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September 22, 2020
Q21 viennacontemporary AiR Prize 2020

This year, Alan Butler receives the Q21 viennacontemporary Artist-in-Residence Prize which is awarded in partnership with EIKON - International Magazine for Photography and Media Art and allows the artist to live and work for two months in one of the nine studios of the Q21 at MQ – MuseumsQuartier Wien in 2021. He will be featured in EIKON magazine and his works produced during the residency will be presented at the viennacontemporary next year.

Jury statement: Alan Butler (born 1981 in Ireland, represented by the Green on Red Gallery, Dublin) impresses with the ease with which he combines virtual set pieces with analogue elements and shapes them into completely new hybrids. Whether computer animations or cyanotypes, installations or textile prints – all the artistic media he uses become impressive vehicles for his fascinating fictions. )

On the jury panel were Elisabeth Hajek (Artistic Director Q21 frei_raum exhibition space and Q21 Artist-in-Residence Program), Nela Eggenberger (Chief Editor, EIKON - International Magazine for Photography and Media Art), Bogomir Doringer (Artist, Curator) and Johanna Chromik (Artistic Director viennacontemporary).

June 3, 2020

Winners of the VIENNA SHORTS Q21 Artist-in-Residence Award:

Ana Vaz (Brazil) for her film „Apiyemiyekî?“ (International Competition Fiction & Documentary)

Jury Statement:
Our Jury Prize goes to a film that struck us in its poetic and political strength. By working on language as an object of revelation and a necessary means of communication to keep memory alive, the director guides us through a territory and its colonial history and heritage that resonates with the current situation in Brazil with great urgency. The Jury Prize goes to Apiyemiyekî?, or Why? in English, by Ana Vaz. Thank you very much, Ana, for this beautiful and important film.

An Xu & Chen Xi (China) for their „The Six“ (International Competition Animation Avantgarde)

Jury Statement:
This film adopts the meditative rhythm of the moon phases, guiding your gaze through time and space in a loop. It looks monotonous but fascinates the viewer by beautifully and sensually evoking various feelings and emotions. The Animation Avantgarde Jury Prize goes to The Six by An Xu and Chen Xi.

Winner of the VIENNA SHORTS / ASIFA AUSTRIA AWARD: Adrien Merigeau for his film "Genius Loci" (Competition Animation Avantgarde)

Jury Statement:
This film is outstanding, complex piece of art in all aspects. Inside–outside sceneries melded together by the great soundtrack, beautiful animation, and graphic style demonstrate a percussive (not singular) way of recognition. The ASIFA Austria Award for the Best Animation Avantgarde Film goes to Genius Loci by Adrien Merigeau.


Apiyemiyekî? © Ana Vaz

白露 The Six © An Xu, Chen Xi

Genius Loci © Adrien Merigeau

March 16, 2020
Winner TRICKY WOMEN / TRICKY REALITIES - Q21 Residency Award
Carne | Flesh : Camila Kater (BR)

2019, 12‘12

Five women share their experiences in relation to the body, from childhood to old age, through intimate and personal stories.

Jury's statement: 

Camila Kater’s "Carne | Flesh" is a strong feminist film about the diversity of contemporary women. If some of the impressions seemed shocking, it is a planned concept and also a guide for the audience. The amazing combination of flexibly directed images and docume entary interviews in different animation techniques work well showing the developing life stages.

© Camila Kater

December 16, 2019

The new festival trailer for TRICKY WOMEN/TRICKY REALITIES 2020 was created by Rachel Gutgarts. Rachel won the 3-month-scholarship to live and work at Q21/MQ under the Artist-in-Residence program at Tricky Women 2018 for her film "A Love Letter To The One I Made Up". The trailer was made during her residency in Vienna in the spring of 2019.

Rachel Gutgarts about the trailer: A glimpse out of an imaginary nature TV show - A windy pastoral patch of flora and fauna.
"I started looking for inspiration on nature TV shows, I saw one picture of a female mantis standing on a tree branch, a dark velvety background behind her, staring at me with her big bug eyes - The whole scene had a dark sexual undertone - the flora and fauna in all it's glory and disgust. The act itself fascinated me, explained by the all knowing national geographic narrator, telling me about natural selection and proteins.
Myths surrounding female sexuality are there to express basic fears of the unknown. I want to approach the subject with a wink, Like the female mantis, I wanted to toy with the same stereotype I wish to devour."

