INHABIT // Artist-in-Residence

The INHABIT program fosters the exchange between artists and scientists and enables new and challenging perspectives towards the research at the institute. The new Artist-in-Residence program calls on artists interested in cooperating with scientists from the humanities and natural sciences who are active in aesthetics research. INHABIT invites artists from a wide range of visual and performing art disciplines for up to three months to develop a new work or elaborate on an existing project. Residents are expected to execute their project as a performance, exhibition or concert in cooperation with a local exhibition venue. During the artists’ residence in Frankfurt/Main, the MPIEA provides spaces and resources and thus facilitates an environment for experimentation, dialogue and collaboration.



Open Call for Entries 2020

Application deadline: November 8, 2019 (extended)

Residency period: February – April 2020 

Residency period: May – July 2020 

Duration: 3 months




What we are looking for

  • applications from artists who are interested in the collaboration between the artistic and scientific fields and dedicate the residency period to research and development of a new work 
  • openness in sharing and developing the project in an exhibition, performance / concert
  • artists who are active in contemporary culture and respond to the institute with innovative and challenging ideas
  • openness to meet on a weekly basis with the curatorial team to follow up and provide feedback


What we offer

  • artist’s fee: 6.000 Euro
  • accommodation fee: 2.000 Euro 
  • production budget depending on the project
  • realization of the final project 
  • travel costs to and in Frankfurt
  • collaborations with scientists 
  • access to the library, sound studio and scientific facilities of the institute
  • curatorial support during the residency


How to apply

  • CV/ resume 
  • artist’s statement (describing your practice, concepts, methods etc.)
  • proposal of suggested work / project which outlines the scientific interest and linking to the institute and areas of research  (description, technical rider, images etc.), max. 2 pages
  • portfolio of works
  • please send all documents to:



inhabit #1 // Alexander Tillegreen

Alexander Tillegreen is an artist and composer living and working in Copenhagen and Frankfurt am Main. His practice moves between sound, printmaking, light and painting in the form of installations and performances. The works interrelate on different levels and are often shown together in constellations alongside architectural, spatial, atmospherical, textual and even ephemeral interventions and elements.


Different scales of tension between the individual and the surrounding world are one recurring theme, raising questions regarding both sensorial perception and psychology.  During his residency, he will continue his research and studio work into psychoacoustic phenomena and auditory illusions, and further explore the interdisciplinary boundaries and potentialities between science and art.  

As part of this, he will team up with with neuroscientist Dr. Alessandro Tavano.
Together they will work on stimulus production and experimental arrangements that will conclude in both scientific and artistic manifestations, including a new sound installation within the framework of an exhibition situation. During his stay at the institute Tillegreen will also engage on different levels with a broader range of studies and scientists from different departments that relates to his own artistic practice and research.


Alexander Tillegreen completed his Meisterschüler at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste-Städelschule in 2017. Additionally he studied fine arts at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York and art history, musicology and sound studies at the University of Copenhagen. Alexander Tillegreen has participated in international solo and group exhibitions as well as performances at the MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST Frankfurt; CTM Festival, Berlin; Kunsthalle Darmstadt; fffriedrich, Frankfurt; Agnes Maybach, Galerie, Cologne; Jean Claude Maier Galerie, Frankfurt; Tom Christoffersen Gallery, Copenhagen; Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen; Code Art Fair, Copenhagen; and Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.