<synthesis> Open Call: For the Record

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Mon Oct 26 09:47:22 CET 2020

For the Record: The Politics of Design in TV and Music Video
Open Call for a Research Residency at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and Het Nieuwe Instituut. Deadline: 16 November 2020.

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision announce an open call for two researchers to work in residence. The open call invites researchers to reflect upon the politics of design in television and music video, and in the process to engage with the rich collection of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. The format of the residency will follow the Dutch government’s regulations and restrictions associated with the response to the Covid-19.

The residency follows from the research project For the Record of Het Nieuwe Instituut, that investigates contemporary video culture, as a public space for activism, consumerism and emancipation. Applicants are invited to address in their research proposal one or more of the following areas of research: forms of representation in music video and television; technologies of circulation; and design practices in TV and video production. More information about the theme, the collection and submission requirements on our website <https://fortherecord.hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en/record-politics-design-tv-and-music-video>.

The Research Residencies are a four-month position, from December 2020 to March 2021, based at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Developments around Covid-19 and/or the restrictions imposed by governments will be taken into account. This may mean that the residency will take place remotely, through online communication and interaction with the collection of Sound and Vision, and/or that the proposal or the timeline of the research needs to be adapted to the current conditions.  

The residencies include a total stipend of 6.000 EUR. Selected applicants are invited to publish outcomes of their research in the form of a video essay and a written contribution to contextualize the work, to be published under an open licence on the websites of Het Nieuwe Instituut and Sound and Vision, as a research document that can circulate online. 

The Research Residencies are open to all degree levels in all disciplines. Equal priority will be given to those without a degree or institutional affiliation who’s application demonstrates a high level of creativity, critical thought and other potentials in their respective fields. Neither a curriculum vitae nor letters of recommendation are requested. There is no age limit for applicants.


Applications are open from October 5 to November 16, 2020. A selection committee composed of Liselotte Doeswijk (Television and Design Historian), Jason King (Associate Professor, Director of Global Studies, and Director of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies at the King New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music), Johan Oomen (Manager Knowledge and Innovation, Sound and Vision), Marina Otero Verzier (Director of Research, Het Nieuwe Instituut), Eliza Steinbock (Assistant Professor in Cultural Analysis at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society), Katía Truijen (Senior Researcher, Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Jesse de Vos (Research and New Media, Beeld en Geluid) will select the two researchers in residence, based on the following criteria:

A research proposal, describing the relevance of the project and its connection to the aims of the call, including a text of max. 500 words, max. 8 images and a link to a video file (weight 35%);
A calendar and a working methodology, including the steps to be taken, which collections are used, and what earlier work will be built upon, in max. 300 words (weight 30%);
A self-introduction of max. 150 words in which applicants articulate the relation between the research areas and their personal motivation (weight 25%);
Ideas in relation to the final outcome in the format of a video essay, max. 100 words (weight 10%)
Open Archief

Next to For the Record, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Sound and Vision are launching with the International Institute for Social History the open call Open Archief for three six-month positions to create a new audio-visual work based on the open collections of the institutions. Find more information here <https://collectie.hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en/collection-news/open-call-open-archief>.

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