Director and Animator: Rachel Gutgarts
Sound Design: Aviv Stern
Print: Rachel Gutgarts, Noam Horowitz

© Rachel Gutgarts

December 09, 2019
Winning Film this human world - EXP:∆N:DED SHORTS: "Prisoner of Society" by Rati Tsiteladze

Jury Statement:

This film is so full of pain. Anger, fear, danger and pain and is incredibly confrontational and provocative in all those emotions. „Perhaps this is a situation in which no one would wish to be in my place“ the protagonist says. She is a prisoner of her own body, her home, her family and of society. Watching the film in a cinema, the quiet and subtle sound crawls under your skin and gives a sense of how trapped she is but also how imprisoned we all are - in our own prejudices and ignorance. So well executed as a whole and fitted perfectly to the story of a transgender woman in Georgia, the film is a well rounded and in our eyes an incredibly important piece of art, that we are glad to know. The winner of the expanded shorts competition program is „Prisoner of Society“ by Rati Tsiteladze.

Jury: Anna Prischl, Cecilia Araneda, Elisabeth Hajek


still from "Prisoner of Society" © Rati Tsiteladze

November 28, 2019

The prize of the Artist-in-Residence Program of Q21 was brought to life in 2016 and will be awarded to one outstanding animated or experimental short film running in the competition. This year's jury consists of Cecilia Araneda, Elisabeth Hajek (Q21) and Anna Prischl (YOUKI).

September 18, 2019
Q21 viennacontemporary AiR Prize 2019

The Q21 viennacontemporary Artist-in-Residence Prize 2019 goes to Laura Schawelka who is currently living in Berlin. The Q21 viennacontemporary Artist-in-Residence Prize in partnership with EIKON - International Magazine for Photography and Media Art allows the artist to work and live for two months in one of the nine studios of the Q21 at MQ – MuseumsQuartier Wien in 2020.

Jury Statement: With film and photography, which she arranges into multi-layered installations, Laura Schawelka creates a beguiling remix of quotations from our mediatized present. Using video-editing software, the artist creates hybrids between moving and still images that present themselves to viewers in such a fascinating, so oddl satisfying way that they can hardly escape Schawelka's world, which oscillates between commodity aesthetics and food porn, between digital coolness and material sensuality.

On the jury panel were Elisabeth Hajek (Artistic Director, frei_raum Q21 exhibition space and of the Q21 Artist-in-Residence Programme), Nela Eggenberger (Chief Editor, EIKON - International Magazine for Photography and Media Art), Marcello Farabegoli (freelance curator) and Johanna Chromik (Artistic Director viennacontemporary).

© Laura Schawelka

July 8, 2019

As part of this year's Under_the_Radar Festival & Conference an international jury (Ruth Lingford, Noel Palazzo & Madi Piller) has awarded the RADAR INTERNATIONAL AWARD to Nikolina Bogdanović for her film "The Place From Where I Write You Letters" (2018). In 2020 Nikolina Bogdanović will spend two months as Artist-in-Residence of Q21/MQ in Vienna.

Jury statement: This is a simple film, which evokes complex thoughts and feelings. The filmmaker opens up our senses, recalling memories and connecting with our own personal experiences through examining the interiors of everyday life. The film uses playful humour and skillful timing and pacing to surprise and engage us. This is a wonderful example of reworking archive material to build a sense of the past, which reaches beyond the space that it represents.


© Nikolina Bogdanović

June 3, 2019

The winners of the VIS JURY PRIZE 2019 from the international competitions at the VIS Vienna Shorts Festival have been anounced:

International Competition – Fiction & Documentary
Film title: Black Bus Stop
Regie: Kevin Jerome Everson, Claudrena N. Harold

Jury Statement:
“A powerfully expressive and dynamic statement of pride, vitality, unity, and resilience. The Jury Prize of the international competition Fiction & Documentary goes to BLACK BUS STOP by Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold.“

International Competition – Animation Avantgarde
Filmtitel: Splash
Regie: Shen Jie

Jury Statement:
“The film quietly builds a complex narrative with brutal consequences. Subtle observations and temporal contradictions lead to an imposing cinematic experience, which confronts us constantly with our own expectations.The Jury Prize of the international competition Animation Avantgarde goes to SPLASH by Shen Jie.“


still from "Black Bus Stop" © Kevin Jerome Everson, Claudrena N. Harold

still from "SPLASH" © Shen Jie

May / June 2019
VIS Vienna Shorts Artist-in-Residence Award

As part of the 16th edition of the VIS Vienna Shorts Festivals the Q21-Residency Award will be awarded. The winners will receive a stipend and will be returning to Vienna in 2020 as Artists-in-Residence of Q21/MQ.
In cooperation with ASIFA AUSTRIA a residency will be awarded to the winner of the competition ANIMATION AVANTGARDE.

