Applications for Designer in Residence 2016

Nova Iskra is proud to announce this year’s open call for Designer in Residence
program of month-long residential stays in Sweden and France, aimed at designers, architects and other authors or researchers active in these fields.  
Exchange of authors takes place through the CREATE IN RESIDENCE platform, a multi-disciplinary international program that was initiated in 2014 by the Swedish Institute in collaboration with Nova Iskra, Krokodil Festival and a range of partner organizations. The partners this year are the largest Swedish organization dedicated to support of artistic production IASPIS, the French Institute of Serbia and the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia, alongside Creative Industries Kosice (Slovakia), cultural center STPLN from Malmo and, finally, AMI/Dynamo and LFO/ZINC makerlab from Marseilles.
Interdisciplinary work, careful planning of each of the residencies according to the needs of their users and the specifics of the host organizations are the main features of the program. Since 2014, more than 30 authors benefited form the program. Besides the designers who had an opportunity to work in Sweden, this was also the case for writers, cartoonists and translators - through the open call conducted by Krokodil and their “House for Writers” project. From this year CinR platform expands its collaborations and exhanges to other countries, so Nova Iskra is announcing the open call for Serbian authors for one-month residencies in Malmö (Sweden) and Marseille (France).
For the residential stay in Sweden there is a thematic framework for designers from Serbia. All of the interested creatives are kindly asked to propose a project within their application that they would work on during their stay in Sweden, which should be dedicated to children, marginalized social groups and treatment of socially-engaged themes through the creative process. The residential stay in Marseille has no fixed thematic framework, but its primarily intended for those interested in expanding their knowledge in the field of digital fabrication. The concept of the program is still "open-end", meaning that the participants are not expected to realize or complete their projects during their stay, but to use the time spent on residetional program for the development of projects relating to these fields.
In Malmö, the selected author from Serbia will have the opportunity to use the workspace in the center STPLN ( and with additional support from local team in terms of establishing contacts with colleagues and other organizations from Sweden. Within the center STPLN a state of the art fablab Fabriken is active (, in which it is possible to take courses in the field of 3D print. In Marseilles, visiting author from Serbia will have support  from two local organizations, both located in the creative center Friche la Belle de Mai - DYNAMO incubator and LFO/ZINC makerspace.
Travel and accommodation costs as well as a full scholarship are covered, while authors will be required to engage in programs of local organizations during their stay, through public presentations, participation and organization of workshops and other kinds of programs. The residential stays will be realized in the period of October-November. At the same time, Nova Iskra will host for three Slovakian and two Swedish designers, as well as one author of France.
All interested designers, architects, researchers and authors from Serbia can apply no later than September 1st at midnight via the online form In addition to filling out the form, it is mandatory to send a portfolio and a work plan -proposal of the project that would be developed during the residential stay. It is recommended to also descrive your motivation for applying. All the additional material should be sent to the e-mail