Field Trip

A transdisciplinary residency program between Akademie Schloss Solitude and Max Planck Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies

Akademie Schloss Solitude together with the Max Planck Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies (EAS) have established a residency program to foster interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and perspectives between the arts and sciences. Since 2022, Field tripoffers an adventure of going to a new place, an experience of being in a different environment and an opportunity to experiment with ideas. The philosophy of this exchange is to motivate practices of mutual knowledge creation and dissemination through the lens of multiple epistemologies and different perspectives.

Idea of the bilateral residency program

The unique program offers artists the opportunity to engage with the researchers at MPI-AB and participate in everyday routines of scientific research. Selected fellows are invited to join scientists from the Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies on a six-week “Field Trip” to Konstanz. For the duration of the residency, the fellow has the status of a guest researcher and the chance to interact with scientists, attend local field work and to be part of group discussions. In return, a scientist from the Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies spends six weeks as a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude. The third iteration of this exchange, which took place in 2024, marked a new chapter in the collaboration. Selected fellows joined the team of project MELA on a field trip outside of Germany, to a population of Blackbuck antelopes living in Tal Chhapar Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India.

Since its inception, the “Field trip” collaboration has manifested through a diverse range of transdisciplinary projects, exchange formats, and events at Akademie Schloss Solitude and at MPI-AB.


Fellows of 2024

Simar Preet Kaur, writer and journalist based in the Indian Himalayas

Events of 2024

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A half day workshop of sonic encounters, tea conversations, and wildlife excursions to a sanctuary in India. Held at Kula Kultureladen in Konstanz. more


Fellows of 2023

Vivek Hari Sridhar, postdoc at MPI-AB based in Konstanz, Germany

Yashas Shetty, sound artist and composer based in Bangalore, India

Events of 2023

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“Winterfest” - Akademie Schloss Solitude

December 01, 2023
An tour of artist studios, including a reflection on art-science collaborations with 2023 Field Trip fellow Vivek Hari Sridhar. Held at the Akademie in Stuttgart
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“Umwelt” - Konstanz

July 28, 2023
An exhibition of art and tech created by MPI-AB scientists + experimental music using sounds from animal behavior research. Held at Kula Konstanz more
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A two-day workshop including work by 2022 Field Trip Fellows Hemal Naik and Helene Sommer. Held at the Akademie in Stuttgart. more


Fellows of 2022

Hemal Naik, postdoc at MPI-AB based in Konstanz, Germany

Helene Sommer, filmmaker based in Oslo, Norway


The next open call for the »Field Trip« residency, including further information on the requirements and benefits, will be published in autumn 2024. For any questions regarding the residency program, please contact Sophie-Charlotte Thieroff,

About the Akademie Schloss Solitude

Akademie Schloss Solitude is an international Artist-in-Residence Program and has supported approximately 1,700 young artists from more than 120 countries since opening its doors in 1990. Residencies at Akademie Schloss Solitude enable fellows to devote themselves to their research projects free of daily pressures and presentation deadlines.

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