March 18, 2019
Winner TRICKY WOMEN / TRICKY REALITIES - Q21 Residency Award
Reneepoptosis: Renee Zhan (US/JP)

2018, 3‘24
Three Renees go on a quest to find God, who is also Renee. As they traverse the mountains and valleys of Renee, they discover all the great joys, sadnesses, and mysteries of being Renee.

Jury's statement: 

The film takes the philosophical & poetic liberty of playing with self-definitions. Its esthetics evolve along with the witty narrative and across stylistic and cultural differences.

February 2019

As part of TRICKY WOMEN / TRICKY REALITIES - International Animation Filmfestival's 16th edition the international jury will award the Q21 Artist-in-Residence Award. The winner will receive a 3-month residency and will stay as Q21 Artist-in-Residence at the MuseumsQuartier Wien in 2020. 

November 28, 2018
This Human World: EXP:ΔN:DED SHORTS

For the third time, the film festival this human world features a competition for short film, formally limited to animation and experimental films with a max. duration of 15 minuntes and which are thematically close to the international human rights film festival. This year there will be two film programs: in CLOSED you will find characters that are trapped, inside or outside, politically or socially, visible or hidden, closed, often alarmingly sad - and still strong in their vulnerability. The second program OPEN unites four deeply personal experimental films for which filmmakers as well as the viewers have to open their hearts and heads in equal shares. The winning film's director will take part in the Q21 Artist-in-Residence Program. The jury consists of Elisabeth Hajek (Artistic director frei_raum Q21 exhibition space and Q21 Artist-in-Residence program), Diana Cam Van Nguyen (filmmaker, winner of last year's prize) and Birgitt Wagner (Tricky Women Film Festival).

October 2, 2018
Open Call: EIKON Artist-in-Residence for January/February 2019

As an institution of Q21, EIKON is pleased to invite an artist specialised in photography/media art for January and February 2019. Applications (including motivation letter that states the relevance of the residency in Vienna, CV and portfolio - not more than 5MB in total) can be submitted from now on to:
The application deadline is October 31, 2018.

September 27, 2018
Q21 viennacontemporary AiR Prize 2018

Valter Ventura (born 1979 in Lissabon) is winner of the first edition of the Q21 viennacontemporary Artist-in-Residence Prize 2018!

In cooperation with viennacontemporary and EIKON - International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, the Q21 awards a residency scholarship as part of the Q21 Artist-in-Residence programme at the MuseumsQuartier Wien. Exhibiting galleries of viennacontemporary had the opportunity to nominate international artists for the scholarship. The prize enables an artist to live and work in one of the nine artist studios in the MuseumsQuartier Wienfor one month in 2019. In addition, the winner selected by the jury will receive a scholarship of 1,050 euro.

The Artist-in-Residence Prize was awarded to the artist Valter Ventura (Kubik Gallery, PT) in the category of artistic photography and media art.

Jury of the Q21 viennacontemporary Artist-in-Residence Prize 2018:

Elisabeth Hajek, Artistic Director, frei_raum Q21 exhibition space, Q21 Artist-in-Residence Programme
Nela Eggenberger, Editor-in-Chief, EIKON– International Magazine for Photography and Media Art
Sabine Winkler, Curator
Matthew Stephenson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Photographers’ Gallery

Jury statement:
“In his multimedia installations, Valter Ventura (born in 1979 in Lisbon) continuously explores the nature of photography and its historical as well as contemporary significance. His almost forensic method, which can be experienced through a complex display reminiscent of natural-historical museum presentations, allows him to dig like an archaeologist into the depths in order to reveal observations of perception.”

Our sincere congratulations!

