Open Call for two residencies at Earthwise Residency

// Winter 2023 // 

6 weeks during 9th January – 19th of February 2023 

//Spring 2023 // 

6 weeks during 17th of April – 28th of May 2023 

Each residency is for two collaborating working partners: One artist and one researcher / specialist.
The interdisciplinary collaboration between artist and researcher should aim to address the theme of multispecies relations and the more-than-human.
The residencies will take place at Earthwise Residency, Mols, Denmark. 


Residency theme 

  • The more-than-human is the focus of the two Curious Encounters at Earthwise, because we think that more interdisciplinary work is needed in this field. We believe that the climate emergency is caused by the industrialized societies having forgotten that Planet Earth is not just ‘resources’ for humans to utilize and grab. Collaborations across science and art can propose new ways to understand other species and the more-than-human with whom we share this planet. Earthwise Residency focuses on research and practices, which heightens our sensitivity, knowledge, and methods for consciously reweaving our human lives with the myriad of relations and interdependencies we all rely on. We are interested in communication with the living world and the animal kingdom, and in developing creative work that situates and enhances curiosity, intimacy, and encounters with the more-than-human, while at the same time exploring corresponding academic research through artistic lenses.  The two residencies Curious Encounters is our active contribution to the paradigm shifts occurring right now. We believe that interdisciplinary meetings – the meeting and mixing of aesthetics, humanities, and sciences – hold the possibility to foster new thoughts, rediscover ancient knowledge as well as new paths for action.


  • What we are looking for, or hope to experience
  • — Expanding / exploring the ways in which we in the arts communicate with other living entities as well as communicate about them; ie what does ‘understand’ mean, and how can ways of understanding be shared? 
    Expanding / exploring formats of conducting research in and disseminating work processes, findings, questions in the area of the more-than-human. 
    Expanding / exploring formats of and ways to document work with and about the more-than-human 
    Expanding / exploring ways to share work processes and methods in an ongoing dialogue, in-situ as well as online. 


Who can apply

We are looking for performing artists and visual artists with an interest in time-based work and performance who (preferably) already have contact or an ongoing collaboration with a researcher. We also encourage artists or researchers, who are looking for a collaborator to apply, however, researcher-artist collaborations take priority. Applicants must have a genuine interest in interdisciplinary approaches, and preferably some experience of working with the-more-than-human.  

  • The researcher/specialist should be actively engaged in research processes and hold a master’s degree, preferably a Ph.D. degree. The researcher/specialist may have a background in the Humanities, Social Sciences or STS. 
  • The artist must pursue the theme of more-than-human through primarily visual or performing arts. We encourage both emerging/upcoming artists as well as mid-career artists to apply.  

Age is of no importance. If you are unsure whether you meet the criteria for the residency, or have further queries or questions, please email us (see below).


  • Residency periods 
  • — The first residency will take place from January 9th – February 19th 2023. 
  • — The second residency will take place from appr. April 17th – May 29th 2023 (dates can be negotiated). 


  • Nationalities

We are sad to realize how much time and effort is needed by bigger residency places than ours, when they invite artists from outside of Schengen.
The effects of the protective immigration politics of Denmark are revolting, and we sincerely hope this will soon change.
So, we unfortunately have to say that if you are an artist or researcher from a country outside of Schengen/needing special visa for entering Denmark, we do not have the administrative muscles to go through the needed process – being an small, artist-led residency place and working from funding to funding. Please let us know that you had wanted to apply, so we know you exist and are interested. But it is with great sadness that we have to say that we will have to reject an application, if you need a special visa to enter Denmark.

What we offer

Earthwise provides

  • Working space (writing tables, as well as a small studio space, and lots of outdoor space) * Accommodation in private rooms in a house shared with Earthwise volunteers * Space for partners/children can be negotiated * Access to a rich library w/ relevant titles * Access to the other facilities of Earthwise * Dialogue and conversations with Earthwise’s host, and possibly other respondents * A stipend of 1.800 € for each of the two persons * A small budget for materials. 


  • We do not cover travel (international nor domestic)
  • But can provide information on possible funding options, as well as make an official invitation to ease your travels across borders. Earthwise has a consequent and friendly approach to sustainable choices, including travelling and can advise re travel options with a smaller CO2-footprint. Should air travel be unavoidable we encourage you to support a trustworthy tree planting project. 


  • During each residency period, the two residents are asked to 
  • — Hold 1-2 dissemination events or ‘artist/researcher talks’ for the local community. 
  • — Participate in our next Earthbound Symposium in 2023. 

You may be invited to do other presentations within our network, perhaps online.
Earthwise will make a detailed contract with the residents. 

About us
  • Earthwise Residency is a year-round invitation to spend time with the living land at a place where art and research intertwine. Relations, care, and the interconnectedness of all is what is important here. These basic principles can be found in all our activities: The food we grow and eat, the reused furniture and materials, and the way our volunteers are part of the ongoing work. The artists and researchers who come here work with themes such as interspecies relations, sustainability, and interdisciplinary meetings.  


  • Earthwise Residency has invited artists and researchers for some years, and this is our first funded call.
    Our activities have grown out of the work of the performing arts company Secret Hotel, which creates participatory performances about and with the more-than-human. Secret Hotel is led by Artistic Director Christine Fentz who is also host of Earthwise Residency, Mols where she and her partner live. Earthwise is placed in a tiny village in the Mols Bjerge National Park, 40km outside of Aarhus, and consists of an old farm, land and a residency house.  


  • Earthwise Residency is at the same time both a place for work retreats and calm time spent in a quiet corner of the living world amongst many other species – and a vibrant tiny center with a buzz of both insects and various humans maintaining buildings, diving into books or otherwise joining the Eathwise-family. 


  • Secret Hotel and Earthwise Residency organize and host the biannual Earthbound Symposium; an interdisciplinary gathering to which the residents will be invited in September 2023.


Selection committee

  • Christine Fentz (artistic director of Secret Hotel and Earthwise Residency) and Trine Rytter Andersen (visual arts consultant, art critic and curator) will be assisted by Anne Hübertz (Aarhus Performing Arts Platform) and Synne Behrndt (dramaturg and lecturer in Performing Arts, Stockholm University of the Arts).
How to apply

The deadline for this residency was on the 1st of November.

If you have already applied, you can expect a reply to your application by 1st of December 2022.

  • We look forward to hearing from you, sending you warm autumn greetings from Christine Fentz, Artistic Director of Secret Hotel and hostess at Earthwise,
    Coordinator Natasja Lundehøj Hedegaard, and the volunteer team of Earthwise Residency. 


The first Curious Encounters at Earthwise Residency is supported by the Danish Arts Council (Statens Kunstfond) and Syddjurs Municipality.