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By developing new practices to connect digital innovation directly to citizens’ physical participation, DIALOG CITY aims to increase access to culture through a dialogical approach.


A holistic approach towards a digital cultural infrastructure in European cities

Our DIALOG CITY ART FOR PUBLIC RESIDENCY PROGRAMME invites professional artists to develop ideas for urban interventions dealing with local or global topics that are of great significance for the respective urban society based on participatory approach. By developing new practices on how to connect digital innovation directly to citizens’ physical participation, the European cooperation project DIALOG CITY aims at contributing to increase access to culture through a dialogical approach. Co-creation is at the core, encompassing a CITIZEN ARCHIVE PLATFORM for the cultural heritage sector and an innovative design thinking toolkit on FUTURE LITERACY.

Annual HYBRID FESTIVALS serve as physical and digital cultural platforms to reach diverse audiences. Participating European cities are Mondoví (IT) in 2023, Graz (AT) in 2024, Aschaffenburg (DE) and Montpellier (FR) in 2025. The resulting art works of the respective residencies will be shown locally during the annual Hybrid FESTIVAL as well as online.

The Call for 2024 is now open for the residency in Graz (Austria).

For the Graz residency we aim to prevent data loss and enhance our cultural heritage profile. In the digital era, it is crucial that sources remain preserved for future generations. To address this, we are in the process of developing a collaborative digital tool designed for the long-term preservation of personal digital objects. The CITIZEN ARCHIVE PLATFORM is a user-friendly platform where individuals can submit various types of data-based objects, including images, videos, audio files, texts, and more. These submissions can be stored by memory institutions such as archives or museums and subsequently integrated into a professional, non-profit archival system.

This innovative tool will empower citizens to actively participate in collection initiatives by memory institutions. It also provides a straightforward method for individuals to upload their personal digital content and directly offer it to a specific participating archive. Through the Citizen Archive Platform, we are creating an accessible bridge between the public and archival institutions, ensuring that our digital heritage is safeguarded.


For approaching the future, it is crucial enabling people to process memory, collect cultural heritage and to create future literacy skills. We want to empower citizens to imagine, design and deal with their own analogue and digital future before others do it for them.

To approach all these aspects, the project contains of four angles:

DATA CITY: We want to discuss and to learn in an agile manner what constitutes current and future models of success in digitization without focusing solely on economic aspects.

SOCIETY CITY: During the hybrid events, not only individuals but also cultural organisations as well as all kind of associations will be included. We also invite non-formal groups and activists to take part in the events and give them a platform for discourse.

TOMORROW CITY: We plan and discuss which location-based technologies and services must be used, how and with which content in order to make art and culture a participatory part of a city.

GREEN CITY DIGITAL: Making data visible can represent the actual state of play and can then define goals and measures for ecological change that can be designed and implemented by the citizens themselves.


  • Application due – February 29, 2024
  • Announcement of final selection – March 15, 2024
  • Residency start – May 2, 2024
  • Final Presentation at the Hybrid Festival Graz – June 6-8, 2024
  • Residency end – June 15, 2024


Applications are only accepted via online form, please follow link below.

For your application process you will need

  • a project proposal (3000 characters max.),
  • a short text on what digital transformation means to you and how your project fits to the guiding principles of DIALOG CITY (1500 characters max.),
  • a short text on how your artistic work activates citizens and policymakers to imagine the future of their cities (1500 characters max.),
  • a short biography (250 words, written in third person),
  • Two-page resume, highlighting education, work experience, awards, and exhibition/ performance history.
  • Up to 10 digital work samples, which may be any combination of still images, video, audio, and writing (for video or audio we prefer a pdf or document providing us with the links).


DIALOG CITY ART FOR PUBLIC RESIDENCY PROGRAMME is open to all artistic disciplines (e.g., visual arts, writing, performance, new media, etc.) and other creative practices including, but not limited to, design, architecture, and education. We strongly encourage applicants with interdisciplinary and participatory / socially engaged art practices. Education and Training: We do not require any particular level of education or training to apply. Our residency programme is open to emerging, mid-career, and established artists and creative practitioners who have a dedicated studio practice and professional demeanour.

Artists of all nationalities can apply, but they must reside in the European Union or in one of the accession countries.


The selected artist will be hosted by the Austrian cooperation partner Stadtarchiv Graz at “Cerrini Schlössl” (Writer-in-Residence accommodation of the City of Graz). Free accommodation in a single room with private bathroom. The Villa offers a public kitchen that can be used but does not have any canteen or food service. Meals are not included.


3.500 € including profound preparation of the residency after the final selection and presentation of the result during the HYBRID FESTIVAL in Graz. Per diems are included in the fee.


Up to 2.000 €, proposal subject to be reviewed by the internal commission according to the value given in terms of scenography and visibility during the Hybrid Festival. This must be specified in the application.


Will be covered up to the amount of 1.300 €, including return ticket from the origin and local transport in Graz. According to the Memorandum of Understanding “Green Deal” we urge project participants to avoid air travel. Train, bus or car are preferred.



  • Artist Fee and Artistic Material Costs can be paid only through invoice process. The artist must have a VAT number or an institution it relies on, for invoicing correctly.
  • Payment details: at the arrival in Graz, the artist will be given an initial instalment of 50% of the artist fee, while the balance will be paid at the end of the residency (within 60 days).
  • English speaking and preferably basic knowledge of German language.
  • Specific questions may arise during the decision-making process, which the DIALOG CITY consortium will then clarify directly with the applicants.