Researcher in Residence

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Researcher in Residence studio space.

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, with one residency offered by invitation only and the other by application and juried review. There is one residency in the Fall and one in the Spring semester ranging on average from 4 to 8 weeks in length.

RRP awardees are granted a $2,000 stipend, studio space, access to the IMRC Center’s state of the art digital design, media production, prototyping and fabrication studios, a materials budget of $1,000 and $1000 for IMRC fab lab machine time and tech support, and support for travel costs to and from Orono, Maine. Funding & support for housing during the residency will be provided up to $1500.

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.

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 through a public presentation of past and current work. In addition to these type of events RRP awardees will be expected to lead a four to five week intensive course or in the case of shorter stays a workshop 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.

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. For those that would like to make an appointment for an individual meeting to discuss the residency, please contact IMRC via the form below.

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 invited or 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 and/or the University of Maine. The IMRC Researcher in Residence Program is made possible by support from the Intermedia MFA Program, IMRC Center, and the New Media Department.

Spring 2019 Application Dates:
Applications will be accepted from Oct. 9th until Nov. 9th 2018 for the Spring juried residency.
Our application is online only, please follow the link RIR APPLICATION FORM to complete your application to the Residency program. Once the application link is clicked, you will be prompted to:

  • Complete the application. The application will ask for your contact info and 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 1000 words, on the nature of your interests in the residency and plan and approaches for research conducted during your stay.
  • Submit a current resume or CV PDF. Collaborative teams must submit individual resumes/CV’s.
  • Upload up to 10 images, links to 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 or mpg and should not exceed 2Mb for images or 15Mb for audio or video files.) If your video is long or too large in size, please submit Youtube or Vimeo links as a part of your file description document.
  • 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 or if you have general questions, please contact the IMRC via the form below: