residence is projected to begin in the summer of 2011 in partnership with V2_lab located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
About the DSL Collection
The DSL Collection was created in 2005 and focuses on contemporary Chinese art. It is a private collection representing 90 of the leading Chinese avant-garde artists, artists having a major influence on the development of contemporary art in China today. Even though focusing on the contemporary production of a specific culture, the collection is nevertheless not guided by the search for otherness. It admits basic cultural similarities and dispositions, however, goes beyond a simplistic approach looking for typical cultural signs and symbols.
The collection is limited to a specific number of art works – about 160 pieces – that as an entity is open to constant redefinition itself. Openness, movement and communication are basic qualities we want to promote
The collection is not only significant on a personal level, but also at a larger scale. We start from a museum approach, which means that we are collecting a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, installation, video, and photography. The choice of works further is not oriented on the trends of the market. To choose this kind of approach implies making the collection accessible for the public, as well as documenting the featured works.
The major tools to achieve these goals are new technologies, such as the internet and interactive programs and supports, like for example electronic books. These tools provide the means to share the experience of contemporary culture and to make it more accessible and meaningful for a broader public.