ONB Labs Web Residency 2022

Call for ONB Labs Web Residency 2022.
Deadline for submissions is 19. 04. 2022.

ONB Labs is pleased to announce our Web Residency programme 2022. The programme is part of the Open Digital Library project and funded by the European Union.
We invite artists to submit a proposal for a six-week Web Residency project related to our digital collections of “Wiener Zeitung” (1780-1881) and/or of aerial photographs from the 1930s “Österreich aus der Luft”. The proposed project should aim for a critical and creative engagement with data sets from the ONB Labs, culminating in a web-based work that will be exhibited online in the ONB Labs Artspace.

Artistic approaches of all formats, whether they might be digital, physical, sculptural, poetic or conceptual are encouraged; the only requirements are that the final result needs to be exhibited online and relates to the ONB Labs collections of the call. For further informations about collections and available data see the call on the Labs Website.

Selected projects will be supported with 850 Euro for the final artwork.

Timeline & Application

CALL OPEN UNTIL 19.04.2022
SELECTION UNTIL 26.04.2022
WEB RESIDENCY 02.05.2022 – 12.06.2022

Applications can be submitted as PDF to labs@onb.ac.at including.
For further details on the Call, the Selection Process and the Terms & Conditions please visit the the call on the Labs Website.

ONB’s Virtual Artspace

ONB’s Library Labs present Virtual Artspace

Within the frame of the Web Residency 2021 (see previous post), the ONB Labs Artspace was developed, an online platform for the presentation of the work created in the course of the Web Residency. The setup of an virtual artspace was one of the main taks for 2021 in the ODL workpackage on “Artistic Experiments”. Though the ONB Labs Artspace was designed in the context of the Web Residency 2021, it is also intended to function as a virtual exhibition space for future artistic projects at the ONB Labs. The conception and development of the Artspace took place in close cooperation with the Web Residency’s artist, Rosemary Lee, and the curator, Seth Weiner. Sophie Hammer, who works for the ODL project at the Austrian National Library,  designed different prototypes, from which the team chose the most convincing and appropriate design. Design and navigation elements underwent a micro-usertesting among colleagues at the Austrian National Library, with some minor adjustements thereafter.

The Virtual Artspace is designed to allow for an immersive experience of art works related to the Austrian National Library’s digital datasets that are available at the Library Labs infrastructure. The guiding principles are: As much space as possible should be given to the artworks and the attention of the visitors should be distracted as little as possible by navigation elements. The Artspace is therefore marked purely by a narrow frame and the navigation has been restricted to a subtle point. Both elements, point and frame, react in their appearance to the content. The flexible area of the Artspace will be developed further for future projects and might change in its design for different contributions. As a space for artistic experiments with the digital holdings of the ONB Labs, it will be open to all users.

Your are welcome to explore the Austrian National Library’s Labs Artspace featuring the Web Residency’s winning artwork from Rosemary Lee namend «Cryptographics».
Inspired? If you have an idea for a contribution, please contact the ONB Labs team at labs[at]onb.ac.at.

Web Residency at Austrian National Library

Collage for the Web Residency Call 2021

From the 12th of April until the 9th of May the Austrian National Library’s Labs launched a Web Residency for creative engagement with their digital datasets. The awarded artwork will be presented in the frame of a virtual Artspace.

How does data become information that we can read? What role do aesthetics play in the politics of viewership? How can papyrus scrolls, musical scores, historical postcards and other treasures buried in the ONB Labs archives be explored artistically and in a way that is meaningful to our contemporary moment of unrest

Virtual engagement

By raising these provocative questions the Austrian National Library’s Labs (ONB Labs) invited artists to critically engage with and creatively re-use the ONB Labs digital datasets. We offered datasets and curated collections such as digitized historical postcards, papyri, historical newspapers, pamphlets of the 1848 revolution, music manuscripts, documents in Esperanto, including metadata information. One of the main aims of the Open Digital Library project is to foster creative engagement with our digital library holdings in new ways and new formats. Initially we intended to run a residency for artists locally at the Austrian National Library. Due to the current restrictions caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, we decided on a virtual format instead of physical exchange. We adopted the format of Web Residency by announcing an award and reached out internationally for artists to hand in project outlines. The range of questions, methods and selection of data was unrestricted. The number of applications and their variety proved the spectrum of possible approaches to our digital datasets. In cooperation with the artist and educator Seth Weiner Seth Weiner we chose the contribution of Rosemary Lee for the award by cross-validation. We are honoured to present her outstanding work «Cryptographics» next week in the frame of a virtual Artspace. The virtual Artspace is an online platform for the presentation of the work created in the course of the Web Residency, which will then be developed further to become a permanent part of the ONB Labs.

To learn more about the awarded work and to discover our new artspace check out our upcoming post!