Photo: Margarita Ignatyuk

September 6, 2018
tranzit/at: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2019 now open until October 1, 2018

Artists-in-Residence programme of ERSTE Foundation, tranzit, Igor Zabel Association and Kontakt. Art Collection.

The Artist-in-Residence Programme at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna (MQ AiR) is part of ERSTE Foundation’s and tranzit’s long-termed endeavour to support contemporary art and to strengthen the situation of its creators, especially in the region of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. From 2019 on, the MQ AiR programme will include two more institutions: Igor Zabel Association (IZA) and Kontakt. Art Collection.. Kontakt will collaborate with the Zagreb based WHW Akademija.

The residencies are designed for artists, curators and theoreticians from Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Croatia working in the field of contemporary art to do research in their respective area. The research character of the residence should make it possible to take a break from the everyday strenuous production pressure and find time to concentrate on a specific interest. The participants are given the opportunity to live and work for the period of two months in one of the MuseumsQuartier studios right in the heart of Vienna. The studios are equipped with pleasant and functional facilities but do not provide artist’s workshops. During the stay various meeting possibilities are offered to the participants. Each residence grants a monthly stipend of EUR 1050,-.

The participants from Croatia will be selected through a closed call in collaboration with WHW Akademija/Zagreb.

Artists, curators or theoreticians from Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia are invited to take part in the open call.

Applications have to include the following two documents:
1.) Complete digital application form, including the following information:
• Your contact information
• Letter of intent explaining why you apply, what you expect and what you would like to focus on during the residence (max. 5000 characters)
• Brief informative curriculum vitae (max. 1 page)
2.) Portfolio (max. 10 MB)
Please use the application form, to be downloaded from the website:

Please note:
• Accepted candidates are required to use the residence in its full length during the following fixed periods:
Slovenia: January – February 2019
Romania: March – April 2019
Hungary: May – June 2019
Croatia WHW Akademija: July – August 2019
Czech Republic: September – October 2019
Slovak Republic: November – December 2019

• Only one participant can be selected from each country.

• Applicants who have already received this residence in recent years or have previously participated in our Fellowships for Curators and Artists at Salzburg Summer Academy cannot be given priority.

• The correct application form is required (please see above for download link), other application formats cannot be accepted. All documents must be sent as PDF.

Applications are accepted only in English and by e-mail until: 1st October 2018

Please send your application with subject "MQ AiR 2019" to:

Selected participants will be notified latest until mid of November 2018.

For further questions please contact Michaela Geboltsberger/

CLICK HERE for all details.

July 2018
Q21 Artists-in-Residence OPEN CALL for artists from Central-, Eastern and South-eastern Europe 2019

This studio program is dedicated to artists from Central-, Eastern and South-eastern Europe who do not normally reside in Austria. It aims to give them the opportunity to live and work at Q21 as Artists-in-Residence. A live/work studio is available in the MuseumsQuartier Wien complex. The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Austria BMEIA together with Q21 is launching a call for applications for a 2 to 3-month artist residency in Vienna in 2019. Within this cooperation, Q21 provides the artist's studio, while BMEIA finances a scholarship per month.

What does the Artist-in-Residence program offer? 
The program offers a space to live, a space to work, and the opportunity to experience the unique environment in Vienna, a city where tradition and an abundant and well-diversified contemporary cultural scene coexist. Furthermore, the artist will receive a grant for living expenses of 1.050,- € per month.  

What length of residency is available and when? 
The duration of the residency will be from two to three months, starting in the beginning of January 2019 and ending in the end of December 2019. 

Who should apply? 
The residency is for visual artists. Please note that applications from artists who previously have participated in the Q21 studio program as well as applications from students cannot be accepted. Excellent English skills (written and spoken) are required. The applicant cannot receive grants from other residency programs during the same period of time.

When and how can I submit my application? 
Artists can apply between August 1st and September 10th, 2018. 
Deadline for submissions is September 10th, 2018. 
The data volume of the mail should not exceed 5 MB. Please send your application to the following e-mail address: and

Which material should be submitted?

  • Artist statement (500-100 characters including spaces)
  • Motivation letter and project description (1500-2000 characters including spaces)
  • CV (including education, previous residencies, exhibitions)
  • Portfolio

When will I be informed of the result?
The results of the selections should be out on December 12th, 2018. Each applicant will be informed by Q21.

Foto: Pinie Wang

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